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How To Open the Sacral Chakra

As I’ve explained in previous videos, at the most basic level, your body is made up of energy. That energy organizes itself into the physical body. But before that energy organizes itself into physical body parts, it organizes itself into meridians and chakras.  These chakras are centers of energy that lie along energy channels and each one holds a very specific vibration and has a specific purpose. Each chakra is a specific expression of Prana (otherwise known as life force or source energy).  The chakras look a bit like funnels of energy or vortices. They both absorb and emit energy.

When a chakra is out of alignment, meaning it is not letting life force in or is out of alignment for any number of reasons, it starts to affect your equilibrium.  It becomes a serious imbalance within the system. When chakras are out of alignment, they appear small and do not absorb or emit much energy. They also change in their color, patterning, texture and sound.

The traditional name for the sacral chakra is: Svadhisthana.  It is located in the center of your lower belly, about three inches below your belly button through your lumbar vertebrae.

The sacral chakra is the center of personal passion and personal power.  It governs sensation and virility. Even though all the chakras are energy centers, this chakra can be regarded as a master generator of your own essence of sorts.  It is the home of personal desire. It is the center of creativity and creation for this reason. This is the chakra responsible for sexual and sensual energy. This chakra is concerned with relationships to other people and how well we can relate to them and create with them in those relationships.  Do we try to have control over others or do we live in a state of interdependence with them? Do we keep ourselves bottled up and reserved or do we indulge in intimacy and in life itself without the brakes on? This chakra governs our capacity to move out of survival, towards pleasure, especially interpersonal pleasure and personal purpose.  Because this chakra governs sensations, when this chakra is out of alignment, it is difficult for us to feel as if we are truly alive.

The sacral chakra governs your sexual organs, womb, kidneys, spleen, lower vertebrae, pelvis, hips, bladder, appendix, large intestine and adrenal glands.  Any ailments involving these parts of the body suggest that the sacral chakra is out of alignment.

The sacral chakra is the second chakra in the human system.  It is traditionally associated with the color orange. It is also traditionally associated with the element of water.

What causes the sacral chakra to go out of alignment?  First and foremost, external control. Second, external control being internalized so we keep ourselves under control.  Societal conditioning and the people in our lives often oppose our natural essence. They do not live in an interdependent way with us.  Instead they control us and teach us to inhibit ourselves and our natural creation for their sake. In order to avoid abandonment and social conflict, we ‘put a lid on ourselves’.  We restrict ourselves, we go against our natural desires. We deaden ourselves and our ability to feel so we can live in this state or shall I say, not really live. We experience shame for our sensual pleasures, sexuality, sensuality and virility. We have our personal power over to others to avoid consequences and we lose touch with our passion and purpose as a result.  As a result, we lose our vitality and feel like we have no energy.

Knowing that, here is what you can do to open your sacral chakra and bring it into alignment:

  1. First, become aware of what is preventing the chakra from being in alignment.  If there were not something preventing it from being healthy, it naturally would be.  So close your eyes and get clear about how you are out of alignment with your personal power, personal desire, personal pleasure, sexuality, creativity and/or personal power in the relationships in your life.  You can do this by asking questions and seeing what answers arise. Ask yourself, what is restricting me? How am I restricting myself or keeping myself under control? What is keeping me from being able to express myself creatively?  Why am I not allowed to feel pleasure? What is wrong about sensuality and/or sex? What am I not allowing myself to feel the sensation of? What would be scary about unleashing myself and really feeling my personal power or showing it to other people?  What would happen if I expected people to relate to me? How do I feel about passion? When did I feel I lost a sense of passion and purpose?
  2. Do an intuitive exercise to understand the state of your sacral chakra.  To do this, close your eyes and try to sense or see or feel the sacral chakra.  If you cannot, feel or see or sense your belly itself. What color do you perceive it to have?  Does it have any texture? Do you see any images associated with it? Begin to question it to understand what you are seeing.  What does it tell you? What can you do to improve its current state? For example, I may see a dark cave that is frozen. That may tell me that I feel emptiness there.  I may then ask myself mentally, what is this cave empty of? Or what does this cave represent? I may then imagine offering it something that I feel it needs. Like I may imagine sitting myself down inside it and giving it my company.  I may see it melting ever so slowly by shining light on its walls.
  3. There is no real difference between sexual energy and personal creative energy.  Make a practice of mastering your own sexuality. If you have resistance to sexuality (that is thoughts, beliefs and actions that oppose healthy sexuality) the sacral chakra will suffer and so will any part of you in association with it.  You are a sexual being. Embrace and express it in healthy ways and if you cannot, deliberately seek out people who can help you to do that.
  4. Let yourself want and let yourself go for what you want.  Obviously getting clear on what you want is really important when it comes to this chakra.  You must then realize that you cannot live a healthy or happy life if you are restricting the flow of your personal energy by opposing your wants.  You should never differentiate between your wants and needs. When it comes to personal expansion, a need should simply be considered to be a just a very strong want.  For this reason, I suggest you watch my video titled: ‘How To Discover What You Want’ and ‘Meet Your Needs’.
  5. Create, create, create.  Creation can come in any form.  It can come in the form of someone making food, doing art, building something, performing etc. Put your energy into something that you, yourself generate.
  6. Heal the unhealthy dynamics present in your relationships, most especially those related to power and control between you and other people.  Nothing makes the sacral chakra become more out of alignment than the unhealthy dynamics present in our relationships. We must learn that we can have ourselves and have other people at the same time without losing ourselves and without having to be isolated.  We must learn how to have our full power at the same time as letting other people have their full power too. The majority of my focus is about this. I have tons of videos available about how to create healthy relationships. I suggest you make a study of them.
  7. Allow yourself to indulge.  Indulge in anything that brings pleasure, especially sensual pleasure.  Enable pleasure to your sense of smell, pleasure to your sense of taste, pleasure to your sense of hearing, pleasure in the form of touch, pleasure to your eyes, pleasure to your emotions, pleasure to your mind, pleasure to your soul.
  8. Live according to your passion.  Do the things in your life that make you feel a sense of passion.  If you have chosen a life where you are doing things just because they have to be done and if you have chosen a vocation that is not in alignment with your passion, your sacral chakra will suffer.  You did not come to this life to get through life. You came to this life to follow your passion throughout the world. You came to chase your joy. You came to do the thing that you love doing so much that no one could pay you enough to not do it.  Take any step necessary to live your passion.
  9. Learn how to feel.  Let yourself feel. Feel somatically and feel emotionally.  Life is not meant to be numbed out and dull. It is meant to be rich and full of variety.  You must be willing to feel for the sacral chakra to be in alignment. For this reason, watch my video titled: How To Feel (Learn How To Start Feeling).
  10. When we are super controlling, our sacral chakra is out of alignment.  We do not know how to let go. In that state, we restrict ourselves and we restrict others.  We restrict the natural flow of energy through our embodiment. By doing this, we choke the flow of creation.  Set aside some time to really let go. Let go completely. Indulge completely. Surrender completely. Surrender to creative impulse.  Surrender to sensual pleasure. Let go of self-control. Be impulsive and spontaneous. Any activity that helps us let go and be uninhibited is like a tonic for the sacral chakra.
  11. Any color that makes you feel alive and passionate will enhance the sacral chakra.  That being said, the sacral chakra is associated with the color orange and is activated by this color.  Surround yourself in this color, wear this color. Eat things that are this color. Do art with this color.  Close your eyes and imagine yourself being immersed in this color.
  12. Chakras are activated by sound.  There are singing bowls and chants and binaural beats and tones created for this chakra specifically.  The sounds that are associated with this chakra are: Vam and Oo. Close your eyes and play around with the pitch of that sound and take it up and down until you find the note or multiple notes that cause you to feel the most relief in that center.
  13. Do yoga poses that open the sacral chakra. Kundalini yoga is especially good at awakening the sacral chakra.  In my opinion, some of the best are warrior pose, goddess pose, bound angle pose and low lunge. Also, do this making sure to breathe deep into the belly instead of shallow into the lungs.  Breathing into the area of the sacral chakra and even further, into the lower back, activates this chakra immensely.
  14. Use stones that correspond to and that activate the sacral chakra.  In my opinion, the very best are: Carnelian, basalt, red jasper, spessartine garnet, tangerine quartz, sunstone, pyrite, amber, tigers eye, orange or coral calcite, orange aventurine and citrine.
  15. Use plant beings to assist in the opening of your sacral chakra.  This can be in the form of teas, sachets, incense, essential oils or any other form you want to use them in.  In my opinion, the plants that are the very best for opening the sacral chakra are: Hibiscus, ashwaganda root, saffron, dark chocolate, damiana, catuaba bark, coriander, paprika, ginseng, sandalwood, cinnamon, ginger, orange, calendula, fennel, kava, maca root.
  16. Eat foods that stimulate the sacral chakra. In my opinion, the best are: cinnamon, chili peppers and all peppers in general, turmeric, paprika, ginger, fig, sweet potato, papaya, nut butters, apples, garlic, quinoa, dark chocolate, olives, melons, maca, mango, asparagus, fennel, hibiscus, pumpkin, ginseng, saffron and carrots.  


The healthy sacral chakra comes with the truth that you came here to truly live, not to just go through the motions of life.  You came to get dirty in emotions and sensations. You came to engage creatively and sexually with other people and with the world itself.  You came to co-create and you came to do it with virility and passion.


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