Last updated: June, 20, 2020
The sacral chakra, also called Svhadhisthana Chakra, is the second energy centre. It is associated with the emotional body, creativity, sexuality, commitment, passion, and sensitivity.
Its element is water, and as such, it’s characterised by the flow and movement of our raw emotions, such as sadness, anger, grief, and fear. These emotional triggers are caused by our past traumas. Instinctively, we defend ourselves from these painful memories with self-destructive behaviours or addictions, e.g. addiction to food or emotional eating.
The sacral chakra is located three inches below your belly button above the genitals, and it is associated with the colour orange.
The Sacral chakra is less dense than the root chakra but is still very physical in its nature, both chakras provide us with our physical body, instincts, and emotions.
The second chakra is also linked to the Heart and the Third eye chakras: The Sacral chakra provides us with pure feelings and emotions, the Heart chakra works to process those emotions in an altruistic way, and the Third eye chakra processes this emotional input as part of our intuition.
KEYWORDS FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA
Sexual expression and sensual pleasure
ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SACRAL CHAKRA
The Sacral chakra is associated with the lymphatic system, with the colon, as it absorbs the water for the formation of stools, and the kidneys, which are responsible for removing toxins from our body through urine.
Since the Root chakra oversees the men genital area, the Sacral chakra governs the feminine reproductive organs such as ovaries and uterus. Through our emotions, this chakra communicates with the other body messengers, like hormones, thereby involving all the chakra of the body.
As an example, PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) affects physically and emotionally many women who suffer from it a week or so before their period starts. It can cause mood swings involving feelings of sadness, (Heart chakra), anger (Throat chakra), or anxiety, which can often lead to compulsive eating (Solar plexus chakra).
ANATOMY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SACRAL CHAKRA
HEALTHY SACRAL CHAKRA
When your sacral chakra is performing optimally, you are able to go with the flow of life, without judgement.
You believe in your uniqueness and as such, you are able to express yourself freely and to be in tune with your emotions and dreams.
A healthy Svhadhisthana chakra promotes the use of creativity to survive, function and manifest in this world.
Those who flow as life flows know they need no other force.LAO TZU
Signs of an open and balance Sacral chakra include:
- Being in tune with your emotions.
- Believe in your uniqueness and creative skills to follow your dreams.
- Being aware of your ego responses.
- Ability to surrender and let it go.
UNHEALTHY SACRAL CHAKRA
The Sacral chakra can be unbalanced if there is excessive energy flowing through this chakra or, conversely, there is a little of energy running through it.
An underactive Sacral chakra can lead to the following behaviours and signs:
- You feel emotionally numb, unable to feel your emotions or feeling stuck in a particular mood.
- Co-dependency with other people and the need to create a strong emotional attachment to them.
- Lack of sexual desire.
- Creative blockages.
- Health issues such as kidney stones, endometriosis, menstrual issues, impotence or infertility.
On the other hand, signs of an overactive Sacral chakra are:
- You are extremely emotionally reactive.
- You tend to avoid people because of your discomfort at being unable to fully relate to others.
- Overindulgence in fantasies and sexual obsessions.
- You feel overly creative, to the point of feeling exhausted.
FOODS FOR CREATIVITY AND FLOW
Water-rich foods, or drinking water, will support the Sacral chakra.
Water is an essential nutrient, not only to help the body perform well but also to allow us to flow with our thoughts and emotions.
Dr Masaru Emoto, the Japanese scientist who revolutionized the idea that our thoughts and intentions impact the physical realm, is one of the most important water researchers the world has known.
For over 20 years, he studied the scientific evidence of how the molecular structure in water transforms when it is exposed to human words, thoughts, sounds and intentions.
If we apply this concept to our bodies, which are made of 70% water, it’s sensible to say that our thoughts and intentions can have profound implications on our health and well-being.
FATS AND OILS
Fats can be solid or liquid, depending on the temperature they are in. They have a dual nature, just like our emotions. We can either feel happy or sad, cheerful or angry, fearful or calm.
A warm person is someone joyful and happy, someone who let the emotions to flow in and out. On the contrary, a cold person is often someone who doesn’t show much emotion, so he is seen as an unfriendly or careless person.
There are different types of fats, and each one impacts the Sacral chakra differently.
SATURATED FATTY ACIDS
Saturated fatty acids are more solid and rigid, giving more protection and support to the Sacral chakra.
Many of these fats are of animal origin, so they carry a slightly grounding energy from the Root chakra.
Saturated fats provide our membrane cells with the right rigidity so that our bodies are protected from harmful substances, however, if we consume too many saturated fats, our cells become too rigid. This rigidity would also be manifested in the Sacral chakra, we may become a hard-headed person and not being able to process the emotions that the Sacral chakra creates, causing the Heart chakra to get blocked, which is not surprising considering that this chakra is linked to the second chakra.
On a physical level, an excess of saturated fats and/or the inability to deal with the emotions can lead to high cholesterol and heart issues.
UNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS
We can find unsaturated fats in olive oil, flaxseed oil and fish oil.
Since foods take on the energy of their origin, a perfect Sacral chakra food would be olive oil. Think of Spain or any other Mediterranean country where social eating plays a significant role in people’s lives.
Mediterranean people usually like to eat together, with lots of time to relax, share food, talk and express emotions. This eating activity supports the Sacral chakra and the Heart chakra, hence the numerous benefits of the extra virgin olive oil for heart health.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 are other types of fats that our bodies can’t produce, and therefore, they are referred to as “essential fats,” meaning that we have to get them from our diet.
The cell membrane needs these essential fatty acids as building blocks. Without unsaturated fats, the cell is too rigid, and the flow of nutrients is blocked.
Too little unsaturated Omega-3 and Omega-6 may cause:
- Dry skin or eczema, as our cells in the skin can’t hold water
- Hair loss and brittle nails
On the contrary, an excess of saturated fats and not enough essential fatty acids can lead to:
- Heart issues.
It can also lead to a deficiency of our higher chakras. i.e. cardiovascular disease (Heart chakra) or depression (Third eye chakra).
Salmon is one of the most ideal sources to nourish the Sacral chakra, as it provides with a great amount of essential fatty acids. Additionally, its orange-coloured flesh provides the perfect vibration for the Sacral chakra.
Other types of fish, such as sea bass, cod and sardines, are also beneficial for the Sacral chakra as they carry the essence of life within the flow of water.
TIP: Try to avoid eating fish with high levels of mercury. Overall, larger fish tend to contain the most mercury. These include shark, swordfish, fresh tuna, marlin and king mackerel.
Sunflower, hemp, pumpkin, poppy, sesame and flax seeds are great sources to heal the Sacral chakra, especially flax seeds.
The health benefits of the flax seeds can extend into the territory of Root and Heart chakras by:
- Reducing the risk of breast and prostate cancer.
- Helping lower cholesterol and may play an important role in improving heart health.
- Lowering blood sugar.
- Improving cholesterol.
- Regulating bowel movements and improving our digestive health.
- Flax seeds are rich in high-quality proteins.
The Sacral chakra resonates with fruits grown in tropical areas, as they embody the energetic vibrations of relaxation, joy and pleasure. By eating tropical fruits, we are able to open our inner self and feel free and relaxed.
Tropical fruits that nourish the second chakra are mangoes, dragon fruits, pineapple, papaya, banana, oranges, kiwi, figs and coconut.
Similar to flax seeds, coconut can strength the lowest chakra as its hard shell serves as a protective layer.
When purchasing tropical fruits from the market, make sure choosing organic and non GMO (Genetically modified organisms).
Here are 10 reasons to avoid GMO foods.
All nuts have healing properties for both Root and Sacral chakra since they contain oils and protein.
Almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, pistachios, Macadamia nuts, and pine nuts are excellent choices to nourish the Sacral and Root chakras.
Among all different types of nuts, walnut is one of the richest nut sources of Omega-3 fats.
The oils in the nuts combined with protein provide both grounding and flowing qualities to support the Root and Sacral chakras.
A healthy Sacral chakra vibrates at a frequency similar to the colour orange. By eating orange-coloured foods, we are helping our Sacral chakra to restore to its correct vibration.
On a nutritional level, most of the orange foods contain beta-carotene, a red/orange pigment, and carotenoids. These antioxidants are fat-soluble compounds, meaning they are best absorbed with fat.
Some studies have suggested that fruits and vegetable rich in beta-carotene can help lower the risk of cancer or heart disease.
Let your feelings flow freely, accept each one of them, know that they are your feelings and no one is to blame for them. Live from your essence and watch your feelings flow; only when you accept them can you understand the story of your life.Patricia Selbert
RECIPES FOR THE SACRAL CHAKRA
Resource: Chakra foods for Optimum health by Deanna M. Minich, Ph.D., C.N.
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