By Anna Guggenberger
The energy flow within our physical and etheric bodies is regulated by seven major chakras that support our health and well-being. Each chakra corresponds with a gland in our endocrine system and fulfils a specific function.
The second chakra, or sacral chakra, is considered the centre of our emotions and pleasure. It governs how we perceive and feel the world around us. A healthy ‘svadhishthana’ establishes our connection with the outside world and a life in harmony with nature. The Sanskrit word ‘scadhishthana’ can be translated as ‘finding our own place’, finding love and peace within ourselves and the world we live in. People with a healthy sacral chakra are not scared of being vulnerable. They are present in their own body and are able to nourish and maintain the precious connection we have with nature.
Imbalances, however, can lead to emotional instabilities, self-doubt and depression. A blocked ‘svadhishthana’ may manifest itself in a lack of passion and security or dependence on others, if the chakra is overactive. Fortunately, there are various ways of balancing our emotional energy centre.
Happiness and joy don’t have to be unobtainable, we just need to learn to work for them. Practicing chakra meditations can help to open up blocked chakras and find more balance in life. Ideally, sacral chakra meditations take place outdoors, to strengthen our connection with nature. Repeat the following affirmations on a regular basis, to regain emotional stability:
I love my body and I love life.
Emotions are the language of my soul.
I am at peace.
The positive effect can be increased when incorporating crystals into the meditation practice. The unique properties of each stone affect our mind and body and can help leading us into the right direction. The following three crystals help opening the sacral chakra:
Due to its calming effect, Aragonite is particularly useful in times of emotional stress. It is named after its region of discovery in the Aragon Province in Spain. Traumas from the past often dictate our lives and subconsciously affect our behaviour and in order to clear ourselves from the emotional baggage we carry along, we need to come to terms with our past by practicing love and compassion. Place an aragonite crystal on your nightstand and hold it in your hands for a few minutes before going to sleep to put your mind at ease.
Citrine is a crystal that can be used for both, the sacral and the solar plexus chakra. It comes in multiple colours and amber, in particular, is associated with the second chakra. Orange is the colour of creativity. It symbolises joy and optimism, both manifestations of a healthy and open sacral chakra. Citrine gives the carrier confidence and a feeling of security and stability. Used in meditation, it can help to release anger and suppressed emotions and it opens your heart to happiness and love.
Carnelian is an orange member of the Quartz family and was called ‘the setting sun’ in ancient Egypt. Like the sun appears and disappears from the sky, we go through ups and downs in our lives. However, we are not only passive spectators, we have the ability and power to shape our lives. Carnelian provides the encouragement to regain control and open ourselves to the joys of life, the friendships, love and pleasure we experiences on a daily basis.
The fourth article of our series will explore the powers of Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Citrine and Yellow Calcite and how they help to taking control over your own life. Read next post on Solar Plexus Chakra.
Anna is a thinker, dreamer, and raconteur. She grew up in the Austrian countryside surrounded by mountains, forests, and meadows, where her creative spirit and vivid imagination were cultivated. The aspiring writer seeks to inspire and spark conversations about topics ranging from mental health and body positivity to mindfulness and living in alignment with the energies of nature. For more of Anna’s writing visit her blog: Ardent Wanderess