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Reiki Thursday: Meet Your Sacral Chakra!

By May 3, 2024May 8th, 2024No Comments4 min read
A reiki practitioner works on a client at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care.

Reiki practitioner MaryBeth Johnson works on a client at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care.

If you are suddenly feeling a lack of spark, connectedness and creativity, or are experiencing issues in your lower back, abdomen or pelvis, a blocked sacral chakra could be to blame.

Last week, we introduced you to the ancient, energy-centered practice called Reiki and how the body’s seven energy centers, better known as chakras, impact your mental and physical well-being.

Think of chakras as the body’s generators. When they are working together, your chi (think of this as the body’s current)  is properly balanced, and we feel well and right with the world. When any of these energy centers become blocked, however, it can take a toll on our emotional and physical health that seems downright confounding to resolve.

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Chakras are critical intersections between your mind and body. If the intersections are blocked, so are your mind and body.

Chakra No. 2: The Sacral Chakra

The second chakra, called Svadhishthana or the sacral chakra, is associated with the color orange and is located throughout the lower belly and back, and in the pelvis. Because of that, it also impacts the bladder, kidneys and sex organs.

The sacral chakra’s symbol resembles a lotus flower with six petals, which represents the cycles of birth, death and rebirth, while the crescent moon shape in the center reminds us that life is a cycle of constant movement and change that we need to embrace.

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Sacral chakra symbol

 

READ MORE: Getting to the root of Reiki

The sacral chakra is associated with sensuality and creativity, and its primary functions are pleasure and overall enjoyment of life. When this chakra is balanced and functioning properly, your relationships with yourself, those close to you, and the world in general should make you feel happy, connected and nurtured.

The sacral chakra is also associated with water, its freedom of movement and ability to help us feel peaceful, connected to our creativity, and able to “go with the flow.” Consider how many people love to head to the beach, the lake or the sea, even if they never dip a toe.

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Sitting by the sea or other means of surrounding ourselves with water can soothe the sacral chakra.

When you work with this chakra, you’ll learn to enjoy a healthy relationship with the necessity of pleasure, to more freely express your needs and emotions, and to begin to set healthy boundaries without fear of rejection.

When your sacral chakra is blocked, you may experience physical symptoms such as chronic low back pain and urinary tract infections, ovarian cysts or other issues with your reproductive organs, bladder and kidney issues and other problems with your lower abdomen. Mentally, blocked sacral energy can manifest as  feeling “off-kilter,” detached from people, items or activities that usually bring you pleasure, and lack of creative inspiration. Other signs your sacral chakra might be blocked include preoccupation with, or total avoidance of, sexuality, and difficulty feeling or expressing joyful emotions.

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Use amber to help balance your sacral chakra.

Ways to balance the sacral chakra and return to optimal creativity, pleasure and positive emotional expression incorporate its association with the color orange and to the healing properties of water. Fill your plate with bright orange food such as  oranges, tangerines, mangoes, carrots and sweet potato. Drink plenty of water, go for a swim or take a soothing bath laced with essential oils such as clary sage, neroli, sandalwood, rose and sweet orange. Even if you don’t feel creative, tap into your creativity and journal, dance, or create art or music. Or surround yourself with, or wear jewelry made from, sunny stones such as carnelian, amber, rose moonstone or citrine.

When the sacral chakra is flowing freely, you will have plenty of energy for creativity, movement, procreation, pleasurable activities and healthy relationships. You’ll also be able to openly and effectively express your wants and needs in your personal and work relationships, and make pleasure a priority without guilt.

Come back next Thursday to learn more about the third chakra, Manipura or the solar plexus chakra, Located in your abdomen, about three inches above your navel, the solar plexus chakra asserts your feelings of power, intellect, and self-esteem.

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Ready to begin your Reiki journey now? St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care offers 60-minute sessions at competitive prices for community members, clients and staff at both the Stein and Bucyrus campuses. Find out more on our website. To schedule your appointment, or for further questions, please contact MaryBeth Johnson via email  or at 414-977-5077.

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