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Sacral Chakra – Seat of Sexuality

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Your sacral chakra is located in your lower abdominal region (pelvic area), about two to three inches below your belly button (navel). Your sacral chakra is directly related to your genitals.

This chakra corresponds to the color orange and is directly related to your sex drive.

The second chakra is the center of our sexuality. Feelings of sensuality, pleasure and intimacy are rooted deep within your sacrum. The sacral chakra is where our fertility originates. How we interpret our bodies and our body image is derived from this chakra.

The challenge with this chakra is finding a happy and acceptable balance both emotionally and physically.

If you are having little to no passion concerning any area of your life this would indicate an underactive sacral chakra. On the other hand, if you are struggling with feelings of guilt or shame for having a voracious appetite in the bedroom, you indeed have an overactive sacral chakra.

The second chakra is instrumental in developing flexibility in our life. It teaches us to go with the flow and to find our natural rhythm. It supports our personal growth in all realms of creativity.

An overactive sacral chakra would be indicated by acts of overindulgence or obsessive dependency on anything or anyone that pertains to you obtaining pleasure.

An underactive sacral chakra is determined by lack of passion, lack of desire, lack of satisfaction and lack of enjoyment.

Please note, If you have ever been sexually abused, the sacral chakra has been damaged. Repair would require intense concentration on both the first chakra (trust issues) and the second chakra (sexual imprints of shame). We would recommend seeking psychological therapy as well.

Opening, Balancing and Healing the
Sacral Chakra

1) Think Orange

Picture a warm and intense orange light starting at the base of your spine, and then slowly spreading out to surround your pelvis and genital area. Envision in your minds eye that this orange light is glowing brighter with each passing second until it surrounds the entire area of your lower back, hips and groin.

2) Physical Activities

Exercises and activities to open and heal the sacral chakra would be poses that stretch the hips. Examples of sacral opening yoga poses are lotus pose, pigeon pose, warrior pose, or happy baby pose.

3) Affirmations

Repeat the following phrases to yourself: “I love and respect my body. I am passionate and open to experiencing pleasure. I am open to touch. My sexuality is sacred.”

4) Color Therapy

Wear orange clothing, jewelry and accessories on days that you feel like you need to balance your sacral chakra.

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5) Food Therapy

Consume more orange foods including salmon, sweet potatoes, carrots, papaya, pumpkin, oranges, apricots, peaches, seeds and nuts. Drink orange juice, teas and broths.

6) Crystals and Gems

Snuggle up with some crystals that correspond to the sacral chakra. They include carnelian, orange calcite, amber, clear quartz and petrified wood.

7) Essential Oils

Experience aromatherapy with the following oils:
Orange, clary sage, neroli, patchouli, cardamom, sandalwood, cinnamon.

8) Sound Therapy

Tibetan monks chanting provides excellent frequencies to open the sacral chakra. Shamanic drumming is also particularly stimulating for the sacral chakra.

9) Redecorate Your Safe Space

Redecorate your bedroom and bathroom with inviting and warm shades of orange and brown to reclaim your safe space. We suggest to start by burning orange candles and/or obtaining a Himalayan salt lamp or two. Purchase or create orange-colored art for your home. You could also invest in new orange bed linens, blankets, pillows, rugs, towels, or a coat of paint.

10) Chakra Healing Meditation

Experience a guided meditation specifically directed toward balancing the sacral chakra.

 

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Open Your Heart Chakra and Manifest Gratitude

“Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it.”
~Stephen Richards

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Where does true gratitude manifest?

Some tend to think back to childhood when our parental figures taught us the fundamentals of good manners. Polite responses such as “thank you” were drilled into our consciousness as to what is a socially expected comeback to verbalize our appreciation. It became a learned behavior. A rhetorical habit.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward

How to Manifest Gratitude

Words are merely vehicles of description unless they are accompanied by genuine emotions. The actual feelings of gratitude originate in the heart, more specifically, an open heart, the doorway to the soul. The heartfelt sense of gratitude cleanses our aura and raises our vibration. When we allow the essence of this deep emotion to radiate through every fiber of our being, we evolve. Our corresponding level of awareness expands outward through our actions.

“When you focus on gratitude, positive things flow in more readily, making you even more grateful.”
~Lissa Rankin

Extending Gratitude

This is when the acknowledgment of our own gratitude transmits to others, which enables a bond for connectedness. By using meaningful words and demonstrating an aura of appreciation, we increase our vibration, and our transcendence is felt by other human beings and the universe.

“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace.”
~Todd Stocker

The response is mirrored and matched. That which we cast out comes back magnified. Development of this concept progresses through the opening of your heart chakra. Clear the pathways and create space within your channels. Allow thankfulness to touch your soul and find a permanent resting place.

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies, but the thankful heart will find in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”
~Henry Ward Beecher

Living in Gratitude Transforms You

Your life will take on a different meaning. You will view circumstances and experiences from a changed vantage point. Every cell in your being will become involved in this metamorphosis. Your mind, body and spirit will collectively participate in the transformation.

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
~Anthony Robbins

Each day you will be observant and keenly aware of new and exciting reasons to express gratefulness. Living in mindful gratitude gives meaning to our breath, appreciation for physical movement, increased awareness of our senses, joy from mother nature, a heartfelt connectedness to all of creation and an abundance of the most pure and nourishing feeling imaginable—love. Infinite unconditional love for ourselves and each other.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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How to Open, Balance and Heal Your Heart Chakra

1) Think Green

Envision a soft green light glowing warmly in the center of your chest. Picture this light growing brighter until it surrounds your entire body.

2) Give and Receive Hugs

Hug yourself, hug a puppy, hug your mom, hug your friend, hug a stranger (ask permission first!). Give and receive as many hugs as possible. Hold on tight and count slowly to five before releasing.

3) Affirmations

Repeat the following phrases to yourself: “I am love. I am loved. I am loving. I give love and receive love with each word and action I create. I forgive those people who have hurt me and I forgive myself for hurting others in the past. I release any negativity or bitterness I am holding in my heart and I offer only love for all beings in return because I love myself first.”

4) Connect with Nature

Take a mindful stroll through the grass with no shoes or try a nature walk through a lush green forest. Just generally being outside and breathing fresh is a great way to heal the heart chakra. If you are adventurous, you may enjoy zip lining through the treetops.

5) Eat Green Foods

Consume more heart-healthy green leafy vegetables like Kale, Spinach, Mustard Greens, Lettuce and Collards. You could also try avocado, cilantro, basil, lime, Brussels sprouts, green pepper, peas, asparagus, green beans, edamame, seaweed, kiwi and green grapes. Drink green tea three times per day.

6) Crystals and Gems

Snuggle up with some crystals that correspond to the heart chakra. They include Green Fluorite, Malachite, Jade, Emerald, Green Quartz, Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz and our personal favorite, Moss Agate.

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7) Essential Oils

Experience aromatherapy with the following oils:
Ylang ylang, Jasmine, Bergamot, Rose, Sandalwood

8) Sound Therapy

Listen to or play music on Tibetan Singing Bowls, Drums, and/or Didgeridoo. Try chanting the mantra “Om mani padme hum,” which means, ‘the jewel is in the lotus of the heart’ or ‘wisdom lies within the heart.’

9) Burn Baby Burn

Burn green candles. Visualize the flame within your own heart, radiating warmer and brighter.

10) Chakra Healing Meditation

Experience a guided meditation specifically directed toward balancing the heart chakra.

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Opening, Balancing and Healing the Root Chakra

The Embodiment of Root Chakra Energy

Chakras are energy vortexes located throughout our body. The functioning of the chakras reflects what we think, how we feel and in what manner we respond to conditions in our life.

The root chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine. It is associated with the color red. This chakra is the root of your being. It is your survival center. This chakra is where your fight or flight response is formed. The root chakra honors you with your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey. The root chakra grounds you to stability in your life.

When your root chakra is functioning properly you tend to experience less worry and stress related anxieties. You feel right with the world. The health of this chakra is associated with your upbringing and early life.

The root chakra begins its development from the moment we are born. Our early formative years should be considered when exploring the health of our first chakra. If there was a lack of security during your childhood or you suffered from any abuse (verbal, mental and/or physical), your root chakra has been imprinted on in a negative way. This will damage your energy field. An imbalance to the energy of the root chakra can leave you vulnerable to illness.

If there is an imbalance in this chakra you may experience depression, anxiety, autoimmune diseases, over or underactive sex drive, fears and/or nightmares. Physical manifestations resulting from imbalance may include but are not limited to problems with the colon, bladder and elimination. You may develop issues with the lower back, legs or feet. Eating disorders (weight loss and/or gain) have been related to root chakra blockages. This makes perfect sense when you consider that your root chakra is your foundation of basic needs such as food, water, shelter and safety.

Symptoms of an Underactive Root Chakra

You may feel disconnected from your body and the world around you. You feel disorganized and lack focus. You may be experiencing depression and/or anxiety when dealing with your responsibilities and interactions with others. There is a lack of discipline for boundaries. You may have financial troubles.

Symptoms of an Overactive Root Chakra

You have a short fuse accompanied by overwhelming feelings of anger. There is a sense of aggression towards other people and life in general. You appear controlling. You lash out when challenged. You need to be regimented. You cannot accept change. You feel your value is determined by materialistic acquisitions.

The root chakra establishes the deepest connection with your physical body, your environment and with Mother Earth. The root chakra is the most instinctual of all the chakras. The energy from this chakra allows us to gather our courage and resourcefulness needed to survive. Our will to live and flourish during difficult times is derived at our base and it is the root chakra that connects us to our ancestors and their spiritual energies.

I have noticed that many of my clients want to skip the work involved in setting a firm foundation with the root chakra and jump right to their crown chakra. They seem to think that is where they gain enlightenment as it is closest to God. However, all chakras are important and are interconnected with each other. It is imperative to establish a firm foundation with your roots deeply grounded in our mother. Otherwise, you have planted on unsettled soil and with the first gust of wind you will topple over. This is why it is necessary to start with your root chakra. When we balance one chakra we create change in another chakra.

We need to begin at our roots or we will lack the stability needed for personal growth and transformation.

It is vital to feel safe and secure in order to change. This is a process and no steps should be skipped. The root chakra is where we draw our life force energy. If you are not properly grounded (rooted), you simply cannot balance the other chakras effectively.

You can change your life by looking at the wisdom in your first chakra. What is holding you back from reaching your highest potential? Are you consumed with emotions of greed, desire or jealousy? Examine your beliefs and expectations. Determine if they are serving you well. Consider your family loyalty, your relationships with friends, neighbors and coworkers.

Are you struggling with trust issues?

Trust is associated with your root chakra. Are you feeling insecure? At some level you may not feel safe. Perhaps there is instability concerning your job and/or finances. Sensing a lack of success with any and every aspect of your life is related to the first chakra.

Once you have considered these questions you can honestly determine if you are experiencing a root chakra imbalance. If so, get that energy flowing with the following recommendations:

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Opening, Balancing and Healing the Root Chakra

1) Think Red

Envision the color red glowing brightly at the base of your spine. Picture this red light extending down your legs and feet grounding you into Mother Earth.

2) Physical Activities

Explore your physical side by trying some grounding yoga poses like savasana (resting pose), tadasana (mountain pose) or vriksasana (tree pose).

3) Affirmations

Repeat the following phrases to yourself: “I am grounded in Mother Earth. I belong to this world. I am safe. I am connected to all that is around me. I trust in the natural flow of life.”

4) Connect with Nature

Go outside, sit under a large tree. Place your back against the trunk and absorb the energy.

5) Eat Red Foods

Consume more strawberries, red cabbage, red apples, beets, radishes, root vegetables, and red meat.

6) Crystals and Gems

Snuggle up with some crystals that correspond to the root chakra. They include Red Jasper, Garnet, Ruby, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, and Hematite.

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7) Essential Oils

Experience aromatherapy with the following oils: Sandalwood, Rosewood, Ginger, Frankincense, Rosemary, and Cedar.

8) Sound Therapy

Listen to or play music on the Didgeridoo.

9) Burn Baby Burn

Burn red candles. Light a fire (not arson). Fire is cleansing and purifying. Visualize yourself being reborn in the flames.

10) Chakra Healing Meditation

Experience a guided meditation specifically directed toward balancing the root chakra.

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Introduction to Chakras

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Introduction to Chakras

The term, ‘chakra’ (pronounced /ˈ∫häkrə/ or originally /ˈCHäkrə/) is derived from the Sanskrit word “cakra,” generally meaning ‘wheel’ or ‘circle.’

Chakras are like spinning wheels of energy within the body.

The first references to chakras date back thousands of years to the ancient Holy Vedic texts of Hinduism. In India’s medicinal tradition, known as Ayurveda, it is thought that the mind, body and soul are connected by a life force energy (‘prana’) that flows through and around the body. Other Eastern philosophies share a similar view of health and wellbeing. Chinese and Japanese cultures refer to this same life force energy as ‘chi’ and ‘ki’ respectively (i.e. What is ‘Reiki’ Energy Medicine).

It is thought that life force energy should flow freely, like a river, through these energy centers (called ‘chakras’ in the Hindu tradition and ‘meridians’ in the Oriental tradition) to ensure the nourishment of cells and tissues of connected organ systems and overall good health. If the blockage of energy is not cleared, the obstruction grows greater and causes symptoms of overt disease, such as pain.

They believe the root of all disease stems from an imbalance or blockage of energy flow in any of these energy centers.

 Let’s say you have a tense back from a muscular knot. According to experts the cause of muscular knots is currently unknown. Traditional Chinese Medicine selects treatments to increase circulation in the affected area. These could include Acupuncture, Gua Sha, or as famously seen in the Olympics, Cupping. Notably, randomized clinical trials have shown that one Gua Sha treatment was significantly more effective at reducing neck pain and lower back pain than a control treatment (Braun, et al., 2011; Lauche, et al., 2012).

In the New Age tradition, crystal healers address energetic blockages by using certain stones in a technique known as ‘Chakra Balancing’ or ‘Crystal Therapy.’ Specific crystals are selected and applied to the body near or on the area of imbalance. These stones are believed to correspond to the color and frequency of the chakra in question and are thought to restore its natural vibration. Despite its wide usage in holistic medicine, there has been limited biomedical research in this area, instead favoring more tangible therapies.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

~Nikola Tesla

Many believe there are seven chakras. These are generally considered to be the primary energetic forces in the body. In our practice we recognize and incorporate an eighth main chakra—the thymus chakra, also known as the ‘higher heart.’ It is located between the heart and throat chakras. We believe the thymus chakra is extremely important. It has been associated with the thymus gland, which is related to the generation and maintenance of the immune system. This chakra signifies one’s ability for selflessness and altruism.

It is thought that there are many chakras in and around the human body.

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Chakras From Head to Toe:

The Body’s Eight Main Energy Centers

All chakras are associated with a color as well as a note on the musical scale (Wauters, 2002). The colors are Red (Root), Orange (Sacral), Yellow (Solar Plexus), Green (Heart), Turquoise (Thymus), Blue (Throat), Indigo (Third Eye), and Violet (Crown).

8) Crown – Spirituality
7) Third Eye – Intuition
6) Throat – Communication
5) Thymus / Higher Heart – Intent, Compassion and Truth
4) Heart – Love
3) Solar Plexus – Self Worth
2) Sacral – Sexuality
1) Root – Survival/Security

Each chakra is said to vibrate or rotate at a different speed or frequency.

Traditionally, the Root chakra (the bodily chakra closest to the ground) vibrates at the slowest frequencies and the Crown chakra (the bodily chakra closest to the heavens) emits the fastest frequencies. Perhaps this philosophy stems from the Spectrum of Visible Light in Physics, which tells us that Violet wavelengths of light are shorter and therefore have a greater frequency (are faster) and posses higher energy than Red wavelengths of light.

Each chakra is said to correspond to a particular function and significance, which seem to be highly correlated to fundamental theories of developmental psychology, such as those in Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” (Psychological Review, 1943).

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In terms of spiritual and energetic health, wellbeing can be achieved with balanced energy in the chakras.

Many scientific philosophies would agree that a balanced system provides optimal results.

If the chakras are too open, it’s energetic overload. If they are closed it doesn’t allow life force energy to flow. It has been said that chakras that are open and spinning clockwise best receive universal energy.

Everyday we discover how complex and interrelated systems are both within the body and in our environment, how we influence the environment and how it influences us. Scientists are just beginning to tap into the seen and unseen forces within and around us. This idea is similar to the spiritual belief that the human energy body is dependent on the physical body and vice versa.chakra balancing

Chakra Balancing

According to Eastern philosophies and cultures that honor the existence of a physical and nonphysical body, if there is an imbalance or any chakras are blocked, this will lead to ill effects on your physical and/or emotional bodies (McMurray, 2005, Holistic Nursing Practice).

Like many practitioners of holistic medicine, where energy is involved in the dialogue of health, we use crystals and gemstones among other tools of the trade to re-balance all the chakras. Crystals and gemstones have been used for protection and healing for thousands of years. They are thought to help stimulate and harmonize the mind, body and spirit.

If you are interested, we have a few special chakra balancing kits for sale.

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About the Authors

Kamaira Philips, Bachelor of Music (BM), is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She is an operatic soprano, an intuitive energy healer and modern shaman, a meditation instructor, a certified EMT and a scientist. Kamaira is researching topics related to immunology, virology, and alternative medicine (sound healing, vibroacoustic therapy, mindfulness meditation) at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine.

Kaylee is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She has been mindfully aware of and practicing her psychic abilities since she was a child. Led by her spirit guides, Kaylee has obtained a vast wealth of knowledge and experience with the ethereal realm and alternative modalities of energy healing. She applies various techniques with clients such as Intuitive Reading, Aura Cleansing, Chakra Balancing, Sound and Crystal Therapy, Meditation, Reiki, Shamanic Counseling and Spiritual Life Coaching.

 

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