The chakras are an Indian system mapping our personal energy.
We started the Chakra Midlife blog posts to raise more awareness around personal energy. In western culture we learn that energy turns on our light bulbs, however, growing up most of us didn’t learn much more. Personal energy is the energy we create, store, send out and express.
In the past year, someone said they found us by googling “chakra midlife“. I love this. The chakras have become a common reference point for working with personal energy. And, midlife is typically a point in life where we become more aware of our energy. However, we can work with the chakras and personal energy at any point in life.
The chakras are an Indian system of referring to our energy centers. We typically start with the root chakra at the base of the spine and include seven energy centers up the core body to the top of the head.
Interestingly, other cultures also place importance on the core body as a focal center for energy practice. In Chinese culture, the three dan tiens, starting right below the navel and going up to the forehead, are energy centers of great importance. The lower dan tien, below the navel, is often referred to by the Japanese term – hara.
Additionally, in Hawaiian culture, the core body is also a focal point for energy practice. The piko piko refers to the belly button and the crown of the head.
All of these cultural perspectives are helpful in visualizing and working with energy in our core body. Focusing our attention on these energy centers, we can discover ways to support and build our personal energy.
Midlife is typically a time where we revisit our spirituality: body, heart and mind in motion. We may start a new exercise and change our diet to support our body. It is common to meditate more to support a clear mind. We may seek some way to balance our emotions and increase our energy. That’s where the energy centers and practices come into play.
Energy practices such as qigong, acupuncture and reiki can support us in maintaining balanced emotions and plenty of energy.
And, if we consciously turn our attention to the chakras for insights and helpful tips, they may provide another tool for our spiritual transformation.
The second or sacral chakra is located at the level of the lower back and below the navel. This chakra supports your vitality and movement. At midlife, you may find yourself feeling emotionally unbalanced, sexually unsatisfied and spiritually bored. This is naturally a perfect time to dig deeper.
Reconnecting and keeping the second energy center strong helps you engage your curiosity and wonder!
I encourage everyone to connect to their own energy centers for teaching, healing and wisdom. However, it can be helpful to be inspired by suggestions. Below are some suggested ways to play with strengthening and building sacral chakra energy. One key to unlocking sacral energy is to play!
Sacral Chakra Helpers
Support for the sacral chakra includes the color orange, exercise and practicing acceptance no matter where you are at sexually, creatively and in relationship. Working with the sacral chakra is helpful for releasing unhealthy relationships as well as attachments to our “remembered” past relationships.
Put on orange jewelry such as carnelian and mandarin garnet, grab an orange and a carrot, and go for a long walk or jog.
Find a creative way to express yourself. Consider taking an art class, writing, gardening, singing and dancing. Increase awareness around when you send energy out (e.g. send road rage out at someone) versus express it creatively (e.g. write your rage in your journal).
Sometimes a clearing exercise is helpful. I was once taught a helpful clearing technique for the Sacral Chakra by a Taoist master where you tap using your pointy and middle fingers (sword fingers), directly under the belly button (also known as the lower dan tien), and say the sound REEM. I’ve found this to be a helpful practice over the years when I feel my creativity blocked.
The essential oils listed below are a few examples of plant medicine used to support the sacral chakra.
Essential oils are the concentrated form of the plant so purchase from a trusted source and be respectful in using essential oils. Because it is the concentrated form of the plant it is good to buy locally and organic whenever possible.
- Jasmine essential oil (stimulating, harmonizing, helps reawaken passion and restore creativity)
- Ylang Ylang essential oil (stimulating, soothing)
- Clary Sage essential oil (balancing, tonifying, calming)
Try adding 2-5 drops to a diffuser, adding 4-8 drops in a cup of water and using a spray bottle to make a mister you can spray in the air, or try adding 5-10 drops in a bowl of boiling water. You can also add a couple drops to a candle that you are burning. Allow the scent to fill the room while you do some stretching and gentle movement.
The following plants can be good allies for sacral chakra support.
- Damiana for underactivity
- White Sage for overactivity
- Raspberry leaf for tonifying
Raspberry leaf is a wonderful tonic for the uterine muscles and can be drunk as a tea throughout your day. Try burning white sage as a smudge and consider trying a damiana tincture from herb pharm to stoke up the energy of the sacral chakra.
Sacral Chakra Visualization
Get into a comfortable, relaxed position. Take a few deep clearing breaths into the heart space, in the front of your chest. Close your eyes and bring your attention to the sacral chakra, the area below the belly button, filling it with breath.
Notice sensations all around the sides of your lower torso and lower back as they expand with breath. Practice acceptance and non-judgement as sensations arise. Continue breathing into the area around your pelvis, releasing any tension, tightness and toxins on the exhale.
Keeping your eyes closed, imagine your pelvis like a bowl full of light and ask for an image, sound or symbol to help guide you in connecting to and strengthening your sacral chakra. An animal, color or message may appear in your bowl and you may feel a new sensation. Stay open to the possibilities.
Take some time to be with whatever shows up and be curious. What gifts are showing up to support your sacral chakra? How can you engage the sacral energy? What changes in your life will help?
Repeat the sacral chakra visualiztion again when it feels right to do so.
If you’d like to try another chakra meditation, try the ten minute audio we’ve created called Rattle, Body and Light Meditation.
The first or root chakra is located at the base of the spine. This chakra supports your survival and origins. At midlife, you may find yourself wondering more about your origins and how to survive as your true self. Reconnecting to the first energy center teaches you the importance of being grounded and standing up for yourself.
Using meditation, you can bring your attention to the root chakra, notice sensations and practice acceptance. Close your eyes and ask for an image, sound or symbol to help guide you in connecting to and strengthening your root chakra.
While I encourage people to connect to their own energy centers for teaching, healing and wisdom, it can be helpful to be inspired by suggestions. Below are some suggested ways to play with strengthening and building root chakra energy.
Root Chakra Helpers
The gemstone ruby can help support your physical needs as well as the sound LAM. The color red, physical exercise and healthy sleep can also stimulate the root chakra.
Cedarwood essential oil (opening, grounding)
St. Joan’s (John’s) Wort oil (stimulating) ~ a beautiful red oil you can use directly on the skin
Vetiver essential oil (comforting, centering)
Burdock root (rooting in the physical)
Stinging nettles (tonifying)
Try wearing red, meditating while adding one of the listed essential oils to a candle and drink nettle tea for a week. Notice how you feel.
Root Chakra Visualization
Get into a comfortable, relaxed position. Take a few deep clearing breaths into the heart space, in the front of your chest. Close your eyes.
Imagine a red flower such as a rose, poppy or hibiscus. Visualize that you are moving towards the red flower. As you move forward there may be a scene around the flower such as a field of flowers or a river.
Take some time to enjoy the scene and the red flower.
When you are ready, seat yourself next to the red flower. See if you can reach over and touch the flower lightly, or lean over and smell the flower.
What senses are available? Can you feel the breeze or the warmth of the sun? Can you hear water rushing over rocks or the call of birds? Notice and be curious.
As you relax next to the red flower ask for a message or teaching about your root chakra.
You may have a knowing, hear a few words or see a symbol. An animal may appear as a helper. Listen with all of your senses.
When you are ready to come out of your visualization, imagine yourself saying thank you to the red flower, the scene and any helpers that showed up. Gently retrace your steps and come fully back to your body. Breath into the heart space and listen to your heart beat for a moment.
Open your eyes and write down notes from your visualization experience to help you remember what you sensed. Draw images from your visualization to help you remember the teachings and messages.
As you process your root chakra visualization experience see if you can come up with one action or message to take with you into life. Is there a piece of wisdom from your visualization to help balance and re-energize your root chakra?
Repeat the root chakra visualization if it feels right to do so.
If you’d like to try another chakra meditation, try the ten-minute audio we’ve created called Rattle, Body and Light Meditation.