Highly sensitive people (HSP) can benefit especially from lower chakra healing.
We are so much more than our physical bodies. We also have energetic bodies.
In the same way that our physical bodies can become sick due to stress, anxiety, a passive lifestyle or not eating the right types of food, our energy body also becomes unwell and imbalanced by some of the things that we experience in life.
This post is part 1 of a 2-part series on healing the chakra system, especially for HSPs.
In part 1 we are going to focus on the three lower chakras.
What chakras do
I will start by giving you an overview of the chakra system.
The chakras are energy centres.
Think of them as centres in your body that organise the movement of energy – how we receive energy and also how we transmit energy.
Throughout our body, we have got energy pathways or nadis.
Where these energy pathways intersect with each other you find a chakra.
7 Main chakras
Starting at the bottom of your spine and moving upwards they are
- Root – safety and security
- Sacral – creativity and sensuality
- Solar plexus – self-worth and personal power
- Heart – love
- Throat – self-expression and communication
- Third eye – awareness
- Crown – Spirituality
Because of our sensitivity to energy and stimuli in our environment, lower chakra healing for the HSP is a useful practice to support healing.
I found it a useful tool in my toolbox for self-care and personal wellbeing.
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An imbalance in the chakra system
Generally speaking, when your chakras are unbalanced it means that the energy doesn’t flow through the body and through the energy pathways in the best way possible.
Our memories, beliefs and stories about our past can be stored in the chakras and these may cause blocks or imbalances.
It is possible to clear these blockages through inner healing, developing new supportive habits and creating new ways of thinking.
Affirmations are one of the tools that you can use to help balance your chakras and clear out some of the limiting beliefs that might be stuck in there.
Healing the physical, emotional and spiritual body.
Our chakras don’t only relate to our emotional state.
There are also physical illnesses that can show up as a result of our chakras being out of balance.
Some of the most common examples are digestive issues, heart problems, sugar problems, problems with your feet, your legs and problems with your teeth.
All of these can be traced back to an energetic imbalance in the body.
So, not only are we beginning to heal our emotional and spiritual bodies when we work with the chakras but also our physical body and some of the physical symptoms that we have.
Whether we identify as being highly sensitive or not we all are made up of energy. We all have these energetic pathways and chakras, so really, everyone benefits from balancing and working with their energy centres.
Healing the Root chakra
The first chakra, or Root chakra is located at the base of your spine.
The root chakra is connected to the element of earth and this chakra has everything to do with physical and earthly matters.
This is our chakra centre that is focused on matters of survival, our safety and our security.
Highly sensitive people are by nature of our trait overstimulated quite easily as we are sensitive to stimuli in our environment.
This can show up as not feeling secure or feeling unsafe, which is directly related to the root chakra.
Our root chakra is also where we ground into the earth.
Now, HSPs tend to spend a lot of time in their heads.
We tend to overthink things, and so we spend much of our energy in our upper chakras, leading to feeling ungrounded.
Spending time in our heads means that we are not really connected into our bodies. I’ve spoken before about how making time for grounding as part of our self-care ritual is so important to help reduce overthinking.
Some other things relating to our root chakra are our financial stability, our career, and our sense of belonging. Lower chakra healing as an HSP will also benefit these areas of your life.
Being highly sensitive, we often feel different from everyone else. We notice how others are so different to us in the way that they think and feel, and this can make us feel as if we don’t fit in anywhere.
This can contribute even more to not feeling safe and secure in our environment and relationships.
Any activity connecting the body to the earth is grounding. Try stomping your feet, or mindful walking.
Healing the Sacral chakra
The Sacral chakra is located just below your navel.
It is our centre for creativity, joy and for playfulness.
When this chakra is imbalanced you’re typically going to find very rigid thinking patterns.
Being stuck in repeating the same routine and being very inflexible in the things that you do are big signs of this chakra needing more balance.
Also, another sign that this chakra is out of balance is that you have a hard time relaxing, playing and taking downtime.
Highly sensitive people might often struggle with issues around self-trust and also with trusting others.
HSPs compare themselves to how the other 80% of the people in the world do things and wrongly come to the conclusion that there must be something wrong with them because they are so different to the 80%.
They come to believe that they feel “too much” and respond “too intensely’ leading them to distrust their feelings.
Something that not many HSPs or empaths know, is that our sacral chakra feels the emotions of other people.
When this happens, we are often not to tell our feelings from someone else’s.
A good activity to do is to learn how to create strong energy boundaries, an important part of lower chakra healing as an HSP.
Learn how to strengthen your energetic boundaries so that you don’t take on the feelings of other people!
Something else that you can do that’s going to help bring this sacral chakra into balance is to learn how to play more.
You want to learn to be more flexible and not be so strict with yourself.
This is our chakra centre for joyful and creative expression, and learning how to play more is also such an important part of self-care.
Healing the Solar Plexus chakra
The solar plexus chakra is the seat of your personal power.
This chakra governs your personal power, your sense of self, your self-worth, your confidence and your right to be here and take action.
You might have often heard that you “shouldn’t be so sensitive” or “don’t cry so much” or “don’t overreact that way,
Growing up, when you continue to hear these messages, you might begin to develop shame about who you are.
Shame is one of the things that brings the solar plexus chakra out of balance.
No one likes feeling criticized but HSPs really take criticism to heart.
Because then we see it as a reflection of who we are as a person, it can lead to creating an imbalance in the solar plexus chakra.
As an HSP, lower chakra healing, especially of the solar plexus, can start by you giving yourself permission to be you.
It means that you accept all parts of yourself, even those sensitive parts because that is what makes you, you.
And secondly, in that acceptance you also take action.
The solar plexus is the centre from which action happens, and you strengthen it by taking action.
Healing the lower chakras as an HSP
Our chakras are representative of our entire life, so if you in your physical life find that you are struggling with limiting beliefs or habits and self-sabotaging behaviours, you will find that clearing the lower chakras will help you heal and create change.