Svadhistana is associated with our impulses towards seeking pleasure and feeling and expressing sexual energy. It does not correspond directly to the sex organs, but rather to the original subtle energy behind sexual impulses. Emotional and mental components of this chakra include decision-making, power, addictive tendencies, sexual energy, relationship patterns, and creativity.
Translation: Svadhisthana~“one’s own abode”
Location: Lower belly and inner pelvis, pelvic bone
Seed Mantra: “Vam”
Phase of life: 6m-2yrs
Essential Oils: Orange, Rose, Jasmine
We all have the power to choose and create our own reality; this power is rooted in our second chakra. This fundamental creative power can be motivated by faith, love, positivity; or fear, doubt, and negativity. Over- or under-active sacral energy is manifested physically (by low back pain, reproductive problems, elimination problems, etc.), emotionally and mentally (expressed by feelings of apathy, defenselessness, impulsiveness, shame, guilt, etc.). Svadhisthana is also associated with the desires of the unconscious mind, including sexual desires. It is said that this is why it is very difficult to raise the kundalini shakti above svadhisthana. Holding beliefs that are no longer useful to us negatively impacts our choices and creates confusion and distress. Because second chakra imbalances affect our mental and emotional perceptions, they impact the motivations behind our life decisions.
Svadhisthana offers us the opportunity to lessen our need for control and find balance in our lives. It teaches us to recognize that acceptance and rejection are not the only options in our relationships. Second chakra energy enables us to make changes in our life by making clear personal choices. A well-functioning second chakra helps one maintain a healthy yin-yang existence.
The lotus of svadhistana has six petals, corresponding to the vrittis of affection, pitilessness, delusion, disdain, suspicion and supreme destructiveness.
Our love of life and thriving brings us to the watering hole where we meet others. We find parts of our Selves projected out into the environment through our relationships. How skillfully we navigate these relationships depends upon the tribal codes of behavior that defined our survival to that point. We flow into and out from these taught codes of morality and behavior, refining our skill sets and developing our capacity to yield and stay afloat an ever-changing set of circumstances.
Attuning to the body, in order to find stability as homeostasis, develops our ability to ‘sense’ other parts of the Self — such as our emotions, which also swim within these waters. Emotions give our internal worlds color, texture, nuance, pleasure, and ample motivation to stay interested and curious in our Selves; our well being, and the effects we create in the world.
This nonverbal arena is easier to understand through exploration rather than explanation. To begin exploring what histories and beliefs may be living in your sacral chakra, ask yourself about your fluid nature to create relationships in your journal. Your starting place could be an orange hat or an orange blanket. It could be bridge pose or a hot bath. It could be the smell of a rose or the taste of your favorite childhood meal. Allow your ideas, thoughts, emotions and memories to take any form (images, words, music, movement) arriving at the truest expression of yourSelf.
Where to begin
In order to feel stable we need to be curious about being in relationship with the Earth and her waters through giving & receiving/ push & pull/yes & no. In the morning or evening, take a break, settle into yourself by using an MBCY Breathing Practice to connect to your body.
From this quiet place, allow space for one of the questions below — relating to an aspect of svadhisthana chakra, in the deep belly . This may be an unanswered question or one you may have been asking your whole life. This process of writing will illuminate dark rooms of the unknown that live in the house of your body, the place where your truest Self lives.
Enter each dark room, of the mind, emotions and unseen parts of your being sometimes called the ‘heart field’-trusting the brightness of your innate intelligence. Each prompt is related to some aspect of intelligence and ‘knowing’ that can be found in the many parts of your Self.
Svadhisthana self study
1. In order to glean perspective, ask your Self::
What was important in my family when I was a child? What is most important to me now?
What do the “mother”and “father” archetypes bring to mind?
Do they flow fluidly or with sternest and rigidity?
2. Be proactive~make a list of things to ‘Stop Doing’ that aren't fun or nourishing.
Now what kind of pleasure is there space for……