Sacral chakra – Svadhisthana, Home of the Self

Sacral chakra – Svadhisthana, Home of the Self

Please read Chakra Meditations for context before reading this post.

This chakra is located 3-4 finger widths below the navel and just above the pubic bone. The chakra resonates with the colour orange and is aligned with the water element. Emotions flow through this chakra and it’s where you ‘pick-up’ or sense other people’s emotions. Women are especially sensitive to sacral chakra energy, as their reproductive biology is attuned to birthing and nurturing future generations. In these times, there is a particular role for women in neutralizing indirect fear.

Sacral chakra symbol

Sacral chakra symbol

The symbol for the sacral chakra is a circle within a circle, with the smaller, inner circle touching the larger circle at the top, so that it creates a crescent moon at the bottom. The larger circle signifies the continuous circle of life and nature, birth, death and rebirth. The inner circle represents the individual cycle of life and the crescent represents the crescent moon and the constant chaos and movement that emerges through the interaction of the greater and smaller cycles and the earth and the moon and the planetary bodies and human consciousness – especially via the water element.

The 6th Hermetic Principle and the Sacral Chakra

The sixth Hermetic Principle, the Principle of Cause and Effect, corresponds to the sacral chakra, because the sacral chakra is the source of the creative imagination. The sixth Hermetic Principle states that: every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause, everything happens according to this principle; chance is just a name for a principle that is not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes this principle. Nothing happens by chance or coincidence, we are always the cause or the effect of some one else’s cause. An open and balanced sacral chakra enables you to receive emotional content without disturbance and use it to inform your own creative solutions, to become self-determined, sovereign.

The sacral chakra is the Home, or the Seat of the Self, because it is the energy centre from which you create yourself to be. Ultimately, you are not who you think you are, which will always be a false self, ego identity. The authentic self is created moment to moment, based on actions drawn from the creative imagination (causes) and responses to emotional input (effects). An open and balanced sacral chakra drives pleasure-seeking, curiosity, sensuality and intimacy and enables you to connect to your feelings.

The sacral chakra is also the home of our destructive powers, (especially strong in women) those parts of ourselves we have been taught to dismiss. This is the power of the lioness to protect her cubs, when properly aimed. It is also the source of a witch’s power, if she wants to play a role in securing the future of the anthropos.

Biological Interactions of the Sacral Chakra

On the biological plane, the sacral chakra energizes the reproductive organs and directs fertility and sexual relationships. Unsatisfactory sexual encounters can disrupt the energy of the sacral chakra for both men and women, as can the emotional aspects of non-sexual relationships. Mothers are particularly susceptible to sacral chakra disruptions as they fear for the safety of their children (indirect fear, unlike the direct fear that disrupts the root chakra).

When I worked as a kinesiologist I saw hundreds of women with gynaecological and hormonal imbalances. It turned out that that they had all suffered sexual abuse, as a child, from a trusted relative. When we corrected the imbalance in the sacral chakra and they learned how to stabalize their chakras themselves, they all recovered.

The sacral chakra also energizes the bladder, due to its involvement in the resonance of emotions. Emotions are carried through water (see: Healing the Waters) for urinary and bladder problems there is always an underlying unresolved emotional issues. What is considered to be a problem is simply the body acting as designed and eliminating emotionally toxic water.

Sacral chakra mudras

In this mudra, women would usually cup the right hand with the left hand and for men it would be the other way around. However, there is an exception for left-handers. In some cases left-handed women might want to cup their left hand with their right and left-handed men might find it more natural to cup the right hand with the left. It is an individual choice, going by what feels right to you.

The mudra conveys safety, which is provided differently by men and women. Female safety is protective, holding inwards and male security is shielding, with an outward facing energy.

Sacral chakra mudra

If you’re not sure which one feels right, here is an alternative mudra that works the same for both right and left-handers.

Alternative sacral chakra mudra

Correction/meditation process

  • Sit comfortably with your back straight, where you won’t bee disturbed for 5-10 minutes.
  • Hold your fingers in the chakra position of your choice, resting on your thight is usually the most comfortable.
  • Visualize the root chakra symbol exactly as it is, in red.
  • Breathe in and out rhythmically, same length of in-breath as out-breath, as you hold the image in your mind.. A count of four is usually good

Once again, in this time of incubation the original causes of any imbalance no longer matter, this is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start over. Practising this meditation regularly will resolve any underlying conflict. I especially recommend it to women, who have a special role in neutralizing fear at this time.

Be sure to stabalize the sacral chakra before moving onto the solar plexus chakra.

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