Swadisthana Chakra - The Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra — Swadisthana

The Sacral Chakra, Swadhisthana, also known as the Seat of the (emotional) Self, is located about 3 fingers above the external genitals. It is said to govern our sexual energy, our emotions and fantasy. The commonly related element is water. Svadhisthana in this sense gives great importance to social interactions, appearance and reputation. Imbalanced energy on this level can therefore bring depression, confusion, anxiety, or envy. Sensual dance or connecting with water through swimming, steam sauna etc. can soothe these tendencies.

LOCATION
3 fingers above the external genitals

ELEMENTS
Gross element: Water — fluidic state of matter
Subtle element: Apas Tatva

SENSE ORGANS
Sense: Taste
Action organ: Genitals
Perception organ: Tongue

SANSKRIT
Svadhistana
स्वाधिष्ठान

PRONUNCIATION
swa-dhi-shtA-na

TRANSLATION
Self (Sva)
Seat (Dhisthana)
Sacral Chakra

Characteristics

ANIMAL
Makara, a mythical alligator

POLARITY
Male & female

ARCHETYPE
James Bond
Marilyn Monroe

PHYSICAL BODY
Everything fluidic — blood, tears, saliva, sweat, sperm, etc.

ETHERIC BODY
Vyana Vayu

CAUSAL BODY
Using fantasy to understand spiritual concepts, exemplifying through stories and fairy tales

Emotions & Mentality

- Very social and connect easily
- Good hosts
- Can be very charismatic
- Optimistic and cheerful
- Sense for appearance and presentation
- Fantasy, imagination, romance
- Creativity, but artistic traits come rather according to fashion
- Sexual energy
- Move with sensuality, great dancers
- Like water, highly adaptable and convertible
- Following the mainstream / status quo
- Can easily copy people and emotions
- Can fake love, courage, even enlightenment
- Love life based on pleasure, seduction, playfulness, and flirting

Imbalance / Shadow Aspects

Imbalances on a certain level of consciousness appear due to an excess or a lack of energy on this level.

- Obsession with sensations and pleasure
- Confusion, living too much in fantasies
- Identified with emotions, unable to control them
- Sadness, depression, restless anxiety
- Envy, jealousy, cunning, betrayal
- Overly concerned with reputation
- Shame, can't communicate with opposite sex
- General social awkwardness, can't connect
- Blocked creativity

BALANCE
Swimming, steam sauna, sensual dance

Tradition

"Through contemplation of this center, the yogin becomes attractive to the world, especially to the other sex, which can turn into a formidable test for him."
- Georg Feuerstein - Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga

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