Monday, April 30, 2012

Swadhisthana - The Sacral Chakra

Swadhisthana is the Sacral Chakra or the 2nd Chakra located below the navel. It is associated with primal feelings, enthusiasm, openness to others and personal creativity. In one word, the Sacral Chakra is about fertility…physical, emotional and mental fertility, which is essential for creation. The verb attached to Swadhisthana would be ‘feel’, as in “I Feel.”

Orange is the color vibration related to the Sacral Chakra with Carnelian, Coral, Orange Calcite, Moonstone, Red Aventurine, Blood Citrine and Orange Jasper gemstones all acting upon the balance of the chakra. Although technically not a gemstone, Amber also acts upon Swadhisthana. The Sacral Chakra is tied to the Water element and the herbs Coriander and Fennel.

Swadhisthana is connected to our sense of smell and responds to Damiana, Benzoin, Cardemon, Clary Sage, Fennel and Sandalwood, notes a bit higher than those associated with Muladhara but still very earthy scents with depth. The Mantra connected to the Sacral Chakra is VAM and is sometimes chanted at the D tone above middle C during meditation. It is also vocalized as a hard “o” as pronounced in “home.”

Physically, the Sacral Chakra is connected to the reproductive organs, kidneys, bladder and spleen.

Tomorrow will focus on how to tell if your Swadhisthana is out of balance.