Swadhistana Chakra: The Key to Creativity Gone Wild
The second chakra, called Swadhistana, or sacral chakra, is the portal into creative endeavor. In tantric traditions it is called the Wari Chakra. In Kabbalist terms, it is associated with the Sephirah Yesod. The Upanishads often refer to this chakra as Medhra. When ego is not in the way of a creative flow, unspoiled art comes forth as creation. When we remove subtle blockages from the second chakra, we are able to experience form in its complete beauty, the way a virtuoso composer creates a perfect symphony or an artist composes a visual masterpiece. All the creative arts, no matter their form, are given life through the energy of the second chakra. ‘Inspired’ works are those who have allowed Swadhistana’s power to be unleashed in full force.
No lifeless or exploitive art can be created with pure Swadhistana energy. It is only those creations which one looks upon with awe, or hears with tingling ears, or touches with the result of tingling fingers that have really been given form through cleared Swadhistana vibrations. This chakra is located near the reproductive organs, and guides even the formation of human life. While unleashing the sensuous creativity of this chakra can result in the bliss of sexual union, the energy is not meant to stay here, nut to rise to higher centers which will eventually make the bliss of sexual activity feel like a pale comparison to the ecstasy of higher chakra awakenings. Many saints and sages have had to face the temptations that arise with a Swadhistana chakra awakening, and are asked to move their energy past this center. The chakra is associated with emotion and desire.Physiologically, this chakra is responsible for governing the hormones of testosterone and estrogen as well as breaking down fat for use in the brain, and for sustaining the Prana of the liver. In esoteric terms, the liver is the home of our attention. When our attention, that is, awareness which rests in observation, is on something, the liver is charged, and underneath this energy lies the subtle force of Swadhistana chakra. It is assumed in ancient yogic teachings, that diseases like Diabetes and cancers of the blood are caused by excessively imbalanced Swadhistana chakra energy.
A balanced Swadhistana governs our interactions with others. When it is highly functioning with get to realize sexual bliss and abundant creativity. When it is devoid of energy, people usually feel depressed or very needy, approaching all relationships as a mean’s to self-gratification only without care or concern for another’s best interests. If this chakra is not balanced, it can lead to the objectification of another person. While you needn’t become an ascetic and shun all sexual activity, you an add consciousness to your sexual practices to help move kundalini energy up and then through to the other chakras. Just increasing the energy of this chakra is not ideal, it must also be balanced so that our impulses can be acted upon with greater conscious direction.
You can balance Swadhistana chakra in several ways. You can simply sit and concentrate on the chakra center quietly, and allow your thoughts to remain in loose-awareness of its energy. You can practice yoga asana like Head to Knee Pose (Janu Sirshasana) or Camel Pose (Ustrasana). You can also practice Vajroli Mudra, a contraction of the urinal tract in men, and Sahajoli Mudra, which includes the clitoral area in the contraction (much like a kegel exercise). These two mudras activate the energy of Swadhistana as well as encourage it to rise past Swadhistana. You can also use the power of sound to balance Swadhistana chakra. It is thought that 417 Hz is the perfect vibration to help balance the energy of creativity and sexual bliss. Every cell in our bodies responds to certain frequencies, and even water has been shown to organize differently when exposed to certain vibrations of sound.
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.
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