Sanskrit: Svadhishthana (meaning “sweetness”)
Location: Navel to genitals
Physical manifestations: Sex organs, bladder, prostate, womb, low back and abdomen.
Purpose: desire, pleasure, feminine power, and creativity
Focus: maintaining emotional balance and healthy sexual expression
Statement: “I feel…” related to emotions (rather than body)
The sacral chakra is all about cycling. It is the energy that supports your life cycles – physical, emotional, and spiritual. (Note: see bonus life cycles pdf.)
The sacral chakra is primarily concerned with pleasure and housing your feminine wisdom. Your sacral energy center is involved anytime you feel creatively stifled, in a creative flow, turned on, turned off, hormonally unbalanced, or deeply desiring something (movement, food, sensation, sounds, spiritual or personal connection, etc.).
This is such an experiential chakra. It wants to feel and be felt, deeply, which is often a reflection of how we are in the world. We desire to be felt (touched, understood, seen) and to feel. So what does it mean to feel? We tend to have carefully constructed methods of distraction when it comes to feeling. However, the sacral chakra is healthiest when you allow yourself to experience the full breath, depth, and complexity of your personhood, your soul, and your desires.
Engaging with the Sacral Chakra
Start a conversation with your sacral chakra on paper, with your voice, or in your head and ask a few questions. Start with: Where in my life is it time to unleash my creative power?
Nourishing the Sacral Chakra
Experience sensory pleasure.
Get to know your woman body with books like Cunt by Inga Muscio and Love Your Lady Landscape by Lisa Lister.
Let your creativity out to play.
Give yourself a belly rub.
Have sex! (with yourself or a loving partner)
Let go of something you’re hanging onto (emotional, physical, mental).
Pause and simply be quiet with your body and spirit.