The Swadisthana or Sacral Chakra is located about eight inches below the navel, inside the body, at the center of our reproductive organs. Its name comes from “Swasti,” a word that means both live and home, and from “Thana” that means both vital energy and the self. The Sanskrit Mantra letter in the center of the Chakra is “Vam.” It can mean living self, or home of the self. Its sexual nature calls for a counterpart — an “other” who helps us feel complete; one who is met through the body. Love pulls our energy upwards, activating this Chakra as it does so. Attachment to the beloved pulls our energy downwards, blocking it. The Swadisthana Chakra is also the place of creativity. It is where the creation of new life begins, and it is also behind the urge to get up and do things.
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