Desire exists in you as in everything. Realize that is also resides in objects and in all that the mind can grasp. Then, in discovering the universality of desire, enter its radiant space.
— Vijnanabhairava Tantra
 
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Swadistana

Sanskrit – Swadistana aka “sacral chakra”

Element – Water

Location – Tip of the tailbone

Karmendriya (action organ) – genitals, kidneys, urinary system

Jnanendriya (sense organ) – tongue

Tanmatra (sense) - taste

Yantra – silver crescent

Lotus – six petalled orange lotus

Mantra – vam (pronounced vum)

God/Goddess – Vishnu/Saraswati

Associations – creativity, fluidity, sexuality, sensuality, desire

Blockages – creative block, fear of water, sexual dysfunction

 
 

Intro to Swadistana

Swadistana is related to the water element and controls fluids in the body. The crescent moon is the shape associate with this chakra, as the moon governs the tides and bodies of water. Swadistana is associated with sexuality, creativity, and desire. In non-dual tantra, having desire is not considered to be negative. In fact, desire can be a practice in and of itself. It is only the ego attachment to desire that keeps us from liberation. We stop seeing desire as a means of attaching to objects, and start experiencing pure desire as a way of engaging in the pleasure of our experience with the world. Pleasure is our birthright—it can bind us to our patterns or liberate us.

Swadistana is also the storehouse of our subconscious. As we meditate on swadistana, we also allow the subconscious desires and previous karma to be released. This might come in the form of an emotional deluge, an expression of our sensual desires, or prolific creativity. It might be seen as “shadow”, the parts of ourselves that have remained hidden, longing to be expressed. Take note of what emerges, in your practice, meditations, and in your dreams this week.

Saraswati is the goddess of creativity, language, and the arts. What are you creating in this moment — a new business, a creative project, a child? What act of creation lights you up when you think about it? It might be taking photos in nature, cultivating a new relationship, or cooking a new delicious meal. Set the intention to cultivate it this week. Conscious conception goes beyond knowing what we want, it’s also understanding why we want it and how to pursue these desires with intention and grace. Find pleasure in whatever you’re creating, not based on the future result, but in the JOY of creating it!

 

Practice

This immersion is intended to be done for at least 5 days or in-depth up to 30 days. Do the video practice, followed by the guided meditation, then choose one of the Free Writes below. The mantra meditation can be done seated or lying down at any time.

I. Video practice

Learn ujayi pranayama with kechari mudra to quiet the mind and activate the subtle body.

II. Swadistana Meditation

Connect with and explore the sacral chakra and its properties.

III. Saraswati Mantra

Evokes creative inspiration, sensuality, and flow. You can repeat the mantra aloud or internally.

Mantra “Om aim saraswatyei namaha”

Om ay-eem suh-ruh-sva-tyeh Nuh-muh-ha

i honor the light of inspiration and creative flow within me.

Meditations

Free Writes

Set a timer for 10 minutes. Try to write continuously without stopping, editing, or analyzing.

1. What is your heart’s deepest desire today?

2. What do you value most in your relationships in this moment?

3. How do you express your creativity and artistry? Do you have creative desires in this moment that need to be expressed?

4. What is your relationship to pleasure in this phase of life? How can you bring more pleasure into your life?

5. What is your emotional state in this moment? How has it been in the past week? How does it show up in your body?