The Perineal Chakra

(Hui Yin )

Secondary (Yin) Chakra


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This chakra - called in Taoism Hui Yin - is located between the genitals and the anus; the part of the body called the perineum.  It constitutes the lowest of the Yin or descending energy chakras, and is the lower meeting point of the Governor (Yang) and the Function or Conception Vessel (Yin) channels.  Through the legs and feet it is the main link with the universal Earth Ch'i or yin energy.  It also connects with the central channel that runs along the centre of the body to the Crown Chakra. Through this nadi flows the Heaven chi energy (Universal Yang) from the crown chakra. The Perineum centre - often but incorrectly called the Muladhara or Base Chakra - thus constitutes the red or broadcasting pole in the universal energy stream that enters through the crown centre (the violet pole).

The Hui Yin is located between the genitals and the anus; the part of the body called the perineum.  When the Perineum is strong, the organs remain firm and healthy; when it is weak the organs lose cohesiveness and Chi energy drains away.  Because this Centre is the gate through which Ch'i energy from the other organs can be either retained or lost, it is called the "Gate of Life and Death."

This centre constitutes the lowest of the Yin or descending energy chakras, and is the lower meeting point of the Governor or Yang, and the Conception or Yin nadis or channels.  It is connected to the element Earth and hence corresponds to the physical plane of existence, and is (through the feet) the main link with the Earth Chi energy.

The following sketch, from Mantak Chia's book on Awakening Healing Energy, illustrates the way that the Perineum centre is connected by four primary nadis or energy channels:

The first runs along the centre of the body to the Crown Chakra.  Through this central nadi flows the Heaven Ch'i energy (Universal Yang) from the crown chakra.  The exploration of the universe is the attraction for this universal Yang energy.  The Perineum centre - often but incorrectly called the Muladhara or Base Chakra - thus constitutes the red or broadcasting pole in the universal energy stream that enters through the crown centre (the violet pole).  Barbara Brennan's Coccygeal Center seems to confuse the Perineal and the Muladhara chakras.

The second connects to the soles of the feet and allows the absorption of Earth Chi energy (Universal Yin).  This Earth Ch'i energy plays a central role in shamanism and neo-paganism; it is the energy of Gaia, Mother Earth.  (e.g. the "Rainbow Serpent" of Australian Aboriginal mythology). When you walk barefoot on the ground and you get a good feeling from that, that is the Earth or Yin energy.

The third - the Yin or Conception channel - connects to and receives chi from the navel and genital centres.

And the fourth - the Yang or Governor channel - connects to the rear Coccygeal and Sacral Centres and receives from them universal nature energy, as well as transmitting Chi from the the navel and genital centres during the Microcosmic orbit.

Correspondences:

Element: Earth

Colours: Brennan - Red.

Associated Psychological states:

Balanced and Open: You are grounded and comfortable with earthy reality; you are not afraid of dirt or germs.

Overactive: You may be fixated at the anal level, and may have a crude or childish sense of humour. If this chakra takes over the normal role of the Genital Chakra, you will prefer anal to genital sex.

Malfunctioning: You may suffer from obsessive-compulvise behaviour; obsessive tidiness, a fear of germs, etc. Everything in your house has to absolutely spotless.

Blocked: You have difficulty relating to earthy things, and may feel emotionally insecure [Chia, p. ].

Correspondences:

 Status: Primary Chakra (bottom)
Spokes/Petals: 4.
Colours: Red; or Brown.
Element: Earth
Physical body: perineum, anus.
Psychological faculty: Physical Consciousness
Occult faculty: Connection with universal Earth energy

Associated Psychological states:

Balanced and Open: Being grounded and comfortable with earthy reality; not afraid of dirt or germs.

Overactive: Being fixated at the anal level, with a crude or childish sense of humour.  If this chakra takes over the normal role of the Genital Chakra, there will be a preference for anal sex, and in males, homosexuality.

Blocked or Malfunctioning: Difficulty relating to earthy things.  Obsessive-compulsive behaviour; obsessive tidiness, a fear of germs.


Associated major chakra

Muladhara

First Chakra

major and minor Chakras | Notes on Psychological terms


rear chakras
ascending
  front chakras
descending
Crown
Back of Head Microcosmic Orbit Upper Forehead
Middle Forehead
Lower Forehead
Brow
Mouth of God Talu/Lalana
Back of Neck Throat
Base of Neck Thymic
Shoulder Blades Heart
Diaphragmatic Solar Plexus
Door of Life Navel / Sea of Ch'i
Sacral Pubic
Coccygeal
Perineum


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