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Today’s show is about the sacrum, the triangular bone at the bottom of your lumbar spine. Now, I could do a show on low back pain; I could do a show on bladder infection; I could do a show on impotence; I could do a show on psychological issues—but I would be falling into the trap if I did. I would be dummying it down for you, disrespecting you, and not giving you the benefit of the higher concept.
Today’s show is not about your chronic bladder infection. It’s not about the fact that you’re half senile. It’s not about the fact that your back is killing you. It’s not about the fact that your knee hurts. It’s not about the fact that you’re impotent. It’s about the fact that if you understand what the sacrum is all about—sacrum as in sacred—if you understand the mystery of the sacrum, you would understand that if you fix your sacrum, you’ll fix everything else.
The mistake you make is that you want to know about what to do about your symptom—how to fix your chronic bladder infection, or how to fix your failing memory, or the back pain or neck pain that won’t go away. You’re not understanding that no matter what you’ve got—the big picture is to understand how to fix the sacrum. What do I mean? What’s wrong with your sacrum?
When people get into their seventies and eighties, when you watch them walk across the street–it looks like they might tip over. That’s when the sacrum starts to fuse to the fifth, fourth, and third lumbar vertebrae. When people begin to fixate down low; they look like they’re going to tip over.
What they don’t tell you is that all of the nerve plexuses—the bundles of nerves somatic and autonomic—that control your bladder—whether you can hold it or whether you can empty it—your testes, ovaries, uterus, vaginal canal, kidneys, rectum—everything down there demands a soft, pliable sacrum.
What do I mean by a pliable sacrum? Watch dancers shake their booty—where the rib cage moves one way and the booty goes another way. You have to have a very pliable, flexible sacrum to be able to isolate the lower part of your body to accomplish that. As you’re doing that, you’re pulling the nerve plexuses. You’re pulling the nerve plexus in front of the sacrum that send current to all the places I just mentioned.
Not to mention that current causes an upward current into your brain. So when they do surgeries fusing L5 to S1– it affects your head. Think of the term “craniosacral”—the sacrum has to be pliable to get up to the head. It shoots a current up to your brain and the ventricles swell. The sacrum is sacred.
Back in the day the pagans, the Druids, the Vikings, the Celts, the Saxons—those eight footer types–those tribes would take this bone and make it into a pendant and wear it around their neck– they knew of it’s esoteric qualities. So did the ancient Egyptians.
Now that being the case, chiropractors will nod and crack, crackety, crack away to mobilize that sacrum. And sometimes that works—but mobilizing the sacrum in the interest of pulling the perineal plexus, of pulling all those nerves and getting them to shoot their electrical current into your organs so your organs work correctly—that’s a tour de force. It’s not just about a chiropractic adjustment or a bunch of acupuncture needles. That’s superficial stuff that may help you in an acute phase—and I hope it does. But, if you want HEALTH, the whole shebang, the home run, the grand slam…you’ve got to do it yourself.
Ida Rolf understood this. Anyone who’s really understood how the body moves understands that you have to mobilize the sacrum. So you need to stand up, tuck under, and squeeze the anal sphincter, squeeze the vaginal canal, and feel a strong pulse in your brain. If you can do this, you’re mobilizing the sacrum. If you can’t, your sacrum is locked. The implications of this are enormous.
If people understood this, health would change dramatically. But the depth of understanding you have to bring to turn what I’m talking about into reality—that’s an education. What a concept—health is an education. Health is not going to the doctor and paying him to give you the “fix.” And I’m talking about holistic medicine.
Holistic health is not about going to the chiropractor for a crack, the acupuncturist for the needles, the massage therapist for a little touch, popping a few herbs and saying you’re holistic. That’s all okay. But the grand slam is underneath that. If you want a quick fix, that’s one thing. But if you want HEALTH, there are concepts. And that’s why you listen to this show—to get the concepts. That is where you get true health.
I do something nobody else does. I put you on a track and I teach you how to create health for yourself. If you’re in the trenches with something, you’ve got to learn what radical health is all about.
Now, getting back to the sacrum. You can’t mobilize the sacrum, you can’t have a fluid sacrum if your quadriceps are tight, if your psoas is tight, if you haven’t done the stretches, if you are not flexible. And it doesn’t automatically happen when you’re flexible—it means you’re one step closer. You need to lengthen through the quadriceps, lengthen through the lower head of the psoas.
There’s one exercise that is extremely effective in strengthening the lower abs and lengthening the psoas at the same time. There’s no such thing as mobilizing the sacrum without lengthening the psoas and strengthening the lower abs. And there’s no such thing as lengthening the psoas unless you lengthen your quads. And there’s no such things as doing all this without dealing with the emotions tucked into your groin. Right at the lower end of the psoas is the groin, where psychological damage exists.
No look at what I just did. Oh the web we weave. But that’s the reality.
You don’t open the Holy Book, memorize a few verses and say “Got it.” Now, why do you do this with your health? So many of you go to Bible study. The Bible is in code. You have to work to understand it. That’s the way health is. But you have to get perspective.
I call you out holistic health, and not that I blame you. You’re innocent. But we are young in our evolution. And the mistake we’re making is simple—we’re not giving it the respect it’s due. You must approach health the way you approach Bible study.
So, lower abs, lower psoas, lengthening the quadriceps, and feeling the emotion as it processes up in that groin area. Now, above and beyond that is the rest of your body. I can’t talk about the sacrum without talking about the cranium. Those of you who clench the jaw, those anal retentives who will not let go of that orifice—the Tony Randall’s out there. Your anal retentive, obsessive compulsive personality will freeze the sacrum. If you walk into my office with low back pain and I get the sense that you are anal retentive about everything in your life—I know my ship has sunk. I’m going nowhere with you because your psychological lock into that sphincter is so progressed that your sacrum is fusing into L5 every second of your life, even while you’re sleeping, and when you sleep you usually clench.
Check that out! You come in with low back pain, you come in with incontinence, you come in with impotence, and you’re anal retentive in your character? End of game. Isn’t that fascinating? Holistic means any time you write down your chief concern—there are fifty other things worked into it—it’s a web. It’s a web, and the weak link is where you feel your pain.
You have to understand that your health concern is the weak link in the chain that extends in a myriad of ways that changes every single second. Health is about a labyrinth. You have to know how to navigate your way out of it. Linear thinking has its place, but you don’t heal linearly. What within you can guide you? The truth is, we call that your soul. The way out of it is through the intelligence of the soul.