Chakra two, the sacral chakra, is the source of passionate emotions. It embodies our innate inner wildness. When this wildness has been repressed, we will often seek to destroy its external counterpart, wilderness, for it is too painful to have mirrored back to us from nature the freedom and beauty that we have denied within ourselves. Where this wilderness once was we construct strip malls, amusement parks and zoos, so someone else can sell back to us inferior imitations of our intended birthright.
Twas the 19th of April, 1943 in Basel, Switzerland, and Sandoz Labs chemical researcher Albert Hofmann had been researching a derivative of ergot fungus, attempting to isolate a new anti-hemorrhaging drug. Three days before, on Friday, April 16, Hofmann had noticed some odd dizziness and restlessness after he'd been working with the new extract, and so in the course of seeking more information on the next working day he deliberately exposed himself to what he thought was a safely minuscule dose: a quarter milligram.
When the first chakra is balanced, we have what is needed; we feel safe and secure. Until this chakra is balanced and its issues addressed, we will find it hard to focus our attention elsewhere. If we are always in a crisis or survival mode, we have little energy to devote to other areas of our life. It makes little difference whether the threats to our survival are real or perceived; both situations trigger the adrenals to respond.
The caduceus, better known as the medical symbol, with its central staff, entwined snakes and feathered wings on top, looks uncannily similar to the subtle energy system described by the ancient Hindus of India. In this system, seven chakras (or energy centers) are aligned along a vertical column which parallels the spine. Two more subtle energy currents form helical spirals crossing at each chakra, ending at the crown chakra, which is symbolized by a thousand petaled lotus.
by Donna Henes
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