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The chakras are fully developed by the time an infant is born, but they activate at different times during our lives, depending on the developmental milestones we are experiencing as we grow. In fact the sequential activation of the chakras can be likened to the developmental template programmed to guide our growth potential and to trigger the physical body to enter the next appropriate phase of growth and development.

In the last post we looked at Chakra One – the chakra that governs physical survival, maintenance of the body, practicality and family (tribal) connections. It stands to reason that this chakra would be activated during gestation and for a short time after birth (up to six months) as this is the time when the physical body is being laid down, and the infant survives by being cared for within the family unit (tribe). Similarly much of our programming about feeling comfortable in our body and having a sense of mastery about our physical world stems from this early time.

Chakra Two is activated during the infancy/baby phase of 6 months to 2.5 years. This is a phase of deep intimacy with the mother through breast-feeding, being held in-arms, cuddled and deeply connected. We learn how to be comfortable with physical closeness and intimacy with another human being through this early skin-to-skin contact and learn how to closely connect on the emotional level as well, through being merged with our mother during our babyhood. We haven’t learned yet that we have individual needs apart from those that involve survival, comfort, connection and safety. Throughout this phase we only just begin to realise that we are separate from the other and that we are different.

The same dynamic is playing out later on in life in our intimate sexual relationship, when, in the sexual act, we come together as one, and then pull apart to experience difference.

On the emotional level we do the same in our ‘significant’ intimate relationship. We merge, and experience togetherness, then we separate out and experience separateness. These cycles of merging and separation allow us by comparison, to begin to know who we are and, as importantly, who we are not.

We therefore begin to define ourselves in relation to the other. Through flexibility and change, we start to learn who we really are and who we are not. Growth, movement and life arise from this centre. The Sacral centre links strongly with the Fifth or Throat chakra, the centre for creative expression.

Chakra Two has long been associated with creativity and sexual expression. Located just above the pubic bone, it corresponds to the region where the spinal chord generates the neuropeptides responsible for innervating our sexual organs. Sex is the most fundamental expression of human creativity. Often sexuality issues stem back to the time in early babyhood when our needs for emotional closeness were not met.

A childhood issue does not necessarily mean however, that we are doomed to a life of sexual barrenness or emotional conflict. Emotional freedom is the keynote of this chakra and by releasing our submerged feelings we flow more easily and gracefully into appropriate sexual expression. By bringing your deepest feelings into awareness, whatever those feelings are, owning them and allowing them to be expressed, we prevent over-merging with others and taking on board feelings which are not ours. In this way, we master our emotions by taking responsibility for only those that are our own and, consequently, travel the journey more lightly.

Again, to get an idea of how balanced your Sacral (Chakra Two) chakra is, answer the questions below. There is no right or wrong, just an awareness of how well you express your Sacral Chakra……

CHAKRA TWO: EMOTIONS, SEXUALITY

How would you rate your ability to express emotions?

How would you rate your sex life?

How often do you show nurturing for others?

Do you allow yourself to relax and seek pleasure in the form of movies, hot tubs, sensual pleasures or food in a nonaddictive way?

How would you rate your physical flexibility?

How would you rate your emotional flexibility?

Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences help to restore balance and clear distortions to the chakras. They do this powerfully but gently by re-attuning you to your best possible expression, assisting you to make decisions in your life that are life-affirming and healing.

For example, Red Kamala helps to re-balance the Sacral (second) chakra by encouraging sexual freedom (emotionally), renews interest in sex, assists flexibility, eases back pain and inspires creativity. It is the perfect essence for opening up to the creative energy that is our basic birthright, but which we often suppress because we  hold our feelings in and forget to ‘go with the flow’.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to optimise your potential by re-balancing your chakras come along to our Spirit of Woman Workshop series. We explore the chakras in depth and how they affect your life when they are out of balance, including the five newer chakras that have opened up recently in human beings as the consciousness of the planet shifts into a higher gear. To find out more click here.

The chakras are fully developed by the time an infant is born, but they activate at different times during our lives, depending on the developmental milestones we are experiencing as we grow. In fact the sequential activation of the chakras can be likened to the developmental template programmed to guide our growth potential and to trigger the physical body to enter the next appropriate phase of growth and development.

In the last post we looked at Chakra One – the chakra that governs physical survival, maintenance of the body, practicality and family (tribal) connections. It stands to reason that this chakra would be activated during gestation and for a short time after birth (up to six months) as this is the time when the physical body is being laid down, and the infant survives by being cared for within the family unit (tribe). Similarly much of our programming about feeling comfortable in our body and having a sense of mastery about our physical world stems from this early time.

Chakra Two is activated during the infancy/baby phase of 6 months to 2.5 years. This is a phase of deep intimacy with the mother through breast-feeding, being held in-arms, cuddled and deeply connected. We learn how to be comfortable with physical closeness and intimacy with another human being through this early skin-to-skin contact and learn how to closely connect on the emotional level as well, through being merged with our mother during our babyhood. We haven’t learned yet that we have individual needs apart from those that involve survival, comfort, connection and safety. Throughout this phase we only just begin to realise that we are separate from the other and that we are different.

The same dynamic is playing out later on in life in our intimate sexual relationship, when, in the sexual act, we come together as one, and then pull apart to experience difference.

On the emotional level we do the same in our ‘significant’ intimate relationship. We merge, and experience togetherness, then we separate out and experience separateness. These cycles of merging and separation allow us by comparison, to begin to know who we are and, as importantly, who we are not.

We therefore begin to define ourselves in relation to the other. Through flexibility and change, we start to learn who we really are and who we are not. Growth, movement and life arise from this centre. The Sacral centre links strongly with the Fifth or Throat chakra, the centre for creative expression.

Chakra Two has long been associated with creativity and sexual expression. Located just above the pubic bone, it corresponds to the region where the spinal chord generates the neuropeptides responsible for innervating our sexual organs. Sex is the most fundamental expression of human creativity. Often sexuality issues stem back to the time in early babyhood when our needs for emotional closeness were not met.

A childhood issue does not necessarily mean however, that we are doomed to a life of sexual barrenness or emotional conflict. Emotional freedom is the keynote of this chakra and by releasing our submerged feelings we flow more easily and gracefully into appropriate sexual expression. By bringing your deepest feelings into awareness, whatever those feelings are, owning them and allowing them to be expressed, we prevent over-merging with others and taking on board feelings which are not ours. In this way, we master our emotions by taking responsibility for only those that are our own and, consequently, travel the journey more lightly.

Again, to get an idea of how balanced your Sacral (Chakra Two) chakra is, answer the questions below. There is no right or wrong, just an awareness of how well you express your Sacral Chakra……

CHAKRA TWO: EMOTIONS, SEXUALITY

How would you rate your ability to express emotions?

How would you rate your sex life?

How often do you show nurturing for others?

Do you allow yourself to relax and seek pleasure in the form of movies, hot tubs, sensual pleasures or food in a nonaddictive way?

How would you rate your physical flexibility?

How would you rate your emotional flexibility?

Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences help to restore balance and clear distortions to the chakras. They do this powerfully but gently by re-attuning you to your best possible expression, assisting you to make decisions in your life that are life-affirming and healing.

For example, Red Kamala helps to re-balance the Sacral (second) chakra by encouraging sexual freedom (emotionally), renews interest in sex, assists flexibility, eases back pain and inspires creativity. It is the perfect essence for opening up to the creative energy that is our basic birthright, but which we often suppress because we  hold our feelings in and forget to ‘go with the flow’.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to optimise your potential by re-balancing your chakras come along to our Spirit of Woman Workshop series. We explore the chakras in depth and how they affect your life when they are out of balance, including the five newer chakras that have opened up recently in human beings as the consciousness of the planet shifts into a higher gear. To find out more click here.

 

  Snail Vine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phaseolus caracalla

 

Healing Challenges

 

  • For infertility, whether female or male.
  • For the frustration and disappointment of repeated IVF failure.
  • For frigidity and impotence.
  • For confusion over sexual preference – feeling repulsed by men.
  • For inability to enjoy sex, intimacy and touch.
  • For being unable to initiate a sexual encounter.

Healing Outcomes

  • Energetically stimulates fertility in females.
  • Energetically normalises sperm production in males.
  • Encourages sexual enjoyment, and enhances sexual satisfaction.
  • Helps in determining sexual preference.
  • Energetically assists couples on IVF, with successful conception and implantation.
  • Assists in restoring body energy.

Description

A decorative, evergreen, twining climber with soft green foliage and curiously twisted, pea-like flowers in shades of purple, white and yellow. The flowers have a delightful perfume and are produced from mid-summer to early autumn.

Caracalla means that it comes from Caracas, in Venezuela. A fast-growing, twining perennial vine, it attracts butterflies with fragrant flowers from mid-summer into autumn. The five-centimetre blooms have upper petals that contort and bend backwards, with the elongated keel coiled in four or five spirals like a corkscrew or snail. The flowers are quite fragrant and are mostly pollinated by ants. The roots are used in Mexico to make an exciting alcoholic drink called batari.

It is a vigorously growing vine, clinging sensually to whatever form supports it.

Doctrine of Signatures

The purple colour represents spirit precipitating into matter.

The flower is shaped curiously, looking like the male and female sex organs rolled into one. The penis is represented by a phallic-shaped keel, which arises from underneath and curls up between two labial-looking outer petals. When an insect lands on the yellow-tipped, clitoris-shaped mound on one of the outer petals, the ‘penis’ extends, producing a sticky pollen-covered anther and touches the ‘clitoris’ mound with its tip.

 

Annie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Snail Vine EssenceAnnie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Snail Vine Essence

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Cordyline ballerina

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cordyline stricta

 

 

Healing Challenges

  • For fear of being alone, abandoned or deprived.
  • For fear of not being in a relationship.
  • For co-dependency.
  • For women who give their power to men.
  • For issues with the father.
  • For fear of men.
  • For ‘sexism’.
  • For feeling that the male in your life is more important than you are.
  • For fear of intimacy, and of being seen as vulnerable.

Healing Outcomes

  • Re-establishes trust in oneself.
  • Assists easy acceptance of single status.
  • For joyful acceptance of being a female.
  • Heals the relationship with the father.
  • Assists women in healing sexual abuse in the past.
  • Assists women to access their feminine intelligence.
  • For embracing the male and the female within.

Description

Cordyline stricta is known as the Narrow-leaved Palm Lily. It is a member of the Asteliaceae family. In days gone by, it was included in the Agavaceae family. There are many species in the genus and eight of these are native to eastern Australia.

Cordyline stricta is a tall shrub of about 2–3.3 metres tall with long, linear leaves and pendulous clusters of purplish-appearing flowers in spring. It stands erect, or curved, depending on what it has to grow around, with long sheathing flowers.

The flowers are small and bell-shaped, and grow in dense panicles from the upper part of the plant. They appear as small white to purple flowers in winter and spring in clusters (panicles) from the upper leaf axils.

Fleshy, shiny black fruits follow the flowers. Both flowers and fruits are attractive features of the Palm Lily. Although individual flowers are small, they are sometimes visited by honeyeaters.

Cultivated for their foliage, the leaves are deep, glossy green, linear in shape and up to half a metre long by about 2.5 cm wide, with a sheathing base.

They require a rich soil and a shaded position with plentiful moisture.

The fruit develops into a crab apple-looking seed, which, when broken open, looks like the human multidimensional anatomy, or human being, complete with surrounding aura.

Doctrine of Signatures

The flowers are small and detailed, and each individual flower seems to be lost in a crowd. They stretch outwards and upwards as if reaching out.

The leaves are showy and overshadow the tiny but beautiful flowers. These plants are cultivated as decorative plants for their foliage rather than the flowers. It is as if the real beauty is overlooked while the misplaced focus is on the leaves.

Although the flowers are the parts of the plant that ensure survival, they appear to be insignificant.

It is as if the important aspects of life are trivialized and inconsequential with no attention being paid to them.

 

Annie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Cordyline EssenceAnnie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Cordyline Essence
For further discussion and case studies on Cordyline, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences Essences.

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Blue Mink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ageratum houstonianum

 

Healing Challenges

  • For stress
  • For feeling unduly pressured.
  • For feeling threatened.
  • For aversion to intimate touch.
  • For feeling stressed by sexual advances from a partner.
  • For being closed off and hard-edged.
  • For deep emotional pain from a past relationship.
  • For energetic balancing around skin diseases such as psoriasis, eczema, neuro-dermatitis, superficial wounds and scratches.

Healing Outcomes

  • Relieves stress and tension.
  • Opens a stressed woman to being comforted.
  • Softens the hard lines of tension.
  • Restores a sense of connection and intimacy.
  • Heals long-held emotional heart wounds from the past.
  • Has a soothing, healing effect on the skin.
  • For healing energetic patterns around psoriasis, neuro-dermatitis, eczema, especially when worse with emotional stress.

Description

Native to tropical Mexico, this member of the Asteraceae or Compositae family (which contains daises, sunflowers and asters) is a popular and easily grown annual that has escaped cultivated gardens and now flourishes as a classified weed.

It is fully established in Australia and is commonly known here as Billy-goat weed, Blue Mink or Blue Top.

It has low sheen, heart-shaped leaves that are slightly furry with showy blue, lavender and mauve-pink fluffy, soft flower heads.

It is an annual growing to 0.3m high by 0.3m wide. It flowers from December to April (summer and autumn) and the seeds ripen from February to April. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by moths and butterflies.

Hardy, it prefers a sunny position with protection from the cold wind. It cannot grow in the shade and requires dry or moist soil.

Medicinally, it is classed as an anodyne — an agent that soothes, comforts or relaxes. The juice of the plant is used externally to treat cuts and wounds.

An ornamental plant, the flowers are very attractive to butterflies that can be seen dancing around their soft, blue fluffy flower heads in the sunshine.

Doctrine of Signatures

The soft, puffy appearance of this attractive little flower calls out to be touched. It gives the impression that it could be used to stroke the skin soothingly.

It has heart-shaped leaves that are soft, furry and pleasing to touch.

Its soft blue, lavender and pink colours are classically feminine and evoke a sense of tenderness.

Medicinally, it is classed as an anodyne, which is used to relax and soothe, so it carries the quality of softening the hard lines of tension and stress that grip and tauten the body.

Its use in treating cuts and wounds on the skin suggests a strong healing quality for emotional wounds that have penetrated deeply through the protective barrier of the aura that, when intact and healthy, protects the skin and keeps us feeling safe and relaxed.

It loves to grow in the filtered sun, evoking the image of lying in a relaxed state, soaking up gentle warmth and feeling no anxiety, stress , tension, pressure or sense of threat.

It likes to be protected from harsh, cold, windy conditions, signifying the sense of wanting to be kept safe from the outside world.

Originally a cultivar that has escaped and now roams free across the landscape, it suggests the feeling of freedom that women experience when they are liberated enough to relax and enjoy their sensuality and sexuality.

For further discussion and case studies on Blue Mink, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences

 

Annie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Blue Mink EssenceAnnie Meredith's Australian Wild Flower Essences Blue Mink Essence

For further discussion and case studies on Blue Mink, please purchase the book, Spirit of Woman Australian Wild Flower Essences Essences.

Annie Meredith's Spirit of WOman Australian Wild Flower Essences