The defense system is part of our fundamental survival instincts. It operates in us as a continual awareness of safety or threat. Its main emotion is fear. The defense system has hundreds of protection mechanisms, generally falling into two poles – fight or flight. These can be subtle, such as worry, or immensely powerful, as downright panic. The defense system was evolved in the harsh conditions of early man. Many of its actions are no more appropriate for the situations of today. For most people it operates as a brake on our life energy and keeps us from living more full and dynamic lives.

The second chakra is characterized by dependency: we need a mother, a family, a girlfriend. It is the need to belong. And that is a very primary need, a very basic need for all of us.