This chakra is found in our body at the base of the spine. It is our connection to the element of the Earth and all that we are trying to manifest in this reality. It is our “Right to Have”. This is the center that we store our “Core Beliefs”, or our “Primal Urge”. It holds the beliefs of the ‘tribe’ or the family. And our desire to be in alignment with the tribe, even if it is not healthy for us to be in that belief system. Our main issues for this Chakra is that of “Survival”. This chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our being. Throughout the ancient world in historical and mythological stories, the root chakra has been associated with dragons and snakes. Dragons is a symbol for the kundalini fire energy.
Consciousness: Security, survival, trust, the relationship with money, home, job ability to be grounded, to be present in the here and now. Ability to allow one’s self to be nourished, in the sense of allowing one’s Inner Being to be satisfied. This chakra also reflects a person’s connection with their mother, and with Mother Earth. How the person feels about being on the earth. Connection with the physical body.
LISTEN WHILE YOU READ ABOUT THE ROOT CHAKRA:
Sanskrit name: Muladhara (root)
Location: Base of spine, at the seat of Kundalini
Symbol: A circle surrounded by four lotus petals, with a square inside it.
Central issue: Survival, stability, acceptance, self-preservation, deep-rootedness, perception, grounding, fear and safety
Essential oils: Patchouli, cedarwood, sandalwood
Crystals and Stones: Garnet, Ruby, Agate, Onyx, Haematite, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Bloodstone, Red Coral;
Stars and Astrological signs: Planets Mars, Pluto, and Saturn; Signs of Aries, Taurus, Scorpio, and Capricorn;
Sound or mantra: “Lam”
Body: The physical body
Orientation to self: Self-preservation
Goals: Stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity, trust
Rights: To be here, to have
Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months
Identity: Physical identity
Level of relationship: Tribal
Hormonal glands: Sexual and adrenal
Organs: Immune system, base of spine, legs, bones and bone marrow, feet, rectum, physical body support
Excessive: Sluggish, lazy, tired, monotony, obesity, overeating, hoarding, materialism, greed, Fear of change, addiction to security. Egoistic, domineering, greedy, sadistic, sexual energy entirely genital. Judgment and biased opinions.
Deficient: Fearful, anxious, restless, lack of discipline, underweight, financial difficulty Chronic disorganization. Lack of confidence weak, can’t achieve goals, suicidal, sexual energy, feel unlovable, little interest in sex, masochistic, Fear and insecurity. Blockage in this energy center of the body can result in a core sense of unworthiness and self-doubt and shame. Thought forms such as “I don’t deserve love,” “I’m ashamed of who I am,” and “I’m always misunderstood,” are common in people with a blocked Root Chakra. They try to compensate for these feelings by acquiring, keeping and controlling material possessions, by becoming addicted to material things.
Balanced: Good health, vitality, well grounded, sense of trust in the world, feeling safe and secure, stability, prosperity, ability to relax
Physical Dysfunctions: Frequent illness, disorders of the bowel, large intestine, bones, teeth, problems with legs, feet , base of spine(chronic lower back pain, sciatica); eating disorders; depression; immune-related disorders; skin problems; lack of energy. Drug addictions, anemia, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, gynecological problems, Aids, herpes, Candida. Decreased immune system. Lower back pain. Constipation. Physical problems with the coccyx, anus and genitals are associated with the First Chakra.
Addictions: Food, gambling, shopping, work
Traumas and Abuses: Birth trauma, abandonment, physical neglect, poor physical bonding with the mother, malnourishment, feeding difficulty, major illness or surgery, physical abuse, inherited traumas (eg. war, poverty, etc.)
Spiritual challenge: How well we manage our physical world
HEALING STRATEGY: Physical activity, lots of touch, massage, reconnect with the body, grounding, Hatha yoga, look at earliest childhood relationship to mother, reclaim your right to be here;
It is safe to me to be here.
The earth supports me and meets my needs.
I love my body and trust its wisdom.
I am interested in abundance.
I am here and I am real.
I trust my Higher Self fulfills all mu needs. My life is full of prosperity.
Stand straight, arms at your side, feet about a shoulder-width apart. Imagine a line drawn from the heavens down through the top of the head to between the feet.
Breathing in, rise upon your toes, bringing your hands slowly up to chest height, and keeping your body straight and bottom tucked in. Breathing out, come down on your heels bending your knees as you do, bringing your hands back down again by your sides and sinking down to the floor.
Your body should be relaxed as you do this and the movement should flow. Imagine that you are bringing down energies from the heavens into your feet, the earth and your base chakra. Raising and lowering hands with the rise and fall of the body helps to influence the downward flow.
ROOT CHAKRA MEDITATION: