The first Chakra we are going to explore is also the first Chakra which is developed in our subtle bodies, the “Muladhara” or Root Chakra. Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.
- Physical Location: Base of spine, coccyx
- Color: Red
- Symbol: Four petal lotus
- Symbolic planets: Earth and Saturn
- Meditate on: “I Am”
- Energetic Function: Basic survival, connection to earth and family, tribal power, law and order
- Energy connection to the physical body: Spinal column, rectum, legs, bones, feet and immune system
- Energy connection to the emotional and mental body: Foundation of emotional and mental health, self-esteem, social order
- Spiritual lesson: Material world lessons
- Symbolic/perceptual connection: Need for logic, order, and structure, five senses, literal perceptions
- Primary fears: Fears of physical survival, abandonment by the group, and loss of physical order
- Primary strengths: Tribal/family identity, bonding, tribal honor code
- Sacred truth: “All is One”-carries the message that we are connected to all of life and that every choice we make and every belief e hold exerts influence upon the whole of life
- Physical Dysfunctions– lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders
- Information Stored Inside Root Chakra – familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pleasure or pain, touch
The watercolor by Catherine G. Mcelroy (pictured adjacent) does a wonderful job of symbolizing the purpose of the Muladhara. An open and functioning Muladhara, roots us into the earth, providing us with a sense of stability and connectedness. It is from stability and order that we are able to lead lives with direction and purpose. Our first sense of stability comes from our experiences with our family. It is in this sacred group that we start to identify with others, create bonds for survival, and become a part of the tribal culture that shapes our lives. The tribe teaches us about the power of sharing a belief with other people, loyalty, honor, and justice – moral attitudes that are essential to our well-being and sense of personal and group responsibility. The tribe can also show us how painful it can be to be excluded from a group and its energy.
Root Chakra Blockages
If there are disruptions early in our life such as birth trauma, abandonment by our parents, being abused by our caregivers, major illnesses or surgery, or growing up in an unsafe environment, we will most likely have energy blockages in our Root Chakra. Being a holocaust survivor or a war veteran may also causes blockages in this energy center.
The symptoms of a blocked Root Chakra usually show up as high anxiety, the feeling of being ungrounded, or being high-strung. You may also feel as though you don’t connect with other people, being one not of this world. Root chakra blockage also goes hand in hand with sexual dysfunction, as kundalini energy is unable to permeate the chakra in this state.
There are many physical imbalances and malfunctions that may occur if our Root Chakra is not balanced or has major blockage. Examples of these include: AIDS, cancer, herpes, arthritis, yeast infections, drug addictions, bladder problems, sciatica problems, urethral problems, eating disorders, disorders of the bowel, anus, and intestines; issues with the buttocks, legs, lower spine, knees and feet. There are also psychological imbalances that may occur from a blocked Root Chakra. These include: identity crisis, accident prone, weak ego structure, being in survival mode, and dependent personality.
The amount of energy flow moving thru a particular Chakra is very important. We are striving for a balanced flow- not too much energy, and not too little.
Finding Our Center in the Root Chakra
If you believe that you may have a blocked or unbalanced Muladhara, do not despair. These blockages and imbalances may be corrected with meditation, changes in your diet, Reiki, yoga, Tai Chi, visualization, psychotherapy and other therapies.
Upcoming posts will teach us how to become grounded, and balance and unblock our Root Chakra. It is with a balanced and free flowing Root Chakra that we feel stable in this ever changing world.
From my open heart to yours,