The Sanskrit name is called Muladhara, which is means “root support”. This chakra is the foundation of the entire chakra system. It is located at the perineum, which is the fleshy area between the anus and the genitals on both men and women. This chakra is associated with the adrenal glands that control the fight or flight response, which are also the seat of our ancestral energy. It also supplies the pelvic region with energy.
This chakra is associated with the adrenal glands, which secrete a number of steroid hormones, one of which is adrenaline. It is associated with our skeletal structure, which gives us stability, and also our legs and feet through which serves as conduit straight to the grounding effects of Earth through the sciatic nerve.
The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in our body. It begins in the sacral plexus, which is the seat of this chakra, runs down our leg and branches into our feet. This is our energetic connection to the Earth which is the element of this chakra.
This chakra has the lowest vibration of all the chakras. The chakras are like funnels that pull in the cosmic energy through the swirling cone, and release the spent energy back into the cosmos through the center eye of the funnel. This red root chakra vortex spins the slowest of all the chakras.
This is the beginning of our chakra journey. The root chakra is the base of the chakra system. It is important that this chakra be opened and balanced to assure a firm foundation. This is the chakra that roots us in this world and generates our comfort zone. This is where Shakti Kundalini lies coiled, ready to move up the sushumna and pierce each chakra on her trip. However, we must first be grounded and balanced in this chakra before the Kundalini snake will even begin the journey. See link below for an explanation of the Sushumna Nadi, and the other two nadis that we will be exploring in later lessons.
Grounding is like plugging yourself into the Earth. When you are rooted, you feel comfortable, and are capable. If you are not grounded, some things may send you spinning off into depression, self loathing or some other self-deprecating behavior. We need to ground ourselves, and firm up our support system, and that is what we’ll be working on in this lesson.
I would like to quote Anodea Judith, PhD “Many people experience difficulty because their upper chakras are too open, while their lower chakras are not stable enough to support the barrage of psychic energy they pick up around them. At its extreme, this creates serious mental disorders, such as psychosis.” Now you have to notice the word extreme here, so this does not mean that everyone who has an imbalance between the upper and lower chakras is a psychotic. What it does mean is that we need to give sufficient attention to grounding, and to balancing the first chakra. Through grounding we can channel psychic overload into the ground. Many people on MW are in this position. I plan to spend more time here in this chakra, and the other lower Chakras, before moving onto the upper Chakras.
In this first chakra we a concerned with survival. We must first see that our basic needs for food, clothing and shelter are met in a way that assures healthy existence. Once these needs are seen to, we are free to move to the higher levels of consciousness, without being yanked back by the tether of worry about survival. Those who are constantly struggling with health issues or finances tend to be trapped in the first chakra. These issues need to be resolved before progress will be made. This is especially true for those people who worry about things that have no grounding in reality. We need to come to grips with our right to be here, and to be happy. The balanced individual will find that they live simply, and the things they need flow to them.
The goal here in this life is to be happy and learn. Undue attachment to things becomes a trap that can hide our goal. The physical world is a tool to be used to learn lessons, but that also is not “WHO” we are. This isn’t to say that you can’t have nice things; it is just that undue attachment to stuff is a trap. It keeps us locked into the belief that we are what we have, and that the more you have the better you are. When some people lose their stuff they feel inferior. Some people feel inferior if they don’t have as much stuff as someone else. It is a huge vicious circle of lack, desire, and disappointment. This is the trap that materialistic existences create. You are not the things that you own. You are not a better or worse person if you don’t have many things or you have lots of things. You are the same person in either case, the perception is what has changed. I call this stinkin’ thinkin’.
The balance of this chakra comes from our realization that we are here to be happy and learn. We can manifest good things in our life if we allow them to come. We know that the universe will provide for us. In this knowing we set up the vibration that will attract all things that we need and want. Spend time in meditation with this paragraph. You are loved by the source energy, as that is all that it knows how to do. You are here to be happy and learn. Relax and let the universe take its course.
We act out of this chakra when we, our loved ones or our way of life is threatened. The adrenal gland is associated with this chakra are it triggers our fight or flight response. This is a critical function for us, and the changes that occur in our body are designed to give us the best possible chance to survive a challenge. However, many people in our society have developed a need to live like the Jones’ and they constantly feel anxious that someone or something is threatening their stuff, which causes their adrenal glands to always pump them full of adrenaline. This is not a healthy way to live. We need to get a grip on the reality of this situation; all we really need to survive is food, clothing and shelter, everything else falls into the realm of wants.
The common physical dysfunctions are sciatica and osteoarthritis, conditions that affect the knees, feet, hips; constipation or diarrhea. Other conditions include kidney stones, osteoporosis, and autoimmune dysfunction. Emotional dysfunctions are lethargy, spaciness, trouble concentrating, trouble achieving goals, and trouble being still.
Bully, over materialistic, self-centered to a fault, restless.
Self-mastery, high physical energy, grounded, healthy
Recommended Methods to help balance the Root Chakra
Make an abundance list. What are you grateful for in your life? These need not be material things. Make a list of your wealth; again these need not be material. They can be people, places you like to go, things you like to do and can do.
Stand on the ground outside barefoot. Now take 4 breaths in this manner: inhale through the nose for a count of 4, hold for a count of 8 and exhale through the mouth with a whooshing sound for the count of 7. It does not matter the length of the count as long as it is even. While doing the breath place the tip of the tongue at the conjunction of your upper teeth and gums.
After the breathing, imagine that your nervous system’s sciatic nerve system (dark yellow orange in the legs and feet) is extending into the earth. Feel it extend into the Earth clear to the magnetic core. Feel the magnetic energy pull and extend the nerve into the Earth, and fasten you there safe and secure. Feel that energy move up those roots you have planted into the earth, like water through the roots of a plant. Feel that clean energy course through your body and ground you in the earth energy. Feel the red light of the Earths core enfold you in the secure knowledge that you have everything you need; food, clothing and shelter. Secure in the knowledge that the Source within is not going to let you starve, and that everything else is just “Stuff”. You are perfect just the way you are; Source does not make mistakes.
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"The person who experiences the activation of this center of force easily succeeds in overcoming the attachment for earthly matters and becoming highly courageous, defeats for good his/her fear of death. The concentration and meditation on Muladhara chakra leads to the knowledge of this chakra and of the means of awakening it." (Swami Shivananda)