What Is The Root Chakra?

What Is The Root Chakra?

The first chakra is called "the root chakra" or Muladhaar in Sanskrit. It is located at the base of the spine. It's linked to survival instincts and our ability to ground ourselves. It governs security, passion, trust, heredity, feet and legs and your relationship with money, home and job. When the root chakra is balanced, you can feel safe, connected to the earth and in touch with yourself and body completely. It allows for spiritual development to be possible.

Muladhaar develops your feelings of safety. It is connected to the crown chakra and maintains the hormonal system of the body. The root chakra is like a root of a tree, if it is not strong or balanced, then the leaves of the tree cannot fully grow or bloom. The crown would be the leaves of the tree.

The root chakra is located between the genitals and anus, which is called the perineum. When you are in a seated position on the ground, you are in contact with the energy of the earth. This initial energy draws up to the crown.

This chakra is connected to the adrenal glands, which produce the adrenalin hormone and is responsible for the fight or flight response. Adrenalin provides you with strength and stamina that's needed in a crisis or if you're under any kind of attack.

The first few years of your life profoundly influence your root chakras health. If you were given plenty of love, attention and security, you are more likely to have a healthy root chakra. If the opposite occurred to you as a child, if you were deprived of love or left hungry when you cried, then you can become needy and develop a mentality of a victim. If you have a closed root chakra in your adult life, then you'll never be happy and satisfied with your job, home and would constantly worry about money issues. This can lead to dangerous behaviours such as: depression, eating disorders, drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling or prone to illnesses. On the other extreme, if you have a root chakra that's too open, it can lead to materialism, selfishness, isolation, and being prone to loveless sexual addictions.

Having a balanced root chakra means that you will feel physically secure with your body, be confident and follow your instincts that will lead you in the right direction. You will not have needy or domineering traits.

Muladhara is the most instinctual of all chakras - it is your survival center. Your fight and flight response is initiated from this chakra. This is your primal, animal nature.

The energy of Muladhara allows us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times. It connects us with spiritual energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their triumphs.

Since base chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within muladhara.

War, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten our basic survival, are all recorded within energies of the first chakra.

Root Chakra (Muladhara) At A Glance

Sanskrit name: Muladhara - root support
Element: Earth
Color: Red
Shape: Square
Petals of the lotus: Four
Seed sound: LANG
Vowel sound: O
Rights: To have
Endocrine gland: Adrenal cortex
Physical association:The skeletal structure, teeth, large intestine, kidneys, blood
Psychological function: Survival and self preservation
Identity: Physical identity
Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months
Challenge: Fear
Plane: Physical plane
Planets: Saturn, Earth
Deity: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha
Mythological Animal White elephant with seven trunks
Sense organ: Nose
Predominant sense: Smell
Incense: Cedar
Herb: Sage
Sephira: Malkuth
Tarot suite: Pentacles

 Crystals For The Root Chakra 

  • Hematite
  • Tourmaline


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