Root Chakra

‘To heal our relationship to our bodies is to heal our relationship with the Earth.
To regain our ground is to regain our aliveness, and the foundation of all that follows’
 
RootSanskrit name: Muladhara, meaning ‘Root’
Natural right: The right to be here and to have, the right to exist
Location: Base of spine, coccyx, perineum (area between the sexual organs and the anus)
Endocrine gland: Adrenals (dealing with fight-or-flight response)
Developmental age: 2nd trimester to 12 months (physical growth, bonding)
Plexus nerve: Coccygeal plexus
Colour: Red                         Musical note: C
Element: Earth                   Sense: Smell
Saboteur: Fear                   Seed sound: LAM
Metal: Lead                         Planets: Saturne, Earth
Guna: Tamas                      Foods: Protein, meat
Lotus petals: 4                 Yoga path: Hatha yoga
Herbs: Dandelion, Ashwangandha, Haritaki Myrobalan 
Incense: Cedar
Essential oils: Angelica Root, Basil, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Marjoram, Myrrh, Oak Moss, Patchouli, Pepper, Rosemary, Rosewood, Spikenard, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
Minerals/Gemstones: Anyolite, Black Kyanite, Black Obsidian, Black Onyx, Black Sapphire, Black Star, Black Tourmaline, Bloodstone, Brecciated Jasper, Bronzite, Carnelian, Coral, Cyanite, Dalmatian Jasper, Fire Agate, Garnet, Hematite, Labradorite, Larkivite, Leopard Skin Jasper, Lodestone, Magnetite, Mookaite, Red Agate, Red Aventurine, Red Calcite, Red Jasper, Red Tiger’s Eye, Red Zincite, Ruby, Rutilated Quartz, Sardonyx, Smoky Quartz, Snowflake Obsidian, Zircon
Chief operating force: Gravity 
 
 
Root ChakraThe Root Chakra, also called ‘Base Chakra’, is our foundation. It is the entry point and initial transformation of the Earth energy therefore it gives support for all the other Chakras. It gives us the solid ground from which to expand our roots and is associated with our instinct and survival needs, as it participates in the reproductive functions of the organism. It is also linked to the quantity of physical energy a person possesses and the will to live.
Here we encounter the realm of Matter and Manifestation. The Root Chakra represents our physical identity and is concerned with self-preservation as its basic level. After birth, we learn to identify with the physical body and its needs; this is essential otherwise we would be dissociated from the body and disconnected from the world. Growing into the Root Chakra, we are establishing our place in the world. It needs to be balanced in order for us to reclaim the temple of the body, a divine vessel allowing us to travel and manifest on the Earth plane.
Without a balanced Root Chakra, it is impossible to fully balance the other Chakras. When it is out of balance, one feels ungrounded, fearful, weak in kidneys, legs, hips, buttocks, unfocused and unable to achieve their goals.
 
Purpose
Nourishment – Trust – Security – Safety – Health – Home – Family – Prosperity – Appropriate boundaries – Reality
 
Associated body parts
Feet – Legs – Bones – Teeth – Large intestines – Coccyx – Blood
 
Balanced characteristics
Good health – Vitality – Confident – Well grounded – Comfortable in body – Sense of trust in the world – Feeling of safety and security – Ability to relax and be still – Stability – Prosperity – Right livelihood – Will to live – Fully present – Strong – Courageous – Able to overcome fear – Achieve goals – Satisfied – Accept life with gratitude
 
Physical malfunctions
  • Allergies, Skin disorders
  • Fatigue, Anaemia
  • Disorders of solid parts (bones, teeths…)
  • RootedDisorders of bowel, large intestine, anus (hemorroids, constipation, diarrhea)
  • Issues with legs, knees, feet, base of spine, buttocks
  • Growth problems
  • Back pain, Sciatica
  • Eating disorders / Weight problems
  • Frequent illness
  • Muscle and Blood disorders (cells and haemoglobin)
  • Cancer, Leukaemia
  • Arthritis
Traumas
  • Birth trauma,
  • Abandonment, physical neglect, poor physical bonding with mother
  • Malnourishment, feeding difficulties
  • Major illness / Surgery
  • Physical abuse / Violent environment
  • Inherited fear traumas from parents/ancestors
Deficiency
Disconnection from body – Notably underweight – Fearful – Anxious – Restless – Poor focus and discipline – Financial difficulties – Poor boundaries – Chronic disorganisation – Spacey - Poor muscle tone, circulation and colour – Poor personal hygiene
 
Excess
Heaviness – Monotony – Obesity – Overeating – Hoarding – Material fixation – Greed – Sluggish – Lazy – Tired – Fear of change – Addiction to security – Rigid fixed boundaries
 
*Please note that it is possible for someone to have both deficiency and excess qualities at the same time.
 
Affirmations
  • The body supports me and meets my needs
  • It is safe for me to be here
  • I love my body and trust its wisdom
  • I am immersed in abondance
  • I am here and I am real

To balance and awaken this Chakra

  • Affirm the physical by doing physical exercise. Exercise pumps energy through the body and develops strength, promoting a sense of connection and pride
  • Regular massage, lots of touch, nurturing and pleasurable experience of the body
  • Reconnect with your body (draw the body, have a discussion with some parts of your body)
  • Walk barefoot. Dance
  • Bioenergetic grounding
  • Gardening, caring for your plants, pottery and clay
  • Work on the feet – reflexology, foot massage,  flexing and arching, kicking, pushing
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Hug a tree
  • Look at earliest childhood relationship to mother
  • Reclaim the right to be here
  • Restful sleep
  • House cleaning and cooking, tidying
  • Tell your name and address out loud
  • Red food and drink, root vegetables, meat
  • Red clothing – Wear gemstones and essential oils associated with the Root Chakra
 
‘To loose our connection with the body is to become spiritually homeless.
Without an anchor we float aimlessly, battered by the winds and waves of life’
 
‘Manifestation requires an acceptance of limitation. A boundary allows us to contain, and thus collect and build’
 
‘Grounding brings limitation and simplicity’
 
‘Without awareness of bodily feeling and attitude, a person becomes split into a disembodied spirit and a disenchanted body’   -Alexander Lowen-
 
‘Always take your body with you. The body never lies’
 
‘Survival is the first challenge to being alive, the original instigator of feeling, action, creativity and awareness.
Without assuring survival, nothing is possible. By attending to survival, everything is possible’ 
 
‘Fear engages our survival instincts by getting us ready to respond; but if it becomes constant, we lose our ability to respond appropriately’