Root Chakra - Muladhara 💢
The Right to Exist
The first chakra is is called muladhara, which translates to base support. This is the home of our sleeping kundalini energy., and is our stability, or foundation. Our corporeal existence, that of possessing a physical form is because of the root chakra. This chakra is how we manifest, how we love and reproduce; is why we are able to breathe and heal.
This hub of energy is associated with the color red, the slowest vibration; and relates metaphorically to gravitation and physical forms. The frequency is that of earth. Far from being the opposite of spirituality; grounding actually provides the basis and foundation on which we can experience it.
The root chakra is responsible for the most primal level of consciousness, and where crucial issues such as survival, safety and security are governed and sustained. The fundamental aspect of self identity that is embodied and physical is due to muladhara.
Qualities of an over-active root chakra are heaviness, sluggish, monotony, obesity, hoarding, materialism and greed. Fear, lack of discipline, restlessness and spacey feelings indicate a poorly expressed 1st chakra.
Some visualizations to tap into muladhara: For those with a more masculine gender identity, visualize roots penetrating earth, pushing energy into matter; and for the feminine energies imagine drawing nutrients up from the roots, or drawing energy into matter.
Affirmations (from Anodea Judith’s Eastern Body, Western Mind)
It is safe for me to be here
The earth supports me and meets my needs
I love my body and trust its wisdom
I am immersed in abundance
I’m here, I’m real
(solidity, dense, steadfast)
Goals: stability, grounding, physical health, propriety, trust
Rights: to be here, to have
Excessive traits: heaviness, sluggish, monotony, obesity, hoarding, materialism, greed
Deficient: Fearful, undisciplined, restless, underweight, spacey
Balanced: stability, beautiful form
Body (terpene panel)
Located: base of spine, coccygeal plexus (what if it was a root? Strong roots allow freedom above and eventually hold the dirt together
Body parts: legs, feet, bones, large intestine
This chakra governs health and to be dissociated from physical identification can manifest issues in self care of basics needs, e. g. over eating, or developing a sedentary lifestyle.
Practices: grounding, widening the base, opening leg channels, strengthening the legs, cultivating stillness, solidity and stability
Actions: pushing downward, extending roots, surrendering to gravity
Poses: the base of every pose but especially relevant to standing poses
Orientation to self: self preservation - most of these processes occur beyond our conscious awareness
Identity: physical identity
Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months
A person deficient in this chakra doubts their right to exist and establish their needs. They apologize for, or neglect taking care of themselves.
A poorly expressed muladhara provides an illusion of the mind being the body.
They lack a sense of self, and may have had an angry or frightened parent when they were in the womb to 6 months old.
Their deepest fear is that they will go crazy or fall apart emotionally.
Aromatherapy: Clove, Rosemary, cypress
Crystals: ruby, garnet, hematite
Crystals that Subdue an excessive Muladhara
Crystals that Open a blocked root chakra