The Root Chakra

May 6, 2009

root chakra

The Sanskrit name is Muladhara, meaning ‘root’. It is also known as the base chakra.

The element related to this chakra is earth as it is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our beings. It is the slowest moving of all the chakras and is the colour red.

It is located at the perineum and is associated with the adrenal glands, the skeletal system (particularly supporting parts such as the legs), flesh and muscle, the immune system, the blood and the large intestine. It is also associated with the sense of smell, as it relates to our most base ‘animal’ instincts, and animals are very dependent on this particular sense for their survival.

The root chakra relates to the developmental age of 0-3/5 years as it is associated with issues relating to physical security and survival. Survival consciousness is the primary state of an infant so any difficulties occurring in this area at this time will result in recurring first chakra problems throughout life (unless the appropriate healing work is done).

It is affected by thoughts and feelings about finances, career, home, physical safety, basic needs (food, clothes, shelter), possessions, health, family (unresolved family issues can be a major cause of root chakra problems) and appropriate boundaries.

If your root chakra is balanced and clean, you will have good health, vitality and be well grounded.  You will feel a sense of trust in the world and have faith in your ability to materialise your goals, and you will feel a strong sense of stability and prosperity. You will enjoy your work and feel ‘happy in your skin’, with an aura of quiet strength and confidence. This chakra is the foundation for the whole chakra system and if it is healthy and our survival needs are met, then we can safely concentrate on other levels, such as relationships and creativity.

However, if this chakra is blocked (underactive) then we may suffer from the following:

Situational problems: repeated threats to our survival, due to a lack of stability, preventing us from accomplishing other things – changing jobs, recurrent health problems, having to move house or having no place which feels like home, financial difficulties, weight issues, fear for one’s safety, fear of being unable to provide necessities for self or family.

Psychological problems: lack of focus or discipline, dependency on others, (or alternatively, feeling unsupported by anyone), lack of commitment, unable to complete anything, letting people down, unable to stand up for onesself, feeling vague and ‘spacey’, living in a fantasy world, eating disorders (a blocked root chakra can result in undereating and being underweight), inability to relax, fearful, anxious, restless, withdrawn, depressed, self-esteem issues.

Physical problems: lacking in vitality and energy; issues with legs, feet, knees, base of spine, buttocks; sciatica; varicose veins; rectal difficulties; disorders of the large intestine; frequent illness (often prone to catching viruses); weight problems.

If this chakra is too open (overactive), we may become overly focussed on the related issues. We will become obsessed with money, possessions, work or health. Due to a lack of trust, we try desperately to control our means of survival and become resistant to change, resulting in rigid boundaries and becoming stuck in a rut – same routine, same relationships, same job. Other manifestations are greed, hoarding of posessions or money and attempting to ground yourself by gaining a lot of excess weight. Whereas a blocked root chakra creates a lack of stability, a root chakra which is too open results in us being rigid with fear.

The ultimate root chakra failure is suicide – and the ultimate root chakra success is empowerment and a genuine love of life.

root chakra2

Tomorrow – the sacral chakra.


One comment

  1. Reblogged this on Peter von Harten // Author and commented:
    For the benefit of all =)

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