Root Chakra/1st Chakra

The Root Chakra keeps us grounded or rooted. When you are grounded you are one with life.

Sanskrit name: Muladhara (root)

Location: Base of spine, at the seat of Kundalini

Symbol: A circle surrounded by four lotus petals, with a square inside it.

Central issue: Survival, stability, acceptance, self-preservation, deep-rootedness, perception, grounding, fear and safety

Color: Red

Essential oils: Patchouli, cedar wood, sandalwood

Crystals and Stones: Garnet, Ruby, Agate, Onyx, Hematite, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Bloodstone, Red Coral

Stars and Astrological signs: Planets Mars, Pluto, and Saturn; Signs of Aries, Taurus, Scorpio, and Capricorn

Sound or mantra: “Lam”

Sense: Smell

Body: The physical body

Orientation to self: Self-preservation

Goals: Stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity, trust

Rights: To be here, to have

Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months

Identity: Physical identity

Level of relationship: Tribal

Demon: Fear

Element: Earth

Hormonal glands: Sexual and adrenal

Organs: Immune system, base of spine, legs, bones and bone marrow, feet, rectum, physical body support

Excessive: Sluggish, lazy, tired, monotony, obesity, overeating, hoarding, materialism, greed, Fear of change, addiction to security

Deficient: Fearful, anxious, restless, lack of discipline, underweight, financial difficulty Chronic disorganization

Balanced: Good health, vitality, well grounded, sense of trust in the world, feeling safe and secure, stability, prosperity, ability to relax

Physical Dysfunctions: Frequent illness, disorders of the bowel, large intestine, bones, teeth, problems with legs, feet , base of spine(chronic lower back pain, sciatica); eating disorders; depression; immune-related disorders; skin problems; lack of energy

Addictions: Food, gambling, shopping, work

Traumas and Abuses: Birth trauma, abandonment, physical neglect, poor physical bonding with the mother, malnourishment, feeding difficulty, major illness or surgery, physical abuse, inherited traumas (eg. war, poverty, etc.)

Spiritual challenge: How well we manage our physical world

HEALING STRATEGY: Physical activity, lots of touch, massage, reconnect with the body, grounding, Hatha yoga, look at earliest childhood relationship to mother, reclaim your right to be here

Color Red – Meditation for Clearing and Balancing the Root Chakra

• Sit comfortably on a chair with your hands on your legs (palms facing upwards)

• While you are sitting with your eyes closed and concentrating on your breathing, deep slow breathing

• Put your attention on the Root Chakra – visualize the Chakra as a bright Red ball spinning clockwise – as you focus on the root Chakra – breathe in red – breathe out red. Repeat for 2 – 3 minutes.

NOTE: Ensure that you see the Red ball’s energy is spinning at the Root Chakra and also flowing down through your legs into Mother Earth like a tree spouting its roots and connecting with the center of the earth (This is grounding you.)

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