1st Chakra - Root/Base - Muladhara
Earth, Physical Identity, Oriented to Self-Preservation, Empowerment, Sexuality, Individuality
The Root Chakra is associated with the parts of our consciousness concerned with security, survival, or trust. For most people, this concerns the parts of their consciousness concerned with money, home, and job. When this chakra is in its clear state, the person is able to feel secure, be present in the here and now, and be grounded. When there is tension in this chakra, it is experienced as insecurity or fear. When there is more tension, it is experienced as a threat to survival.
Parts of the body controlled by the sacral plexus and this chakra include the skeleton system, the legs, and the elimination system. Symptoms in these parts of the body represent, therefore, tensions at the level of the Root Chakra, and we therefore know that the person is seeing the world through a perceptual filter of insecurity or fear. The adrenal glands are also associated with this chakra.
If one leg is affected, we can see whether it is the male leg or the female leg, and thus whether it has something to do with trust in a male or trust in a female. We can also see it as having something to do with trust in the will, or the aspects of trust in the foundations the emotional being, related to what was happening in the person’s life at the time the symptom developed.
The physical sense of smell, and therefore the organ of the sense of smell, the nose, is associated with the Root Chakra. Symptoms at the level of the nose or affecting the sense of smell reflect tensions at the level of the Root Chakra.
Each chakra is associated with an element. The Root Chakra is associated with the element of earth, and reflects something about the person’s association with the earth, or how they feel about being on the earth, which we call Mother Earth. This chakra is also associated with our relationship with our mother. When someone experiences a sense of separation from their mother, or not feeling loved by their mother, they cut off their roots and experience symptoms of tensions at the level of the Root Chakra until they can again open to accept their mother’s love.
When a child comes into the world in the traditional family structure, the mother provides the nourishment and the father provides the direction. Thus, in the child’s relationship with its mother, it makes certain decisions about the way things are. The relationship with the mother thus becomes a model for the person’s relationship with everything that represents security – money, home, and job.
The Root Chakra is associated with the color red.
Stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity trust.
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.
The first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the Kundalini, and its main aspect is the innocence. Innocence is the quality by which we experience pure, childlike joy, without the limitations of prejudice or conditioning, Innocence gives us dignity, balance, and a tremendous sense of direction and purpose in life. It is nothing but simplicity, purity and joy.
It is the inner wisdom that is ever present in the little children, and gets sometimes clouded by our modern lifestyles.
But it is a quality which exists eternally within us and cannot be destroyed, waiting to be manifest as pure joy when the Kundalini rises.
Responses: Security, fear, survival, reproduction
Governs: Sexual organs, elimination, the lymph system, the skeleton and bones, the lower extremities (legs, ankles, feet) and the nose.
Scents: Lavender, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Cedarwood
Petals: Said to have four petals: Greatest joy, Natural pleasure, Controlling passion, and Concentration
Problems with the First Chakra (Root) coincide with major traumas in the first 5 years of life, including an extremely difficult birth experience. These themes often recur around 30-34, 60-64 and 90-94.
Were you severely upset during this period? Was your mother absent for a length of time due to illness? Were you abused or abandoned?
While most adults cannot remember these times, they “imprint” themselves in our psyche and are manifested as a disturbance in the First/Root Chakra which governs fear, survival and feelings of security.
In your adult life, if you’ve been abused in any way or been an abuser of another–your First Chakra is likely out of balance.
An First Chakra Imbalance may manifest as a person feeling extremely powerless, worthless, fearful, depressed and insecure. Since this Chakra rules our need to “survive”, an out of balance Chakra may manifest as a desire to self-terminate. On the other hand, an imbalanced First Chakra may be expressed as over-aggression, a need to push others aside at all costs to obtain the security/self-worth necessary to feel more secure. An over-urgent need to bolster one’s ego through possessions or by abusing another to feel more powerful within oneself.
Physical symptoms of a First Chakra imbalance include frequent constipation/diarrhea and hemorrhoids.
Indicators of First Chakra Imbalances:
- Excessively timid
- Many insecurities, low self-esteem, depression
- Many tense, life threatening situations where a strong need for survival is called for
- Recipient of abuse or abuser of others
- Constipation/diarrhea and hemorrhoids
Chakra Therapy might include laying the proper gemstone upon the First Chakra for 5-25 minutes. Some recommend placing the stones on the bottom of the feet. Black Tourmaline (Schorl) is considered one of the most potent First Chakra gems. Wearing Black Tourmaline has also proven to be quite effective, however it is highly recommended that internal work be done in conjunction with the wearing of the First Chakra gemstones.
Imagine a red vortex of energy rising from the base of your feet, up your legs to pool at the base of your spinal cord, between the urethra and rectum area. At the same time, think of feeling secure, happy, powerful without being aggressive.
- Black Tourmaline: Fearful. Feel survival threatened. Negative. Exceedingly powerful for 1st Chakra work.
- Garnet: Protective.
- Hematite: Depression, pain. Keep people out of your space.
- Obsidian: Extremely Protective. Release from excessive need for possessions.
- Ruby: Protective of all around you, including family, possessions and good name
- Smoky Quartz: Help move energy from 1st Chakra upward to higher, more enlightened Chakras.
“There is nothing to fear but fear itself”
“I welcome my life experience in all its ups and down, trials and triumphs”