Muladhara, the Root Chakra:
It is the center of physical energy and vitality, the energy we need to succeed in business or material possessions. It is the center of manifestations. The base, or root chakra, is located at the very bottom of the spine. This chakra governs issues around physical self-preservation. These issues include survival, security and safety, as well as primal erotic and procreational urges.
This chakra is the grounding force that allows us to connect to the earth energies and empower our being. Every other chakra is downstream of it and only receives the energy that the root chakra can pass through it. That is why it is vital that one’s root chakra is strong to be able to live a healthy spiritual life. The path to health and mystical power goes right through the gender organs. To understand your root chakra, you must come to a place of peace with your sexual energy.
Colours associated with the root chakra are red and black. It is the element of Earth and its sense is smell. The musical note at which this chakra vibrates at is low C.
It is best that one balances the energy in their root chakra. If the energy in the root chakra is balanced, one will feel centered, grounded, healthy, fully alive, have unlimited physical energy, and can manifest abundance. They must take good care of their body. People who have open root chakras love their lives (their physical incarnation in their present bodies).
If one has excessive energy in the root chakra, they tend to be egoistic, domineering, greedy, sadistic, judgmental, have biased opinions, and have sexual energy entirely in their genital area.
One with deficient energy in the root chakra (or otherwise, a closed/blocked chakra) tends to have a lack of confidence, is weak, cannot achieve goals, suicidal, feel unlovable, lack of sexual energy and little interest in sex, masochistic, fearful and insecure. Blockage in this energy center of the body can result in a core sense of unworthiness and self-doubt and shame. Thought forms would be similar to “I don’t deserve love,” “I’m ashamed of who I am,” or “I’m always misunderstood.” They try to compensate for these feelings by acquiring, keeping and controlling material possessions, by becoming addicted to material things. The ultimate root chakra failure is suicide.
Illnesses and problems resulting from a blockade in the root chakra include drug addictions, anemia, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, gynecological problems, AIDS, herpes, candida, a decreased immune system, lower back pain, constipation, and physical problems with the coccyx, anus and genitals.
Glands and organs associated with the root chakra include the adrenals, kidneys, spinal column, colon, legs, and bones.
Gems and minerals associated with the root chakra that can be used in stone meditation and for clearing blockades in the chakra are ruby, garnet, bloodstone, red jasper, black tourmaline, obsidian, smokey quartz, and hematite.
Scents associated with the root chakra that can be used in a form of oil or incense in aromatherapy during meditation or yoga are patchouli, cedarwood, lavender, musk, hyacinth, cinnamon, myrrh, and sandalwood.
Good ways to clear and balance this chakra: Dancing barefoot, especially outside, is a good way to ground. House cleaning and cooking can do the same. Or hugging a tree and taking care of plants. Focusing on the colour red (and using colour healing) can help bring your energetic body “down to earth” and in alignment with your physical body. One should try opening this chakra by using colours, scents, and crystals during meditation.
Yoga poses associated with this chakra include virabhadrasana 1 (warrior), trikonasana (triangle), and garudasana (eagle).
Positive affirmations for this chakra: “I know who I am and make choices based on what I know is right for me,” “I am supported in life through all my choices to do good and share the light of love,” “My body supports me in living a creative and happy life,” I am open to the spirit of life, which carries me beyond my original limits to a higher, more creative space,” “I am thankful for all the opportunities for growth and development that have come my way,” “I am grateful for the challenges that have taught me who I truly am,” “I love life.”