First - Base - Root-
The I Want Chakra * Muladhara * First Seal
The first Chakra is known by the many names listed above and is the center of physical energy and vitality, the energy to succeed in business or material possessions, and the center of manifestations.
The Base or Root chakra is located at the very bottom of the spine and governs issues around physical self-preservation. These issues include survival, security, and safety, as well as primal and erotic sexual urges.
This chakra is the grounding force which allows is to connect to the earth energies and empower our being. Every other chakra is downstream from this one and only receives the energy that the root chakra can pass through them. The path to health and mystical power goes directly through the gender organs. To understand your Root chakra, you must come to a place of peace with your sexual energy. Throughout the ancient world in historical and mythological stories, the Root chakra has been associated with dragons and snakes. The dragons is a symbol for the kundalini fire energy.
Quick Facts on the Root Chakra
Names: First - Base - Root- The I Want Chakra- * Muladhara *- First Seal Location: at the tailbone
Color: red/black, Day of week: Monday
Tone: E. Note: C
Element: Earth, Planet: Saturn- insufficient matter
Sense: smell, Demon/ emotion: Fear
Purposes: kinesthetic feelings, movement.
Spiritual Lesson: material world lessons. Conquering the flesh for the spirit
Information Stored Inside Root Chakra: The Root Chakra has stored Information
pertaining to familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pleasure
or pain, touch.
Church: Ephesus, Beast: Like a calf – animal like
Word in Lord’s prayer: Bread- The food or energy we need
This is the home of the primary 8 cells that have all of the knowledge of creation and remain the only cells in your body that do not change in your lifetime. It grounds us in the physical world. This chakra is associated with the kidneys, ovaries the teste, the gonads and the adrenal glands. The associated element is earth. The emotion or “quality” associated with this chakra is the emotion of fear, our animalistic demon .
At this stage it is important to understand that the chakras are seats of consciousness through which we express ourselves. Perhaps we should say, ideally we express ourselves through them, but in most cases we consciously or unconsciously limit expression to but a couple of these centers.
During the first seven years of development, ideally, we express ourselves through this seat of consciousness. We are mainly interested in being fed, nurtured, having our diapers changed and basically surviving. For this reason the base chakra is also often referred to as the survival chakra. The “I want chakra.” We have all heard children from the time they can cry to about age 7 scream they want something.
As adults, if we continue to healthily express ourselves through this seat of consciousness, we are well grounded people. We are highly motivated because the emotion of fear activates the “flight or fight” response when necessary and gives us our get-up-and-go. We have a good sense of our personal place in relation to the material world and feel somewhat secure within it.
Limited expression through the base chakra is often shows in insecurity when relating to the material world. This may result in violent or extremely greedy behavior. The person will feel generally “ungrounded” and at odds with his/her environment. Others may feel simply detached from it.
When energy is not flowing freely: from this chakra you might find yourself suffering froms intestinal and stomach gases, constipation, tumors, boils and pimples. The root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety, belonging, and security in the world. The root chakra’s main concern is survival of the self. The health of our blood, immune system, bones, joints and spine are very dependent on the emotions associated with this chakra. It demands the body's basic needs for safety, money, sexuality, groundedness and boundaries. People who have trouble with their first chakra may not have yet discovered their life purpose and developed a strong identity. If they carry with them too much yin they may be ungrounded. If they are too yang there might an attachment to material things, self-indulgence and a their own needs will become a preoccupation .
Excessive energy: This energy is egotistical, domineering, selfish and greedy. The root chakras sexual energy will be entirely genital. Judgment and biased opinions come from here.
Deficient energy: This energy exhibits a lack of confidence, shows an inability to achieve goals, often brings suicidal feelings and a sense of feeling unlovable. Having deficient energy in the root lowers interest in sex. Fear and insecurity also flow from here, anxiety at it finest. Blockage in this energy center can result in a sense of unworthiness, self-doubt, or shame. Thought patterns such as “I don’t deserve love”, “I’m ashamed of who I am”, or “I’m always misunderstood” are common in people with a blocked Root chakra. These people try to compensate for these feelings by acquiring, keeping, and controlling material possessions, and by becoming addicted to material things. The ultimate Root chakra failure is suicide.
Balanced energy: This energy is centered and grounded. You feel healthy, fully alive, have unlimited physical energy, and can manifest abundance with ease. This healthy energy takes good care of the body. People with open Root chakras love their lives and the physical incarnation of their present bodies.
Mental and Emotional Issues: The Root’s energy is associated with survival, self esteem, social order, security, family.
Illness: Illnesses that are associated with Root chakra failure include drug addiction, anemia, cancer, arthritis, heart disease, gynecological problems, herpes, candida, AIDS and other immune deficiency, lower back pain, and constipation. There can also be physical problems with the coccyx, anus, and/ or genitals.
Physical Dysfunctions: This energy can cause lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, and immune related disorders.
Area of Body Governed, Glands/Organs: Spinal column, feet, rectum, immune system, adrenals, kidneys, colon, legs, bones
Root Chakra Exercises: This chakra is truly fed by getting involved in life. If you are not comfortable with the family you were born to, then adopt new families of friends, animals, organizations, support groups, etc. to balance this chakra and make it stronger. Look for evidence that your world is secure. You can chakracise your root chakra by stomping your feet upon the ground, marching, dancing, playing golf, and doing squats.
Musical instruments/tones feeding the root chakra: Keynote C, Deep-low drums, Bassoon, Primitive drum rolls.
Viewing or wearing the color: red strengthens this chakra.
Feeding Your Root Chakra:
· Root vegetables: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets, onions, garlic, etc.
· Protein-rich foods: eggs, meats, beans, tofu, soy products, peanut butter
· Spices: horseradish, hot paprika, chives, cayenne, pepper
Bloodstone, Boji Stones, Brass, Carnelian, Cerussite, Coral (Red), Diamonds (all chakras), Elestial, Epidote, Garnet (Green/Red), Hematite, Lodestone, Meteorite, Obsidian, Onyx (Black), Pyrite, Quartz (Clear, Smoky, Tourmalinated and Rutilated), Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Ruby, Sapphire, Spinel, Sunstone, Rubellite, Tourmaline (Black and Watermelon), Zoisite, Zircon (all chakras).
Helpful Scents: Patchouli, cedar wood, lavender, musk, hyacinth, cinnamon, sandalwood
How can you balance this chakra?
Dancing is very good for grounding. In the summer, go barefoot. House cleaning and cooking is also grounding. Hug a tree and take care of your plants or your garden.
Focusing on the color red can help bring your energetic body “down to earth” and in alignment with your physical body.
Opening this chakra by using colors, scents, and crystals is very effective.
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
* 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.
Tantra: When the energies or vibrations from two people’s chakras are mixed, the following takes place: The light from the one chakra affects the light from the other, and these light waves are mixed in a way, so that they create different figures. The figures created by the light waves from the chakras become more beautiful, the more love there is between the parties.
Kundalini Awakening:According to Wikipedia “Kundalini is described as a sleeping, dormant potential force in the human organism. It is one of the components of an esoteric description of man's 'subtle body', which consists of nadis (energy channels), chakras (psychic centres), prana (subtle energy), and bindu (drops of essence).
Kundalini is described[who?] as being coiled up at the base of the spine, usually within muladhara chakra. The image given[who?] is that of a serpent coiled three and a half times around a smokey grey lingam. Each coil is said[who?] to represent one of the three gunas, with the half coil signifying transcendence.
Through meditation, and various esoteric practices, such as kundalini yoga, laya-yoga, and kriya yoga, Reiki, the kundalini is awakened, and can rise up through the central nadi, called sushumna, that rises up inside or alongside the spine. The progress of kundalini through the different chakras leads to different levels of awakening and mystical experience, until the kundalini finally reaches the top of the head, Sahasrara chakra, producing an extremely profound mystical experience”
Physical effects are believed to be a sign of kundalini awakening by some, but described as unwanted side effects pointing to a problem rather than progress by others. The following are either common signs of an awakened kundalini or symptoms of a problem associated with an awakening kundalini:
- Involuntary jerks, tremors, shaking, itching, tingling, and crawling sensations, especially in the arms and legs
- Energy rushes or feelings of electricity circulating the body
- Intense heat (sweating) or cold, especially as energy is experienced passing through the chakras
- Spontaneous pranayama, asanas, mudras and bandhas
- Visions or sounds at times associated with a particular chakra
- Diminished sexual desire or a state of constant orgasm
- Emotional purgings in which particular emotions become dominant for short periods of time.
- Pressure inside the skull and headache
- Bliss, feelings of infinite love and universal connectedness, transcendent awareness