Root Chakra: The foundation for physical life

root-chakraRoot Chakra – Muladhara – 1st Chakra – Base Chakra

The Root Chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine. It is the root of your being and establishes the deepest connections with your physical body, your environment and with the Earth.

Muladhara is the most instinctual of all chakras – it is your survival center. Your fight and flight response is initiated from this chakra. This is your primal, animal nature.

The energy of Muladhara allows us to harness courage, resourcefulness and the will to live during trying times. It connects us with spiritual energies of our ancestors, their challenges and their triumphs. Since the Base Chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within it.

War, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten our basic survival, are all recorded within energies of the first chakra. These memories are imprinted in the subtle body and are passed down from generation to generation creating unconscious generational patterns.

It is our work to take responsibility for our own lives and bring to light that which is unconscious.

All of the seven chakras are important and interconnected with each other. Usually,balancing one chakra will create change in another chakra.

It is important though to balance the Root Chakra first, before we proceed to others, or we will lack the stability and rootedness necessary for true transformation and personal growth. We cannot grow and change unless we feel safe and secure.

First Chakra at a glance:

  • Sanskrit name: Muladhara – root supportroot-chakra
  • Element: Earth
  • Color: Red
  • Shape: Square
  • Petals of the lotus: Four
  • Seed sound: LANG
  • Vowel sound: O
  • Rights: To have
  • Endocrine gland: Adrenal cortex
  • Physical association: The skeletal structure, teeth, large intestine, kidneys, blood
  • Psychological function: Survival and self-preservation
  • Challenge: Fear
  • Plane: Physical plane
  • Planets: Saturn, Earth
  • Deity: Brahma, Dakini, Ganesha
  • Sense organ: Nose
  • Predominant sense: Smell
  • Incense: Cedar
  • Herb: Sage
  • Tarot suite: Pentacles

Root Chakra Affirmations

I feel deeply rooted.
I am connected to my body.
I feel safe and secure.
Just like a tree or a star, I have a right to be here.
I stand for my values, for truth, and for justice.
I have what I need.
I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet.
I nurture my body with healthy food, clean water, exercise, relaxation, and connection with nature.
I am open to possibilities.
I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform.
I trust in the goodness of life.
I make choice that are healthy and good for me.
I trust myself.
I love life.

Essential Oils for the Root Chakra

Essential oils embody the frequencies and healing properties of plants. Not only they deliver certain properties to the physical body, they also work on the mental, emotional and spiritual levels. The following are the most commonly used root chakra essential oils:

  • Sandalwood
  • Myrrh
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Cedar Atlas
  • Juniper
  • Vetiver
  • Cinnamon
  • Patchouli
  • Ginger
  • Cypress
  • Carrot Seed
  • Clove

Healing Exercises:

  • Walking barefoot on the ground, grass, sand, earth.
  • Practicing Yoga can open up your lower spine and center you.
  • Moving meditations, such as walking, hiking will connect you to the earth, while allowing your spirit to soar. Look at the abundance and well-being of the planet and give thanks.
  • Simply sitting on grass, sand or ground will connect you to Earth and further ground you.

Healing Foods:

  • Red colored foods
  • Hot spices and peppers
  • Root vegetables
  • Animal protein
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