1st Chakra: MULADHARA

 Root Chakra

MEANING: mula =root, adhara= support
LOCATION: perineum (female – at the cervix, male – midway between the anus and the scrotum)
COLOR: (deep) red
TATTWA (ELEMENT): earth (prithvi)
TANMATRA (SENSE): smell
JNANENDRIYA (SENSE ORGAN): nose
KARMENDRIYA (WORK ORGAN): anus
PRANA VAYU: apana
KOSHA: Annamaya (physical body)
NO OF PETALS: 4  
YANTRA: yellow square
ANIMAL: elephant (airavata) – symbol of strength
DEVI: Savitri or Dakini
DEVA: Brahma /Ganesha
BEEJA MANTRA: LAM
NADA (INNER SOUND): sound of bees buzzing
VOWEL SOUND: OH
DHATU (TISSUE): bone (asthi)
PHYSIOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP: the base of the spine, legs, feet, bones, teeth, nails, prostate, kidneys, the large intestine, excretory function, sexual activity
NEUROLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP: sacro-coccygeal plexus
ENDOCRINOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIP: adrenal glands/ testicles
PSYCOLOGICAL QUALITIES: survival, will to live, stability, confidence, feeling grounded, centered, committed and independent, having energy and vitality, strength and stillness
RIGHTS: to be here, to have
HUMAN TALENT: acceptance
DEMON: fear, resentment, rigidity
SPIRITUAL CHALLENGE: lessons related to the material world
DEFICIENT: tiredness, poor sleep, insecurity, feeling ungrounded most of the time, lack of discipline, chronic disorganization; anxiety - fear, lack of ground, living more in the head than in the body; food allergies - difficulty assimilating physical world or difficulty with mother energy; bone problems - indicates difficulty with structure, lack of support; underweight, diarrhea - inability to hold on, and to appropriately ground one self.
EXCESSIVE: sluggishness, fear of change, addiction to security: greed, obsessed with comfort, materialism, hoarding of possessions or money; anxiety - too much energy not directed by will; obesity, overeating - attempting to ground one self by gaining a lot of excess weight; varicose veins - holding on to the ground too tightly, not letting energy flow easily, or lack of trust; constipation - holding on, withholding.
OTHER PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTIONS: chronic lower back pain, sciatica - related to grounding, too much or too little - a need to clear up grounding connection, issues from the past; frequent illness, immune-related disorders; problems with legs, feet, teeth.
BALANCED: good health, vitality, sense of trust in the world, stability, prosperity, ability to relax, feeling well grounded, safe and secure.
DEVELOPMENT STAGE: womb-12 months
LIFE PERIODS: 1-7 y .old, 50-57 y. old, as well as 8, 15, 22, 29, 36, 43 y.old
PLANET: Earth, Saturn
GEMSTONES: ruby, smoky quartz, black tourmaline, garnet, obsidian
ESSENTIAL OILS: myrrh, rosewood, patchouli, thyme, vetiver
FOODS: protein-rich foods (beans, lentils, soy products), root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, beets), hot and peppery spices.

HEALING STRATEGY:

  • Any activity that emphasizes physicality and stimulates the sense of smell: warm bath, massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, simply lots of touch!
  • Reconnecting with the body and the Earth: walking, running, jumping or stamping feet
  • Bring focus to your home and family as well as business, finance and possessions.
  • Self-acceptance and self-parenting: sort out and follow a daily routine that allows you more time to fulfill all your personal needs in every possible way
  • Sankalpa (choose one or formulate your own):

It is safe for me to be here.
The earth supports me and meets my needs.
I open myself to receive and be nurtured by the powerful energy of the earth.
I am a beloved child of the universe and I deserve love, peace and security.
I love my body and trust its wisdom.
I resolve to take care of my body and accept it as it is today.
I am a physical being and value my physical presence.
I trust that my Higher Self fulfills all my needs.

 

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