Muladhara: The Root Chakra
The Root Chakra, or Muladhara, is the foundation chakra and is located at the base of the spine. Muladhara is a Sanskrit word: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara meaning “base.” It is the chakra that grounds and stabilizes you and is the base for all other chakras.
The Root Chakra is red, and your basic needs are fulfilled through this chakra – food, shelter, safety – as well as emotional needs. It is the chakra that your survival instincts are based and connects you to the Earth’s primal energy.
The root chakra keeps record of our past lives, as well as records events that affect our survival and safety, such as natural disasters, wars, and famine. It is the seat of the unconscious where the Kundalini is rooted. Any seed we plant, for good or ill, is planted in the root chakra to eventually grow and come to light.
The seed mantra of the root chakra is LAM, the sound of spiritual awakening. This sound can activate the Muladhara and clear its blockages. By clearing the root chakra we can release dormant energies and awaken dormant powers.
Imbalances in the root chakra can lead to both physical and emotional symptoms. It can manifest itself in colon health, or physical ailments dealing with the lower body.* It can also manifest as anxiety disorders, heightened sense of fear, and nightmares.
When out of balance, you might feel yourself rushing to one project to the next, without clear focus and becoming exhausted. It can lead to feelings of arrogance or irrational fears. Stabilizing the root chakra can manifest itself into a feeling of security, courage, and centeredness.
The root chakra is red, and the color red symbolizes passion, vitality, survival, power, lust and strength. Red expresses our sexuality, courage and primitive power. The Muladhara has four petals which symbolize ego, consciousness, intellect and the psychic process of the mind.
Root Chakra Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Root Chakra?
The Root Chakra is the chakra that ground and stabilizes you and is the base for all other chakras. This chakra is red, and your basic needs are fulfilled through this chakra – food, shelter, safety – as well as emotional needs.
Where is the Root Chakra located?
The Root Chakra, or Muladhara, is the foundation chakra and is located at the base of the spine.
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