|(Artist Brigitta Richter)|
The root chakra is also known by its Sanskrit name Muladhara. Mula means root and dhara means support. So literally it is translated to mean the root support of the body. It is located at the base of spine or the coccyx (the perineum point between the anus and the sex organs). Other traditions and ancient texts have referred to the root chakra as the Kundalini seat or the base chakra.
In the Tree of Life this chakra is known as Shekinah which is the translated to mean the Energy of the mystical communion of Israel (the symbolic mystical community of all of humanity).
It is the Tribal energy of “All is One” describing the group identity or the group force, will power, and belief pattern grounding and connecting the individual with the tribal group. While the correlation of chakra’s can be made with Angels, Hinduism, or the Seven sacraments, this series will remain on a more generalized level. The basis here is through the base chakra we learn to say yes to life through our basic trust in life and we develop of will to live through trust and stability. So this one center is your primal energetic will to live. In some spiritual paths this is seen through the act of baptism. You are brought into the circle of trust and support through the act.
The chakra is most active during the sunrise (dawn) and sunset (dusk) times of the day and is activated naturally in the childhood ages of one to seven years old. This is where a being is learning to say yes to life and discovering life from the source of life energy at birth. It is theorized that the root chakra contains the primary eight cells that have the knowledge of creation within them. It is further theorized that these eight cells are the only cells in your entire body that never undergo any type of alteration during the physical lifetime and that they continue with your soul/spirit for all times, in all lives.
This chakra is based upon the lesson of survival, the right to exist, and the seat of groundedness (which is allowing one to be satisfied within). Trust in life is the basis for so many aspects of life from the relationship one has with all emotionally to the relationship one has with prosperity – it is only when this energy center is balanced and harmonized that they have a foundational block for the rest of being.
When it is out of balance and harmony it can manifest itself physically as anemia, fatigue, lower back pain, sciatica, depression, frequent colds, and cold hands and feet. Emotionally these begin as symptoms or tensions in the parts of the body experienced as a general perceptual filter. A threat to survival experienced minimally as fear or even as terror. To stimulate the root chakra a balance of physical exercise and restful sleep is paramount. It is also suggested that activities which involve using the hands and Earth materials is valuable such as gardening or pottery. I will tell you from experience that this center is the one center that nearly everyone has issue with at some point in life whether it is in the form of being constipated or all the way to having an immune related disorder.
As you examine the root chakra to see if you have any imbalance or dysfunction, ask yourself these questions as they can assist you in the surface of the energy to see if you need to go deeper.
- Are you able to put your thoughts into action?
- Do you accomplish your goals?
- Is money important to you?
- Is home important to you?
- Do you now or have you had any thoughts that were self-destructive?
- Do you trust in life?