The First Chakra ~ Rootedness
This is the first in a series of blogs about the chakras. Chakra is Sanskrit for "Wheel" or "Turning". We have known about these swirling disks of energy for thousands of years.
Subtle energy flows in and out of us through the chakras. The spine is like a stem and the chakras are like flowers growing from this stem through the body, and out a few inches in front of the body, in the aura. Each Chakra has a unique function and a frequency that is perceived as one of the seven colors of the rainbow. The chakras engage energy to organize the physical matter of the body to create illness or health to shape the world immediately around us. Our thinking and our health are linked with the flow of energy through the chakras, which makes an understanding of them very important.
The First Chakra
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (foundation), Element: Earth, Color: Red, Body Aspects: Physical foundation;elimination of wastes;rectum, legs, feet;testosterone and estrogen, Instinct: Survival, procreation, Psychological Aspects: Feeding, shelter, safety, ability to provide for oneself, Glands: Ovaries and testes, Seeds: kundalini, abundance, personal power, Negative Expression: Hoarding, predatory behavior, mindless violence, chronic fatigue, birth trauma, worry, anxiety, abandonment issues, Corresponding Ages: 0-7.
When we grow our roots deep into the heart of Mother Earth and heal our connection with the powerful feminine, our lives improve and we understand that we are children of the Universe with the right to grow into our fullest expression.
The first chakra is located between the anus and the genitals. Expect your world to rattle when dealing with first chakra issues.
When I gave birth to my son Eliot, I had a forth degree tear. It required major surgery and a three month recovery. I was unable to care for myself and I could only care for my child to some degree. I was relying on family and friends for all my basic needs to be met. My initiation into motherhood was very difficult because I was cut off from the powerful feminine, literally.
Another incident that comes to mind was when I was working with Jane Galer's book Becoming Hummingbird last year, in first chakra. Our house flooded. We had to leave our home and live out of our suitcases for a week. It was very humbling. The universe conspires on our behalf when we have become too attached to our material gadgets and need to grow our spiritual muscles.
When we become disconnected from the earth, we loose our stability and our security. We are like a tree whose shallow widespread roots cannot keep it upright during a storm. We may feel orphaned and motherless. We may struggle with low self esteem and feelings of powerlessness.
The more separated we become from the earth, the more hostile we become towards the feminine. Our passion, our creativity and our sensuality all suffer. An unbalanced first chakra manifests in feelings of lack and scarcity. When we operate out of first chakra we become absorbed by the senses and the material world. Life is a struggle and we are unable to relax around money. We become self centered and narcissistic, preoccupied with our needs for survival and entertainment. We set up barriers with others and we become fearful and aggressive in our attempts to provide for ourselves.
Think of someone you perceive as grounded for a moment and try to describe their energy. Can you say that you feel grounded?
Where is your rootedness? Take a trip to and honor the place where you were born with a ceremony. Also, find out where is your physical power place on this earth. When I arrived in Zion Canyon eight years ago, I laid my chakra cards on the land and picked one to see what might be the special energy for me here. I picked the root chakra. It has proven very accurate because this really is a place where I ground and it has been a constant juggling to make ends meet.
When we heal our base the Kundalini energy is awakened and the feminine energy moves up through the chakras. We engage, live, procreate and flourish. We know that we are provided for always and connect deeply with the truth that this is an abundant friendly universe. We do not worry about our survival.
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 Base Chakra carries our ancestral memories, basically everyone experiences challenges or blockages within muladhara.
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.
If this does not happen for some reason, we may have issues with safety and and we may experience difficulty receiving our good.
Ways To Restore Our Foundation
Energy work is a powerful way to restore an imbalanced root chakra. You could try any of the following in addition.
Clean your house thoroughly to invite order instead of chaos. Do a walking meditation bare feet on the earth to ground yourself. Lie on the ground and connect. Eat one balanced home cooked meal a day. Lift weights to build your strength. Try balancing yoga poses such as Tree Pose. Wear something red. Work with red stones. Listen to and honor your body's signals. Get regular massages. Get a pet. Do some gardening. Work towards mending severed family connections. Spend time with your family. Pay your bills on time and honor your commitments. Practice honesty in all your earthly affairs. Establish nourishing daily routines.
Allow your spirit to inspire your own remedies for balance and take notes.
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.