The Base Chakra (1st)

Muladhara: The Base Chakra

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Muladhara or root chakra is related to instinct, security, survival and also to basic human potentiality. This centre is located in the region between the genitals and the anus. Although no endocrine organ is placed here, it is said to relate to the gonads and the adrenal medulla, responsible for the fight-or-flight response when survival is under threat. There is a muscle located in this region that controls ejaculation in the sexual act of the human male. A parallel is charted between the sperm cell and the ovum where the genetic code lies coiled and the kundalini. Muladhara is symbolized by a lotus with four petals and the colour red. Key issues involve sexuality, lust and obsession. Physically, Muladhara governs sexuality, mentally it governs stability, emotionally it governs sensuality, and spiritually it governs a sense of security.[38]Woodroffe also describes 7 head chakras (including Ajna and Sahasrara) in his other Indian text sources. Lowest to highest they are: Talu/Talana/Lalana, Ajna, Manas, Soma, Brahmarandra, Sri (inside Sahasrara), Sahasrara.

  • Physical Location – base of the spine
  • Purposes – kinesthetic feelings, movement
  • Spiritual Lesson – material world lessons
  • Physical Dysfunctions– lower back pain, sciatica, varicose veins, rectal tumors, depression, immune related disorders
  • Mental and Emotional Issues – survival, self esteem, social order, security, family
  • Information Stored Inside Root Chakra – familial beliefs, superstitions, loyalty, instincts, physical pleasure or pain, touch
  • Area of Body Governed – spinal column, kidneys, legs, feet, rectum, immune system
  • Gemstones – Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Onyx
  • Flower Essences – Corn, Clematis, Rosemary
  • Balanced Root Chakra: Grounding, Grounded,  State of Well Being

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