FIRST CHAKRA - ROOT CHAKRA

Sanskrit name: Muladhara (root) Location: Base of spine, at the seat of Kundalini

Symbol: A circle surrounded by four lotus petals, with a square inside it.
Central issue: Survival, stability, acceptance, self-preservation, deep-rootedness, perception, grounding, fear and safety
Color: Red
Essential oils: Patchouli, cedarwood, sandalwood
Crystals and Stones: Garnet, Ruby, Agate, Onyx, Hematite, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Bloodstone, Red Coral
Stars and Astrological signs: Planets Mars, Pluto, and Saturn; Signs of Aries, Taurus, Scorpio, and Capricorn
Sound or mantra: "Lam"
Sense: Smell
Body: The physical body
Orientation to self: Self-preservation
Goals: Stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity, trust
Rights: To be here, to have
Developmental stage: Womb to 12 months
Identity: Physical identity
Level of relationship: Tribal
Demon: Fear
Element: Earth
Hormonal glands: Sexual and adrenal
Organs: Immune system, base of spine, legs, bones and bone marrow, feet, rectum, physical body support
Excessive: Sluggish, lazy, tired, monotony, obesity, overeating, hoarding, materialism, greed, Fear of change, addiction to security
Deficient: Fearful, anxious, restless, lack of discipline, underweight, financial difficulty Chronic disorganization
Balanced: Good health, vitality, well grounded, sense of trust in the world, feeling safe and secure, stability, prosperity, ability to relax
Physical Dysfunctions: Frequent illness, disorders of the bowel, large intestine, bones, teeth, problems with legs, feet , base of spine(chronic lower back pain, sciatica); eating disorders; depression; immune-related disorders; skin problems; lack of energy
Addictions: Food, gambling, shopping, work
Traumas and Abuses: Birth trauma, abandonment, physical neglect, poor physical bonding with the mother, malnourishment, feeding difficulty, major illness or surgery, physical abuse, inherited traumas (eg. war, poverty, etc.)
Spiritual challenge: How well we manage our physical world
HEALING STRATEGY: Physical activity, lots of touch, massage, reconnect with the body, grounding, Hatha yoga, look at earliest childhood relationship to mother, reclaim your right to be here
Color Red - Meditation for Clearing and Balancing the Root Chakra
• Sit comfortably on a chair with your hands on your legs (palms facing upwards)
• While you are sitting with your eyes closed and concentrating on your breathing, deep slow breathing
• Put your attention on the Root chakra - visualize the chakra as a bright Red ball spinning clockwise - as you focus on the root chakra - breathe in red - breathe out red. Repeat for 2 - 3 minutes.
NOTE: Ensure that you see the Red ball's energy is spinning at the Root chakra and also flowing down through your legs into Mother Earth like a tree spouting its roots and connecting with the center of the earth (This is grounding you.)