Muladhara Chakra - The Root Chakra

At a Glance

The Root Chakra, Muladhara, located in the area of the perineum, is said to be connected to our most basic instincts – survival, security and vitality. With the commonly related element earth comes a strong sense of self-preservation, the wish for loyalty and stability, but also earthy characteristics like strength, physical endurance and patience as well as a certain rigidity, inertia, greediness and fear. Working with earth, getting into physical exercise or walking barefoot can support balancing these tendencies.

LOCATION
Between genitals and anus - facing downward

ELEMENTS
Gross element: Earth - solid state of matter
Subtle element: Pritvi Tatva

SENSE ORGANS
Sense: smell
Action organ: anus
Perception organ: nose

SANSKRIT
Muladhara
मूलाधार

PRONUNCIATION
mU-lA-dhA-ra

TRANSLATION
Root (Mula)
Foundation/Support (Adhara)
Root Chakra

Characteristics

ANIMAL
Elephant

POLARITY
Hunter & prey

ARCHETYPE
Cave man/woman, people from archaic cultures
Mother earth, fertility goddess

PHYSICAL BODY
Everything solid — bones, teeth, nails, etc.

ETHERIC BODY
Apana Vayu — seat of Kundalini

CAUSAL BODY
Kundalini energy (pure energy), a reflection of Sahasrara (Pure Consciousness)

EMOTIONS & MENTALITY

- Like earth, slow to move
- Once moving, has great impact (earthquake)
- Sense of survival, security, self-preservation
- Perseverance, persistence, physical endurance
- Strength, vitality
- Hard working, even workaholic
- Works practically, gets hands dirty
- Sense for organization
- Creates something with longevity, procreation
- Loyalty, stability
- Stays away from conflicts
- Processes slowly, but has an elephant like memory
- Placid, patient, rather humble
- Sometimes lazy
- Love life: starting slow, but lasting

IMBALANCE / SHADOW ASPECTS

Imbalances on a certain level of consciousness appear due to an excess or a lack of energy on this level.

- Fear (fear of change, illness, lack and loss)
- General fear for the future
- Inertia, stubbornness
- Greediness for space and food
- Accumulating stuff, attachment
- Lack of vitality and strength
- Weakness, fatigue, weak immunity
- Lack of practical sense
- Unstable personality

BALANCE
Walk barefoot, work with earth, get some physical exercise.

Tradition

Regular contemplation of this psychoenergetic center yields, among many other things, the paranormal ability to jump like a frog and, in advanced stages, to actually perform levitation.
- Georg Feuerstein - Shambhala Encyclopedia of Yoga

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