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Muladhara Chakra - The Root Chakra

Root Chakra — Muladhara

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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