Muladhara, the Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine is our foundation. It represents the Earth element and is therefore related to our survival instincts and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally opened and balanced, this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security and dynamic presence. In this state, the masculine and feminine energies work together to make you strong and vital, firmly connected to the Earth plane.
Because Muladhara is connected with survival and security, anything that jeopardizes our feeling of safety can impact the balance of the Root Chakra. Life events such as losing a home or job, financial duress or the loss of a parent or spouse can cause an imbalance and stagnant Muladhara. This stagnation results in feelings of paranoia, lack of security and becoming overly defensive and manipulative of others. When Muladhara is overactive, the feminine aspects disappear and you can become overbearing, overexcited, angry and have difficulty with the ego and excessive risk-taking.
Physically, it governs digestion and the spinal column so you may feel lower back pain and dis-ease with elimination. Other symptoms may include carrying excess body weight, difficulty with letting go of personal possessions and an unhealthy focus on money and material goods. Because Muladhara is the foundation of the energy system, having it active and balanced is key to a healthy energy flow.
Tomorrow I’ll touch on what optimized Muladhara energy flow feels like.