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BASE / ROOT CHAKRA

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Traditionally, the lotus grows in muddy ponds. When the shining flower bud opens above the water, none of the mud adheres to its petals. Lotuses have thus become symbols for purity and virtue. The closed lotus represents our potential for clarity, understanding and open-heartedness. The open lotus represents the blossoming of those qualities in our life. Hence the use of the lotus symbols for the varying chakras ………

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Chakra 1 | Base or Root | Earth, Physical identity, oriented to self-preservation
chakra 1The base or root chakra is associated with the earth element and symbolised by a vermilion red, four petal lotus flower. It is the foundation of life. Located at the base of the spine, it is linked to your Etheric body and the gonads. It deals with issues of sexuality, lust and obsessions. It initiates life through procreation and represents our will to live. It draws Earth energy up through the feet and legs to process and stabilize it. When open and balanced, it enables us to function fully in the world feeling, safe, secure, and grounded. This is where you store information about your biological family, your culture of origin. The emphasis at this level of experience is on loyalty, identification, physical survival, and establishing our purpose on earth.
Sexuality, Sensuality, Stability, Security.
You reinforce energy at the first chakra when you:
* Recognise and nurture your connection with the natural world
* Release negative experiences with your family
* Draw on your family for love and support
Affirmation: We are all one.

 

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red Base or Root Chakra

The Muladhara or Root Chakra – Connect to Body and Earth

BASE or ROOT – Chakra One:
The Muladhara, First or Root Chakra, is located at the base of the spine, at the perineum. The name means support, or foundation.
It is associated, in the body with the large intestine, feet and legs, with the element earth, and with the colours red and maroon.

Human Challenge and Gift – to feel safe and secure in the physical plane, to manifest to meet our basic needs.

Soul Desire – to feel nurtured and nourished, to experience belonging to the whole.

Primal Relationship – with physical reality, the Earth, natural forces, body, feeling sensations.

chakra meditationAlso known as: Security Centre, Muladhara

Body Mind Associations:

Location: The perineum, the point between the anus and the sex organs

Colour: Red

Parts of the body: Lymph system, skeleton system (teeth and bones), the prostate gland in men, the sacral plexus, the bladder and elimination system, and the lower extremities (legs – feet, ankles, etc.). Also the nose, since it is the organ of the sense of smell, and associated with survival.

Endocrine Gland: Adrenal glands

Sense: Smell

Element: Earth

Consciousness: Security, survival, trust, the relationship with money, home, job. Ability to be grounded, to be present in the here and now. Ability to allow one’s self to be nourished, in the sense of allowing one’s Inner Being to be satisfied. This chakra also reflects a person’s connection with their mother, and with Mother Earth. How the person feels about being on the earth. Connection with the physical body.

Symptoms or tensions in the parts of the body controlled by this chakra indicate tensions in the parts of the person’s consciousness related to this chakra. Tension here is experienced as insecurity as a general perceptual filter. More tension is experienced as fear. More than that is experienced as terror, or a threat to survival.

Location Base of spine, sphincter muscles. Generally located between the anus and sex glands, however may be anywhere from the feet to the bottom of the spinal cord.
Colour Red (From the highest spiritual level can be seen as a white divine light.)
Attributes Grounding, good health, survival instincts, vitality, sexuality (men), center for material life, support.
Element Earth
Gems/Minerals Ruby, Red Jasper, Garnet, Black Tourmaline, Hematite, Obsidian, Smoky Quartz (See more further down)
Musical-Vibrational Note C
Aromatic Chakra Oils Cedar wood, Ginger, Vetiver
Foundation Interconnecting with the Earth
When unbalanced you may experience Violence, anger, constipation, survival fears, restlessness in spiritual and physical existence, pain in chakra area

Muladhara ~ Earth Element
The Base or Root Chakra

The Sanskrit name Muladhara means both root and support.
Muladhara is also called the Root chakra or Base chakra.

The Kundalini, the latent power of cosmic consciousness is said (by most of the sources) to lie in the Muladhara.

Stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity trust.
Located at the base of the spine, this chakra forms our foundation. It represents the element earth, and is therefore related to our survival instincts, and to our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies and the physical plane. Ideally this chakra brings us health, prosperity, security, and dynamic presence.

The first chakra is situated below the sacrum bone in which resides the Kundalini, and its main aspect is the innocence. Innocence is the quality by which we experience pure, childlike joy, without the limitations of prejudice or conditionings. Innocence gives us dignity, balance, and a tremendous sense of direction and purpose in life. It is nothing but simplicity, purity and joy.
It is the inner wisdom that is ever present in the little children, and gets sometimes clouded by our modern lifestyles.

But it is a quality which exists eternally within us and cannot be destroyed, waiting to be manifest as pure joy when the Kundalini rises.

Number of petals – Four
Points out – the body, the physical world

Key terms to understand the archetypical aspect of Muladhara:
Acceptance of the incarnation with it’s life conditions; time and space, body, senses, repetition, will to live, belonging….

We can think about our own experiences of, and our attitude towards, these aspects. We can also seek ways to work with them in an adequate manner.

Focusing, meditation or visualization on Muladhara (or Malkuth) is necessary if you work with the chakras in spiritual-personal development. The whole upper balance and development depend on the existence of a solid foundation in the first three chakras. Muladhara becomes the most important since the rise of the Kundalini (the development of the actual power of consciousness) begins here.

Chakra visualization can be a wonderful tool in your development and it can help you to realize what you are and who you are. Just because of that it should be used with respect. Particularly if you’re using some breathing technique at the same time.
Being conscious of a chakra and it’s aspects means that one activates it to a certain degree. Focused good thoughts and positive energy are also activating. Don’t forget that it’s your own consciousness that guides the visualisation.

Gemstones:

Black Tourmaline
Fearful. Feel survival threatened. Negative. Exceedingly powerful for 1st Chakra work.

Garnet
Protective.

Hematite
Depression, pain. Keep people out of your space.

Obsidian
Extremely Protective. Release from excessive need for possessions.

Ruby
Protective of all around you, including family, possessions and good name.

Red Jasper
Powerful protection, stability gemstone and it eases emotional stresses.

Smoky Quartz
Help move energy from 1st Chakra upward to higher, more enlightened Chakras.

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The first chakra roots out the subtle divine consciousness in the material life. This chakra is the basis for human existence in the physical world. Everyone has a joint physical and spiritual existence. The karmic development oscillates between the two, when this goes positively, you feel equally at home in both places and feel able to do what you have to do in the physical and spiritual realms. Harmony resides in a balance of strength, will and power. Letting go of residual negative energies such a emotional pain and fears, will help you claim your Divine Birthright.

When energies mix with two people’s chakras, each effects the other. Light waves mix in a way so they create different figures. From the perspective of the higher realm you may see delicate figures such as white flowers or crystals around the people. The more positive the contact the more the beautiful the light waves are.

As the name suggests, the Base Chakra is situated around the base of the spine in the genital area and its energy extends downward, like roots, through the legs and feet to contact the solid earth below.

It is the slowest moving Chakra, relating to our survival needs, and is therefore the foundation of the Chakra system in the body. The colour associated is red, and thus represents the Martian energy needed to keep us alive.

If these survival needs are met, the Base Chakra will function healthily, but if there is a perceived threat to this, (such as a difficult house move, job change, health problems, etc.) it can create an imbalance.

These imbalances can show themselves in various ways, from sleeplessness and the inability to relax, to obsession with money, possessions or health.

Eating is a basic Base Chakra activity, and so eating disorders often indicate imbalance, as do obesity, haemorrhoids and constipation.

To maintain balance, we need to be both stable and flexible, and very much in contact with our true survival needs, without becoming too obsessed by them.

Petals:
Said to have four petals: Greatest joy, Natural pleasure, Controlling passion, and Concentration

Comments:
Problems with the First Chakra (Root) coincide with major traumas in the first 5 years of life, including an extremely difficult birth experience. These themes often recur around 30-34, 60-64 and 90-94.

Were you severely upset during this period? Was your mother absent for a length of time? Were you abused or abandoned?

While most adults cannot remember these times, they “imprint” themselves in our psyche and are manifested as a disturbance in the First/Root Chakra which governs fear, survival and feelings of security.

In your adult life, if you’ve been abused in any way, or been an abuser of another — your First Chakra is likely out of balance.

A First Chakra Imbalance may manifest as a person feeling extremely powerless, worthless, fearful, depressed and insecure. Since this Chakra rules our need to “survive”, an out of balance Chakra may manifest as a desire to self-terminate. On the other hand, an imbalanced First Chakra may be expressed as over-aggression, a need to push others aside at all costs to obtain the security/self-worth necessary to feel more secure. An over-urgent need to bolster one’s ego through possessions, or by abusing another to feel more powerful within oneself.

Physical symptoms of a First Chakra imbalance include frequent constipation/diarrhoea and haemorrhoids.

Therapy:
Chakra Therapy might include laying the proper gemstone upon the First Chakra for 5-25 minutes. Some recommend placing the stones on the bottom of the feet. Black Tourmaline (Schorl) is considered one of the most potent First Chakra gems. (In crystal therapy, the colours associated with this first Chakra are red and black.) Wearing Black Tourmaline has also proven to be quite effective, however it is highly recommended that internal work be done in conjunction with the wearing of the First Chakra gemstones.

Imagine a red vortex of energy rising from the base of your feet, up your legs to pool at the base of your spinal cord, between the urethra and rectum area. At the same time, think of feeling secure, happy, powerful without being aggressive.

Mantras:
“There is nothing to fear but fear itself”
“I welcome my life experience in all its ups and down, trials and triumphs”

Indicators of First Chakra Imbalances:

* Excessively timid

* Many insecurities, low self-esteem, depression

* Many tense, life threatening situations where a strong need for survival is called for

* Recipient of abuse or abuser of others

* Constipation/diarrhoea and haemorrhoids

Malkuth

Tree of Life-redAlso the Sefirot (spheres or emanations, singular form =Sefira) of The Tree of Life represent psychic powers of the archetypes. The Tree is a picture of creation.
The Sefira corresponding to Muladhara is Malkuth, also the name Shekina is used.
Malkuth means “The Kingdom” and Shekina “Presence”.

This is the last Sefira of the divine emanations and it is placed at the bottom of the Tree. The divine energy is here “specialised and concretised”.
This is “the Mother of all living things”, the sphere of the concrete, the realm of the physical world. This is the culmination of the emanation process. Here “God is made visible by His works”.

Number ten
Archangel (for the planet) Metatron
Archangel (for element earth) Uriel

Mastery over the chakras enhances health and development of the being. Once a person masters a particular level of chakra they are ready for the next level. Certain gifts are awakened within the individual. These gifts are usable within the frame of power and nature of the harmony instilled by this form of self-development. Those who will abuse it will be cut off and disengaged of their power and gifts. Upon the awareness of these gifts there will be most likely hurdles and stumbling blocks. They are designed to test your worthiness and responsibility of them and for your maximum capacity to use them.

With great power comes great responsibility. Those willing to harbour the responsibility are then accentuated in the power. Those unable to harbour the responsibility will be consumed by the power.

Eventually these gifts and powers within themselves will become stumbling blocks and one must transcend them.
There is a purpose in these but in the long run we will not need them.

Continue to CHAKRA TWO …..

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