What is the muladhara chakra? The muladhara chakra is also known as root chakra. The root chakra is the first chakra. Its energy is based on the earth element.
It’s associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. It’s at the base of the chakra system and lays the foundation for expansion in our life.
Where Is The Root Chakra
The first chakra or root chakra is located at the base of the spine. The corresponding body locations are the perineum, along the first three vertebrae, at the pelvic plexus.
This chakra is often represented as a cone of energy starting at the base of the spine and going downward and then slight bent up.
Characteristic of the Root Chakra
The first chakra is associated with the following functions or behavioral characteristics:
- Security and safety
- Basic needs (food, sleep, shelter, self-preservation, etc.)
- Physicality, physical identity and aspects of self
- Support and foundation for living our lives
The root chakra provides the foundation on which you build your life. It supports you in growing and feeling safe into exploring all the aspects of life.
It is related to your feeling of security and safety, whether it’s physical or regarding your bodily needs or metaphorical regarding housing and financial safety.
To sum it up, the first chakra questions are around the idea of safety and survival. The root chakra is where you ground yourself into the earth and anchor your energy into the manifest world.
Imbalanced of Root Chakra
At the emotional level, the deficiencies or imbalance in the root chakra are related to:
- Excessive negativity and cynicism
- Eating disorders
- Greed and avarice
- Excessive feeling of insecurity and living on survival mode constantly
For a person who has imbalance in the root chakra, it might be hard to feel safe in the world and everything looks like a potential risk.
The desire for security dominates and can translate into concerns over the job situation, physical safety, shelter and health. A blocked root chakra may turn into behaviors ruled mainly by fear.
On the same line, when the first chakra is overactive, fear might turn into greed and paranoia, which are extreme forms of manifestation of imbalance in the root chakra. Issues with control over food intake and diet are related to it.
People with an inactive root chakra are not very grounded in their body or in their physical life and tend to feel anxious, unstable, and unsafe, constantly beset by survival-related issues.
They may act materialistic, flighty, or flippant, or simply be externally focused. They often have big challenges with communication, feelings, and self-esteem, and so have serial marriages or jobs.
Or they may “stuff” these tendencies deep into their bodies and experience tremendous internal conflict while appearing on the outside to be happy and strong.
Because this chakra, and its level of our consciousness, governs our physical presence and well-being at a general level, physical body symptoms can include poor general health, compromised immunity, and low vitality, as well as problems in the body’s structural system, such as osteoporosis, joint pain and weakness, and instability in the legs and feet.
I have another blog post which explain how you may act or feel when your chakras are over-active, under-active, what are the physical symptoms of unbalance and what it is associated endocrine glands and organs.
If you are interested to learn, you may check it out HERE.
Opening Root Chakra
There are many ways to open our root chakra. For example, we can engage more in grounding and earth-related activities like connection with nature, gardening, cooking healthy and hiking.
The main idea is to work at growing our ”roots” in a safe and comfortable environment (i.e., surround ourselves with earth colors, objects reminding us of nature, stability; or on the contrary, if we wish to feel less stuck, do the opposite).
Yoga for the root chakra can be a more physical way to bridge the body and mind and restore a more balanced energy flow.
What is the Anchoring Code
The anchoring code is about getting back in your body according to The Energy Codes.
In life, we try to figure out who we are, where we are, whether we are safe, how to fit in, how to follow the rules, how to please the people who seem to matter the most to our survival, and so on.
We try to get our bearings, and with all of that figuring out, we end up using our mind disproportionately to our whole being and living almost entirely from our head, out of touch with our body, our energy, and the rest of our true nature instead of internally referencing our own inherent knowing and truth.
Our culture teaches and reinforces this way of being, as most everyone around us is stuck doing the same thing.
The problem with living from our head, however, is that we never quite feel like our whole selves or like we are at home here. We don’t feel comfortable, complete, or safe.
We spend all of our time and energy trying to either fix or deny our sense of incompleteness, but nothing we do solves the problem, which is that we don’t know ourselves as whole, as the Soulful Self.
The key to being grounded in our wholeness resides within our own living, breathing, physical body. In order to experience being at home in this world and operate at our true capacity for wellness, happiness, and creativity, we must anchor ourselves—meaning, our true selves as energy beings—to this Earth planet and to the physical body.
We must live not just in our head, but rather in our whole system: mind, body, and breath combined. We need to become embodied.
How To Become Embodied
How do we do this?
We need to place our attention on the central channel of energy in the core of the body, where the chakras reside in their most concentrated state. The central channel is the home of the Soulful Self.
The Anchoring Code grounds us in the body. It supports our efforts to stop identifying as the mind. It is the first step in shifting our attention and focus from the external world to the energetic core that is our true essence.
You’ll still be using your mind and five senses but you will just be using them differently than you ever have before: directing them inward rather than outward, with the goal of bringing your mind, body, and soul into true relationship with one another.
This unity will, in turn, give you the energetic clout to integrate your dispersed energy and create structure out of chaos. This awakens the healer within and also provides more kinetic energy for your daily experience, peace of mind, and overall sense of well-being.
Your life then becomes your chosen adventure, rather than something to survive and endure.
The Anchoring Code Chakra Correlation: Root Chakra
While the work of this Code affects our whole system in important ways, it has a particular influence on the root chakra, focused at the base of the spine.
If you’re not in your root chakra, you’re not in your body. And if you are not here fully, you suffer.
The following chart offers a summary of some key characteristics of the root chakra provided by The Energy Codes book.
Due to its location at the base of the central channel, a wobble or impairment in this chakra can cause a ripple-effect wobble up the rest of the channel, not allowing the ultimate activation of the high-brain centers of creativity.
If this is the case, we never get to experience our true destiny. Rather we continue to try to make life work the best we can, from the Back Side of the Model, in survival mode.
Therefore, having our essential energy activated in and flowing optimally through our root chakra is fundamental to our well-being.
The Anchoring Code gives us the tools to do that. Using the practices in this Code, you can establish the strong sense of safety, belonging, and well-being that results from integration of the root chakra.
You can cultivate, and sustain, lifelong vitality. Rather than perceiving the world as something you are trying to fit into, you see that this life is yours to play with, to express into creatively as an adventure, and to experience with strong physical health, vitality, and self-mastery.
If you are interested to learn more and know what are the practices in this Code, you may read this book called The Energy Codes by Dr. Sue Morter.
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Yoga for Root Chakra
Some Example of Yoga that Integrate the Root Chakra – (Refer The Energy Codes Book for more details)
- Chair Pose (Utkatāsana)
- Warrior 1 (Vīrabhadrāsana I)
- Pyramid Pose (Pārśvottānāsana)
- Tree Pose (Vṛkṣāsana)
- Standing Forward Fold (Uttānāsana)
Some Yoga Session for Root Chakra
The Root Chakra symbolizes our potential to grow. When we find balance in our Root Chakra, we find balance in all aspects of our life. It all starts with the first chakra!
As the energetic recycling bin of our auric field, the Root Chakra turns negative emotional energies into power and light. Then the chakra returns this to the earth as energetic compost.
We cannot expel waste energies if our root selves are disassociated with the earth and our primal impulses are imbalanced.
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