The first of the primary 7 chakras is the Muladhara chakra. In English it is referred to as the root chakra. In Sanskrit, Muladhara is divided into two terms: mula meaning root and adhara meaning the basis or foundation. This chakra is symbolized by four red petals representing the four compass directions of north, south, east and west. The Muladhara chakra is the seat of Kundalini energy where pranic energy is accumulated. The health and abundance of this chakra determines how well prana can ascend to the higher chakras.
Anatomically, the Muladhara is located at the base of the spine, between the anus and genitals. Physiologically it provides supportive prana to the glandular system, pelvis, anus, colon, adrenal glands, genitals, coccyx, sacral spine, hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet and bones. The governing sense organ and action is the nose and sense of smell. The correlating meridian is the circulation and large intestine meridian.
Psychologically, the Muladhara supports emotions related to survival, will to live, power, vitality, self esteem and security. Information regarding superstitions, loyalty, instinct, touch, pain and pleasure are stored here. The shadow emotion that creates imbalance at the level of the Muladhara is fear. This chakra is primarily developed between the ages 0-6 years old. Children at this age need to feel safe, protected, well grounded and stable. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs addresses a base tier that includes food, water, sleep, shelter and basic comforts. If there is instability of these conditions, fear will restrict the muladhara development. Fear is the primary emotion that inhibits full development of the muladhara chakra. Fear creates imbalance manifested by fear of abandonment, fear of death, anxiety, hypervigilance or depression, withdrawal, weak immune stystem, fatigue, poor focus, weight imbalances, addictions or sluggishness.
To balance the Muladhara chakra at any age the following therapeutics can be implemented.
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