ROOT/BASE: Anchoring Our Physical Foundation & Connecting With Mother Earth
First Energy Center: Base Of The Spine
Physical Auric Body – Earth Element
As Earth is a home for our physical bodies, our physical body is the frame that houses our spirit.
Rooted deeply within Lady Gaia is the anchor of the physical body – Muladhara. In Sanskrit, Muladhara means “root support” which opens downwards connecting us with the Earth.
The Root Chakra is concerned with physical needs and basic human survival. It is the base (foundation) of our inner and outer development. At the base chakra, we access the life-force that enlivens us both physically and spiritually. The energy is the creative power of Spirit anchored in our physical bodies.
The base chakra represents the point where we connect with the world, with nature and with our environment. Balancing the energies of this chakra is therefore fundamental to our practicality and effectiveness and wholeness. Along with the soul chakra, the base also engenders the activity of procreation. The archetype associated with the Root Chakra is The Earth Mother, universally associated with nourishment, caring and unconditional love.
The energy of earth is solid, stable and protective; it gives us shelter, food and clothing. A well-grounded root chakra is abundant in vitality, security and longevity and warms us with a sense of calmness. When this chakra is balanced, we feel connected to the physical world and our support systems are intact.
Correspondences Of The Root (1st) Chakra
Sanskrit Name & Meaning: Muladhara – Root Support
Location: Base of Spine, Between Anus & Genitals
Associated Color: Red
Main Issue: Survival/Physical Needs
Glandular Connection: Adrenals
Associated Body Parts: Bones, Skeletal Structure
Element & Ruling Planet: Earth – Saturn
Astrological Associations: Capricorn
Associated Sense: Smell
Incense/Oils: Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli
Crystals: Agate, Bloodstone, Tiger’s Eye, Garnet, Ruby, Hematite, Onyx, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz
Associated Animal: Elephant
Archetypes: Functional – Earth Mother / Dysfunctional – Victim
Societal Associations: Tribal Power, Family Identity
Physical Dysfunctions: Osteoarthritis
Emotional Dysfunctions: Mental lethargy, “spaciness”, unfocused mind, incapable of inner stillness, difficulty achieving goals
Sacramental Association: Baptism
Foods: Proteins, Meats
Developmental Age & Life Lesson: 1-8 Years – Standing Up For Oneself
EXERCISING THE ROOT CHAKRA
MEDITATING THE ROOT CHAKRA
WOOD ELEMENT: Growing, Flexible, Rooted, Strong.
Wood is the most human of the elements. It is the element of spring, and the creative urge to achieve.
ROOTED IN TIME
A reverence for animals and an awareness of them as teachers and guides is as old as humanity itself.
Jen believes we need to fight to preserve our forests and wildlife and at the same time we need to connect to our spiritual roots so that we no longer feel alienated from the earth.