Muladhara - The Root Chakra

Muladhara, the Root Chakra, is where you start with self-healing based on the chakras. You will find Muladhara located at the base of your spine. This is your main connection with the physical world. The Root Chakra is associated primarily with survival and security. With an energetically clear Root Chakra you have a firm base on which to set out to create the world that you desire.

In our desperation to reach enlightenment, fulfilment, or our other spiritual goals, we get so distracted by our dreams of peace, oneness, and contentment that we neglect those things that are important. The consequence of this is that we experience frustration and an inability to make any real progress towards these higher targets. Then, because our spiritual work is so much more important than dealing with the illusion we just get bogged down and end up either making no progress at all, or just kidding ourselves that what we are doing is making a real difference. All of this frustration and struggle result from an unwillingness to start at the beginning and work our way slowly and steadily towards our dreams. It is this impatience that frequently leads to a rejection of this other-worldly stuff and a return to the suffering.

We really do want to get to the good stuff.

We really don't want to waste time working on the mundane.

Unfortunately, the good stuff can only be reached right through the middle of the mundane.

Where the mundane begins is right at the base of your spine in your Root Chakra - Muladhara.

The next step is to check if your Root Chakra is operating at its best. One way to do this is to look outwards towards your world and see if your world reflects back to you those problems that are identified with Muladhara. If it does then your Root Chakra probably needs some work. If not, then move on up to the next chakra and give that a check. My book, Chakra Balancing, is an excellent resource. You can use it not only to guide you through the process, but also to clear and balance your chakras.

Each chakra deals with physical and psychological issues. They each have areas of the BodyMind that they relate to.

Your Physical Root Chakra:

You might consider that Muladhara is the good health valve for the legs, lower back, and the internal organs of the lower abdomen. Therefore, if you suffer from: varicose veins, lower back pain, elimination problems, haemorrhoids, rectal tumours, or sexual dysfunction, then you might want to consider working on your Root Chakra.

Now, you may well be aware of the idea of Maya that all is illusion and the world we experience is nothing more than our interior psychological landscape projected outwards. But, until you can walk through walls, be aware that, illusion or not, the physical body occasionally malfunctions and often hurts. Working with chakras is one way to positively impact these physical problems.

Your Psychological Root Chakra:

Muladhara's emotional focus is primarily on those areas that relate to our sense of security and safety in this physical reality. The emotional problem areas associated with the Root Chakra are: excessive anger, fear, insecurity, loneliness, guilt, greed, and addictive behaviours like eating and smoking.

Problems with Muladhara can also show up as financial difficulties - an inability to keep your head above water; or even as a problem with your letting go of the past and embracing the new. This might be especially tricky when a relationship ends and you find yourself longing for what was.

Is it Internal or All Out There?

Changes to chakras can be brought about either by working on the problem, or by working on the chakra. The reason for this is that it's all you. The chakra and your personality is all you. It is also this same you that decides to bring about change by working either directly on the chakra or directly on the problem.

If you are interested in finding more about how the mind uses mental images to create magical physical changes, then check out my book on Self Hypnosis. It is this magical facility that we tap into when we use visualisation to open up or unblock a chakra.

Making those changes can be as simple as listening to a chakra meditation, or playing with images in your mind.

But the most important thing for you to be aware of is that your mind creates your world. So if you don't like your world then all you have to do is change your mind about it.

Summary:

Name: Root chakra - Muladhara Colour: Red
Mantra: Lam
Lotus: 4 petalled lotus
Connection with: physical reality.
Associated with: financial security, feeling secure and grounded.
Crystal: Haematite

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