1 – The Root Chakra
The root chakra, Muladhara by its Sanskrit name is located at the base of the spinal column. at the area of the perineum between the anus and the genitals.
This is one of the most important chakras as it is the one that gives us stability. It is also the chakra that most people tend to have out of balance with the rest.
The root chakra represents the roots of your power, of your survival and of your swell being. It generates desire for survival, well being and comfort, economic well being and a relationship with the earth.
Activation of this chakra can help with matters of prosperity and abundance, with economic stability and with a comfortable life in general.
When the chakra is blocked it can hinder in all of the aspects mentioned so far. It can also promote certain bodily symptoms… specifically, hemorrhoids, back problems (especially the lower back), sciatica, constipation, circulatory problems, knee problems, bad circulation in the legs, problems with obesity.
The associated color for the root chakra is red, its element is earth, the metal associated is iron and its gem stones are red jasper, ruby, and hematite. Use of the stones, especially the red jasper help us to develop a healthy aggressiveness towards healing our own lives. They can help to awaken dormant energy and help us to connect more with the earth. When used in meditation they can help to activate and cleanse all of the lower chakras. They can help you to become more grounded and are ideal for the more timid person and for those who have a lot of fear as they can help to give you strength and courage.
The psychological aspects of the root chakra when it is in balance are self assurance and control of your creative will. The psychological aspects of the chakra when it is out of balance however are selfishness, depression, instability, shyness, incapacity to save money and a tendency towards distraction.
To balance the chakra you can use meditation music in the key of C and imagine a ball of red light centered on the area of the chakra. Imagine a 4 petalled lotus flower slowly opening and rotating over the chakra. The 4 petalled red lotus flower is represented in the Sanskrit Mandala for the chakra.