The First Chakra (Root)
In our previous blogs about “Ancient Healing Practices” we discussed the setbacks of modern day medicines and explored the alternative therapies, practiced ages ago around the world which cured die-ease.
Of all other therapies and practices, YOGIC/MEDITATION Practices are now being recognized worldwide and, after extensive research, and it has been scientifically established that there are a few components, which when applied or used in certain conditions, that can positively impact the body and keep it healthy and free from dis-eases.
In this context, we further discussed the Chakras, their meaning and their location in the human body (www.nuology.co/single-post/2019/11/24/Untitled).
Now we shall take each chakra and discuss in detail their location, importance, properties, effects on the human body, dis-ease caused due to their imbalance and the use of various modalities such as colour, sound/tones, vibration, and aroma to balance the affected Chakra.
Interestingly enough, the methods we discussed above have been used for ages for healing people, but they have been used separately, like “colour therapy”, “sound therapy”, “aromatherapy”, “therapy using movements (vibration). However, for chakra healing we use them together and their combined effect makes the healing far more effective and prompt.
We begin with the First Chakra, which is the “root chakra”:
The root chakra - Muladhara
The root chakra is the first chakra of the body and is located in the base of the spine. Its role is to connect our mind, body and soul with the Earth. This chakra is feminine by nature and gives us the feeling of being close to the earth. It is known to keep us grounded and connected with the planet’s energy.
Key characteristics of the root chakra
The first chakra is associated with the following functions or behavioral characteristics:
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 we build our life. It supports us in growing and feeling safe while exploring all the aspects of life. It is related to our feelings of safety and security, whether it’s physical, regarding our bodily needs or metaphorically regarding housing and financial safety.
What happens when the first chakra is imbalanced?
At the emotional level, the deficiencies or imbalance in the first chakra are related to:
Excessive negativity, cynicism
Excessive feeling of insecurity, living on survival mode constantly
For a person who has imbalance in the first 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 job situation, physical safety, shelter, and/or health. A blocked root chakra may translate into behaviors ruled mainly by fear.
Conversely, when the root chakra is over active, fear might turn into greed and paranoia, which are extreme forms of manifestation of imbalance in the first chakra. Issues with control over food intake and diet are also related.
Chakra color: The red chakra
The typical color used to represent the root chakra is a rich vermilion red. This is the color used on its symbol to fill its petals. Traditionally, it is also associated with the color yellow or gold (this is the color of its element as opposed to its petals). Red symbolizes strength, vitality, and stimulates our instinctual tendencies.
Spin Direction: Male-Right/ Female-Left
Basic Principle: “physical will to be”
Vowel sound : “Uh” (cup)
Aroma: Cedarwood, clove
Sensory function: Smell
Gland: “Suprarenal Glands”
With the above given knowledge, we now know that in the case of imbalance of the First Chakra the usage of the colour, the sound, the vibration, and the aroma associated with it all at the same time will facilitate balancing the chakra and alleviating dis-ease.