The Root Chakra for Beginners

Previously, I did an introduction to the 7 chakra system. We saw that having its roots in Sanskrit, an ancient language in Hinduism, Chakras are centers of energy that we find throughout our bodies. Translated, the word Chakra literally means «wheel» because it acts as a vortex, a disk of spinning energy where matter and consciousness meet. At the core of each one of us, spin 7 main chakras which are aligned along the spine starting from the base up to the crown of the head. The Chakras are important to grasp for anybody on the Spirit driven path and so we will go deeper into our understanding of each one of these ever spinning wheels of life energy. Our journey will begin at the base of the spine, home of the Root Chakra.

Muladhara, the First Chakra


The Sanskrit name for the first chakra is Muladhara which breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, meaning “support” or “base” … hence, the Root Chakra. As its name indicates, our first chakra is the base, the roots of the entire chakra system. It is the foundation on which all the others rest and so if we do not balance the root chakra before we progress to others, our development, will be without roots, ungrounded, and will lack the stability necessary for true growth. Although, it is of crucial importance, this chakra is not more important than any other. It’s just a different kind of important. What I’m trying to say is that the chakras form a system in which each beautiful chakra is of equal importance but each one in its own way. Got it ? Alright, let’s continue.

Root Chakra : Location in the body

Where do we find the Root Chakra ? Well, it is found at the base of the spine, somewhere around the perineum and it corresponds to the section of the spine called the coccyx. Or to be more precise, it is located halfway between the anus and the genitals.

Root chakra : Earth Element

Each Chakra has an element associated with it. The Muladhara, relates to the earth element and therefore to all solid earthly things as for example our bodies, our health, our survival, our material and monetary existence as well as our ability to manifest our needs. If we look within our body, the Root Chakra relates to the solid parts such as the bones, the large intestine (that passes solid things) and the fleshy body as a whole. The earth element represents our need to stay grounded, alive, safe and healthy.

Root Chakra : Colour Red

The Muladhara is represented by the earth element which can be described as a solid, condensed state of matter and the ‘’lowest’’ end of the Chakra spectrum. And so, it is visualized as a deep vibrant red which is the colour of beginning, the colour with the longest wavelength and the slowest vibration in the visible spectrum.

Root chakra consciousness : Physical survival

The Root Chakra’s consciousness is oriented towards survival. This means that this chakra acts as the maintenance program of our bodies protecting our health and our day-to-day mundane needs. On this level we function on survival instinct, concerned with hunger, fear, the need for rest, shelter and warmth.

Well of course, in today’s life, the survival instinct is not related anymore to lying awake at night keeping the fire alive or guarding our food from a wild and hungry beast (unless you live with someone like my brother and have to defend your precious Nutella jar… especially at night. Yeah, looking at you Sibi).

Our environment may have changed but our survival instinct remains. It’s just a little different now. Our survival instinct is more about not losing a job, not coming down with an illness, or not being kicked out from our home. All of these situations can trigger our survival instinct and force our first chakra into working overtime. When our survival is threatened, we experience fear. Fear is a demon of the first chakra – it counteracts the sense of safety and security that the root chakra ideally brings. When this happens, we experience fear, panic and the body reacts instantaneously.

The spine makes contact to the Earth, via the legs, adrenaline rushes through the bloodstream, the heartbeat accelerates, increasing blood supply, and the senses are sharpened dramatically. Survival energies rush through our system, but we may not know what to do with them. The answer may not be running or fighting as our ancestors might have done but rather claiming our roots in a more conscious way.

Actually to be honest there really isn’t much we can do to interfere with this process without harming the body once the first chakra takes over. If we don’t take rest, our illness advances until it forces us to rest. If say, our income is threatened, or if we are suddenly evicted from our home, our attention is going to be overwhelmed  by these situations until they are resolved. Like the force of gravity, we can only accept its pull and learn to work with it. 

So, in order to strengthen our energy in the root chakra, we must first make sure that our survival needs are all met in a healthy and complete way. That way we ensure that our consciousness is not dominated by thoughts of survival making us unable to ‘get of the ground’.

Our journey up the spine through the Chakras has begun

That is what the First Chakra is, our roots, our base, our foundation. It is our sense of safety, of health, of warmth. And so, our journey up the spine through the Chakras has begun. We have unveiled the secrets of the first chakra, home of our survival instinct which as said represents whatever grounds and stabilizes you in your life. When these needs are met, we feel safe, grounded and the mind is hippie-dippie-worry-free (yes, I take full credit for that word). If on the contrary, we do not balance our growth will be without roots, ungrounded, and will lack the stability necessary for true growth but we will see about that a little later. So stay tuned beautiful souls, more chakra magic is to come.

With Love,

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