According to Tantric ancient scripts, Shakti is the female energy of consciousness and Shiva, the male energy of consciousness. They lived as one in the Sahasrara lotus (now known as the Crown Chakra), until Shakti was separated from Shiva as a result of the manifestation of creation. Legend has it, where Shakti’s footsteps lay, grew six lotus flowers from which the chakras were born. The energy of Shakti is said to now live in the base chakra - often referred to as Kundalini, she lays asleep in the image of a serpent, waiting to be awakened by Shiva, whereupon they will once again be as one.
This chakra connected with scent/smelling things, also known as the olfactory system.
Hindu Name - Muladhara (Mula meaning root and adhara meaning support)
Also known as - First chakra, root chakra, seat of the soul
Location - base of spine (coccyx bone)
Colour - red
Element - Earth
Sound - LAM (rhymes with thumb)
Nerve - Lumbosacral plexus (supplies motory and sensory function to the buttocks, legs, lower pelvic area, male reproductive organs, and the prostate)
Nourishment - Proteins, red fruit and vegetables, red juices like beetroot or cranberry, root vegetables.
Gland - The base chakra is connected to the Testes and Adrenal Medulla.
The testes are glands within the male reproductive system that are responsible for producing testosterone and sperm.
The Adrenal Medulla is located above the kidneys and secretes the adrenaline and noradrenaline hormones when we experience stress or sense danger. Adrenaline is associated with our fight or flight response which links us to our basic need for survival.
Characteristics - Assertiveness, ambition, athletic, belonging, career, confidence, connection to earth and nature (earth, mountains, rocks, sand, plants, trees), courage, direction, family of origin (parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives), foundation, goals, grounded, instincts regarding safety and survival matters, intent, material matters, money, motivation, patience, physical energy, procreation, prosperity, purpose, safety, security, sex drive in males, stability, strength, success, survival (individual and as a planet), taking action, vitality for the physical body, professional relationships.
Imbalances - materialistic, domineering, low motivation, violence, insecurity, purposelessness; feeling unwanted, excessive sex drive (in males), procrastination, overly concerned with physical survival, greedy, can’t reach goals, anger, not grounded, hyperactive; suicidal tendencies, lack of energy.
Identity - Self preservation. The actions I take are for my survival.
Basic Right - The Right to exist. The right to nourish and care for our physical body and tend to our survival needs.
Lesson - Fear of loss of health, mobility, life, income, material possessions, survival necessities etc.
Relationships - parents, siblings, family units, lineages, colleagues, and employers.
The root chakra has secondary chakras called Talas.
Atala is located around your hips and is the focus are of fear and lust.
Vitala is located around your thighs and is the focus area of anger and resentment.
What happened? Who was there? What effects did their actions create? How did you feel? Were your needs met? What belief (as above) has resulted from this? What words of advice would you tell your younger self if you could go back in time?
Nose gazing a few times a day can help you connect with that root chakra energy. Nose gazing is when you relax your eyes so that you can see your nose and hold it. When you feel strain, relax and return to normal.
Root Chakra Mantras
I am enough exactly how I am
I trust this loving universe
I nourish and love myself
I love and forgive my family
I am grounded and connected to all around me