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Understanding the Root Chakra

Chakras are wheels of life through which energy flows in our physical, emotional and mental body. The study of chakras has fascinated mankind and benefitted from the study too. There are seven major chakras that help us align ourselves to the Divinity. A positive flow of energy maintains a healthy rhythm of Life Force Energy i.e. Prana Shakti in our lives. Understanding each chakra in detail helps us to navigate through the healing process. In this article, we are going to explore the working of the first chakra – Root Chakra also known as Mūlādhāra in Sanskrit. This chakra is situated at the base of our spine.

The Root Chakra is the first energy center through which the energy begins to flow. As mentioned above, it is known as Mūlādhāra in Sanskrit. The basic meaning of this word can be split in two parts – Mula which means root and Dhara means support or base. All our stability, safety and security issues are related to this chakra. An unbalanced Mūlādhāra leads to grounding issues where one feels out of space while living on the Earth. There is constant struggle or battle to survive on the planet and one does not feel safe. Issues relating to money or survival are all connected to this chakra. It can be safely said that this chakra lays the foundation of our lives. If the foundation is strong, then one experiences easy survival where there is no stress about earning. Opportunities flow in their lives easily. The basic human nature of fight or flight depends on the formation of the Root Chakra. A strong Mūlādhāra will make the person fight any situation in life, whereas a weak one will always make the flight the situations.

When is the Root Chakra formed?

The formation begins right from the time of conception and it continues until the age of 7. If a child at the time of conception has fears of his survival or has questions like – Do I belong here, then the person is most likely to develop a weak Root Chakra. According to the psychologist Erik Erickson and his theory of stages of development, he states that the first stage is trust v/s mistrust. And this is closely related to our Root Chakra. When we cannot trust the flow of life, then the energy flow from and towards Mūlādhāra is blocked. If we could not trust our primary givers like our parents or grandparents, then there are trust issues as an adult too. Likewise, if the basic needs of the child were not met as an infant or toddler, then again, the person fights for survival because of an under-developed root chakra.

Organs associated with the Root Chakra:

Adrenal glands, colon, kidneys, skeleton/bones, muscles and arterial blood that flows through the left chamber of the heart, carrying oxygen and nutrients to our body tissue consists of the organs associated with this chakra. In fact, our immune system is dependent on the working of this chakra. A healthy working Mūlādhāra can give you a great immune system and a healthy physical body. Your kidneys will work to their optimal level thereby eliminating the toxins out from your body. There will be motivation to work, eat healthily and sleep peacefully thereby promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Identifying if there are blockages in the Root Chakra:

A constant anxious mind with panic attacks is the major indicator of imbalance or blocks in the root chakra. Another indicator is the constant fear of survival and inability to trust self as well as others. A person who is unable to trust his/her own decisions should work on their root chakra blockages to bring about a change in their outlook towards life. Likewise, a person feeling a constant feeling of depression and is unable to see any ray of hope in life surely needs to work on their Root Chakra.

Benefits of having a Balanced Root Chakra:

A well- balanced Root Chakra allows us to be courageous in difficult situations. It helps us to be in charge of our lives, thereby feeling safe and being able to trust the flow of life. Also, it supports us to receive energies from our ancestors, our DNA lineage easily and effortlessly. Our self-esteem is healthy, and we are able to focus on each work at hand in a disciplined and structured manner. A healthy root chakra can help us lay healthy and solid foundations for starting new ventures and accomplishing goals effectively.

A simple Meditation to open the Root Chakra:

Keeping your eyes closed, breathe in and out. Center yourself and take in a few more cleansing breaths. Once you feel centered, start chanting the word “LAM” for at least 101 times and feel your root chakra opening up. Once you feel the root chakra opening up, visualize yourself as an infant. Look into the eyes of this infant self and say – I am safe. I allow the Life Force Energy to flow through me. Do this several times, until you can feel the Life Force Energy flowing through your Root Chakra.

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Holistic Approach of Healing

Acheive wellness, wholeness through holistic healing. The ultimate goal is to be healthy & mentally well to be in the position to enjoy the world around us.
Its of utmost importance that all natural process that support life are functioning in their desired trajectory optimally.
To bring to the desired optimal level, there needs healing which removes the imbalance that has occurred in the natural state of functions. The process of rebalancing the course of nature is a process termed as "Healing".
Holistic Healing approach goes beyond the conventional rebalancing approach. Going one step further it targets the root cause of illness and tries to remove it, can it be physical, emotional, spiritual or mental healing.
Changes due to holistic healing are on the root level and are more effective and long lasting due to its unique approach and method.

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