Also known as Security Center, Muladhara
Location: The perineum, the point between the anus and the sex organs
Parts of the body: Lymph system, skeleton system (teeth and bones), the prostate
gland in men, the sacral plexus, the bladder and elimination system, and the
lower extremities (legs - feet, ankles, etc.). Also the nose, since it is the
organ of the sense of smell, is associated with survival.
Endocrine gland: Adrenal glands
Consciousness: Security, survival, trust, the relationship with money, home,
job. Ability to be grounded, to be present in the here and now. Ability to allow
one's self to be nourished, in the sense of allowing one's Inner Being to be
satisfied. This chakra also reflects a person's connection with their mother,
and with Mother Earth. How the person feels about being on the earth. Connection
with the physical body.
Symptoms or tensions in the parts of the body controlled by this chakra indicate
tensions in the parts of the person's consciousness related to this chakra.
Tension here is experienced as insecurity as a general perceptual filter. More
tension is experienced as fear. More than that is experienced as terror, or a
threat to survival.
The Root Chakra is associated with the parts of our consciousness concerned with
security, survival, or trust. For most people, this concerns the parts of their
consciousness concerned with money, home, and job. When this chakra is in its
clear state, the person is able to feel secure, be present in the here and now,
and be grounded. When there is tension in this chakra, it is experienced as
insecurity or fear. When there is more tension, it is experienced as a threat to
Parts of the body controlled by the sacral plexus and this chakra include the
skeleton system, the legs, and the elimination system. Symptoms in these parts
of the body represent, therefore, tensions at the level of the Root Chakra, and
we therefore know that the person is seeing the world through a perceptual
filter of insecurity or fear. The adrenal glands are also associated with this
If one leg is affected, we can see whether it is the male leg or the female leg,
and thus whether it has something to do with trust in a male or trust in a
female. We can also see it as having something to do with trust in the will, or
the aspects of trust in the foundations the emotional being, related to what was
happening in the person's life at the time the symptom developed.
The physical sense of smell, and therefore the organ of the sense of smell, the
nose, is associated with the Root Chakra. Symptoms at the level of the nose or
affecting the sense of smell reflect tensions at the level of the Root Chakra.
Each chakra is associated with an element. The Root Chakra is associated with
the element of earth, and reflects something about the person's association with
the earth, or how they feel about being on the earth, which we call Mother
Earth. This chakra is also associated with our relationship with our mother.
When someone experiences a sense of separation from their mother, or not feeling
loved by their mother, they cut off their roots and experience symptoms of
tensions at the level of the Root Chakra until they can again open to accept
their mother's love.
When a child comes into the world in the traditional family structure, the
mother provides the nourishment and the father provides the direction. Thus, in
the child's relationship with its mother, it makes certain decisions about the
way things are. The relationship with the mother thus becomes a model for the
person's relationship with everything that represents security - money, home,