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Chakra basics – The Base Chakra

The Base or Root Chakra - Muladhara ChakraThe base Chakra is aptly named as it represents our most primitive instincts and drive, as well as connecting us with the physical world.

When the base Chakra is functioning harmoniously, you will feel a deep connection with the world around you. You will feel stable and grounded, and want to participate in shaping life on your earth in harmony with nature. In effect, you will have a deep level of trust in the world to provide and find it easy to achieve your goals in this world.

When the base Chakra is not functioning harmoniously, you will find your thoughts gravitating to worrying about your material possessions and security, or find yourself indulging in food, alcohol, sex, etc. It can manifest as a fixation on your own needs without consideration of others.

In its extreme, anger and aggression are likely when you become upset or irritated, which is triggered by the fear of a loss of something that you believe provides you with security or is crucial to your survival. Ultimately this is only a defensive mechanism, highlighting your lack of trust in the world around you.

The key to realigning your base Chakra is realising that the support you need and the connection you crave is avaialble at all times. It is only when you allow your fears and worries to overwhelm you that the base Chakra moves out of alignment.

Name: Muladhara or Base Chakra
Location: Perineum – between the anus and genitals
Purpose: Survival, groundedness, security, self preservation
Colour: Red
Element: Earth
Sense: Smell
Sound: Lam
Symbol: 4-petaled lotus
Associated parts of body: Bones, teeth, nails, anus, rectum, colon, blood

The 7 ChakrasCheck out the rest of the Chakras here!

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