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1 Mar
2013
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Putting Down Roots Is The Best Way To Start Working With Chakras

Root chakra – Muladhara

In the Chakra System the Root Chakra, or Muladhara, is the starting point for any work you may want to do that involves self-healing. This chakra is located at the base of your spine and is your main connection with the physical world. Muladhara is associated primarily with survival, security and the satisfaction of your basic needs. This is the base upon which your wholeness and spiritual development rest so it needs to be firmly anchored.

One of the problems we face in our desire to reach enlightenment, fulfillment, or other lofty spiritual goals, is that we get so distracted by our dreams of peace, oneness, and contentment that we neglect those things that are important, but related to the physical reality we experience. The consequence of this is that we experience frustration and an inability to make any real progress towards these higher targets. Then, because our spiritual work is so much more important than dealing with the illusion we just get bogged down and end up either making no progress at all, or just kidding ourselves that what we are doing is making a real difference.

Yes, we want to get to the good stuff.

No, we don’t want to spend time working on the mundane.

The good stuff can only be reached right through the middle of the mundane.

The mundane starts at the base of your spine in your Root Chakra – Muladhara.

So how can you tell if your Root Chakra is functioning correctly or needs some work?

You can look outwards towards your world and see if your world reflects back to you those problems that are associated with your Root Chakra. If it does then Muladhara needs some work. If it doesn’t, then check out Svadhisthana and so on up through your chakras. My book, Chakra Balancing, is an excellent resource that you can use to guide you through this process.

Each chakra is connected with specific physical areas of our bodies. They are also attached to psychological aspects of our personality – or if you prefer – our experience of Self.

Root Chakra physical connections

You might consider that Muladhara is the good health valve for the legs, lower back, and the internal organs of the lower abdomen. Therefore, if you suffer from: varicose veins, lower back pain, elimination problems, haemorrhoids, rectal tumours, or sexual dysfunction, then you might want to consider working on your Root Chakra.

Now, you may well be aware of the idea of Maya that all is illusion and the world we experience is nothing more than our interior psychological landscape projected outwards. But, until you can walk through walls, be aware that, illusion or not, the physical body occasionally malfunctions and often hurts. Working with chakras is one way to positively impact these physical problems.

Root Chakra psychological connections

Muladhara’s emotional focus is primarily on those areas that relate to our sense of security and safety in this physical reality. The emotional problem areas associated with the Root Chakra are: excessive anger, fear, insecurity, loneliness, guilt, greed, and addictive behaviours like eating and smoking.

Problems with Muladhara can also show up as financial difficulties – an inability to keep your head above water; or even as a problem with your letting go of the past and embracing the new. This might be especially tricky when a relationship ends and you find yourself longing for what was.

Inside or Outside

Our chakras do not reflect our inner landscape – they are our inner landscape. So changes to chakras can be brought about either by working on the problem, or by working on the chakra. The reason for this is that it’s all you. The chakra and your personality is all you. It is also this same you that decides to bring about change by working either directly on the chakra or directly on the problem.

In my book on Self Hypnosis I explain how the subconscious mind uses mental images to create magical physical changes. It is this facility that we tap into when we use a visualisation technique to open up or unblock a chakra.

Making those changes can be as simple as listening to a guided meditation, or playing with images in your mind.

Remember, your mind creates your world so if you don’t like your world all you have to do is change your mind about it.

Michael

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