The Root Chakra also called the Muladhara, Is the chakra for support and security, building a structure that supports and sustains our life is a function of the root chakra. Cultivating stability while we form the structure of our life helps us to handle changes. Muladhara is located near the coccygeal plexus beneath the sacrumit,while its kshetram, or superficial activation point, is located between the perineum and the coccyx or the pelvic bone. Because of its location and connection with the act of excretion, it is associated with the anus. Muladhara is said to be the base from which the three main psychic channels or nadis emerge: the Ida, Pingala and Sushumna.
Security is an aspect of the root chakra that helps to keep us focused and grounded. When we do not feel secure, we lose ENERGY fearing for our existence and wondering whether we will go on. The root chakra carries all the qualities of survival from our ancestors. If our people fought to maintain a way of life or to find a better life, their courage and tenacity are part of our genetic heritage. Just as the roots of diseases are transmitted down family lines, so are the spiritual qualities. Physical problems that may be experienced with an out of balance root chakra are Conditions that affect the feet, knees and hips, including arthritis, kidney stones, osteoporosis, bone problems and autoimmune deficiency conditions.
The positive archetype of a balanced root chakra is the mother. The mother is a person either male or female who is nurturing, positive and hopeful. Mothers encourage, acknowledge and affirm our being through love, kindness, and absolute faith in the goodness of life, they make the dark moments bearable because they bring us hopes of a positive outcome. Ultimately this archetype represents stability. Loving and taking care of ourselves is how we become good mothers. Learning to listen and trust our needs and paying attention to what is good, wholesome and nourishing for us keeps us grounded. This helps release the negative from our lives and live simply, honestly and with integrity. Cleaning our roots is realising that we can learn from what our parents did and be more than they were able to be. We broaden our scope and expand our possibilities so that life grows rather than narrows. In essence, we become the best we can be by developing the inner qualities that the root chakra stands for so that we can adapt make changes and live creatively.
The archetype of an out of balance root chakra would be the victim. A victim is a person who, because of external circumstances, is unable to create regenerative forces and go forward in life. Victims stay alive through the grace and generosity of other people and have little chance of renewing their connection with life as long as they remain dependent upon others to maintain life. They may be temporarily invalidated, victims of terrifying circumstances, or completely uprooted from a life they have previously enjoyed. And you may well know people who go through life with what we would call this victim mentality. In many respects they are their own worst enemy because they get stuck in this mindset- oddly enough this victim mindset offers them security.
The root chakra vibrates the colour red. Red is the colour of the life force. It represents courage, passion, anger and even violence.