In Dept Explaining the 1st Chakra - The Full Root Chakra Guide
Which Stones are we talking about?
In Crystal therapy, stones of the 1st chakra are considered those of black or dark color, of any type of gloss or transparency.
The most representative basic frequency stone is Smoked Quartz.
The most representative advanced frequency stone is the Black Tourmaline.
During a crystal healing session, the positioning areas of the stones are:
the center of the pubic bone, legs, knees, and feet (preferably under the plant).
The other stones for the root chakra are:
antimonite, biotite, bronzite, cassiterite, chiastolite, bowl, egirin, hematite, brindle iron (also 2nd chakra), gagat or jet, hypersthene, fossil wood, magnetite, falcon eye, cat's eye, black onyx, obsidian (black , mahogany, rainbow, gilded, silvery), moonstone (with gray tones), quartz morion (black), quartz tormalinato (also 7th chakra), tectite, zoisite without ruby (without red spots, only green with black streaks - also 3rd chakra).
I ° CHAKRA MULADHARA, THE "SUPPORT OF THE BASE
It is located in the center of the perineum between the anus and the genitals and it is here that the entrance to the Sushumna is located, obstructed by Kundalini.
Muladhara, "the support of the base", appears as a golden yellow lotus with four scarlet petals inscribed in gold the four last consonants of the Sanskrit alphabet: "v, sh (lingual), sh (palatal), s".
The lotus of the chakras has the corolla pointing downwards to indicate that they still have to blossom and open, that is, they still have to activate all their potentialities and they do so when Kundalini crosses them.
The element related to it is the earth represented by a yantra or mandala (the two terms in this context may be interchangeable) square with 8 spears or lightning bolts coming out arranged as the compass rose.
Another yantra appears in Muladhara and that is the triangle called Traipura or Kamarupa pervaded by a particular vital breath, the kandaipa, visualized with the aspect of the Kama, the god of love, reddening as "ten million suns". In the Traipura triangle, whose three sides are guarded by the female deities Vama, Jyeshtha and Raudri, personifications of will, knowledge, and action, the goddess Tripurasundari resides in the form of her bijamantra «klim».
The lingam is always inside the triangle
Svayamhhu, splendid as molten gold and sprout-wrapped, radiant lunar splendor, the seat of Shiva with a blue-green complexion.
The mouth of the lingam, the Brahmadvara, or the "Gate of Brahma," is obstructed by Kundalini, twisted like a snake three and a half times on itself, dazzling like a thunderbolt and softly "buzzing" like a swarm of bees. Lady of beings, enchantress, a source of the sound, confuses the world with its illusory games and only the yogi manages to dispel their veils.
Kundalini is described as a beautiful young woman sitting on a lion, with three eyes and four arms with two hands in the gesture that dissipates fear (hand raised with visible palm), and bestows gifts (hand lowered with palm always visible), while holding in the other two a book and a lute.
The sense organ related to Muladhara, according to the structural theory of man and the universe proposed by the Samkhya system associated with classical Yoga and remained as a reference "philosophical" structure also in Hatha yoga and Tantrism, is the nose, seat of the sense of smell, while the action organ is the feet, in direct contact with the earth, anchored to it by the force of gravity but at the same time a base that allows the body to rise and stretch upwards.
The main characteristic of this chakra is the hardness, so the concentration on Muladhara favors strengthening and stability.
The Bjamantra is «lam», that is the Sanskrit letter «la» nasalized, or pronounced making it resonate in the nose. It is the bijamantra of the god Indra, lord of the gods in the most ancient period of Hindu civilization, the one centered on the sacred collections of the Vedas. The bijamantra is visualized as a deity with four arms, golden yellow, on the back of the elephant Airavata, the mount of Indra, in certain posterior representations represented black. "Lam" is also the bijamantra of Dhara, the goddess of the earth.
The God Brahman
In the dot that is placed on the letter of the Sanskrit alphabet (the standardized dialect of Old Indo-Aryan), to nasalize it is inscribed another deity, the god Brahma, lord of the origin of the universe, with four faces and here represented as a child. His mount is the white goose with striated head, an animal that in the Hindu tradition represents the soul and that is identified with the swan by the western translators.
Shakti, the feminine cosmic energy
Here is projected as Dakini, terrifying goddess on a red lotus that opens inside the main flower: this further lotus underlines with its bright color the powerful and still-controlled energy of nature. Dakini, resplendent as the rising sun, dressed in black, with a fierce face and red eyes, has four arms in whose hands there are the spear, the khatvanga (a stick with a skull), the sword and the cup filled with inebriating liquid. Dakini purifies the intellect and confers illumination. It is delicious with rice pudding, sugar, and milk and is associated with plasma, one of the seven tissues that traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, considers to constitute the human body.
Muladhara, the chakra of the great mother
It is located in the center of the perineum, ie at the level of that tendinous muscle plane that extends between the anus and the genitals.
Its symbol includes going from the outside to the inside, a four-petaled flower with a square inscribed. The number 4, expressed by the petals of the flower, is the symbol of universal manifestation. It is the Being that has materialized. The four is, therefore, all that exists in phenomenal reality.
Perhaps for this reason "in the order of manifested things, we always find the quaternary" seal ": whence, for example, the four elements (the ether is not included, is only the" differentiated "elements), the four points cardinals, the four phases of human life, the four seasons, the four phases of the lunar sky ... all aspects of the same general scheme of the manifestation.
Therefore, the whole manifestation is wrapped up by the quaternary; it constitutes the complete basis of its integral development »
Four is the number of the Earth, a passive matter that does not create but contains everything created from it. Its value is therefore of potentiality.
Is the geometric representation of the quaternary, it is in all traditions assimilated to the earth, which in this sense becomes the basic starting element of all subsequent developments, the "coagulated" set of all the elements that will progressively find their own individual existence. The square implies, in fact, an idea of solidification and stabilization. In the Hindu temple, the square is fixation, crystallization of the celestial cycles.
The Earth is the Great Mother from which every being springs. The very meaning of the name of this chakra, on the other hand, confirms the sense of "origin" that distinguishes this first energetic level: Muladhara means in fact "root" or principle-energy capable of ensuring development and nourishment for everything. In this chakra, therefore, matter, coagulatasi, is omnipotent and "feeds" all the becoming.
The geometric figures are further confirmed in their meaning by other symbols: the elephant is the oriental symbol of memory and in this chakra is black, as if to signify an obscure or unconscious memory, which refers to all the evolutionary possibilities contained in a potential state. Unexpressed, but all already present and ready to evolve.
This symbol of memory seems to indicate that the paths, the patterns, the forms along which the manifestation (or the body) must and can develop are here already "memorized". In this sense, the energy that nourishes everything that has to be achieved is contained here, at the peak of concentration
The snake rolled up on itself, called Kundalini, is, in fact, the oriental symbol of "asleep" energy, present in its entirety, but still "rolled up on itself". Closed, concentrated, unexpressed, but ready to unfold. "Kundalini, wrapped around the base of the vertebral column just below the sexual organ, like a sleeping snake, closes with its mouth the opening of Sushumna."
Based on the possibility of multiple meanings offered by the Sanskrit word naga which mainly means "snake", but which can also be related to the elephant, Kundalini would be the synthesis of the symbols seen previously: materialized vital energy that knows, remembers the ways along which it must move, the forms it can give rise to.
In Muladhara also appears the goddess Dakini, the witch, symbol of the "materializing" force, of the fall of "spirit in the matter" or better, of "coagulation", as the alchemists would say, between matter and spirit appeared in existence.
The color of the chakra according to some schools is yellow.
Relationship with the earth
Furthermore, yoga attributes to the first chakra the sense linked to the oldest part of the brain, the rhinencephalon, that is the smell, almost as if to underline the meaning of the ancient origin of the chakra. It also reconnects the foot, physically linked to the relationship with the earth, and the birth, linked to the conservation and perpetuation of life.
From what appears by examining the symbols of Muladhara, this chakra defines a particular "energy center" of the body that seems to constitute a point of coagulation, of concentration, of the origin of vital energy with all its potential present but unexpressed.
The point at which the coagulation of the "Mother Earth" came to fruition.
A point where life finds its roots.
From a physical point of view,
We can identify in this area the terminal tract of the spinal cord and in particular the sacral roots of the parasympathetic and the sacral plexus. This neuro-vegetative band is actually linked to those functions that yoga already attributes to this wheel, that is the birth or birth, the possibility of making a new life manifest to the world; erection and lubrication or the possibility of moving sexual energy upwards or outwards (low); urination and defecation or the possibility of moving energy of "waste" outwards.
Moreover, from the sacral plexus the nerve branches for the legs start (for example the sciatic nerve) and for the feet which also establish the relationship of the organism with the earth, initial energy, associated with this chakra.
There is also an exocrine gland (= external secretion) that is placed in the pertinent band of the first chakra and is the prostate, present in the man where it envelops the innermost portion of the urethra. It is composed of four large lobes (glandular groupings): one anterior, two lateral, one posterior and its apex corresponds exactly to the center of the perineum.
Also in the woman, there is a point, called point G, located under the urethra, at the level of the upper wall of the vagina, which seems to be associated with the embryonic residue of the prostate. The role and importance of the prostatic secretion in determining the "activation" of spermatozoa are only recently being recognized, while the importance of the prostate and the "G" point for the generation of "energy" has long been recognized. sexual respectively male and female.
These organs, in fact, are richly innervated, both from the sacral nerves and from branches that start from the hypogastric plexus, and can generate a very powerful but not necessarily "orgasmic" nervous stimulation.
For sexual energy to go outward, there must generally also be the stimulation of Svadhishthana, the next chakra, more directly linked to the genital organs, penis, and clitoris; stimulating ejaculation and orgasm, they direct sexual energy towards the outside, towards the "other from oneself"
Also, the role of the seminal vesicles is probably more than marginal: placed immediately behind the prostate, always in relationship with the center of the perineum, they represent a deposit of the seed as well as a "laboratory" of transformation and activation of the seed containing the cells. Terminals that constitute precisely the extreme condensation of information/memory (DNA or 4 bases, purines and pyrimidines and 4 elements that make up H / O / N / C) and vital energy. The elements of anatomy and physiology related to this wheel, that is the functions connected to the last plexus and to the sacral nerves, for example, the feet, but above all the organs able to "concentrate" and "transform" the seed and the seed itself, as an extreme concentration of memory and energy where everything is already present but unexpressed, they do not therefore seem to be linked to the "sense" linked to the symbolism of the chakras: Mother Earth, nourishment of all future manifestations
Psychological Function: Joy of living, the quantity of physical energy. Survival, security, trust, roots
Sensory Olfactory Association
Associated Systems Vertebral column, kidneys, bladder, terminal part of the intestine
Nervi Sacro Sacra
Glands Adrenal glands
Musical Note Do
Crystal All the red stones, in particular, the Red Jasper