Hey Lovely Balanced Souls!
I actually started this series awhile back, focused on dieties in the chakra system, and I want to continue/expand on that NOW!
I would like to add that, at the our Root, we encounter a Strength of Existence and Persistence in the physical world that is beautifully embodied by Durga, the warrior goddess in Hinduism. She helps us know when to engage an opponent, and when to let it go. The Root Chakra is where we decide HOW to exist, and WHICH issues we want to engage in, lessons to learn, which demons to work with this time around.
We also have the seat of Kundalini energy at Muladhara. Kundalini is a coiled serpent that rests over the first chakra, and holds the energy, or nectar, or enlightenment, quiet until we are ready to unlock it. If we unlock it before we are ready, we can go a little nuts, so the serpent sleeps sweetly. As we practice yoga (especially, well, Kundalini yoga), we unlock the serpent and therefore the nectar of enlightenment so it travels up the spine and into the brain and higher chakras over time. For this reason, I feel that Naga (pl. Nagini) goddesses are absolutely a guardian and power animal of our Root. Nagini are snake goddesses, from Hindu and Buddhist traditions. They are associated with wisdom, evolving knowledge, and rebirth (as skins are shed, we emerge into new forms of Self).
The Muladhara Chakra is concerned with issues of material reality, and our right to Exist on Earth. Here is where we either feel secure or fearful. When we are having trouble manifesting our ideal lives, not feeling safe in the world, or feeling dissociated from our body in some way, we need to heal this center. This is where I always begin my meditation and healing, mainly because in our society, we do not spend consistent time and energy grounding ourSelves, and then we become seriously imbalanced over time.
Healing our Sacred Root:
First of all, there are some gemstones that will help: Carnelian, Red Tiger’s Eye, Hematite, Onyx, and Blood Stone are all great choices. You can place these stones on your feet or at the base of your spine while meditating in a seated position. You may feel a gentle pulse or vibration at the level of your Root Chakra, which means you are vibrating in harmony with the crystal you chose. If you don’t feel anything, that’s ok! Just keep the stone around you (in a pocket, or bag, or hand) and use it for meditation for about a month. You will become more sensitive as time goes on.
You can also play in the dirt! Go barefoot, enjoy the earth and how She holds you and ground you.
Rub your feet : ) Or, get a pedicure. Tough life, eh? Increasing sensitivity, flexibility and strength of your feet will activate the (minor) chakras there, which are directly related to the Root Chakra.
Visualize the earth’s energy coming into your bones, and the red marrow of your bones. You may see a red or brown light connecting your legs and feet (all the way from your heart) into the deep Earth, and you can tap into that connection at any time. It will help center you, and soothe you.
You can also practice the Mudra (hand position) for this chakra while you meditate. Simply place the thumb and index finger together, gently, with both hands. You can repeat the mantra (sacred sound) of LAM, emphasizing the L sound if you are doing it aloud, on long exhales. Both of these actions activate the energy at the base of your torso and will increase sensitivity and awareness of your energy here.
This is a great article from Gaiam on yoga poses to open the Root Chakra: http://life.gaiam.com/article/chakra-guide-root-chakra
and one more good yoga resource: http://www.allgoodthings.com/yoga/chakra/chakra1_5.html
Enjoy! Spend some Time here, healing and centering. The next chakra will be in a week or so, but I encourage you to work through these centers at your own pace : )
Blessings, Ease and Metta,