Root chakra – origin in plants and animals

The phylogeny of Chakras

This is an attempt to see simile for chakras in trees and animals

Root chakra –

Mooladhara chakra – the words are made up of Mool – which means root, at the same time, it also signifies origin or the point of origin. The second part of the word, Aadhara means support.

Going by the origin of the word, this chakra is meant to provide the very basic life force for us. This is a life sustaining chakra. In the sense of ‘origin’, this is also the first chakra that gives the basic functions of life.

Roots provide the strength and stability for a tree to stand. In animals you might see the root chakra represnted in the tail, often contains or is connected to the main supporting structure of the body, the spine and the tail is used to bring stability to movements. In our case Mooladhar is situated near the tail bone (no coincidence). Root Chakra is meant to bring the same strength and stability to our life, that roots bring to the trees and tail brings to the animals.

At the same time the roots bring much needed nutrients to the trees which in a way is forms the life force for the trees and the entire food chain. If A branch with all the leaves transplanted, fails to develop roots, it withers away. So the roots give it the life sustainence. Likewise, the root chakra is meant to bring us the nourishment and sustenance for our body, soul and beings (humans included) around us.

In trees the roots are located deep beneath the ground. For animals in the tails, which are usually closer or protruding towards the ground. There is a tuft of hair at the end of the tail (imagine a bull or a pony) which are their antennae for the ground energy – a reduced version of roots. In our bodies tail is reduced to piddling tail bone. In our routine life our tail bone is rarely close to the ground and could be starved for earth’s nourishing energies.
Intentional cross legged sitting on the floor (padmasan for example) can be used to reconnect with the grounding energies.

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