Muladhara - The Tribal Chakra

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The energy in your body is carried through a network of connective tissue or 'fascia', in a way that's directed by your thoughts and feelings. There are seven main points in the body where the fascia joins together in thick horizontal bands forming a high-concentration of energy. These points are known as 'chakras' and are numbered from one to seven starting at the base of the spine and continuing up to the top of the head.


In her book Anatomy of the Spirit, Caroline Myss calls the first chakra the Tribal Chakra and explains:

"Archetypally the word tribal connotes a group identity, group force,

group willpower, and group belief patterns."


She says that all of these meanings make up the energy content of our first chakra. Located at the base of the spine, it's more commonly known as the Root or Base Chakra and the Sanskrit name is 'Muladhara' meaning 'root support'. In this post we'll be considering this energy centre within Myss' context, and I'll be offering a few things you can do to tap into your own energy to identify the 'tribal' factors that are influencing your life.

As suggested by the Sanskrit name, the first chakra represents our connection to Earth, our foundations or 'roots' and our sense of groundedness. On the physical level, it is connected to the bones, feet, legs, rectum, spinal column and immune system and is located at the coccyx, the base of the spine. Just as a tree's roots need to be firmly anchored into the soil to support it, this chakra provides the foundation for the other main energy centres which are located above.


The energy connected with the Muladhara relates to the beliefs we were raised with, and the sense of identity we have gained from being a part of our family. It's very much linked to the way our personal identity and self-perception were formed during childhood. Being part of a family is what gave us an understanding of our place - not only amongst the other family members but also within the community. It's how we formed our moral code, had our expectations set and managed, and where our behaviour was guided in accordance with the group rules. Our sense of belonging, and the things we are taught as part of 'group belief patterns' sha