The Root Chakra
Let’s talk today about the very first chakra, the root chakra. This chakra is where where our energy starts in our bodies and travels up through the other chakras. It is also one of the most blocked and constricted energy fields within our bodies.
It is certain that everyone, at some point in their lives, has struggled with a root chakra imbalance. If you were raised in an unstable home environment, experienced the divorce of your parents, lived with the struggled to pay bills, were physically abused as a child, you likely have an impaired root chakra.
I’ll share with you how to heal your root chakra in this article.
WHAT IS THE ROOT CHAKRA?
The root chakra, or Muladhara, is our body’s most primal and fundamental energy center, being located at the base of our spine. Other areas of the body is corresponds with are the perineum, the first three vertebrae and the pelvic area. The root chakra regulates the energy associated with , the root chakra regulates the energy associated with security, safety, survival, basic needs, feeling grounded, feeling supported and the foundation of our lives, sense of self.
The root chakra gives us the foundation on which we build our lives. This is why if you grew up in a toxic environment, your root chakra is likely out of balance. This is the chakra that supports us in grown and feeling safe as we navigate life on our own. This is the chakra that helps use feel grounded and anchor our energy to the earth as we try to manifest and create the life that gives us our sense of purpose, joy and love.
So when the root chakra is out of balance due to trauma, psychological issues such as chronic fear, and psychosomatic suppression and repression, we experience a disruption in the flow of life. Often our blocked energy centers lead to constant personal, existential and relationship issues.
SIGNS OF AN UNHEALTHY ROOT CHAKRA
The best way to tell whether you need to undergo root chakra healing is to pay attention to your thoughts, feelings, actions and physical sensations within your body. There is not a better instant response system than our emotions. How we react to everything is a way to immediately identify if it is a vibrational match with your own spirit. When a chakra is out of alignment, you will know because you may have a few of the following reactions or signs.
- You obsess about Money - This can come across as, you worry you don’t have enough, you have an irrational fear of becoming poor or homeless, you have anxiety about finances, you hoard your money because you have a lack mentality towards it, you feel that you need to control the purse strings.
- You generally distrust others, or have trust issues.
- You feel a sense of lack in all areas of your life, that there is never enough to go around, or you have to fight to keep what you have.
- You MUST be in control.
- You are extremely defensive and sensitive to perceived signs of threats from others or your surroundings.
- You find it difficult to be yourself or authentic around others.
When most people talk about unhealthy root chakras, they’re referring to “blocked” or deficient chakras that restrict energy flow. But chakras can also be overactive as well.
So what is the difference between a deficient and excessive root chakra? Essentially, a deficient root chakra can be defined as passive, whereas an excessive root chakra can be defined as aggressive.
Here’s a breakdown:
Deficient = lifeless, sluggish, passive, blocked, inwards (not enough energy flows in)
Excessive = lively, agitated, reactive, aggressive, outwards (too much energy flows in)
Therefore, if you have a deficient root chakra, you will be more prone to issues such as anxiety, suspicion, and withdrawing. On the other hand, if you have an excessive root chakra you will be prone to hoarding, workaholism, greed, and anger.
Deficiency protects, whereas excessiveness overcompensates. So the question is, which do you have? It’s also possible to fall somewhere in the middle.
So what does a healthy, balanced root chakra look and feel like?
When you have a clear, strong and balanced root chakra, you will feel grounded and calm. You will no longer have the fear of lack, or loss of control. You will trust yourself, others and the Universe to carry you through this life in the direction that you desire and manifest freely. When your root chakra is healthy, you will find it easy to be your authentic self finding the peace that is always here in the present moment easier to connect to. You will give up the need to fight, protect and defend, and will instead come into alignment with ebb and flow of life. Basically, everything will flow more easily and be pleasant.
Here are some of the best root chakra healing practices out there that I have personally experimented with:
Earthing - try to get out into nature as often as possible so that you can physically feel the support and energy from the physical world. Make a conscious connection with your feet to the earth.
Use one of these affirmations:
- I feel deeply rooted
- I feel safe and secure
- I have what I need
- I am grounded, stable, and standing on my own two feet
- I am grateful for all the challenges that helped me to grow and transform
- I trust in the goodness of life
- I make choice that are healthy and good for me
- I trust myself
Carry Crystals - Root chakra crystals such as red jasper, hematite, smokey quartz, and black tourmaline are the best to use when working on your first chakra.
Aromatherapy - Using essential oils like vetiver, black pepper, sandalwood, clove, cinnamon or patchouli are great for this chakra.
Do a shower meditation - water is a powerful way to cleans any blocked, negative or stagnant energy. It is also a very cleansing practice that we do often, so we already hold that belief that water = clean. Try standing under the shower and let the water run over you while you visualize that it is washing away all of the toxic energy with it down the drain.
I am someone who has struggled with a severely imbalanced root chakra before, I found that bringing more mindfulness into my days helped immediately and immensely. I did this by making a to do list for myself on things that needed to be done and then checked them off as I completed the task. I also set goals for myself to accomplish in a realistic amount of time. This gave me a sense of accomplishment and security with myself. I saw that I was able to achieve my goals, on my own, and that when I asked for guidance from the Universe, I felt very supported when I needed it. This can be explained in a coaching session or in one of my courses.
If all of this seems overwhelming, try slowing down, taking more breaks, and connecting with your breath — just be for a moment, realize you’er alive and that you’er doing the best you can do in this moment. Show gratitude for that. This is the most simple and easy first steps you can take. Afterward, you can implement the other healing practices described above.
xxo - N