The root of it all…
In the previous post, we discussed some of the basics of chakras, the 7 major energy centers of the body. In this post, we will dive deeper into the root chakra and discover more about this chakra such as imbalance symptoms, color therapy, aromatherapy, gemstones, and affirmations.
Root(Muladhara) – 1st This chakra is associated with survival, security, and primal energy. Also known as the Root center, this chakra relates to the Earth element, and is responsible for governing the elimination process of the entire body, the survival instinct, and the emotion Fear.
Root Chakra Color Therapy:
Red is the color the represents the root chakra. Red is a symbol of life, strength, courage, passion, love and earth. Warmer than other colors, it is stimulating and can be thought of as a tonic. Bright orange-red is more stimulating than blue-red. Red is said to increase circulation and therefore to raise blood pressure, pulse rate, overall energy, and physical temperature. Working with the root chakra and the color red can help ground the body, connecting us to our sense of security, stability, and safety.
Root Chakra Aroma Therapy: Here are a list of essential oils that are great for helping to balance the root chakra. Try using an oil below that resonates with the root chakra during your next focused meditation.
- Black pepper
Gemstones – Below are just a small handful of some of the gemstones commonly used to heal the root chakra.
- Black Tourmaline
- Red Jasper
- Smokey Quartz
The Root Chakra:
The Root chakra is located at the base of the spine, around the area of the first three vertebrae. The root chakra is responsible for your sense of safety and security on this earthly journey. The word Muladhara breaks down into two Sanskrit words: Mula meaning “root” and Adhara, which means “support” or “base.”
This is the first of the chakras of matter or physical reality. Benefits of balancing the root chakra creates the solid foundation for opening the remaining chakras above. Imagine that you’re laying the foundation for a house in which you’re going to live for a long time. A solid foundation embedded in firm soil will provide the stability you need to create a home filled with joy for years to come.
The root chakra is comprised of whatever grounds you to stability in your life. This includes your basic needs such as food, water, shelter, and safety, as well as your more emotional needs such as letting go of fear. When these needs are met, you feel grounded and safe, and you tend to worry less day to day.
Whether or not you feel secure now often has less to do with what you have at your disposal and more to do with how safe you felt as a small child. When you consider psychologist Erik Erickson’s stages of development, the first stage—trust versus mistrust—is closely related to your root chakra development. As infants, if your caregivers readily gave you what you needed to survive with consistency, you felt secure in the world. You felt that the world was a place that could be trusted to provide your basic needs. Yet, if your caregivers withheld or delayed in giving you what you needed, or if that giving was inconsistent, you may find yourself with first chakra blockages.
Imbalances in the Root Chakra
If there is an imbalance in the root chakra you may experience anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares. Physical imbalances may manifest as problems in the colon, with the bladder, with elimination, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues. In men, prostate problems may occur. Eating disorders may also be a sign of a root chakra imbalance.
How to Balance Muladhara
While meditation does connect you to a higher spiritual plane, it also serves to ground you. You may not always be able to trust that the world will give you what you need to survive, but the connection to your higher self and trust in a power higher than yourself will give you what you need to feel safe.
It does not matter if you call that higher power Consciousness, Mother Nature, God, or Spirit. Connection to universal energy will bring you a sense of peace and stability. The animals in the forest have no idea if and when they will find food each day, yet somehow they trust in nature to provide for them.
Try this during meditation: The sense organ that corresponds to the first chakra is the sense of smell. While meditating, focus on the tip of your nose to help align the root and bring forth the qualities you need to balance your root chakra.
Next Up: The Sacral Chakra
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