• Beth

chakras - part i - root chakra

Updated: Dec 20, 2020

There are seven different major energy centers throughout the body known as chakras or spirit centers, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head through which this energy can flow in and out in a constant stream. These centers are the link between our energetic and physical bodies and the universal life force energy that connects us environmentally and spiritually.

The root chakra is the first chakra at the base of the chakra system and lays the foundation for the expansion in life. Its energy is based on the earth element. It is associated with the feeling of safety and grounding. It is associated with the following functions or behavioral characteristics:

  • Security, safety

  • Survival

  • Basic needs (food, sleep, shelter, self-preservation, etc.)

  • Physicality, physical identity and aspects of self

  • Grounding

  • Support and foundation for living our lives

The root chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life, supporting our feeling of safety and security, whether it is physical or to do with our bodily or metaphorical needs or regarding housing and financial security. The root chakra is where we ground ourselves into the earth and anchor our energy into the physical world.

The symbol of the root chakra is made up of a four-petaled lotus flower, often stylized as a circle with four petals with a downward-pointing triangle. The downward-pointing triangle is a symbol of spirit connecting with matter, grounding on the earth and our earthly existence, in our physical bodies.

Healing your root chakra empowers you to confidently face whatever life may bring.

When the root chakra is functioning optimally, you feel grounded, secure, and at ease with the world. But when it is imbalanced or blocked several signs can manifest, from constipation to back pain and fatigue. Additional physical and psychological signs can include:

Being constantly challenged in getting your primary needs met - Having enough money to get food or pay this month’s bills, having stable housing… If getting these basic needs met is a constant struggle for you, chances are that your root chakra will benefit from healing work.

Root chakra healing focuses on getting you out of the detrimental cycle of behaviors and beliefs dominated by lack and scarcity.

Looming feelings of insecurity - If your first chakra is out of balance, you will notice that it is hard for you to feel safe in the world. This feeling of insecurity can manifest through constant worries about finances, health, where the world is going.

Root chakra healing consists in remedying these fears by allowing more supportive energy to flow into your life and providing a solid foundation on which you can rest.

Fear is your main motivating factor - If you notice that your life is based on fear, root chakra healing could help. It aims at bringing a more balanced perspective, so your decision-making is more well-rounded and not based exclusively on survival instinct or “fight or flight” responses.

Key Steps for In-Depth Healing of the Root Chakra

Anchoring yourself in your environment - A positive root chakra mindset relates to feeling safe in the world. Developing a harmonious relationship with your environment is key in fostering safety. How you feel in your immediate surroundings, from your home to your neighborhood and region matters in supporting your root chakra balance.

Connecting intimately with the earth - In order to heal root chakra imbalance, it is important to connect directly to the earth. Go outside and walk on unpaved paths, dig your hands in the earth, plant seeds… these are all examples of personal connections with the earth element that will support the opening and balancing of the root chakra and gain a more grounded, sustainable energy flow.

Physical activity promotes root chakra health - The root chakra governs the quality of our physical presence and feeling of aliveness in our body. Physical activity, no matter big or small, supports root chakra healing. Any movement involving your feet and legs will be particularly helpful. When you feel your physical strength, you connect with the strength of root chakra energy and feel grounded in your life.

Overcoming feelings of insecurity by learning self-reliance - To counteract the tendency to worry about safety and well-being, it is important to reinforce your belief that you are okay in this world and can get what you need when you need it. Working on self-reliance, confidence, and perceptions about resourcefulness in your life are key in healing the root chakra.

Discovering your true needs and aspirations - Healing your root chakra requires you to know what your true needs and goals are. Start a journal and write down things you would like to do and goals you would like to accomplish such as the place you would like to live in, the work you want to do, and the people you want to surround yourself with.

Time for introspection and clarity are keys to healing the root chakra. With time given to personal reflection and friendly advice, you will get in the right direction. Pay attention to limiting beliefs about yourself, and trust possibilities towards a better life.

Going from a mind set of scarcity to abundance - Remember that a feeling of lack and scarcity tends to keep you in that lifestyle. Healing your root chakra aims at restoring confidence in your ability to provide for yourself and meet your needs easily. One great way to change this feeling of lack is to assess your level of wealth, not necessarily by your bank account, but by contemplating about all the other types of riches you have in your life, such as friendships, love, food, family, and enjoyment of everyday pleasures.

The root chakra and embodying the energy of manifestation - When healing the root chakra, it is important to remember that the outer world is often a reflection of what is happening inside you. Your notion about what it means to be abundant in the material world is affected and affects your notion of inner balance and resourcefulness. In other words, your state of being translates into your ability to manifest in the material world.

Several steps may be taken to heal an imbalance or blockage in the root chakra. Depending on the severity of the blockage, you may opt to take in the colour red, it is not only the colour of the root chakra, but it symbolizes strength, vitality, and stimulates our instinctual tendencies. You could also opt for a chakra healing meditation, yoga poses, or even a variety of forms of energy healing, from reiki to acupuncture and sound therapy, such as the use of chakra tuning forks or the 396 hz Solfeggio frequency.

I was in a Wellness and Spirit Fair in Langford a couple of years ago. They vendor beside me had a colour therapy business which read how your chakras were balanced and/or if any were out of balance or low. It was quite interesting to find more than one client who had come to try a brief Lucia Light Meditation and found that whatever chakra was low, that was the main colour that they had seen during the light meditation.

Aromatherapy for the Root Chakra - Aromatherapy is another useful tool for root chakra balancing. To heal the root chakra, consider using flowering, earthy-scented essential oils to ground and balance, such as: ylang-ylang, rosemary, patchouli, sandalwood, myrrh, or rosemary.

Root Chakra Healing Foods - Just as each chakra has its own vibrational frequency, color, and function, so too are there foods that help bolster individual chakra function. When concentrating on the root chakra, consider adding naturally red-colored foods, root vegetables, such as: parsnips, soy, tofu, eggs, beans, rainbow chard, or beets.

Root Chakra Healing Stones - Healing stones’ vibrational frequencies can help restore balance when there is a deficiency or excess of energy leading to a blocked or overactive root chakra. Like the chakras, each stone has its own frequency. Although it is common practice to choose stones of the same color as their corresponding chakra, it isn’t always necessary - shades of the same color will also work. The key is that the stone has the same vibrational frequency as its associated chakra. When choosing red stones to heal the root chakra, some choices are red jasper, bloodstone, red carnelian, and garnet. Other options for stones include: Hematite, rhodochrosite, jet, or smoky quartz.

I feel the main thing for healing our root chakra is our thoughts. Never underestimate the power of our thoughts. Every thought is a vibration and those vibrations come back to us as it is the karmic law of the universe.

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