The root chakra is the first of the three chakras of the matter, which are more physical. There are 6 other chakras. It is named Muladhara.
Life begins at conception, starts from the bottom (root), and then grows the other organs through the spine; that is how the chakra system evolves also.
The Chakra of the root is associated with the first thing you do after birth. When you are born, the first thing that is determined is whether you belong to the earth.
This chakra determines whether you belong to the earth and within the earth’s family system. This is an instinctual question, so do not bother to think about it cognitively.
Root Chakra and Survival
The root chakra is your survival center and hence your instinctual among all the other structures. It is where everything begins. All your energies are initiated from this chakra.
Be it energy for survival, flight all begin with this chakra. We can, therefore, conclude that it is your survival chakra.
After some time, this primal need for survival is met, and you moved to get your object directly as you grew bigger and older.
They now know they belong to the world and get confident moving around it and working with its objects.
Chakra of Stability
The root chakra is the chakra of stability and all your other basic needs. It comprises everything that grounds you to stability in life: the basic needs of food, water, shelter, and safety.
It also includes your emotional needs and being fearless. Once these needs are met, you feel secure and grounded.
It is, therefore, the most important chakra as it forms the basis for our existence. All the other chakras depend on it as this is the beginning and the base.
The root chakra links your energy system and the physical world. It brings motivation for eating, sleeping, and procreation.
On the psychological and spiritual side, the root chakra assists us in the development of personal integrity and self-esteem and gives us a sense of belonging.
It helps us feel grounded and connected to the earth, giving us a place to take root in. Its energy flow propels us forward through the journey of life.
If for any reason these energies are stuck, imbalanced, or blocked, your vitality and motivation in life are also compromised.
This usually happens when there is a threat to our sense of belonging in the world through trauma, making us feel insecure.
Imbalance of the root chakra
The imbalance of this chakra often leaves one with a feeling of low energy, anxiety, worry, depression, frustration, anger, and rage, and generally, have no interest in being alive.
The mental signs of an imbalance are a lack of focus, pessimism, and negative thoughts.
On the converse, when it is balanced, one’s energy flows smoothly, one has a sense of belonging, feels secure in their actions, and has an increased sense of self-worth.
The mental manifestation is good concentration, determination, clarity of thoughts, and focused. On the emotional side, a person can express love, excitement, and passion.
Curing the imbalance requires engagement in deeper meditation, and specific yoga techniques.
Root Chakra Support
The energy derived from this chakra supports us in harnessing courage and will when we are faced with challenging situations.
Events that threaten our survival, such as famine and natural disasters, are imprinted in our bodies and passed through generations with unconscious patterns to our minds and will.
Remember that the karma of our present and past lives rests their energies in the root chakra. They lay dormant until the right conditions occur and will bloom to life.
All our thinking processes, the intentions we have, and the action we take must have a seed that will be sown in this root chakra.
Color of the root chakra
Since it’s the first of all energy centers, it has the densest of colors: red. In the wavelengths in the visible spectrum, it is the most stimulating and the slowest.
For this reason, we have red used as the stop sign in the warning light system. It commands attention, warns us of danger, and we immediately take action when we see red.
Also, red is the color of life force as it is the color of blood and the first color we come into contact with when we are born. Therefore, it depicts energy and our connection with the earth. It carries our survival promise.
8 Ways of Balancing the Root Chakra
This involves placing or wearing special stones such as red jasper, black tourmaline, or garnet on the area of the chakra, which is your bottom, while lying down.
This process leads to inner peace in your body.
Red Jasper. A common healing stone for the root chakra.
2. Physical exercise
This is participating in any physical exercise such as jogging, weight lifting, or playing a sport.
These exercises provide a balance in your life and clarity of mind and soul. This clarity brings a big balance to this chakra because exercise is natural to our bodies, and it works by nurturing it.
Also, exercise helps the body from gaining excess weight, which can lead to an imbalance.
Any type of exercise can help activate the root chakra, but the best are workouts that include the whole body.
Eating well and a healthy diet maintains your body’s metabolism at the required level. It helps you avoid illnesses and gives you the energy to keep moving.
It is recommended that eating fruits and vegetables can provide balance to this chakra.
The reason for this is that these are crops that are grown from the ground. The more natural and fresh, the better for you.
Healthy food will help the root chakra stay balanced.
4. Connecting to the earth
This means walking barefoot on the grass from time to time, working on your gardening, planting seeds, and taking care of them are some of the exercises that show your connection to the earth.
Keep in mind that this chakra begins with the ground.
Walking outdoors, barefoot or not, helps you connect to the earth and the root chakra.
5. Vibrations and sounds
These sounds have a frequency specific to the root chakra, and when we are exposed long enough to these sounds, this chakra is brought to balance, and your mind, body, and soul are in harmony.
Healing sounds can be mantras, Tibetan bowls, or crystal bowls.
The different postures in yoga bring a lot of balance to this chakra.
Each posture in yoga has a different meaning; you can try several of them during your sessions as guided by the yoga instructor.
Yoga helps the root chakra, and this cobra pose above is especially helpful.
7. Movement Meditation
While meditation is commonly known for providing a connection to a higher spiritual being, it is also appreciated for its grounding abilities.
The reality is that there are times when you will not be able to trust the ground to give you everything that you need to survive, but a connection to a higher being stronger and mightier than yourself can give you a sense of safety.
This is how meditation works to balance this chakra.
You can also use affirmations.
Movement meditation is a meditation that involves slow and mindful movement.
8. Essential Oils
The use of oils that come from the ground also provides balance. Examples are Black Pepper, Clove, Ginger, and Cedar.
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