The Chakra Files is a series here on Life & Soul Magazine that will give you an explanation of each chakra and its associations, and information on how to balance your chakras
The Root Chakra, or Muladhara chakra is located at the base of the spine, and is considered the foundation for the whole chakra system. The Sanskrit name translates to “root support” or “base”.
As the foundation of the chakra system, the Root Chakra’s function is concerned with your survival including a sense of security, safety and stability; making a living; and basic physical needs such as food, clothing, shelter. Known as the “survival centre”, the Root Chakra initiates your flight-or-fight response and will to live.
The element associated with the Root Chakra is earth. Earth is solid, and supplies us with our survival needs: food, clothing and shelter. The Root Chakra is directly linked to your ability to dig in and feel firmly rooted in your life.
The energy of the Root Chakra extends from the base of the spine downward like a root through the legs and feet. This forms your connections between your physical body, environment, and Mother Earth – embodying your relationship with the physical world. This includes your body, aspects of self, and your connection to the environment.
Providing the foundation you need to build upon, the Root Chakra is where you ground yourself and anchor your energy.
On a physical level, Root Chakra is responsible for the functioning of the lower part of the body, such as the bladder, kidneys and lower back. On an emotional level, the first chakra manifests itself by confidence and survival instincts.
The Root Chakra is associated with the colour red, the densest of all chakra colours. Red represents strength, vitality, passion and life force. Red is the slowest within the visible spectrum in terms of wavelengths. Unlike the other colours, red signifies danger because it attracts more attention due to its intensity, hence its use to indicate stop in traffic lights.
The colour red also indicates our requirement for logic, physical strength, and orderliness. Mostly, when you are in danger, it arouses the flight response.
A balanced Root Chakra:
When the Root Chakra is balanced, you feel grounded, safe, free from worries, at peace with the world, and are you able to tap into its stability to support a calm and steady energy.
A balanced Root Chakra also allows you to harness courage, and resourcefulness. When the Root Chakra is balanced, you will notice a feeling of optimism, trust, confidence and vitality. By maintaining your Root Chakra in balance on a daily basis, you will notice your confidence levels and sense of worth increase.
Recognising Root Chakra Imbalance:
Because the Root Chakra is the foundation of the whole chakra system, when it is imbalanced it affects the whole chakra system and the foundations in-and-of itself begins to “crack”.
Imbalance in the Root Chakra can cause you to find yourself coping with threats to your survival. These threats can be moving, changing jobs, recurring health problems, weight problems, sense of fear, or insecurity.
People with an imbalance of their Root chakra commonly find it difficult to settle down and stay in one place. This can manifest itself in terms of where you want to work and live but also in your personal relationships with others. You may feel like you are on a constant search for something you can’t even identify.
Emotional symptoms of an imbalanced Root Chakra include restlessness, anxiety, excessive anger, aggression, righteousness, impatience, greediness, and an obsession with materialistic matters.
When the Root Chakra is imbalanced, physical symptoms involving the lower part of the body can occur including consitipation, bladder problems, lower back pain, depression, eating disorders, kidney stones, and weakness in the legs.
Identifying an Overactive Root Chakra:
When a chakra is overactive, it means that the chakra is distributing too much energy. It is working in overdrive and causing imbalance to the chakra.
When the root chakra is overactive, a person can experience anger and annoyance towards people and events in their life, greed, dependent on others for security, rigid boundaries, difficulty accepting change, impulsiveness, and materialistic.
If the Root Chakra out of alignment, you may find yourself busily bouncing from one thing to the next in a rush without appropriate attention or intention – leading to exhaustion, anxiety, and stress.
Identifying an Underactive Root Chakra:
When a chakra is underactive, it means that the chakra is experiencing a blockage or is not distributing the flow of energy.
When your Root Chakra is underactive, it can cause a lack of focus, a lack of stamina, lethargy, fatigue, being stuck, problems with obtaining financial security, inability to take action and manifest intention, feeling disconnected and disorganised, and feelings of fear, anxiousness or restlessness.
How to Heal Root Chakra Imbalance:
There are simple ways in which you can heal, realign or balance your chakras. Chakra balancing or alignment restores the harmonious and balanced flow of energy throughout the body. Just as you take care of your daily physical needs such as brushing your teeth and taking a shower, the process of chakra balancing and realigning your chakras is also a daily activity.
Here are some of the ways in which you can balance your Root Chakra:
- Connect with the earth and anchor yourself in your environment – The first step to healing the Root Chakra is to re-establish the connection to the earth or grounding yourself. This can be done by spending time outdoors – going for a nature walk (walk on unpaved paths) or working in the garden.
- Ground yourself whenever and wherever you are seated by using a simple grounding technique – A simple way to connect with the earth and to balance your Root Chakra is to sit up straight in a chair with your feet flat against the floor and push slightly into your feet. Your legs will tighten a bit and there will be an increased flow into your base chakra. As you relax your legs and feet, you will feel that flow recede, and as you tighten them, you can feel your body become more solid. This can be done as often as you feel the need for grounding.
- Meditation – Meditation plays a vital role in balancing and opening your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are very similar to regular mediation techniques. There are numerous guided meditations that will assist you in healing your chakras.
- Sound Healing – sound healing is a very powerful way to align your chakras. There are numerous techniques including chakra chants and tools such as singing bowls and gongs that work with the soundwaves of each chakra. Meditative Mind’s YouTube and Spotify Channels offer numerous chakra chants for attuning and balancing the chakras. Sound healer Richard Rudis, who uses gongs in the Tibetan tradition, is also a good place to start. The key with sound healing is finding ones that resonate with you.
- Affirmations – Affirmations are a positive way to heal negative programming that can be embedded in the subconscious. If there is negative programming present, this in-and-of itself is a cause of chakra imbalances. Affirmations can help you to re-programme the subconscious with a positive mindset. Some affirmations include:
- I am connected to my body
- I am safe and always protected
- I am abundant
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com