There’s been a lot of talks lately about chakras, chakra healing, and chakra balancing. But, before we get into how to balance the chakras, we need to first understand what they are, what they symbolize, and how they affect our mind, body, and life. This introduction covers it all!
The chakras are a component of the subtle body, also known as the energy body. It is the portion of the body that we cannot see or touch yet can always feel. It is the part of us that beats our hearts, the part of us that has gut instincts, and the energy inside us that connects, moves, and defines our being.
The seven chakras are the body’s primary energy centers. Unblocking or healing our chakras refers to the idea that when all of our chakras are open, energy can flow freely through them and there is harmony between the body, mind, and soul.
Each chakra emits a distinct color and energy, and each corresponds to a gland in the physical body. Because each chakra is associated with unique spiritual, emotional, psychological, and physical parts of our being, their blocking or dysfunction might cause physical, psychological, and emotional problems. Conscious awareness and balance of these energy centers, on the other hand, are said to result in happiness and good health.
The concept of chakras was initially conceived thousands of years ago in ancient India, and the oldest evidence of chakras may be found in the Vedas. They are the earliest known texts of Hinduism and the oldest known written Sanskrit, dating back to 1500–500 BCE. The Upanishads (part of the Vedas) include evidence of chakra theories, which influenced the spirituality of Hinduism, Buddhism, and other ancient eastern faiths.
The Root Chakra, also known as the Muladhara Chakra, is the 1st wheel of energy and is located at the base of the spine. This chakra is connected to the Earth element and is directly related to the roots we’ve established—how deep, powerful, and supporting they are. The Muladhara Chakra represents essential problems such as shelter, safety, security, water, food, and family.
We feel anchored, secure, and safe when this chakra is balanced. Our lives flow elegantly, with a constant and consistent vitality. Life is tough when it is out of harmony. We become anxious and afraid, and our survival mode kicks in. Weight gain, constipation, tiredness, melancholy, anxiety, and stress may all result from this.
The Root Chakra is the foundation of our life force energy and serves as a connection between the outer physical world and our inner energetic system—it motivates us to wake up each day, eat, and procreate. It is the hub for cultivating self-esteem, integrity, and a feeling of belonging. The spinal cord develops from the bottom up in the womb, beginning with the Root Chakra and progressing to the Crown Chakra.
Muladhara is made up of two Sanskrit words: Mula, which means “Root,” and Adhara, which means “Support” or “Base.” It is tied to your capacity to dig in and feel securely planted in your life and is associated with the Earth element.
Root Chakra Attributes
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (root support).
Meaning: It determines your ability to feel calm, safe, grounded, and secure. It’s also where you’re able to pull in energy and money and manifest your desires.
Location: Coccyx, the first three vertebrae at the base of the spine.
Element: Earth. Earth is our mother, and our bodies are made up of her components. She gives us strength and nourishment.
Qualities: Enthusiasm or inertia.
Color: Red. Specific chakra color frequencies correspond to our varied mental states and emotions. Red has a dense frequency.
Color Psychology: Red is a very physical color. It promotes a feeling of being grounded and connected to the Earth. This color brings to mind thoughts and feelings of survival and instinct. Red can make you feel alert, vigilant, and primal. The survival issues connected here to this color may include things like money, financial independence, and basic things like food. Therefore, it represents the human beings’ foundation and the crucial feelings in the life of being grounded. Other people associate the Root Chakra with courage, power, strength, love, war, and desire.
Sensory: Primary smell (olfaction)
Endocrine Gland: Adrenal cortex/adrenal glands (fight-flight).
Organs: Bladder, colon/large intestine, skeleton, foot, leg, teeth, and arterial blood flow to the left chamber of the heart.
Developmental Stage: From the womb to 12 months.
Balanced/Flowing Energy: When this chakra is open/energy is flowing, we feel secure, at home in the world, and unafraid.
Imbalanced: Fear and different sorts of trauma obstruct the Root Chakra. Lethargic, with an eating disorder.
Psychological Symptoms of Blockage: Anxiety disorders, fear, panic attacks, anxiety, overthinking, melancholy, nightmares, being emotionally distant, separated from the body, anger/rage.
Physical Symptoms of Blockage: Lethargy and exhaustion, difficulties with the colon, bladder, elimination, or troubles with the lower back, left arm, leg, or foot, inflammation and cramping prostate issues may arise in males. Eating problems may also indicate a Root Chakra imbalance.
Mantra Seed: LAM
Benefits of Root Chakra Balancing
Some benefits of Root Chakra balancing are:
- Peak Health: You are no longer plagued by illnesses and other issues like gas, hypertension, anxiety, headaches, mood swings, and so on.
- Calm and Active Mind: As you become older, your mind does not slow down, but by meditating on chakras every day, your mind will get younger by the day.
- Strength: It is the feeling of being constantly pumped up as if you were at a gym. This occurs when you connect with your Muladhara Chakra, which is the seat of mother Kundalini. This isn’t a hypothesis; it’s a fact.
- Balance: When we speak about balance, we don’t mean sanity; we mean finding that perch between sanity and insanity from which you might travel and adventure. Madness is an adventure. It is a good thing to have as long as you have control over it. It will become nasty if you lose control. Similarly, sanity is a lovely thing, but if you become completely sane, you are as good as dead. This ability to venture and adventure into whatever you want at any moment will come to you if your Muladhara is balanced.
- Understanding: Balancing the Root Chakra seems to open up a fresh stream of knowledge that you know does not come from your intellect. Sometimes you have answers to questions you’ve never heard of before. The answers just rush through your mind, answers you’ve never known before. It’s astounding!
Symptoms of Root Chakra Blockage
- Problems with the Bladder
- Lower backache
- Eating disorders
- Kidney stones
- Leg sluggishness
- Stiffness and pain in your feet and legs
- Excessive hamstring flexibility or lack of muscular stability
- Excessive rage and aggressiveness
- Obsession with material things
- Cravings for fatty, comfort meals
- Impression that your parents have abandoned you
- Feeling like you’re not good enough as you are
- Feeling cut off from the rest of the world
- Feeling distant from family or wanting to be distant from relations
- Playing a spacey character
- Being a homebody as a result of idleness or melancholy
- Having difficulty defining borders
- Having difficulty with self-discipline
- Feeling abnormally down
- Feeling passive
- Having a greater dread of change
- Having frequent paranoid thoughts
- Life, love, and career are all being questioned
- Feeling aggressive
- Exhibiting dominating behavior
- Life at home is hectic and unsettling
- Feeling trapped in life/lack of adaptability
- Excessive dependence on external conditions causes stress
- Persistent financial difficulties
- Adrenaline-pumping activities
- More than natural hoarding
- Preoccupation with material goods
- Neglecting yourself
Root Chakra Balancing
The Root Chakra may fall out of balance or become blocked due to the everyday stressors of life, as well as unexpected hardship, difficulties in relationships, fear and anxiety, and many other things that life may throw at us.
When the Root Chakra is out of alignment, it often leads to an avoidance of conflict, a fear of basic needs going unmet, or a scarcity mindset. Feelings of disconnection, voicelessness, or powerlessness might arise, or one might become stuck, lost, stagnant, depleted, or flighty.
Luckily, there are plenty of things that can bring the Root Chakra back into alignment. For one thing, physical exercise and moving the body can have a powerful effect on the Root Chakra. Specifically, yoga asanas like Child’s Pose, Lotus Pose, Triangle Pose, and Garland Pose can help.
Furthermore, deep breathing exercises and breathwork can restore the chakra’s alignment thanks to the powerful role of the breath as the bridge between the physical body and the non-physical mind. In addition, grounding exercises like visualization can realign the Root Chakra. (One such visualization would be imagining bright red roots reaching from the body deep down into the Earth.)
Targeted meditations for the Root Chakra can also do a great deal of good. Similarly, sound meditation can realign the chakras through vibration, and the Root Chakra can be targeted by verbalizing the seed syllable, “Lam” (pronounced like, “Lahhhm,” not, “Lamb“), and drawing out the sound.
Affirmations are another powerful tool for realigning the chakras. By repeating specific mantras, affirmations can help set intentions for a more balanced chakra, reveal where there is more work to be done on that chakra, and reinforce existing alignment within that chakra. Some pertinent affirmations for the Root Chakra would be:
- I am centered and grounded.
- I am here, and I am safe.
- With every breath, I release all anxiety and fear.
- I am at home in my body.
- I have everything I need to create the life I desire.
External influences, too, can help realign the Root Chakra. For instance, essential oils and aromatherapy use grounding, earthy scents such as frankincense, cedarwood, and patchouli to bring balance back to the Root Chakra.
Symptoms Your Root Chakra is Opening
These are the most common signs that your Root Chakra is opening:
1. Having a Grounded Feeling
This sense of being grounded is associated with being in the Now. There is no place for concern when you live in the moment, the present moment. Anxiety is caused by fear, and fear exists only in the past and future.
Because the Root Chakra is directly connected to the soil, your body may feel heavier, as if it is rooted to the ground. Look for a sudden weight gain and a sensitive sensation in your feet soles. The body demands a shift in nutritional values, and you may want comfort foods, fresh fruit, or salty meals. Give in to a point without jeopardizing your well-being.
2. Feeling Connected
A sense of oneness will emerge shortly after a sense of groundedness. This is the feeling that reminds us that we are not alone in the universe. There may be up to 8 billion people on the Earth, but some days it might seem like you’ve been left out of the largest party in the Cosmos. However, activating the Root Chakra returns you to the peaceful consciousness that there are other individuals in the world who are like you.
3. Improved Eating Habits
It may seem unusual, but after your Root Chakra has eliminated its obstruction, your body will feel quite healthy and will strive to preserve the newfound equilibrium. You will be less compelled to consume junk food and drinks that are harmful to your health. Better lifestyle practices will entice you to live a healthier life.
When the Root Chakra is balanced, you feel at ease in your own skin. You accept and adore yourself just as you are. It is a heartfelt mending that occurs from the inside and truly balances the chemicals in your brain. As a result, you have a more positive connection with food because you value yourself and your divinity.
4. Tingling or Heat Sensations may be Felt
Regarding the Root Chakra, you could feel tingling or heat in:
- The soles of your feet.
- Your palms.
- Your pelvic floor.
5. You Develop a Sense of Security Within Yourself
Nothing beats the feeling of being supported and secure in your own flesh. Unfortunately, we have little control over our upbringing. As a result, many children grew up feeling unsafe in their own homes. This placed them in survival mode from the beginning. When this thinking is ingrained in the mind in this manner, calcification occurs. Suddenly, you view your Self as a protective barrier that is constantly on watch. In reality, your body is a powerful spiritual vessel of energy. You’re still alive. Do you realize how miraculous that is?
With the Root Chakra, you feel secure, fearless, and anchored. Because it keeps you physically robust and fit, a healthy, balanced, and open Root Chakra is a fantastic gift. You also have a sense of being linked, grounded, and stable. You are inspired and driven, and you can honestly say that you are at ease. You don’t break and fall apart when something unexpected occurs. Your faith is strong, and you have confidence that things will work out in the end.
When the Root Chakra is balanced, you will feel nourished, adored, and treasured. You’ll feel comfortable in the present moment and connected to the world on a deeper, more passionate level.
Stop and take a look at yourself if you’re going through a difficult moment right now and finding it difficult to develop trust, security, and stability in your life. What you’re looking for is most likely right in front of you, but you simply don’t know where to look. You’re most likely gazing at the branches when you should be looking at the roots. Remember that the techniques are just the means; what truly matters is the willingness and genuine desire for spiritual growth…
To Learn More In Depth About Root Chakra Healing and Balancing, Check This Out:
Because the Root Chakra is supposed to provide energy to the other chakras, if it is blocked or out of balance, your other chakras are likely to be as well. As with any structure, ensuring that your chakras have a solid foundation—with a balanced Root Chakra—is critical to having a healthy, open chakra system.
For ages, many spiritual traditions have claimed that the Root Chakra is the chakra system’s grounded base. This energy wheel is related to your sense of security, family relations, and a sense of belonging. When energy flows through the first chakra, you feel deeply rooted in yourself and your surroundings. We feel linked to the Earth, which allows us to feel safe enough to let our energies flow and propel us ahead in life.
In this book, you’ll discover:
✔️A Basic Introduction to Chakras
✔️Common Chakras Myths
✔️Importance of Root Chakra in Your Body
✔️Significance of Root Chakra Balancing
✔️Blocked Root Chakra Symptoms
✔️What Causes Root Chakra Blockage?
✔️Root Chakra Balancing Techniques (Visualization, Pranayamas/Breathwork, Affirmations, Mantras, Aromatherapy, Crystals, Yoga, Reiki, Food, Herbs, Sound Therapy, Meditation, and more)
✔️Symptoms Your Root Chakra is Opening
✔️And Much More
This book is packed with all the information, tips, and techniques that will make sure that you can effectively heal, balance, and open your Root Chakra.