If you’ve already expressed interest in developing your spiritual practice, you’ve probably come across the terms earthing or grounding. These methods redirect awareness back to self and our connection to Gaia for the comfort and security needed to achieve balance.
It’s fitting then that our first chakra is based on just that principal. The Muladhara, or root chakra, is located at the base of our spine and coccyx and represents a red four petaled lotus. Each petal is a layer of the human psyche: the mind, intellect, consciousness, and ego while the lotus flower itself acts as the blooming of creation from mud that rises to kiss the heavens and receive light from the sun. This chakra is also commonly linked to the kundalini coiled snake.
The root chakra is one of the most important centers as it is our first chakra (as above, so below) and therefore, directs energy throughout our body and helps us connect back to soul as well as the subtle energies surrounding us.
Coincidentally, this is also the most commonly blocked field in the body. Our root directly relates to our “fight or flight” response and our general sense of safety and survival. If you or someone you know is currently overcoming trust issues, neglect, abandonment as a child or adult, previous or ongoing instances of trauma or emotional abuse, as well as overwhelming insecurities or a perceived lack of power, healing this area may act as an “aha” moment to redirect wind to the individual’s sales.
What can an imbalanced root chakra look like?
An imbalanced root can play out as a feeling of alienation from self or others, anger, lack of energy and vigor, overeating that causes weight gain, stress from money, chronic fear and stress, dizziness, lack of trust in others, and more.
Physical symptoms can be issues or general discomfort in the tail bone where the energy center is located, around the legs and feet, and reproductive areas.
What is the difference between an overactive or underactive root chakra?
There are distinct differences between an overactive or underactive root chakra. When the chakra is overactive, it commonly unfolds as control issues, materialism, aggression, and a constant need for security and reassurance which goes hand-in-hand with an overwhelming resistance to change.
An underactive root is the opposite. This person can display dissociative behaviors, be easily frightened, suffer from anxiety, and have a persistent fear of not being “good enough”.
6 Ways to open and heal your root chakra
1. “I am” affirmations: This is one of my favorite mechanisms for healing the inner child and overcoming root blockages. If you are not comfortable saying affirmations aloud, there are resources available online to listen and repeat back internally. Examples of affirmations include: “I am safe. I trust. I am comfortable. I belong.”
*These are wonderful for all types of healing and the statements can always be repeated aloud to remain present in the midst of stress.
2. Sound therapy: The Muldhara connects directly to the earth sounds of thunder. 256 Hz and the Solfeggio Frequency 396 are also some of the quickest and easiest ways to release subconscious root problems and heal a Muldhara chakra blockage.
3. Crystal healing: Red jasper, garnet, bloodstone, black tourmaline (my favorite), hematite, black onyx, and smoky quartz are great root crystals. These can be placed directly onto the body while entering a place of awareness or meditation.
4. Walking in nature: 20 minutes outside can work wonders for you in many ways. You’ll receive vitamin d, create flow in your lymphatics, and when focusing attention to your connection with Gaia, you can aid in your healing process.
5. Grounding meditation: Lay in a comfortable seated position. Relax your mind and slowly imagine your feet anchoring into the ground, branching out like your legs are the roots of a tree that keep you centered, stable, and safe.
6. Eating grounding foods: These can be stick to your bone type root foods or anything naturally red such as beets, potatoes, carrots, red peppers, strawberries, raspberries, and more.
With focused attention, you can work to heal your root chakra and create more comfort and security in your everyday life!
© 2017, Consciously Blooming