Understanding the Root Chakra
The word “chakra” translates to wheel or disk in Sanskrit. It refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. A chakra is a center of organization that receives, assimilates and expresses life force energy. Each chakra operates at a unique, optimum frequency which determines its color and other characteristics. Each chakra works in harmony with the others to bring you to a complete sense of well-being.
There are seven main chakras which start from the coccyx to the crown of the head. If any of the chakras are blocked then energy cannot flow freely which can lead to emotional and physical ailments. When there is a dysfunction or blockage in one part of the system it has an impact on all of the other chakras. A dysfunctional chakra can either be too open or sluggish because of some emotionally based blockage which typically stems from childhood.
It is vital to clear and open these chakras to allow our body to function as it was designed. Your chakras can be blocked by stress, negative thoughts, beliefs, emotions, diet and lack of exercise. You have the ability to unblock your chakras by implementing meaningful change in your life. This will drastically improve your emotional and physical well-being.
The seven chakras are the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and the Crown.
It’s important to understand what each chakra represents and how to keep this energy flowing.
1st Chakra Root Chakra
Sanskrit name: Muladhara Meaning: Root or support
Location: Base of spine
Motto: I have
Musical Note: C
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Developmental stage: 2nd trimester to 12 months
Life Lesson: Standing up for oneself
Represents: Survival of fight or flight
What affects it: Survival issues, such as money and food
Organs affected: Bones, feet, rectum, immune system, nails, colon, blood, prostate gland, kidneys and bladder, the vertebral column, hips and legs
Associated problems: constipation, diarrhea, colitis, Crohn's disease, cold fingers and toes, the frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, hip problems
These are the effects on the body from an unbalanced Chakra:
Disconnection from body
Underweight or obese
You can’t settle down
Poor focus and discipline
Sluggish, lazy, tired
These are the effects on the body from a balanced Chakra:
Comfortable in body
The feeling of safety and security
Acceptance of others
Able to relax
High physical energy
These are the emotional ailments on the body:
Incapable of inner stillness
Inability to provide for life’s necessities
Inability to stand up for self
These are the physical ailments on the body:
Issues with legs, knees, feet, the base of the spine
Disorders of the bowel, anus, large intestine
Disorders of the teeth, bones
Issues with Arthritis
Healing Exercises: The Root Chakra is all about feeling grounded. Walking barefoot in the grass, ocean, dirt is a great way to be grounded.
Healing Foods: Beets, cherries, red cabbage, red currants, red peppers, plums, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelon, watercress
Healing Crystals: Bloodstone, Tiger’s eye, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Moss Agate, Garnet, Tourmaline, Red Jasper and Obsidian
Healing Fragrances, incense/oils: Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli, Frankincense, Oakmoss, Benzoin, Spikenard, Vetiver
My body is becoming more important to me. I nurture it constantly.
I am taking responsibility for my life. I can cope with any situation.
I recognize the abundance of love, trust, care surrounding me.
I deserve the best that life has to offer.
My needs are always met.
I am stable, safe and secure.
I have unshakable trust. It sustains me.
I am rooted in life, and in myself.
Reiki, Energy Healing and Chakra/Aura Clearing can assist with this.