The Root Chakra governs survival and self-preservation, your ability to feel safe in the world and your right to have and to exist. Balance in this area is essential for physical and mental wellbeing.
What is a chakra and why should I care?
Chakra is a sanskrit word which translates to wheel or disc and they are the energy centres in our bodies. When our chakras are in balance we feel happy and grounded in our lives and will experience life as it should be, without pain, hardships or illness. When we are out of balance things can be very uncomfortable for us.
Each chakra is developed in turn from the second trimester of pregnancy through to adolescence. Most people are aware of the seven main chakras which are shown as different coloured points moving up the spine, as in the image below.
The Root Chakra
It's our first to develop and is our connection to Earth. Without balance in our Root Chakra we will never feel safe in the world and find it hard to prosper, so lets learn a bit more about this energy centre and how it can help us grow emotionally and spiritually.
Represented by the colour red and cleansed and activated by the chanting sound of LAM. Your root chakra covers all things survival and grounding (click here for more on grounding).
If you want to get to know your root chakra, get to know a baby. All the things a baby cares about nurture, shelter, food, sleep, survival are all governed by your root chakra. Located at the perineum, this egg timer shaped energy centre sends energy up and down your energy system. You have two lines of energy, your liberating current (from root to crown) and your manifesting current (from crown to root). These energy lines meet at each chakra and help you to achieve new levels of consciousness, as well as bringing your dreams, thoughts and hopes down into fruition.
To help you understand your Root Chakra you can also ask yourself questions to identify and release limiting fears and meditate to increase trust in yourself and abundance in your life.
When we live in fear we tend to make bad decisions, so clearing fear, grounding your energy and knowing at your core that you have the right to have a nice home, food in your belly and all your survival needs met, oh and maybe that pair of shoes you had your eye on ;-) are all key to balancing this energy centre.
If you worry you have an imbalance in your Root Chakra ask yourself these questions:
Do you feel fearful?
Do you have issues with your lower back, legs or feet?
Maybe you feel floaty and all over the place?
Are you constantly chasing and running out of money?
These are all signs of an imbalance in your root chakra.
For equilibrium at your root, you need to learn about grounding your energy and trusting your self to feel safe in your mind and body as well as your environment. Think about it... In order for anything to grow it needs sturdy roots. You need to stop living apologetically and start living in a courageous way by reclaiming your right to have and exist.
Affirmations for the root chakra: I am grounded
All is safe all is well The earth supports me and all my needs
I am abundant I have a never ending flow of money which is always increasing. I love and trust myself
I trust my body and honour its wisdom Mantra for your root chakra:
Breathe in: Safety and abundance Breathe out: Fear
Crystals to support your root chakra:
Red Carnelian — Can be used for courage and to cleanse and activate your root chakra.
Black Tourmaline — Tourmaline is a grounding stone. Use it for spiritual grounding as well as balancing and cleansing.
Black Obsidian — Black — Organic gemstone — A stone of protection, obsidian is good for cleansing and balancing.