The Root Chakra is the first of seven Chakras. It is located at the base of your spine and coincides with the color red. Chakras are the energy centers which exist in your subtle etheric body. It is very important for your Root Chakra to be balanced, because this energy center is what directs energy flow to all of the other Chakras. This is the chakra that grounds and connects you to the physical world, and governs life force energy. It is here where your feelings of security and survival, self esteem, and a sense of belonging in the world come from.
The Root Chakra deals with our sense of feeling safe and grounded. Often in childhood we may experience certain traumas such as physical or mental abuse, abandonment, or fearful mental programming. We can carry that energy into our adult lives, and it can cause this center to become out of balance. In fact, any trauma in life that pertains to your sense of security can cause blockages in this Chakra. This can cause physical and mental health issues in the areas of the body controlled by this energy center.
Signs of an under active Root Chakra
If your Root Chakra is under active you will feel depression and anxiousness. You will often have problems setting boundaries with others, and experience feelings of disconnection from your environment. Those with under active Root Chakras can have issues with discipline, and can be very indecisive. You can also experience feelings of loneliness, insecurity, addictions, phobias, and obsession, as these are all fear based emotions.
Signs of an over active Root Chakra
If your Root Chakra is over active, you will experience fear of change, anger issues, control issues, and base your self worth on material things. In an effort to experience feelings of security, you will cling to outside influences to fill the void you feel inside.
Balanced Root Chakra
When the Root Chakra is in balance you will feel calm, centered, less anxious, and connected to the world and those around you. You will embrace change, instead of fearing it. You will have self confidence instead of arrogance, be willing to trust your life's path and go with life's flow, instead of trying to control it out of fear. When the Root Chakra is balanced your physical body regains stamina and strength, and your own security leads you to a sense of self empowerment and spiritual energy.
Physical areas of the body governed by the Root Chakra
When the Root Chakra is out of balance, it will almost certainly manifest itself as physical illness eventually. Because of it's location at the base of the spine, these areas of the body are governed by the Root Chakra.
digestive tract, urinary tract, bowels, hips, legs, feet, lower spine and back. and prostate issues in men.
There are many crystals and gemstones that help to balance and clear the Root Chakra of blockages. Each crystal vibrates with specific frequencies of color and light. Crystals and gemstones can regulate the vibrational rate associated with each Chakra, and bring it into balance. Root Chakra crystals resonate with the color red or black.
Crystal associated with the Root Chakra
Black Tourmaline is one of the best protection gemstones you can wear. It not only removes negative energy, but changes it to positive energy. It has an excellent effect on your well being . It is a strong grounding stone. It offers protection from psychic attack, negative entities, and energies from others and your surroundings. Black Tourmaline protects against electromagnetic smog (EMF), releases stress, helps with obsessive behavior, depression, and pain relief.
SHUNGITE is said to calm and relax anyone using or near it. This is due to its protective energies and rejection of negative energy. It provides shielding and protection from EMF electromagnetic radiation . It is the only known natural material known to contain fullerenes, which are powerful anti-oxidants. It is said to absorb and eliminate anything that is a health hazard to human life, and it has active metaphysical properties with strong healing powers. SHUNGITE infuses your auric field with light, and it allows only positive and beneficial energy to reach you. It alleviates a wide variety of physical complaints such as heart difficulty, allergies, skin diseases, arthritis, hair and skin rejuvenation.
Red Tiger Eye is a grounding stone that enhances self integrity, confidence, and self esteem. It helps you to have the will power to take care of yourself. This stone is excellent for defense of bullying of all kinds while giving the wearer courage to stand up for themselves. Red Tiger eye helps to speed the metabolism and with low sex drive. It helps lower blood pressure, and with asthma. It can also be used to align the lower spine and strengthen bones.
GARNET draws abundance into your life, releases bad karma, and eases depression. Garnet attracts, intimacy, love, passion, and devotion, and helps with abandonment issues. Garnet is a crystal of manifestation and success in business. It's energy brings your desires and dreams into reality. Garnet alleviates emotional disharmony, and sharpens perceptions of oneself and others by opening the heart, and bestowing self confidence. Physically Garnet helps the body to release toxins, stimulates the metabolism, and helps to regenerate DNA.
HEMATITE is a highly protective, grounding and balancing energy. It helps those who lack courage, and creates a strong reflective shield around the person who wears or carries it. Hematite decreases negativity, reduces stress, anxiety, helps balance the body, promotes spinal alignment, treats leg cramps, and insomnia.
Meditation is a great and effective way to balance and clear your Chakras. Below is a meditation I like to do when my Root Chakra feels out of balance.
1. Hold your crystals in your left hand while sitting, or place them on your body at the base of your spine while lying down.
2. Take a deep breath in and imagine a white light coming into the top of your head, and creating a line of light coming out of the bottoms of your feet.
3. When you breathe out imagine roots of light coming from your feet, into the earth, and grounding you. Now breathe in and draw that same light to the base of your spine.
4. Imagine a red circular ball of light at the base of your spine spinning clockwise. Every time you breathe in imagine this red light getting bigger and brighter. When you breathe out imagine all of the blockages and negativity energy leaving through your mouth in a grey or black smog.
5. Repeat this for 5-30 minutes.
When this center is clear, you will feel lighter and calmer, with a sense of security and confidence. You may need to repeat this meditation multiple times, or whenever you start to feel that you are held back in life due to fear, or if you are feeling any of the negative emotions listed above.
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