Do you feel restless, worthless, fearful, and absentminded? Do you suffer from a sense of not belonging, and from lethargic behavior and phobias? Are you a victim or find yourself in situations and relationships where you always lose out? You more than likely need to clear and heal your root chakra.
You can change these destructive patterns in your life by healing yourself. Being an air sign I have to make sure I am grounded or I feel spacey and absent minded.
Located at the base of the spine between the anus and the sex organs.
The color of this chakra is red.
The parts of the body affected by this chakra are the lymph system, skeleton system (teeth and bones), the prostate gland in men, the sacral plexus, the bladder and elimination system, and the lower extremities (legs – feet, ankles , etc.). Also the nose, since it is the organ of the sense of smell, and associated with survival. The endocrine gland associated with this chakra is the adrenal glands.
This chakra represents security, survival, trust, the relationship with money, home, job. The ability to be grounded, to be present in the here and now. The ability to allow one’s self to be nourished, in the sense of allowing one’s Inner Being to be satisfied. This chakra also reflects a person’s connection with their mother, and with Mother Earth. How the person feels about being on the earth and their connection with the physical body.
The Root Chakra channels the earth’s energy up to our higher chakra centers and helps to ground us on the physical plane. The more we ground ourselves the greater chance we have of making our dreams real and developing into the people we would like to become.
The dysfunctional archetype of the Root Chakra is the Victim. The victim feels helpless, stuck in a state of fear, with no sense of empowerment. Being a victim is paralyzing on the psyche and the body. Most people don’t realize that they carry traces of the victim mentality within their personality, but it may emerge during times of stress or crisis. If they were to stop and experience the feelings they have about life they may be surprised at the depths of the anger, fear, resentment, and frustration they carry inside them.
The healthy archetype of the Root Chakra is the Mother. The Mother represents our ability to nourish and look after the life force within us with care, sensitivity, and vigilance. Integrating this archetype is essential to our development, because she teaches us how to take care of ourselves and to respect our needs. She helps us integrate the feminine aspects of our personality so that we can develop our capacity to love – love ourselves, love all people, love life. As we develop the Mother within ourselves, we stop projecting our needs onto the world around us so that we are able to look after ourselves.
Heal Your Root Chakra
Grounding is essential for balancing the Root Chakra. One way to do this is to imagine roots coming out of your Root Chakra and the soles of your feet going deep into the earth. Imagine yourself being securely attached to Mother Earth, absorbing her loving energy through these roots.
Fragrances: Cedarwood, Myrrh, Patchouli
Crystals such as Ruby, Bloodstone, Smoky Quartz, Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Obsidian, and Garnet. The stones can be carried in a pocket, placed in the area of the Root Chakra or at the bottom of the feet, or made into an essence.
Imagine your Root Chakra. The color of this chakra should be a beautiful, clear red. If you see any other color, remove it and imagine the chakra being filled with red energy. Once you are able to imagine the proper color filling this chakra, imagine it spinning in a clockwise direction. Spin it faster and faster as you fill it with red energy.
- I take responsibility for my life. Translation: I don’t blame other people or circumstances for my problems.
- I deserve the best that life has to offer. Translation: I’m da’ shit.
- I connect to Mother Earth and am one with her. Translation: I hug trees when I can and walk barefoot in the park.
Self Reflection Questions:
- How can you can you improve your financial well-being? Where can you cut down on your spending?
- What have you done today to honor your body?
- How can you re-connect with lost relationships in your life?
Visualization and Meditation:
- Hold your hands over your Root Chakra, paying attention to changes in air thickness, temperature, and subtle sensations in the hands or fingers.
- Visualize the energy moving through your chakra as the first step in clearing it. We can intentionally increase our chakra’s rotation simply by willing it.
- Place a black obsidian or hematite stone in between crossed legs during meditation, and focus your attention on the sensations and the thoughts that pop into your mind. These stones offer protection, grounding, and strength and they balance body and soul.
Visualize roots going down from your body plunging into the depths of the planet and spreading out, just like the roots of a tree. Envision the prominent bulky roots extending downwards below the surface, broadening from the base of your spine. These roots are the essence that will, enable you to draw into your body the positive frequency of the mother earth. You are now beginning to feel the awareness of a reaction from the planet deep below the surface coursing into your space. As this occurs, you visualize the bulky roots that are beginning to entwine with the waters inside the planet’s core, these waters represent the unconditional love, healing the rarefied energy of the Earth. As your roots entwine with the Earth energy use your senses to experience the awareness of unconditional love.
Change your inner voice to one that says…
“I am connected, therefore I AM SAFE. I am lovingly held by not only the people and relationships in my life but also more deeply by the earth as it supports our growth and holds us, and ultimately by God as we are forever connected spiritually and can never be disconnected.”