The Chakra System
It is known that every living being on this planet, even the planet itself, is comprised of energy. Chakras are associated with specific parts of our body, but they are not “physical entities” per se. They can be described as the crossroads of the material and the immaterial and pertain to the body, mind and spirit altogether.
In the chakra system, there are 7 main chakras locate in select spots on the mid-line of our torso that allows energy to flow. The first chakra starts at the bottom of the torso and the last, the top of the head. The chakras on the lower part of our body represents our intellectual side, while the ones located on the upper part of our body represents our mental side. All in all, they govern our psychological properties.
Each chakra is associated with different elements, colors, foods, mudras, healing stones, essential oils, asanas (poses) and more. Ideally, each one of our chakras would be open and work together harmoniously giving us balance. By working together, they would give a balance of feelings and thinking. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as life throws so many twists at us.
Some chakras are blocked or aren’t open enough (under-active) and can have adverse effects on our mental and even physical state. When this happens, other chakras must compensate for the under-active chakras causing them to be overactive, which can have adverse effects on us too. When this happens, they need to be healed and balanced.
In order, the 7 main chakras are, the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. This article will explain a little more in depth about the root chakra.
The Root Chakra “Muladhara”
Color: Red- represents vitality, strength, awakening, vitality and stimulates our instinctual tendencies.
Location: Base of the spine
Animal: Elephant- symbolic of compassion, intelligence, confidence and ancient wisdom
Representation: The root chakra regulates energy associated with instinct, survival and safety. It allows us to feel a sense of place in this world. It also gives us the feeling of being grounded and confident.
Signs of Imbalance
There are both physical, mental and emotional reasons to cause the root chakra to be out of balance. Certain trauma, psychological issues such as chronic fear, and psychosomatic suppression and repression can trigger the root chakra to become unbalanced. Feeling insecure or stressing over your primary needs, such as food, bills and shelter, have been met can also lead to an imbalance of the root chakra.
Symptoms of Imbalance
There are different ways to tell if your root chakra is out of balance. Being out of balance could mean that it is under-active overactive. These could be both mental issues or physical issues.
For instance, if you feel as though you tend to obsess about money, that you don’t have enough, your root chakra can be over active. If you tend to be fearful, nervous, or get the feeling of being unwelcome, your root chakra may be under-active. These would be considered mental issues causing your root chakra to be imbalanced.
Physical signs of your root chakra being imbalanced, could include bladder problems, constipation, or eating disorders to name a few. Feelings of greed, being materialistic, depression or anxiety could be emotional problems you face indicating an unbalanced root chakra.
When your root chakra is balanced, you can get a feeling of being grounded, healthy, in control and at ease.
Healing and Balancing the Root Chakra
When balancing the chakras, the root chakra should be the first chakra to balance. It is the foundation of our entire chakra system, and without a strong foundation, the whole system would be compromised.
When you have realized your root chakra is out of balance, there are measures you can take to balance it back out; open or close an over or under active root chakra. Here are some things you can do to balance and heal your root chakra.
Healing Stones or Crystals
Healing stones and healing crystals have been used for centuries. They have been believed to aid in the healing process of the chakras by healing the body, mind and spirit. These stones and crystals can be worn as jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets or can simply be held or placed in a prominent area.
Below is a list of healing stones and crystals that can be used to heal and balance the root chakra..
• Red gemstones and crystals
Aromatherapy has also been used for centuries. It includes using essential oils for healing properties. These aromas can be inhaled through sprays, candles, incense or wax cubes, ingested through teas or applied topically through massage oils, lotions or body butters. Taking baths with bath salts containing essential oils are also beneficial.
When used, the aromas can have healing properties to fight all different kinds of ailments and mental issues such as depression, stress or anxiety. Essential oils that can be used in balancing or healing your root chakra include the following.
• Ylang ylang
• Cedar atlas or cedarwood
Food for the Root Chakra
When trying to heal or balance your root chakra, there are different foods you can eat to help do so. Eating red food such as apples or red grapes can help. Food such as tofu, eggs, beans, red meat and rainbow chard are also best to eat to help heal and balance the root chakra.
Eating root vegetables such as the following can also help in balancing the root chakra.
• Sweet potatoes
Herbs for the Root Chakra
• Raspberry leaf,
• Rose petals
• Rose hips
Meditation is about relaxing and refusing to get caught up in everyday anxieties. Meditation is a practice where you use techniques such as mindfulness or focusing your mind on a particular thought, object or activity. It is used to train attention and awareness and to achieve a mentally clear or emotionally calm and stable state.
When you meditate for the root chakra, turn your attention to it. Visualize a red glow at the base of your spine that grows in intensity with each inhale. Visualize the red glow making the whole area warm and relaxed. Rest in this sensation for at least 3-5 minutes. Slowly open your eyes and sit for a few minutes before continuing your day.
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies. Some mudras can involve the entire body, but most are performed by the hands and fingers. There are hundreds of mudras that are used to help channel your body’s energy flow. Mudras are often used in correlation with meditation.
For the root chakra, point both of your palms upwards. Bring your ring finger towards your outstretched thumb. The rest of the fingers are relaxed. It may be more comfortable to rest your knuckles on your knees when in a seated position, as many practitioners do. This position is called the Prithvi mudra.
Asanas are most commonly known as a seated posture used for meditation. Now, in yoga, the term is used for any physical posture of Hatha yoga. In yoga, it helps to keep the physical body healthy and is important for spiritual development. Asanas can increase discipline and concentration, have a range of emotional and energetic benefits, and ready the mind for meditation.
For the root chakra, a simple and popular asana is the mountain pose. Stand straight up with your hands gently resting at your side. Your feet should be flat on the ground and ankles should be touching. This pose allows you to feel centered and focused in the present moment. It is best to practice this pose on grass for a better connection to earth.
Affirmations refer to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. It allows you to have a positive mental attitude towards daily stresses in our lives and that we will achieve success in anything.
Affirmations can be repeated to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts. Through repetition, our minds take these affirmations and make it part of our identity, positive or negative. It is important to state affirmations in positive and in present time.
Positive affirmations for the root chakra would include some of the following phrases:
• I am always safe
• My home is safe and secure
• I have many assets and my safety needs are always taken care of
• I am grounded
• I am abundant
• I claim good health
Listening to music in the note of C or listening to nature sounds such as thunder can be very beneficial to healing and balancing the root chakra. Other music such as binaural beats and solfeggio frequencies also help for this chakra. There are many resources online that are geared to healing and balancing the root chakra.
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