Acting as our connection to ourselves, each other, and the earth, the first chakra is located at the base of the spine. Although it speaks to our most fundamental needs, it should not be overlooked as primary. Muladhara lets us know if we feel secure or not. It requires us to have enough food and water, a safe place to call home, and we can express our emotions freely.
The root chakra is the most instinctual chakra. It is our survival cent and is even responsible for our fight or flight response. A lot of information stored in the root chakra is less about what we have in the present and relates more to our experiences from when we were small children. When we were young, we completely relied on our caregivers to meet all our needs. However, if they weren’t consistent or withheld from us, we may have developed blockages in our root chakra.
Any events that threaten our basic survival needs are all held within the energy of our first chakra. Blockages in Muladhara can show themselves in deep-rooted fears and anxiety. If out of balance, we may feel insecure in our own bodies, out of place or even lost. Blockages may also cause physical problems, such as pain in the abdomen or lower back, problems in the colon and bladder, or even issues with the feet. When the root chakra is balanced, we feel safe, cared for and content. It supports us in growing and feeling secure in all areas of our life.
Symptoms Of An Imbalanced Root Chakra
- Eating disorders
- Feelings of insecurity
- Very fearful
Ways To Balance The Root Chakra
One of the first ways to balance a chakra is to create a positive affirmation to say to yourself about it. If you know why you are experiencing blockages, you can create a mantra around this. If you are just feeling unbalanced, you can try saying something like this “Om Mani Padme Hum” which means “All hail to the jewel at the heart of the lotus.”
The color red is strongly associated with the root chakra. Many people say that envisioning a red light or flower at the base of the spine during meditation can help clear any blockages.
Red foods, root foods, and foods that are high in protein are all great for nourishing the root chakra. If you feel unbalanced, try increasing your intake of foods such as red apples, strawberries, ginger, carrots, beets, meat, eggs, beans, and nuts.
Burning oils to promote healing and relaxation has been used for centuries. Essential oils for Muladhara include:
You can burn them separately or mix them to find the perfect blend for you.
All the seven chakras are intrinsically connected. They act almost like a ladder to connecting with our higher selves. By working on the root chakra first, we provide a firm grounding for the other chakras to flow freely. When Muladhara is balanced, we have enough energy to meet the demands of our environment and feel self-confident, calm and centered.