The First Chakra
The Root Chakra gets its name from being the lowest of the seven Chakras, as it is present at the base of the spine, and is a feminine energy because of its receptive nature for the influences that most deeply impact an individual. Known in Sanskrit as Muladhara, this Chakra is associated with the element of earth because of its stature being ingrained in stability (or a lack thereof) and is associated with the Kundalini. This Root Chakra is associated with the skeletal structure, as well as the vertebral column and an individual’s legs and feet. In visualizing the ladder, this Chakra can be seen as the first rung, but can also be visualized as the frame of the ladder. As it is commonly known, this Chakra dictates our “fight or flight” response and is arguably the most important Chakra because if it is not aligned and balanced, then none of the other Chakras can be properly balanced.
The root chakra is associated with one’s comfort zone. The larger the comfort zone is, the more hindering the root chakra can be. The things we want and desire are outside of the span of our comfort zone and when there is a hindrance for stepping outside of this self-imposed chamber, stagnation is able to exist and it becomes increasingly challenging to step beyond the realm of comfort. No one likes to be uncomfortable, but with practice, everything, from public speaking to dancing silly, can become that extra special part of a person. When we are able to be passive to that which we want, we are never willing to overcome the obstacles that stand in our way; we are able to find a greater struggle that tends to lead to missed opportunities, which easily lends itself to regret.
The first Chakra governs personal stability and can manifest, when out of balance, insecurities that can be difficult to suppress. Insecurity is a position that allows us to take actions based out of fear, as opposed to logic and rationale. Feelings of insecurity and instability manifest by virtue of constant worry about finances, health, and positions found in the world that no single person can have control over. When great worry is felt and strife is imminent, insecurities are created, which can lead to feelings of hopelessness, paranoia, and uproot the stance of fortitude that would otherwise be able to be created. Worrying if people are angry or upset with you, when nothing is wrong, is a great indication for insecurity, and very well could mean that the Root Chakra is out of balance.
Fear, uncertainty, and doubt is abundant in the world; but understanding the characteristics of fear, realizing that by virtue of the nature of life, itself, that it is uncertain, and seeing invalid doubt in oneself, can help to overcome these positions. Making decisions out of irrational fear, as opposed to governing one’s life via logic, can create challenges that are so often able to hinder forward progress. For example, fear of leaving the house, getting on a plane, and going to a business meeting across the country, therefore deciding to cancel the trip altogether and risk losing one’s job, is an example of an irrational fear. Planning for the best and preparing for the worst is how one can find a greater balance, which can create a stronger mode of fortitude. Now, nervousness for how the meeting will go, if the plane will leave on time, and worrying about getting out the door with all the bags packed, is a different kind of fear. This creates a position of planning and due diligence that can garner stability when actions are taken. You can make a checklist of the days you will be gone and detail everything you need to pack. This is where you can overcome worry with logical positions. Whereas, illogical positions of fear can be more challenging, but recognizing this is a wonderful first step in overcoming fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
Being able to recognize the things that one associates themselves with that create irrational fear can help to realize what work needs to be done. This can help you understand how to rectify imbalance that is created in the Root Chakra. If you consume a lot of news and begin to obtain a hopeless feeling as a result of what you are seeing, then this is something that can adversely affect the Root Chakra. Even something as simple as political debate can create stress in some individuals, therefore causing an illogical fear, because of the “argument” of two sides. It is far more difficult to choose a side to the argument that one is observing when the Root Chakra isn’t balanced; this can create something that is more destructive, as is the static nature of remembering that people were arguing about an issue, as opposed to having the greater security to research the issue to understand which side of the argument seems most appropriate.
It is safe to say that when we are personally insecure, it is difficult to keep a good handle on our financial stability. For some, fear of losing control over their finances is also a disabling factor for feeling balance in the Root Chakra. When financial instability is a factor, it creates stress, due to trying to have enough money for basic needs, like housing, food, and monthly bills. When one’s finances go into a tailspin, it creates frustration, agitation, and fatigue. These are products of the generalized stress that overcome the emotional stability that would otherwise be easier to calibrate. When such instability is present, it makes it difficult to focus on other matters, such as personal relationships, friends, family, etc., especially when this instability is kept on the inside. Being able to open up and talk about challenges that are occurring financially can help form a sense of evaluation. Having a good support system, whether this stems from family, a significant other, or co-workers, is something that people inherently need. Other people can help make us feel safe and can even offer solutions to problems that, otherwise, were unable to be thought of properly, because of fear stepping in the way.
Is My Root Chakra Balanced?
One simple question can provide a stronger understanding of issues that exist in the Root Chakra, which can more easily open the door toward understanding how the Root Chakra can be balanced and healed. Am I grounded? To be grounded means that you feel safe, secure, and can handle changes without intense anxiety or pressure. This is the most important position that a person can achieve, because without being in a grounded place, everything from poverty to riches can be drastically affected. Not being grounded can mean that you don’t feel safe in your own home and can dictate how you handle various situations in your life. Using a reasoned stance to create such improvements requires being completely and utterly honest with oneself, which can prove to be a challenge for many. Purposeful dishonesty, especially with oneself, can be a sign of the Root Chakra being off balanced. Of course, this is far from a simple yes or no question, but this is to simply recognize if further investigation needs to be done.
14 Questions to Ask Yourself:
1. Do you have everything you need to make life comfortable?
2. Are you financially stable?
3. Are you satisfied with your job?
4. Do you feel that you chose the right career for yourself?
5. Do you struggle living with everyday decisions?
6. Are your morals, ethics, and values strong?
7. Are you comfortable with your current living situation?
8. Do you feel connected to your environment?
9. Do you have a strong and satisfactory support system ingrained within you?
10. Do you have a strong and satisfactory support system in co-workers, friends, a spouse, children, or other family?
11. If you live away from family (especially those that may make you feel the most grounded), do you feel that your roots are strong enough to continue to feel a grounded stance from them while you’re away?
12. Do you feel that you can live anywhere that might interest you?
13. Do you have looming fears of death, stability and security, or a fear of losing someone you love (if there is no sign that they’re leaving this world anytime soon)?
14. Do you feel as though you’re a great resource for instilling change, when it is time to go in a different direction (when it comes to spirituality, finances, love, career, and health)?
If you have answered “no” to any of the previous questions, it is very important that you allow yourself to take steps to rectify these positions, so that you can become grounded in every step of your life and can be balanced in the next six Chakras. An imbalanced Chakra can be healed if a clear understanding is gained for how such improvements need to be taken forward. Consult with a doctor or healthcare professional before attempting any changes to your diet, exercise, and/or other regimens.
7 Steps to Balance the Root Chakra
Step One: Ground Yourself in Your Environment
This article has talked a lot about the importance of being grounded. This is the most important position when dealing with the nature of chakras. Greater balances are required for the chakras to work with the rest of the body so harmony can be achieved.
Step Two: Find the Best Ways for Yourself to Connect to the Earth
Taking a walk on unpaved paths, especially when you can do so, in such a way that it is comfortable to remove your shoes, can help to create a connection, even if small, to the earth. Gardening, planting seeds, and making sure that your hands interact with the soil, are ways that you can establish a more solid position. Visualize yourself being properly connected to the element of earth and even the earth itself and meditating on this visualization are other ways you can feel close to the world.
Step Three: Participate in Physical Activity that Doesn’t Leave You Feeling Overextended
The physical body can complete cycles of stress that manifests itself in a more physiological way, if the Root Chakra is balanced. Anything you can do to get the body moving and raising your heart rate with your legs and feet can tremendously add balance to the First Chakra. This can create a deeper interaction with yourself that allows you to compete with yourself, set fitness goals for yourself, and use this as an opportunity to gain a sense of self-respect. When your body works to create a more significant disposition of health, it allows for a connection to the deep strengths of the Root Chakra.
Step Four: Pander to the Parts of Yourself that Construct Self-Reliance
So much of where our insecurities stem from are embedded in one’s inability to trust themselves. To counter this, reinforcing the belief that you are safe, secure, confident, and function with a steady hand is very important. Knowing that failure is only an ability to bring oneself to a point of seeing a new lesson that the Universe has played out, and learning that lesson when it is placed in front of you, is important to achieve self-reliance.
Step Five: Know Your Innermost Dreams and Aspirations So that You Can Set Goals
Knowing your hopes, dreams, desires, and aspirations are all ways that you are able to help guide yourself forward. This will give you moments of synchronicity, as you see that the Universe can provide you with a deepened opportunity to establish yourself, providing you with what you need to meet those goals. This helps with the decisions that you make and finding the support system that is right for you. Not establishing hopes and dreams can leave a person standing still. With proper introspection to create such desires and manifestations, the greater established purpose you want to gain will be enabled. One of the major gifts of life is its ability to provide us with what we need and want. All we have to do is ask and then show the Universe that we are able to work toward gaining this greater initiative. Taking away the notion that a mistake has been made is another element of how you will be able to create a much stronger stance of purpose and fortitude. Understanding that the only limitations are the limitations that you place on yourself, is something that is also able to create a bolstered position of openness to gain a happier stance in life. Without this awareness, your decisions can be severely swayed by others, and this can take away the sense of individuality that is able to create the greater positions that will ultimately give you the power to decide your own direction. Be the author of your own story.
Step Six: Live by Fact, Not by Opinion
Part of developing confidence is set by the understanding of the importance of the opinion of others, when it comes to your own life. What an individual has to say, when it comes to the formation of opinions, is important, as it gives a basis for how we are able to use an opinion or information that isn’t our own to gauge a situation, to give it value. For example, just because someone may have taste for a particular brand of clothing, a particular style of music, or just because someone else loves the newest best-selling novel, this doesn’t mean that we should prevent ourselves from enjoying these things, just because someone else doesn’t. This can create missed opportunities in life that enjoyment and pleasure stem from. With time, experience, and valued friendships, an individual will learn what their friends like and how they perceive the world; but going about living by virtue of what others think can be very debilitating in properly attaining the upper rungs on the ladder to happiness.
Step Seven: The Depth of Gratitude, the Height of Success, and “The Golden Rule”
Remembering, every day, to be grateful for what you have in your life, and finding opportunities to express gratitude for the moments of your life that have led you to where you are, and expressing “thanks” to the people in your life that have helped along the way, can create a more solid position of success. For as deep as your gratitude runs, this will be able to help you to reach greater heights in your achievements. Being friends with people, not because of what they can do for us monetarily, but because of how we are able to see the value they bring in our lives, can also help with how this greater stance of gratitude is able to be achieved. This is where understanding how others perceive us can be vital, as it is able to create a greater degree by which we can see the areas of our own lives that need work. Reputation can be important, if it is based on a fact, especially if someone’s opinion is able to share with us that Person X only wants to call when they want something, or Person Y only calls when they have an experience to share without listening to a different story of an experience by the person that Person Y called in the first place. Being able to utilize “The Golden Rule” and to truly use the value of empathy to contemplate how the individual that Person Y called perceived the conversation, without a skewed view, can offer insight as to what steps Person Y would need to take on to be a better friend.
Additional Information to Balance Your Chakras:
Beyond the positions stated in the information above, the following can be a wonderful source for showing steps you can take to become more aligned with your innermost self. Listening to Binaural Beats, using aromatherapy, incense, consuming foods that correlate to the Chakra, and working with Chakra Stones and crystals are all wonderful ways to open yourself up to a position of healing the Chakras. The table, below, will explain the ways that one is able to recognize, spiritually heal, and balance the Root Chakras.
Color & Sound Frequencies
Aromatherapy & Incense
Chakra Stones & Crystals
The First Chakra: Muladhara
Red & Black with Sound Frequencies Attuned to the Keynote of C
Binaural Beats: 396 Hz
Mystical Center: 126-140
Earth Resonance: 7.83 – 14.1
Copal, Dragon’s Blood, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme
Carrots, Potatoes, Radishes, Beets, Onions, Garlic, Protein Rich Meats, Eggs, Beans, Parsnips, Soy, Cashews, Peanut Butter, Tofu, Beans, Rainbow Chard
Red Jasper, Fire Opal, Hematite, Rhodochrosite, Red Agate, Red Aventurine, Red Zircon, Red Tourmaline, Black Onyx, Black Obsidian, Smokey Quartz
Stop by next week for Step Two!
About the Author:
Psychic Draven Grey has been part of the Keen community since April 2004. He has done readings professionally since 2000. He uses Tarot and Astrology in conjunction with his natural abilities of clairvoyance and empathy. He has a great love in helping others find their way towards love and happiness.