The Root Chakra (energy center) is located at the base of the spine, between the anus and the genitals. It extends luminous filaments down our legs into the Mother Earth. The Earth supplies us with essential nutrients, which slow us down and keep us in the present moment. It grounds us and the foundation of our energy system. The Root Chakra is quite literally affected by how connected we feel to the Earth. When we become disconnected from the Earth, we get our nourishment from the surface, becoming shallow. The Root Chakra drives cause us to seek shelter, forage for food and procreate. These are all very instinctual needs. The four instinctual drives—fear, feeding, fighting and sex—are mirrored in the lower two chakras. The Root Chakra is affected by how secure and safe we feel in the world and how well we can balance trust versus mistrust, independence versus dependence, and standing alone versus belonging to groups.
The Root Chakra begins its development during the ages 0-7 years. Any verbal, mental, physical abuse or lack of security during these years will leave a negative imprint in this Root Chakra. A negative imprint is like a scratch in your energy field; whereas, positive circumstances brighten your aura. Family wounds are also stored in this area of the body. Perhaps your family always struggled financially or changed residences often. This energy will then carry over to you. Any unfinished business with parents is a Root Chakra issue. In all of these cases, imbalances to the energy of the Root Chakra can set the stage for illness.
Autoimmune (emotional/mental) diseases (lupus, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disorders, AIDS, cancer, allergies) are when the body attacks itself. These are Root Chakra imbalances. The body gets a destructive message from deep within itself. Mental depression has been associated not only with self-destructive behaviors but with depression of the immune system functioning. Many women with autoimmune diseases also suffer from depression. I also find that fertility issues are linked to imbalances in the Root Chakra.
Our feet, legs, knees, hips and pelvis are our foundation. Do you experience any back pain? How secure do you feel in the world? Do you feel like the rug could be slipped out from under you at any time? Do you fear that you may lose all of your material possessions, home, car…everything you are working so hard to keep?
Notice how you feel about your connection to the Earth. She is like woman, fertile and rich. As you honor the Earth, you will be honoring the nurturing side of yourself. We are always in a hurry, not looking at the Earth as we walk upon it, but always looking ahead. Take more time to walk slowly and treasure the abundance around you. In doing so you’ll be open to abundance on all aspects of your life.
Most people have imbalances within this Root Chakra. It acts as the rectum of the energy system. Unless it is functioning properly and eliminating toxic energy, your entire energy system starts malfunctioning. It is important to do exercises for this Root Chakra to keep our energy system running optimally. Begin any necessary healing of this chakra, experiencing any painful memories of childhood or survival issues, releasing them, and forgiving.
When I do energy work on clients, and I sense an imbalance in the Root Chakra it “feels” like there is no energy flowing in the legs…like the client is completely disconnected to the lower half of their body. We usually have too much energy in our heads. Visualize bringing that energy down your body and into the Earth.
Prosperity issues stem from the Root Chakra. There is plenty of abundance for everyone. Sometimes we think that others have to suffer if we receive. When you hoard things and have a fear of losing what you have, this blocks your ability to receive. Trust that there is enough in the universe for all. Ask for help. Call on your angels of abundance. Appreciate the little things you DO have. Soon the big things will follow.
Visualize yourself happy and prosperous when in meditation. Manifestation is an amazing trick taught to us by the nature spirits. The ancient Shamans manifested what they wanted in their lives. We can also manifest things like world peace, abundance and a soulmate. When we are envious or jealous of others’ abundance, even for a minute, we block our own ability to receive. Instead acknowledge their abundance and strive to be like them. Watch your lack thoughts. “I don’t have enough.” “I can’t afford it.” Literally drop and relax your Kegel muscle (located at your Root Chakra) often to remember to receive the bounty of the Earth. Awareness is everything! Once you’re aware of your resistance it’s easy to release it and be open to prosperity in all areas of your life. You deserve to have abundance, joy, fertility and security. As my husband Eric taught me, “It’s not what you have, it’s how you share it.”
Root Chakra Affirmation
I am safe, I trust in the natural flow of life. I take my natural place in the world content in the knowledge that all I need will come to me in the right time and space. I am secure and grounded in the physical form and give thanks to Mother Earth for the nourishment, shelter and stability she gives me.