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  • Writer's pictureCaitlin Strempel

Healing & Understanding the Root Chakra: An In-depth Exploration

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

  • Holistically Heal Yourself Through Your Chakras


The ancient practice of chakra healing is gaining popularity in the modern world as individuals seek holistic approaches to well-being. Among the seven energy centers in our body, the root chakra, located at the base of the spine, is considered the 1st of the 7 main chakras and plays a crucial role in grounding us to the earth and fostering a sense of stability.

understanding the root chakra symbol

Symbolized by a vibrant red lotus with four petals, it represents the Earth element and serves as the foundation for our physical and emotional well-being.



In this guide, we'll explore the significance of the root chakra and offer practical tips to heal and balance it, promoting a healthier and more centered life. Understanding the root chakra opens up a world of healing.


If you're looking for professional help in balancing your chakras, make sure to check out my unique energy healing sessions.



Here's What We Will Cover:



chakra system with focus on root chakra


Exploring the Chakras and Understanding the Root Chakra


The Muladhara Chakra & What It's Associated With


The root chakra, also known as Muladhara in Sanskrit, is associated with our basic survival needs and influences our sense of:


  1. Security

  2. Stability, and a

  3. Belonging


It governs the:


Adrenal Glands


Positioned atop the kidneys, the adrenal glands are vital for managing stress and maintaining the body's fight-or-flight response as they are associated with the production cortisol and adrenaline (aka. the stress hormones!)


The health of our root chakra & adrenals directly impact our ability to cope with challenges and stressors.


yoga for base chakra and spine health

Base of Spine


The spine, the physical backbone of our body, is intricately connected to the root chakra. A balanced root chakra contributes to a strong and resilient spine, both physically and energetically.


This part of the spine becomes negatively & physically impacted when the root chakra becomes imbalanced with low-vibrational feelings & thought patterns around financial and home instability.


If you have money blocks, I highly recommend you book a healing session which focuses directly on healing your subconscious programming around finances and abundance!




The Colon


Responsible for the final stages of digestion and the elimination of waste, an imbalance in Muladhara can manifest as digestive issues, constipation, or other gastrointenstinal discomfort.


Similarly, the idea is that physical issues in the colon or gastrointestinal system may influence the energy flow in the root chakra. The interconnectedness between physical health and energy flow is thought to be bidirectional in these belief systems.


Legs & Feet


Connected to the lower part of the body, the root chakra plays a role in the health and vitality of the legs and feet, promoting stability and groundedness. Just as the root chakra, the feet, knees, and lays are your foundation... they are what hold you up! If your emotional, mental, or spiritual bodies feel shaky, your root chakra will close, shift, or blow open causing physical pain in any of these areas.


Skeletal System

woman with hand over heart

As the foundational chakra, Muladhara influences the skeletal system, providing support and structure for the entire body.


Immune System


A balanced root chakra contributes to a robust immune system, enhancing the body's ability to defend against illnesses and maintain overall well-being.


Blood Circulation


The root chakra's influence extends to blood circulation, ensuring a steady flow of energy and nutrients throughout the body.




Signs of an Imbalanced Root Chakra


Deficiently Imbalanced vs. Excessively Imbalanced


The root chakra can have two types of imbalances... it can either be deficiently imbalanced, which means the energy center is blocked, closed, or slowed down. Or it can be excessively imbalanced, which means it is too open, spinning too fast, and leaky energy!


Understanding the root chakra requires acknowledging the delicate equilibrium it strives to maintain. Imbalances can manifest on a spectrum, ranging from being closed up and constricted to being excessively wide open. Both ends of this spectrum bring about unique challenges that impact our physical, emotional, and energetic states.


I see the deficiently imbalanced chakra as a car wheel where the brakes are dragging on it... The car can't move if the brakes are on and the wheel can't turn.


The excessively imbalanced chakra can be compared to a wheel that just doesn't respond to brakes going down a hill... the will go too fast and lose control.


DEFICIENTLY IMBALANCED


When this chakra is deficiently imbalanced (meaning it's closed or slowed down), individuals may experience feelings of:


  1. Insecurity

  2. Lack of discipline

  3. Restlessness

  4. Instability or ungrounded

  5. Not belonging

  6. Frequent fear, and

  7. Lack around finances and home security


EXCESSIVELY IMBALANCED


When this chakra is excessively imbalanced (meaning it's too open and leaky), individuals may experience:


  1. Heaviness

  2. Sluggishness

  3. Monotony

  4. Obesity

  5. Hoarding

  6. Materialism

  7. A constant yearning for more


Physiological Symptoms


Physical symptoms include:


  1. Pain at base of spine

  2. Leg pain

  3. Leaning underweight

  4. Any issues with the lower half of your body

  5. Immobility from lower back and down

  6. Decreased immunity

  7. Digestive issues



Recognizing these signs is the first step towards healing!


How Root Chakra Imbalances Occur



1. Traumatic Events That Threaten or Sense of Survival


Traumatic events that threatened survival imprint on the energies of the root chakra, creating conscious and unconscious patterns. The traumas faced can be life or death situations but they don't have to be in order to feel the ripple effects in our energy centers, minds and energies.


Some examples could be:

  • A car accident

  • A lack of stability during our younger, formative years

  • Losing a home

  • Losing a job and income


2. Cultural, Societal, Religious, & Familial Conditioning


Everyday we are bombarded by messaging and taking in cues from social media, news, religious leaders, and the humans closest to us.


If there is conditioning that instills fear, materialism, or escapism through excessive indulgence, this will directly impact your root chakra energy center.


Examples of Fear Conditioning

  • A parent constantly blowing up at a child for little mistakes.

  • Becoming physically bullied at school

  • Religion that instills fear in their communication about going to hell if they don't comply

  • Living in an unsafe neighborhood or country


Examples of Materialism Conditioning

  • Seeing a parent be over-obsessed with possessions and owning more just for the sake of having more

  • Having a family value that more presents is better than the quality or intention of a present


Examples of Escaping Through Excessive Indulgence

  • Overeating when sad

  • Excessively sleeping around to fix a void of not having love

  • Overspending and over-shopping when stressed


3. Generational Patterns & Epigenetic Inheritence


If anyone in your family carries a root chakra imbalance, they can pass it down to the next generation, and this can go on for several generations until someone decides to break it by doing the healing work. Your root chakra imbalance might be passed on from someone in your lineage if there has been an ongoing pattern within several generations in your family.


Do deep-rooted fears or money blocks... or certain imbalances or pain associated with the root chakra exist in several family members and generations? If so, and you are reading this, this is your sign to heal for yourself AND everyone who comes after you.


A generational pattern does not need to keep engraining itself even further... it is very possible to break it!



4. Negative & Low Vibrational Thoughts, Intentions, & Actions


Every thought, intention, and action (conscious AND subconscious) plants a seed in this chakra, shaping our experiences. Acknowledging and addressing these imprints is crucial for healing and breaking free from destructive cycles!


If you are struggling with releasing certain thoughts, my energy healing and subconscious reprogramming session can help QUICKLY! Once you change your thoughts, your emotions and actions will follow suite... and your life and relationships will drastically change!





Techniques for Healing Your Root Chakra


There are several ways to help support the healing of your root chakra, from chanting, to yoga poses, to rewiring your harmful patterns and so on...


Here are a few to choose from. I recommend starting with one or two and adding it into a consistent daily routine. The main goal is to determine what will most effectively make you feel safe in your security, finances, and environment!


If you are currently and actually harms way, find a safe place and get help immediately...


If it's a feeling, emotion or subconscious pattern you are facing, you can move onto the below if your medical provider agrees.


Pick what feels the best to you and what you are innately drawn to!



Energy Healing & Subconscious Reprogramming


The most effective and quickest way to heal your root chakra!


When blended together, energy healing and subconscious reprogramming can create quantum leaps in your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Any low vibrational energy, pattern and thought can be transmuted within just one session!


Energy healing is a modality where a reiki master can channel healing energy to your body. Your body then innately knows where to send the energy to and it will begin to heal itself.


Subconscious reprogramming allows you to bypass your conscious mind and speak directly to your subconscious, which is the part of the mind that controls 95% of your reality... it runs the show and is very hard to rewire, except with a subconscious reprogramming session.


If you are to choose one focus for healing your root chakra or any imbalances associated with it, this would be my personal recommendation so long as your medical provider gives you the go-ahead.





Grounding Exercises for Root Chakra


To restore balance to the root chakra, it's essential to focus on grounding practices that reconnect us with the earth's energy.


Here are grounding activities that will have the most positive impact in regards to healing your root chakra:


  1. Walking barefoot on grass

  2. Gardening without gloves, or

  3. Simply spending time in nature


Engaging in these activities helps release excess energy and promotes a sense of security and stability.


It also allows your energy system to sync up with the healing frequency that mother earth is admitting. As we contact the ground our bodies start to calibrate to such powerful energies.


Balancing Through Meditation & Root Chakra HZ Frequency


Meditation is a powerful tool for chakra healing, especially for the root chakra. Guided meditations that focus on grounding and visualizations of a strong, stable foundation around safety and money can be particularly effective. Regular meditation not only calms the mind but also encourages a deep connection with the root chakra, fostering a sense of safety and security.


If you can, get your hands on a meditation focused on the specific issue you are facing or specifically for the root chakra. Bonus points if you listen to root chakra music in the background with a frequency of 396 HZ. 396 HZ frequency is the energy frequency that balances your root chakra.


Other ways to attune to a 396 HZ Solfeggio frequency are through:

  • Crystal Singing Bowls for Root Chakra

  • Tuning forks

  • Inhale and Chant LAM on the exhale


Eat Nourishing Foods for the Root Chakra


Our physical and energetic bodies are deeply intertwined. Nourishing the body with grounding foods can have a positive impact on the root chakra.


The root chakra, associated with grounding and stability, can benefit from nourishing foods that resonate with the earth element. Here are some nutrient-rich options to support the balance of the root chakra:



Root Vegetables

  • Carrots

  • Beets

  • Potatoes

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Turnips

  • Radishes

Protein-Rich Foods:

  • Red meat (grass-fed or lean cuts)

  • Eggs

  • Tofu

  • Lentils

  • Black beans

  • Kidney beans

Earth/Red Tones Fruits and Vegetables:

  • Apples

  • Pears

  • Cherries

  • Strawberries

  • Raspberries

  • Watermelon

  • Tomatoes

  • Red peppers

  • Pomegranates

Nuts and Seeds:

  • Almonds

  • Walnuts

  • Flaxseeds

  • Chia seeds

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds

Whole Grains:

  • Quinoa

  • Brown rice

  • Oats

  • Barley

  • Buckwheat

  • Whole wheat

Herbal Teas:

  • Rooibos tea

  • Dandelion tea

  • Burdock root tea

  • Ginger tea

  • Licorice root tea

  • Red clover tea

Root-Related Spices:

  • Cinnamon

  • Cloves

  • Nutmeg

  • Allspice

  • Star anise

  • Coriander

Mineral-Rich Foods:

  • Himalayan salt

  • Sea vegetables (like seaweed)

  • Root-based spices containing iron and magnesium

Incorporating a variety of these foods into your diet can contribute to the overall balance and vitality of the root chakra. It's essential to focus on whole, unprocessed foods and listen to your body's needs for optimal well-being.


Affirmations for the Root Chakra


Consciously shifting your mindset through positive affirmations can contribute to root chakra healing. Affirmations like "I am grounded and secure" or "I trust in the process of life" can reshape thought patterns, promoting a sense of stability and trust in oneself.


Here's a whole list for you!


Pick one that resonates, repeat until you feel a shift in your energy or body, then move onto the next!


  • I am rooted in the present moment

  • I am safe

  • I am creating safety in my body

  • I am calming my nervous system with every breath I take

  • I am worthy of stability

  • I belong

  • I am inherently worthy without needing, having, or doing anything. I am worthy because it's my birthright.

  • I am abundant

  • I am grounded and secure

  • I trust in the process of life


Crystals for the Root Chakra


Crystals are known for their vibrational energy, and certain crystals can be especially beneficial for healing the root chakra.


IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Red, Smokey, Brown, or Black-hued crystals are best for activating a closed root chakra

  • Green-hued crystals are best for restoring an overactive root chakra

Placing these crystals around your living space or wearing them as jewelry can support the flow of energy through the root chakra.


I personally love to use these crystals laying down during meditation. I will place them mid-way between my thighs or knees. I will start with a black or clear crystal, and then move onto either a red or green depending on what I'm trying to heal.



CRYSTALS FOR ACTIVATING YOUR ROOT CHAKRA


This is not an exhaustive list - any reds, smokey, black or brown crystals will do if they resonate with you! I just picked my favorites :)


Red Jasper:

  • Known for its grounding and stabilizing properties.

  • Enhances strength, vitality, and courage.

  • Helps release stress and reconnect with the earth's energy.

Garnet:

  • Energizes and revitalizes.

  • Enhances feelings of security and stability.

  • Promotes a sense of belonging and connection

Bloodstone:

  • Grounds and centers the energy.

  • Enhances courage and strength.

  • Supports detoxification and healing.

Red Carnelian:

  • Boosts vitality and energy.

  • Encourages creativity and motivation.

  • Balances and aligns the root chakra.

Rhodonite:

  • Supports emotional healing and forgiveness.

  • Balances yin-yang energies.

  • Encourages self-love and compassion.

Smoky Quartz:

  • Offers powerful grounding and protective energy.

  • Absorbs and transmutes negative energies.

  • Promotes a sense of security and stability.

Hematite:

  • Aids in grounding and balancing energy.

  • Enhances focus, concentration, and mental clarity.

  • Supports the release of negativity and stress.

Black Tourmaline:

  • Known for its protective qualities.

  • Absorbs and transmutes negative energies.

  • Promotes a sense of security and stability.

Onyx:

  • Provides strength and support during challenging times.

  • Absorbs and transforms negative energy.

  • Promotes mental clarity and focus.



CRYSTALS FOR RESTORING YOUR ROOT CHAKRA


Green Aventurine:

  • A stone of luck and opportunity.

  • Promotes emotional well-being and a sense of calm.

  • Enhances feelings of security and stability.

Green Jade:

  • A symbol of serenity and purity.

  • Promotes balance and harmony in all aspects of life.

  • Enhances feelings of safety and security.

Moss Agate:

  • A stone of abundance and stability.

  • Promotes grounding and a connection to nature.

  • Enhances a sense of security and balance.

Amazonite:

  • A calming and soothing stone.

  • Promotes balance and emotional well-being.

  • Enhances a sense of groundedness and security.

Tree Agate:

  • Associated with the energy of trees and nature.

  • Promotes grounding and stability.

  • Enhances feelings of safety and security.

Green Tourmaline:

  • A stone of strength and vitality.

  • Promotes balance and harmony.

  • Enhances a sense of security and groundedness.


When using crystals for chakra healing, it's essential to cleanse and charge them regularly. You can place them in the sunlight (for cleansing), moonlight (for charging), or use other methods such as smudging or placing them on a bed of sea salt.


Trust your intuition when choosing crystals, as each person may resonate differently with various stones.



Additional Ways To Balance Your Base Chakra



  1. Run, walk, and move your feet

  2. Use essential oils associated with the Root Chakra (frankincense, sandalwood, lavender, patchouli, myrrh, cedarwood, vetiver)

  3. Explore ancestral healing

  4. Remove yourself from any unsafe environment, relationship, situation you might be in

  5. Mediation and visualization practices

  6. Surrounding yourself with the color red or any earthy or smokey color. (clothes, artwork, bed sheets, etc.)



Your Journey of Healing Your Root Chakra Has Already Begun!


Healing your root chakra is a profound journey of self-discovery and empowerment. By understanding its significance, recognizing signs of imbalance, and embracing practical healing techniques, you can foster stability, security, and a deeper connection with the world around you. Take charge of your energy, embark on this transformative journey, and witness the positive changes unfold in your life.


You can experience immediate results and pave the way for a more stable and fulfilling life. Click here to explore our energy healing and subconscious reprogramming resources and take the next step toward holistic well-being.



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