Earlier this year I posted, My Intro To Chakras, – the seven energy centers that make up our aura. Everything we experience and everything we feel gets filtered through our chakra system. Our attitudes and the way we react to experiences directly affect the state of our chakras and can cause imbalances that can affect our physical and mental health. I later posted, From The Heart, a deeper look into the heart chakra, also known as the green chakra, or anahata in Sanskrit, which is the center point of this conscious energy system. Today I am exploring into the red chakra, which is also known as the root chakra, or muladhara in Sanskrit. Here sits the base and the foundation, of the whole chakra system.
Muladhara, is located at the base of the spine and it is the most instinctual of all the chakras. Your natural primal, animal nature, survival instincts sit here and it is where our fight-or-flight response is initiated. I have read that this chakra carries our ancestral history. Memories of war, famine, natural disasters, and any events that threaten our basic survival, are all recorded within energies of the root chakra and are passed down creating unconscious generational patterns. Therefore basically everyone may experience challenges or blockages within muladhara even if only on a subconscious level. Muladhara has also been referred to as our connection to Mother Earth, as it connects us with our physical world and physical matter. It represents the part of our consciousness concerned with self-awareness. It is affected by how we feel about our basic needs in life. How we are surviving; how stable we feel about our home, our job, our ability to feed ourselves, our safety and our finances. When these needs are met, you will feel grounded.
If the foundation of our chakra system is unstable, it will be difficult to evolve. Just like you cannot build a strong structure if the foundation itself is not strong, we cannot grow and evolve unless we feel safe and secure. This is why it is just as important to balance muladhara as it is the higher chakras. The foundation must be stable and deeply rooted for true transformation and spiritual growth to take place.
People who constantly worry and stress themselves out about money block their root chakra causing an imbalance in it’s flow of energy and create anxiety for themselves. Most people are so concerned with all the material things we are so overexposed to in the ego world, that they never feel satisfied or content. Even if we have a job, a house, food to eat, many of us still feel like we are not surviving, or are barely surviving in the rat race we call life. This constant need for more and more stuff, hinders our ability to open Muladhara.
An easy way to balance this chakra is to be grateful. See the abundance in everything around you rather than focusing on what you lack. The more you are grateful, the better you will feel and the more the universe will give you to be grateful for. Meditating is great for grounding and can also be beneficial when trying to balance muladhara. The colour red is associated with this chakra. When meditating envision this colour spinning in openness at the base of your spine. I have read that red jasper, black tourmaline and smoky quartz are the crystals that help to balance this chakra. Yoga is also helpful especially when done outdoors in nature. Also, red foods like strawberries, red cabbage and red apples can be helpful and earthy foods like carrots, beets, ginger, any foods that have roots, as they energize the root chakra.
When this energy centre is blocked, people tend to get stuck and are unable to make important decisions, take action or move forward in life. Their vibrations will be low and a lack of energy and depression, anxiety , fear, anger and frustration will likely be experienced. Your kidneys, bladder, the vertebral column, hips, legs and lower back are areas related to this chakra. These are the parts of your body and health that can be affected by an imbalance or closed root chakra. Pain or ailment in these areas can be a sign that your root chakra is closed up or imbalanced.
What is your level of self-awareness, gratefulness and contentment? Balancing all your chakras is nourishing to your mind body and soul but give your root chakra some attention because you cannot elevate without a strong foundation.
peace & namaste, irie soul. Xx