Root Chakra or Muladhara
You are centered – You feel strong – You ARE!
Today I’d like to ramble on about the Root Chakra and how it effects your daily life.
If you are new to dealing with Chakra Energy, it can be overwhelming when you first start because there is a lot of information to gather to help you to understand how it all works.
Here’s a basic quick run down on what a Chakra is:
A chakra is like a center of energy that swirls around and corresponds to particular nerve center of our bodies. These are a part of our major organs as well as our emotional, spiritual and psychological make ups. There are seven major sections you can work with but in this posting, I’m going to address just the Root Area.
I don’t recall the source of this image
So now you have an idea of what the Chakra are – this is what they do.
Everything in the world changes, moves and flows – as do our Chakra. But sometimes these areas get blocked and like a sink drain, clog up and cause problems. The worst scenario I can compare it to is when your plumbing gets clogged and you end up with a steaming mess to deal with (yuk!) So now take that visual and think about your energy centers. When a Chakra is open and flowing, so is your energy and so is your health and well being. Now as far as how you begin working with a Chakra and getting it to flow correctly, as you travel along this life’s journey, you are going to discover many avenues to achieve this goal. What I am going to write today may be only one way of many you could pick from – when it comes to healing the mind and body I always suggest that you learn and work with what works best with you, personally! And as always, never replace this type of healing with regular doctor visits – stay safe and healthy in all the ways you can. 🙂
So where is your Root Chakra and tell me more about it.
This particular Chakra is often called the Base Chakra (or Root and Muladhara). It is located between your legs (coccyx) at the base (or root) of your spine.
I have seen it represented in a variety of colours – Red, dark browns and blacks. Personally? I have used all three colours when working with this Chakra to see if they resonate with my healing and each of them work for me. But if you feel more strongly pulled to one of these colours? Please do work with them as you should listen to your inner voice. If you check on this page of my Root Chakra jewelry, you will see this colour scheme of healing stones to work with.
This area is the grounding force that connects us to the Earth’s energy and helps to empower who we are. The Root Chakra helps us to deal with the tasks given to us and it gives you the ability to stand up for yourself and feel secure. This Chakra is our sense of survival and our right to exist. It is the rock of our on which your entire Chakra system and all the energy in your body rely upon.
Go away – my root chakra is blocked and I don’t want to deal with any of this.. bahhhh
Okay, now for my personal experiences – life sometimes gives me too much to handle and I begin to feel overwhelmed and when that happens? I start feeling sad, which then turns to exhaustion, which THEN turns into something even more annoying – depression. I start getting thoughts like: “Bahhhhhhh, I can’t deal with this.. this stinks.. I don’t want to get up and go to work.. baaahhhhhh.. I should just stay in bed, what does it matter if I go anywhere… who cares.. bah bah bah…” Um hum, that‘s healthy!! (NOT!) I’m a high energy person, I know how to get things done and when this mood hits me? I know I have a blockage in my emotional plumbing somewhere. (Yes that IS me in the photo up there.)
Here’s a bit more detailed info for you to gnaw on:
An imbalance in the Root Chakra can show up in many ways.
- A chronic lack of energy with exhaustion after even a slight bit of exercise
- Stiffness and painful movement in hips, legs, feet and lower back
- Poor coordination
- Lack of circulation in hands and feet
- Depression and self esteem issues
- Feeling a lack of security
(check! Check! CHECK!) Yes I get this a lot…
How to use the stones to work with my Chakra
Okay, check! I have my stone! Now what? If you are sitting there holding a gem going “um okay.. am I fixed yet?”, you still have some work to do. You are going to discover that there are multitudes of ways you can use – no way is the best way and no way is the worst – you should try a few out and see what works best for you. If you dealing with some of those symptoms, you should also look at mundane physical reasons as well and not just rely on what I’m writing here. So here is how I work with the stones to achieve my goals and you can take this info and see if it works for you.
First, I find something to help me to find a focus point to work with this Chakra. That’s where the gemstones come into play. You can find healing stones for this Chakra on this section of my site (Wicked Stones). You can also work with existing stones that you have in your own collection. (I just wanted to share what I do create for healing purposes.) I also want to point out that for most of my clients, working with Chakra healing, balancing and opening, is not an instant fix. You can’t just put on a piece of jewelry and expect sudden results – you use the stones with your intentions and focus of energy to achieve these goals.
The above photo is a very simple healing stone pendant that is made of Red Jasper. These designs are really wonderful because the simplicity of the stones allow almost all of the surface of the gem to touch your skin.
When it comes to the Root Chakra, this involves how you are connected to the Earth itself. You could carry a gem that corresponds to this area in your pocket or wear it as a piece of jewelry and get your hands in the earth and garden. Pottery making and pulling weeds, also helps in it’s own way, to connect you to what is below you and keeping you solid on the ground. As you are working, relax, breath and allow negative energy to flow from your fingertips and back to the earth below. This helps to lower your tension levels and release some of the negative bobojees you may have inside of you stop blocking this area.
If you can, lay or sit down on the ground and use your focal stone on the area in question – if you can’t do this outside? You can meditate and relax anywhere you need to.
Even if you are at work in the office, find a quiet location and try this:
Take slow relaxing breaths and allow yourself to connect more fully to the ground below. Visualization is an excellent tool here so begin imagining this chakra (as a spiral of energy), being clear and flowing. Ask yourself what you need to release in order to feel better – is it stress over a job you didn’t complete? Is it bills or finances that are out of your control? Can you find a way to understand that you can worry about these things and then allow the thoughts to move through you and be released while STILL understanding their importance, but NOT lingering on the emotional baggage they create? If it’s important, you do not need to let go of a problem or issue but you can allow the energy to flow through you and “RELEASE” instead of clogging up in your thoughts and causing physical burdens.
This is where good meditation practices come in to play. If you work with yoga practices, try these techniques.
If you don’t feel you can meditate successfully, put on headphones and allow the soothing sounds to wash over you and help you to stop gritting your teeth and feeling the strain. Relax in other ways that work for you, could it be exercise or jogging? Going for a walk? Every step you take, you are connected to the earth below and you CAN allow negative energy and blockages to leave you. Allow your body to release the toxins back into the ground (where it will be washed clean by the rains) and begin to feel the strength of the earth connect to you and give you the strength to deal with what IS and what MAY come.
With this Chakra open and balanced, you have the power inside of you to be exactly who you are with strength and power.
Much light to you and thank you for reading!