At the most basic level, your body is made up of energy. That energy organizes itself into the physical body you are looking at in the mirror every day. But before that energy organizes itself into physical body parts, it organizes itself into meridians and chakras. These chakras are centers of energy that lie along energy channels and each one holds a very specific vibration and has a specific purpose. Each chakra is a specific expression of Prana (otherwise known as life force or source energy). The chakras look a bit like funnels of energy or vortices. They both absorb and emit energy.
When a chakra is out of alignment, meaning it is not letting life force in or is out of alignment for any number of reasons, it starts to affect your equilibrium. It becomes a serious imbalance within the system. When chakras are out of alignment, they appear small and do not absorb or emit much energy. They also change in their color, patterning, texture and sound.
The root chakra, also known as Muladhara, is the first chakra relative to the body in the energy system. It is located more or less at your pelvic floor and the base of the spine. It is associated with the element of earth and with the color red.
The root chakra governs the parasympathetic nervous system, legs, feet, spine, bones, blood, sciatic nerves, colon as well as most of the male sexual organs and some of the female sex organs. It also plays a key role in the health of your adrenal glands, bladder, hips and teeth. Ailments involving any of these bodily systems suggest an out of alignment root chakra. Because survival for a physical human is tied so closely to the relationship between personal power and our need for other people and human relationships, there is considerable overlap between the root and sacral chakras, especially in terms of the parts of the body they govern.
The root chakra is the ‘survival’ chakra. It is the chakra that is related to your needs whether those needs be basic or complex, physical or non-physical. It is also related to physicality in and of itself. Security is the primary concern for the root chakra, as is stability. This is the chakra that people are concerned with when they talk about ‘grounding’. The root chakra is related to your sense of safety, trust, belonging, courage, instinct, primal energy, resourcefulness, the now, generational patterns and tribe (both positive and negative).
What causes the root chakra to go out of alignment is when your sense of safety and trust in the world is threatened, especially when your best interests are not considered and your personal needs are not met. Also, when you feel you do not belong within the physical world or within a specific social group. The way to imagine the way this chakra functions is to imagine that when conception and then implantation occurs, we take root in the physical dimension and remain rooted throughout our physical life. We take and keep root as a physical being in a physical life. If anything disrupts this taking root or keeping root process (such as our most basic physical or emotional needs being inconsistently met or not met at all, our sense of belonging in the world or with our family being threatened, our best interests not being considered or feeling or being unsafe) then our root chakra closes and we begin to un-root. When this occurs, we feel disconnected to the physical and to other people, ungrounded, lost, disillusioned, like we don’t belong, deeply unsafe, insecure, distrustful, unmotivated, depleted, aggressive, defensive, stuck, weak or frail, stagnant, desperately lonely, pessimistic, not focused, disorganized, compromised, anxiety or panic, depression, lack of abundance or scarcity, resentment, disinterest, PTSD and nightmares. It is only when we have our needs met that we can grow and change and evolve. Therefore, an out of alignment or closed root chakra, prohibits forward movement immensely. It also forces the other chakras to try to overcompensate. The root chakra is the chakra that is most related to time and lineage. The health of your root chakra is the most influenced by intergenerational trauma and its health or lack thereof is directly related to your childhood experience.
To be entirely honest with you, it is the root chakra that is the most out of alignment for most individuals who consider themselves spiritual. I am going to go one step further. Though almost no one has an in alignment root chakra, there are shades of grey here relative to lack of root chakra health. I have never met a Caucasian (white person) with a healthy root chakra. To the opposite, aside from ‘shadow tribe’ it is the native and the African and African American (black race) that have the most in-alignment root chakras.
Contrary to popular opinion, do away with the idea of balance being the key to a healthy chakra system. It is not possible for a chakra to be “too open”. If all of the chakras are as open as they possibly can be, you will see a natural state of health and equilibrium establish itself in the form of an actualized human being. This is especially important to get when it comes to this chakra because the root chakra is so out of alignment in physical humans at this time on earth. Also, it is tempting to believe that people who are ‘too rooted’ in the physical or too tied to their tribe have overly strong root chakras when in fact, the truth is the opposite. They cling to the physical and to the patterns of their people because they too have insecure belonging and safety. Their belonging and safety and their needs being met was made conditional upon not evolving. This is what ‘shadow tribe’ is all about.
The root chakra is one of the most frustrating chakras to bring into alignment. The reason for this is that anything you do to open your root chakra or bring it into alignment will most likely trigger you. In other words, in most cases it will make you feel vulnerable instead of good. This can be the most confusing aspect of root chakra healing. Most people close off their root chakras for a good reason… Because the physical feels unsafe. Therefore, helping it to open, will give rise to a similar feeling to being asked to wade into shark infested waters. You can use the resistance you feel or the fearful emotions that arise to do the completion process, which will not only cause healing but will also help this chakra to come into alignment. To learn how to do this, pick up a copy of my book titled: The Completion Process.
All this being said, how do we open and bring the root chakra into alignment?
Accept that as a physical being, you have needs. Many of these needs are physical like food, shelter, water, rest, affection etc. Many of them are non-physical such as a sense of safety, a feeling of belonging, connection and companionship, understanding and significance etc. No matter what you have been told by people who make your needs wrong because they don’t want to meet those needs, you cannot un-need what you need. Don’t even try. This is the dysfunction of spiritual people and spiritual communities, which like I said before, have the most out of alignment root chakras of all. Therefore, become an expert on meeting these needs directly instead. To help with this step, watch my video titled: Meet Your Needs. To start, ask yourself in any given situation, what do I need to feel __________. Fill in the blank with whatever felt based need you have. For example, what do I need to feel secure? What do I need to feel rested? What do I need to feel safe? What do I need in order to feel supported? What do I need to feel stable? What do I need to feel I belong? etc. To further understand the importance of doing this, watch my video titled: You Can’t Heal Yourself Out Of a Desire.
It is important to note that self-reliance is usually something people associate with the root chakra. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The personal empowerment to be found in the root chakra is the empowerment of knowing you can find the people, places and things where your needs will be met. But people who struggle with the root chakra do not need to learn independence. They need to learn that they do need people and to find those people who are compatible to them and with whom they can build symbiotic, mutually nourishing and mutually empowering relationships with. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that “meet your need” means you are all alone to fend for yourself and need to learn to be ok with it. To understand more, watch my video titled: Dependence vs. Independence.
In order to bring our root chakra into alignment, we need to accept that our sense of security and safety within the world is directly related to our needs and whether they are being reliably met or not.
If you have an issue with your root chakra, secure and safe relationships is your point of trauma. For this reason, you must begin to develop those safe and secure relationships where you do belong in your current life and in the here and now and in reality. To help with this step, watch my videos titled: How To Have A Safe Relationship. What is Love. The Hidden Truth About Dysfunctional Relationships and Trust (What is Trust and How to Build Trust in Relationships). Every relationship video I’ve ever done will help you with this step. The more you understand relationships, the more secure your relationships will become and the more you will gravitate towards situations and relationships that will be safe to ground yourself in.
Don’t… I repeat, don’t try to get rid of your fear or bulldoze your fear or deny your fear by affirming that you are fearless. Instead, take loving care of your fear any time it arises. Fear is an instinctual energy. In direct opposition to what most spiritual people say or teach, we need to integrate our fear and instinctual energies, not disown them or transcend them. In order to learn what to do with fear and these more instinctual energies, read my book titled: The Anatomy of Loneliness (How To Find Your Way Back To Connection). And pay special attention to the entire section on fear. You may also benefit by watching my videos titled: How To Stop Worrying and How To Stop Expecting The Worst (Catastrophizing).
The root chakra is influenced by the color red, brown, grey and black. Ironically, when people have out of alignment root chakras, they tend to gravitate towards the color blue because of the soothing effect it has and green because of the connecting and belonging feeling it gives. Definitely increase your exposure to red as well as brown, grey and black. But surround yourself with whatever colors cause you to feel nourished, secure, safe and soothed. Wear these colors and decorate with these colors.
Stimulate it with sounds. You can find binaural beats on the internet designed specifically for the root chakra. You can expose yourself to crystal singing bowls designed for the root chakra. You can also stick with thousands of years worth of toning tradition. To do this, sit in meditation and stimulate your root chakra by chanting Lam or UH. Find a tone that resonates in your pelvic floor area the most. Play around with the tonality of these sounds to find the one that causes your solar plexus area to vibrate the most. Listen to music that stimulates the root chakra. This is actually one of the reasons I love rap and hip-hop so much. Aside from sounds created specifically to stimulate this chakra, rap (especially with heavy bass) is the most stimulating music I’ve ever found for this chakra.
Get into your body and connect with your body. Exercise. The more physical you are, the more this chakra opens. It responds to all forms of movement. Strength exercises and vigorous exercise that gets the blood flowing effects it the very most. Also, the root chakra is incredibly responsive to movement meditation, including disciplines like yoga and qigong and Tai Chi. And incase you’re in the mood for some therapy, the therapy that is perhaps the very most effective for the root chakra is somatic therapy.
Learn how to receive. And alter your perspective about abundance. Abundance resistant perspectives and trauma always cause an out of alignment root chakra. Remember that the root chakra is about one’s needs being met. If we experience scarcity in the world, or operate from a scarcity perspective of the world, the root chakra will go out of alignment. We will tend to go to the wrong places and people to get our needs met and when people do try to meet our needs, we don’t receive well. To understand more about this, watch my video titled: How To Receive.
Do Breath Work and breathing exercises. Breath work is interesting in that because it is a bridge between the physical and non physical, it has as much capacity to bring a person stuck in the physical into the non physical and it does to bring a person who is dissociated from the physical (and identified with the non-physical) into the physical. When people are not connected to physicality and feel insecure and unsafe, they stop breathing deeply and instead breath very shallow in a subconscious rejection of life itself.
Ground yourself. Do things like walking barefoot, listening to grounding music, salt baths, breathing exercises, spending time around grounded individuals etc. For more information about how to do this, you can watch my video titled: How To Ground Yourself (All About Grounding).
Connect to the earth and to your physical body while you are doing that. Spend time in nature. Stand barefoot on the earth. Spend time really feeling the sensations in your body and taking in the sensory experiences to be found on this earth. The textures, smells, sights and sounds.
Use herbs and essential oils to help your root chakra to align. My top picks for effect on this chakra are burdock, redwood, cedar, spruce tree, sandalwood, clove, peppercorn, vetiver, lotus flower, cinnamon, chamomile, St. John’s Wort, paprika, lavender, patchouli, myrrh, benzoin, cypress and juniper.
Eat foods that assist the root chakra. The ones that I notice effect the root chakra the most are beets, rhubarb, tomato, red potato, red cabbage, root vegetables, radish, red peppers, protein rich foods, pepper, cinnamon, nuts, cherries, pomegranates, red apples, watermelon and beans.
- Bring certain mineral spirits into your life. In fact the root chakra is so easily influenced by mineral frequencies that it would be remiss to not use them. In my opinion, perhaps the best for the root chakra are red jasper and bloodstone. Other amazing ones are rhodonite, brown aragonite, black tourmaline, turquoise, smoky quartz, petrified wood, fossils, hematite, staurolite (fairy cross), garnet, red beryl, ruby, red coral and agate (especially crazy lace agate, brown agate and Laguna agate. But don’t forget that just like colors, even though certain stones may be associated with the root chakra, any stone that causes you to feel safe, secure, stable or soothed may have a greater effect on your root chakra.
By intentionally doing things that enable your root chakra to come into alignment and to open, you will be opening up to your physical existence itself. You will be settling into the purpose of your physical incarnation and your place within the world along with it. You will be integrating your physical body with your non-physical essence. You will plant your roots on the earth and in social groups where you truly belong and are truly wanted. Along with healing the patterns of ancestral trauma, you will be developing safe relationships and establish a life where your needs are reliably met. Opening your root chakra enables you to build a foundation on which your other energy centers can function. This is what will allow you to expand and progress further than you ever imagined you could.