The 7 Week Chakra Tease
This article is the 1st in a 7 part series inviting you to take a closer look…and feel…of your energy, one chakra at a time.
Strengthen Your Root Chakra
All foundations rest upon the earth. To connect to the body is to be grounded in the biological reality of existence. Our bodies are the home for our spirits. Situated at the of the spine, the root chakra is the foundation for the entire chakra system. Without a strong, rooted foundation, little can be accomplished.
To build a strong foundation is to build solidity. Solidity allows us to be firm and make boundaries. Solidity has consistency, repetition and accountability. Our bodies are the solid form of our existence; they have definable boundaries. To be solid is to face what is in front of us without flinching, to remain anchored in truth in the face of opposition, and to remain calm and secure.
The root chakra relates to our most basic survival needs and our sense of belonging. When this chakra is clear and energy flows through it freely, we feel secure and confident that we can easily fulfill our needs. On the other hand, blockage in this area can cause us to feel anxious and worried.
This chakra, which connects us to the earth, gives us vital information about whether actions we are considering will nourish and support us, or pose a threat. When we have a decision to make, we can listen to the signals of the root chakra; uncomfortable sensations are a message to be alert and reconsider, while pleasant feelings indicate that a given course of action is likely to meet our needs for safety and nourishment.
Location: Base of spine, at the perineum.
Central issue: Survival, stability, acceptance, self-preservation, deep-rootedness, perception, grounding, fear and safety.
Essential oils: Patchouli, cedarwood, sandalwood.
Crystals and Stones: Garnet, Ruby, Agate, Onyx, Hematite, Red Jasper, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Bloodstone, Red Coral.
Orientation to self: Self-preservation.
Goals: Stability, grounding, physical health, prosperity, trust.
Rights: To be here, to have.
Identity: Physical identity.
Level of relationship: Tribal
Endocrine gland: Adrenals
Organs: Immune system, base of spine, legs, bones and bone marrow, feet, rectum, physical body support
Excessive: Sluggish, lazy, tired, monotony, obesity, overeating, hoarding, materialism, greed, fear of change, addiction to security.
Deficient: Fearful, anxious, restless, lack of discipline, underweight, financial difficulty, and chronic disorganization.
Balanced: Good health, vitality, well grounded, sense of trust in the world, feeling safe and secure, stability, prosperity, ability to relax.
Physical Dysfunctions: Frequent illness, disorders of the bowel, large intestine, bones, teeth, problems with legs, feet, base of spine (chronic lower back pain, sciatica); eating disorders; depression; immune-related disorders; skin problems; lack of energy.
Addictions: Food, gambling, shopping, work, sex.
Traumas and Abuses: Birth trauma, abandonment, physical neglect, poor physical bonding with the mother, malnourishment, feeding difficulty, major illness or surgery, physical abuse, inherited traumas (e.g. war, poverty.)
Spiritual Challenge: How well we manage our physical world.
Healing Strategy: Physical activity, touch, massage, reconnect with the body, meditation, consider earliest childhood relationship to mother, reclaim your right to be here.
It is safe for me to be here.
The earth supports me and meets my needs.
I love my body and trust its wisdom.
I am interested in abundance.
I am here and I am real.
Imagine a grounding cord that runs from your spine deep into the earth. Imagine in your mind’s eye any excessive mental energy running down your spine and dissipating through the grounding cord into earth. Imagine the grounding cord growing roots, like giant trees. Picture the roots of your grounding cord intermingling with the roots of the giant trees. Now imagine that you can draw energy up from the earth through your grounding cord. Picture the same centered strength of the trees being accessible to you.
The 7 Week Chakra Tease will continue next week with the Sacral Chakra. Think enriching orange, emotions, creativity, sexuality, feeling and pleasure!
Until then….stay clear and breathe deeply.
In the Spirit of Clear Living,