No I’m not angry and I’m not even obsessing about a run of stop lights (don’t get me started). I’m talking about visualising the colour red and focusing on the first (or root) chakra, with its emphasis on grounding us in security and stability in our lives so that we might grow.
Last year I had a lot of interest in this post where I explained a little about the chakras, the ‘energy centres’ in our bodies that we can tune into in order to balance our bodies and emotions and hopefully get a good flow of energy through our lives.
Everything is energy, and energy is in everything – spiritual energy flows through our bodies just like blood. Energy (or prana, chi, ki) can get stuck in certain areas of our bodies, with physical, mental and emotional consequences. We want to keep the energy flowing so that ultimately we can develop as strong spiritual beings and get closer to God (and aligned with the flow of universal energy).
While we are all spiritual beings, we are humans walking (sometimes too heavily) on the earth.
Our first or root chakra (Muladhara in Sanskrit) is a circle of energy at the very base of our spine, centred at the perineum that we can visualise as the colour red.
The energy of the root chakra is that which roots us to the earth – it is an energy concerned with our survival instincts and our base needs (for food, water, shelter, human contact etc). It is also associated with how safe and comfortable we feel in our environment, within our family and society. This energy is our animal nature, and is associated with our ‘fight or flight’ response.
Like a tree with roots in the earth that are nourished by nutrients in the soil, we cannot grow as humans without feeling like we are grounded and supported. If our safety and security is threatened we aren’t likely to be too concerned with trying to be more compassionate (our heart chakra) or with speaking our truth (our throat chakra).
The body parts associated with the root chakra are the coccyx, anus, large intestine, adrenal glands, back, leg, feet and bones.
If we have physical health problems associated with our skeleton and joints then this may be a sign that our first chakra is unbalanced, blocked or even closed. We may be storing negative energy from childhood/family issues (not having a secure/comfortable start in life) or feel that family loyalties are holding us back, rather than allowing us to grow. Excessive fear is a sign that our root chakra is weak or blocked – we may not be able to let go of the past and the familiar in order to move forward in new ways. While it is important to have a firm and secure foundation in life, we don’t want to let fear trap us in our comfort zone so that we can’t grow.
Issues of trust in relationships, insecurity at work, and fears about having enough (money and other things) are all rooted in our first chakra.
It is also thought that we carry ‘ancestral memories’ in our base chakra, so that the fear and security issues of our ancestors (from wars, disasters and general misfortune) may hold us back without us being conscious of what is causing the feelings of insecurity.
Through focus in meditation and through yoga postures that activate different chakras, as well as through different healing modalities, we can strengthen, open and balance our chakras.
All chakras are important, but as we want the energy in our body to flow upwards, and as we know that we can’t grow and transform unless we have a base level of security first, it is vital to open and heal our root chakra.
Mountain pose in yoga (Tadasana) is one of the most basic poses – yogis come back to it again and again in practice – it connects you with your body and grounds you in the present moment and is great for tuning into the first chakra. I wrote about a simple morning ritual that includes Mountain pose in this post if you want the complete instructions. Basically it involves standing straight and aligned (most of the time this is not how we stand at all)!
These questions might help you get in touch with your root chakra.
1) Do you feel an underlying sense of insecurity in most situations?
2) Would you rather feel secure than take a risk?
3) Do you feel that life is abundant or do you feel that things will always be scarce?
4) Do you trust that life supports you?
5) Do you feel that things are beyond your control so it is better to stick to your comfort zone?
You may also want to try this affirming statement: I am always safe at the centre of my being
I hope this helps you to feel grounded, so you can grow and soar. Linking up with Essentially Jess for another IBOT.