Designed to move energy between your personal field and the universal field, your chakras are invisible but vital engines that replenish your energy and restore your health.
How you feel each day depends on an optimum level of physical and spiritual energy, and your seven chakras, when clear and balanced, power your link to the divine Source of all creation. If you are seeking a firm foundation for your hopes and dreams, check in with your first chakra to be sure you are well-rooted and ready to receive nourishment from Source.
The first chakra is located at the base of your spine and acts as your foundation, your roots, your connection to the physical world. When your first chakra is imbalanced, you may not feel safe in your body or secure in your earthly home. Your first chakra is all about grounding and feeling the power of your connection to Mother Earth. You’ve noticed the sweet spiritual reverberations of a barefoot walk in the grass or on the beach?
The root chakra is called the root or base chakra because it not only provides your connection to the earth but also supports all your chakras above it. Every chakra has a governing principle: resting here on the earth gives you stability, so the first chakra’s governing principle is foundation. The first chakra relates to the element of earth and builds the structure that supports and sustains your life. Physically, your legs and feet root you to the earth.
The sciatic nerve, which even looks like a root system, starts near the first chakra and goes down to your feet, connecting your nervous system to the ground beneath you. Your roots anchor you and also draw up nourishment. To have a solid foundation, you have to be able to “hold your ground” and also be receptive to getting support and sustenance from the earth.
So what stops you from being grounded? From being fully present in your body? From feeling supported by the universe?
When you don’t feel secure, when you don’t feel like you “belong” here on earth, when you are disconnected from your physical body and the natural world, you lose energy and start to worry about your existence. Fear, the biggest obstacle to free-flowing energy in the first chakra, can come in many forms: fear about your personal safety, about not fitting in with your family or friends or where you live, fear about your job and money issues, fear about being alone, even fear about death.
Clearing and Balancing
Taking a walk in the beauty of nature, actually touching the ground with your bare feet if you can, brings you back to the foundation of your being. This grounding gives you the experience of being present and being safe and will automatically strengthen your first chakra. In addition to walking barefoot in nature, some simple ways to clear your first chakra are dancing, belly breathing, gardening, creating order and structure in your house, and repeating affirmations such as “I have a right to be here” and “I am safe.”
Healing can take place in the first chakra any time you re-establish a connection to physical reality, whether through spending time outside or through any practice that gets you more in touch with your body. Yoga, Pilates, and tai chi build your spiritual as well as physical strength. Also, try foot massage since the feet are the point of contact between your body and the earth.
The Spiritual Aspects
There are other important reasons for tending to your first chakra wellness. The kundalini, which is the spiritual energy of consciousness, rises from the area of this chakra. It’s usually shown as a snake coiled and sleeping at the base of the spine. Before this vital energy can wake up and rise into the higher chakras, your root chakra must be open and clear of any blockages. All of your chakras receive only as much energy as can pass through the first chakra, which is why basically all physical disease has a strong first chakra component.
Without the healthy flow of energy through your body’s chakra energy centers, you might feel empty, depressed, and powerless– as if someone just pulled the plug on all of your hopes and dreams. As you clear and balance your chakras, you feel better and vital energy flows freely throughout your interconnected chakra system. When you are in balance, your whole being is lighter, freer, healthier, and happier.
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