The Root Chakra, also known as Muladhara, is the main link between the outside energies and our internal energies. As it is the first of the seven chakras, alongside working with our most primary needs and desires, it also serves as the ground upon which the rest of our mental, emotional, and physical development stands.
In easy words, the Root Chakra involves those feelings and energies that make you feel grounded. What are a human’s primary needs or motives? To eat, drink, feel safe, and procreate. Starting with those, Root Chakra further advances on to feelings of self-assuredness, confidence, security, connection, and independence.
This chakra carries our ‘fight or flight’ energies since it is linked with survival instincts.
This means that every time you feel uncertain of yourself, disconnected with your body or your environment, or when you simply fail to feel grounded and composed, it means that the problem at hand most certainly is a Root Chakra blockage.
What Causes a Blocked Root Chakra?
Life is unpredictable. We all know that. However, what exactly causes you to lose your sense of belonging and security varies from person to person. It can be childhood traumas resurfacing, academic or work pressure leading you into a phase of alienation from yourself, lack of connection with Earthly energies, or similar things.
Other reasons may include fear, phobias, constant sluggishness, or inconsistencies in the diet.
The thing is that little things can have a more significant impact on you. Once the Root Chakra gets unaligned, more fear or frustration overpowers you, and then it begins to look like a vicious cycle! Moreover, higher chakras have much lesser chances of alignment if the Root Chakra remains blocked.
Childhood Trauma and Root Chakra Imbalance
These two are especially connected. One of the leading reasons behind an imbalance in this chakra is childhood trauma. Therefore, if you are experiencing this blockage and unable to figure out what is going wrong in your life, you might want to address the traumas, you may have suppressed over the years.
Once planted, fears in childhood are only hardened over time, and that is why they have such a huge impact on you even in your adult life when apparently everything is going fine. Your need for stability, security, and belonging heightens due to this imbalance.
Root Chakra is the Key to Working with the Law of Attraction and Manifestation
A strange yet extremely thoughtful concept, your Root Chakra holds the power to demand things from the universe. You see, the law of attraction means that you attract what you exhibit, express, or uphold.
Accordingly, if your Root Chakra is blocked, you live a dull, limited, and fearful life. Also, you feel lazy and uninspired, and this is what the universe evaluates you as. Hence, in return, the universe will fill your life with further laziness, fearfulness, and limitation since you are attracting such energies.
Even financially, if you are relenting to a life of limitation, humdrum, and unnecessary competitiveness, you will only be able to attract a minuscule wealth of transitory nature.
On the other hand, with an open Root Chakra, you will have ambition and unwavering courage, and that is how you will work hard for a life of imagination and inspiration. Undoubtedly, the universe will return these energies to you in the form of a life full of accomplishments.
Symptoms of Root Chakra Blockage
Mental and Emotional Symptoms
- Anxiety disorders
- Panic attacks
- Constant fearfulness
- Emotional detachment
- Disconnection from the body
- Anger issues
- Feelings of abandonment
- Lack of focus
- Resentment and bitterness
- Feelings of guilt
- Lethargy and feelings of being physically drained; fatigue
- Problems of the colon or the bladder
- Lower back pains or conditions
- Issues with feet
- Pains in left arm or leg
- Prostate problems in men
Techniques for Clearing Root Chakra Blockages:
- Set Your Intention
This is the first step to opening your Root Chakra. You must be prepared and ready to allow your energies to align and make you grounded. In the course of this, if you are faced with unwanted, painful issues or memories you do not want to deal with, you have to persevere in order to heal yourself.
- Start With Guided Visualization and Meditation
For this purpose, take help from online meditation videos available on YouTube. In there, you can find guided meditation techniques that help you visualize your spiritual journey of healing. The fact of the matter is that visualization can prove to be extremely useful for Root Chakra opening as it helps you see the problematic area and heal it from inside out.
- Use Grounding Crystals
You can use gemstones and crystals related to Root Chakra and utilize them during meditation. These include Smoky Quartz, Mahogany Obsidian, Red Jasper, Hematite, Black Tourmaline, and more.
- Use Essential Oils for the Root Chakra
Ever heard of Frankincense, Black Pepper, Patchouli, Cedarwood, or Rosemary? Even a drop or two of these essential oils or their blends can help you unblock your Root Chakra as they are exceedingly soothing and grounding.
- Walk Barefoot in Nature
This is about your connection with mother Earth, which is more important than you might believe. Go out, take a walk, feel the nature around you, let it soak you in!
- Practice Positive Root Chakra Affirmations
Verbal or written affirmations along the lines of ‘I am,’ ‘I belong,’ ‘I am safe,’ or ‘I am enough’ are important to create a depth and connection between you, your body, and your surroundings. Chant these affirmations during meditation or whenever you get a chance.
- Practice ‘Inner Child Healing’ Guided Meditation
Meditate to heal your inner child, lift the weight of traumas from your shoulders, and eventually, you will have a better hold over your Root Chakra.
- Do Yoga
Refresh yourself with yoga for Root Chakra in specific positions that unwind the tension in your pelvic area.
- Wear Grounding Crystals
Wear Root Chakra crystals for the purpose of soothing and grounding you; wear them as jewelry, use them on key chains, or anything you use on the daily.