Maybe you are already familiar with chakras or have at least heard of chakras. I don't claim to be an expert on chakras, yet, but I do know a few things about them and how they affect your mind, body and soul on physical, emotional and energetic levels.
I'd like to invite you to join me on this journey to get to know your chakras and ways you can support them in a way that helps you show up in this world as the best version of you possible.
What is a Chakra?
A chakra is an energy vortex within your body along your spine. They exist in what is called the 'subtle body' which is the invisible (to most people) field of energy that carries your urges, emotions, habits and all the imprints of everything that has happened to you in not only this lifetime, but all lifetimes. These are portals between the mind and the body that organize elements of your life force as it travels through your energy and physical body. Life force is also called prana, chi, subtle energy. You may have heard these referenced in some form at one time or another. Kundalini is a yoga practice that also attempts to awaken this life force stored within your body.
Chakra is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disk. Within your body, these wheels should spin in a solid, steady, clockwise pattern. Sometimes they can spin too fast and become overactive or they can become blocked and spin too slow or not at all. With energy work, meditation, food, essential oils, crystal healing, movement, and other natural therapies these energy centers can be balanced which opens a door to unlimited possibilities for those who seek to do the work.
Below is a picture of the chakra system as it relates to the spine and the location of each chakra. There are 7 main chakras that I will be addressing over the next few months. They begin with the Root Chakra at the base of the spine. This is the one I will be focusing on in this post.
Basic Information to know about the Root Chakra
Located at the base of the tail bone, the perineum area.
The Root Chakra is the first chakra. It is the foundation of the entire chakra system. If this chakra is blocked or out of balance, the rest of your chakras will be, too. Think of a garden hose, if there is a kink in the hose the water can't go beyond that blockage; so is the chakra system.
The Root Chakra is where you build your support. It represents how you interact with your physical world such as: your body, home, finances, work, and environment that you live in. It is your physical identity and how you identify with your body and it's needs. This is your survival instinct and the area governing self-preservation. This is the area that reminds you that your body and physical well-being are what take you through this life and you must take good care of your body. Just like you wouldn't try to fuel your car with Kool-Aid, you need to take good care of your body with the proper nourishment, hydration, exercise and such to create health and vitality.
The Root Chakra is also where you bring into manifestation your hopes, dreams, desires that you have created in your higher chakras.
How do I know if my Root Chakra is out of balance?
You may have characteristics of an overactive or under active chakras, but you can also show aspects of both. Here are some basic and most common signs of imbalances within the Root Chakra.
Overactive Characteristics may include:
Heaviness, sluggishness, slow moving
Resistant to change
Overeating, obesity, weight gain
Holding on to physical objects, hoarding behavior
Under Active Characteristics may include:
Resistance to structure, boundaries, commitment
Spaciness, flightiness, too vague
Disconnect with your body
Restlessness, inability to sit still
Difficulty manifesting (you may have great ideas, but you can't seem to ever make them happen)
What does a balanced Root Chakra look like?
Grounded and steady energy
Comfortable in your own skin
Sense of safety and security
Ability to be still
Mindfulness and being present in the current moment
How can you deepen your connection and balance your Root Chakra?
There are multiple ways to balance your chakras, whether it be yoga, Mudras, meditation, essential oils, food, working with a personal coach, energy healer or a whole multitude of modalities, therapies and practices, but one of my favorite is to get a Crystal Healing session (with me, of course!).
A Crystal Healing session can help you to identify which chakras need balancing. Once that is determined, the chakras can be balanced by placing appropriate crystals on the corresponding chakra. For more information about a Chakra Healing session, read my previous blog post.
Improve your diet. Are you consuming too many processed foods, preservatives, fast food, fried food, sugar, alcohol, etc? Or maybe you find it hard to find time to eat at all? Eating whole, unprocessed, whole food that is organically grown (when possible), local, sustainable, wild caught, free range, etc. All that good stuff you hear about.
Move your money maker! Or your body. What I'm saying is, get some exercise in regularly. Just 30 minutes 5-6 times a week is all it takes to create more health in your body. No, you don't have to go to a gym, run a marathon or a sprint, or even have any fancy equipment. Get creative here.
Reduce stress and breathe more.
Incorporate the use of certified therapeutic essential oils, such as doTERRA, Mountain Rose Herbs, Ameo and Young Living. The essential oils I like for the root chakra are: Basil, Vetiver, Balance (doTERRA's Grounding blend...ask me how to order if you're interested).
Wear more red! How fun is that?!
Carry a crystal, or two, in your pocket or bra. I use several for the root chakra. For today, I'm going to recommend Bloodstone for root chakra support. This crystal is good for strength, courage, vitality and purification. Seems like a good one to have around if you're also trying to eat cleaner, detox your body and take better care of yourself.
*Remember that bringing about healing, balance, and transformation in your chakras takes time. Doing any of these suggestions once may bring about an experience, but doing it repeatedly over time, having regular crystal healing, and a support team can bring about a permanent shift.
DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that balancing your chakras, energy work, changing your diet and exercise routine, etc are only suggestions and NOT a cure for disease. I am not a doctor. I am a natural wellness advocate and a certified coach and Crystal Healer who is a crystal junkie and holistic wellness freak. I am simply sharing with you what works and supports me.