The root chakra, derives from two Sanskrit words: “Mula” meaning “root” and “Adhara” meaning “support”. In the seven chakra system, the root chakra is the first chakra and is located at the base of the spine. It it is represented by the color red and a lotus leaf with four petals that unfold from a yellow square. This symbolizes the four directions of the earth – north, south, east, and west, as well as the four elements – earth, water, air, and fire. The four petals also represent the four functions of the psyche: mind, intellect, consciousness, and ego. Because of this, the root chakra is the foundation for our personality development. This chakra is linked to the unconscious mind (where our actions and experience from past lives are stored) and contains the path to our destiny. So, what is the root chakra, you ask? It is the starting point when it comes to chakra meditation. Read on for more details about where the root chakra is and its significance to our daily functionality.
Also known as the base chakra, the root chakra is located at the base of the spine. Because of its location at the tailbone, it governs the body’s excretion organs and adrenal glands. It is also associated with the sense of smell and our sex drive.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
The root chakra regulates our need for survival, our basic instincts, and our fight or flight response. It also impacts our sense of passion, drives our sense of being grounded and defines our relation to Earth. It is also associated with security (physical, emotional, and financial) and promotes feelings of courage, stability and safety (or lack thereof if the root chakra is blocked).
This chakra can aid in the decision making process. By focusing on listening to this chakra, we can understand if the decisions we make will be beneficial or harmful. For example, if the response from this chakra is ambivalent, it might be wise to reevaluate our plan and go in a different direction. On the latter, if we receive an engaging or invigorating response, then that decision should be pursued.
OVERSTIMULATED VS. BALANCED VS. BLOCKED ROOT CHAKRA
When the root chakra is balanced you will overall be in good health and have vitality. You will feel grounded and safe and be prosperous. And, having a cleared root chakra will bring a feeling of confidence and an ease for fulfilling your needs. However, when chakras are not balanced, they can either be overstimulated or blocked. When this chakra is overstimulated you will feel sluggish and lazy. You may also act greedy and be reluctant to change. When this chakra is blocked, you will be overwhelmed with fear, may feel anxious and restless, even depressed, and be financially unstable.
The root chakra is represented by an Elephant, which symbolizes wisdom and protection. Also, the large size of the elephant depicts its ability to charge through and clear blockages, which is crucial for this chakra as it deals with the body’s excretion and adrenal systems. The direct message for this animal and its association with the root chakra is, “I provide”.
THE COLOR RED
The root chakra, or Muladhara chakra is represented by the color red. Although red has the slowest wavelengths within the visible spectrum, it is the most stimulating of the colors. It represents primitive power and our connection with the Earth. The color red is the color of Shakti (Hinduism), which signifies energy, movement, awakening, and development; embracing this color awakens the sleeping consciousness, making it an active and alert consciousness. This color also represents our need for logic and order, physical strength, and sexuality. Red is associated with prosperity and financial healthy. Increasing your visualization to include more red, whether you wear it, eat it, drink it, or think it, will increase your prosperity.
When trying to balance your chakras and incorporating color to help achieve this balance it’s important to understand the positive benefits each color can bring as well as how you may be affected if you have too much or not enough of a certain color in your life.
On a physical level, red is associated with the adrenal glands (aka our “fight or flight” response). Individuals who are naturally drawn to red enjoying physical and outdoor activities. When you are surrounded by the correct amount of red you will have good physical health, vitality, energy, and have the ability to relax and be still. On the other hand, if you have the incorrect amount of red (whether it is too much or not enough) you may experience a disconnection from your body, become overweight, feel sluggish, feel irritated, develop an eating disorder, or suffer from depression.
On a mental level, the energy of red is masculine, outgoing, and dominant; it commands attention. If you are drawn to red, you are ambitious, quite practical, and may enjoy politics. A balanced amount of red represents concentration, clear thinking, and the ability to set goals and prioritize. On the latter, it can bring poor focus, disorganization, pessimistic and narrow thinking, and an overall negative outlook on life.
On an emotional level, red symbolizes anger. This is very important to root chakra balancing because being able to express anger in a healthy way can be difficult. Keeping too much anger to yourself can cause depression, and not knowing how to healthily release such a powerful energy can cause anger outbreaks. Having the incorrect amount of red in your life can lead to rage, frustration, resentment, and as previously mentioned, anxiety and depression. When you have a balanced root chakra and the correct amount of red in your life, you will be passionate, excited, and have determination.
On a spiritual level, red represents action. It guides us toward change, can start a revolution, and influence progress. When the color red is balanced in our life, we can commit, we have courage and strength, and can be daring. When it isn’t, we may be stubborn and fail to connect to one’s own self.
OPENING THE ROOT CHAKRA
There a few key things that can help with opening the root chakra. First, the goal is to reconnect with our bodies, so any physical activity can help. Also, surrounding yourself with the color red and help trigger the energy flow through this chakra. Meditation is also a very powerful tool you can use to open the chakras. To read on about meditate and open your root chakra click here.