Simply put, chakras are energy centers in our bodies that each have their own frequency of vibration, or life force. The word “chakra” is Sanskrit for “wheel” because the energy swirls in a circular motion like a wheel, creating a vortex. Some traditions say there are well over 100 chakras in and around the body, however there are 7 main chakras which run down the midline of our bodies. When they are balanced, we feel aligned in body, mind and spirit. Unfortunately, even the smallest action could easily offset the harmony of our chakras. During a Reiki treatment, I tune in to the vibration of your 7 major chakras and utilize the universal energy to help bring them back into balance. Here is an introduction to the first chakra. As always, I encourage you to dig deeper and do your own exploring about what speaks to you…enjoy!
As we’ve all heard before, the best place to begin is at the beginning. And our first chakra, The Root Chakra, is where it all begins. This chakra exists at the base of our spine, or perineum, and is literally rooted all the way down to our feet. Its ultimate purpose is to help us accept we are made of solid matter and that we are an important part of this universe. Although this may sound fairly simplistic, it can get rather deep when you start to peel away the layers.
The Root Chakra is associated with: the color red; your body and its overall health; survival and basic needs; food and sense of smell; simplifying; discipline and a sense of security.
Those who have issues with the first chakra may deal with the following: issues with fear or panic; constipation; weight issues; hemorrhoids; adrenal issues; knee troubles; arthritis; psychosis; addiction; constant monetary struggles and general health issues.
The first chakra can be intense because it reminds us our body is a vessel for our soul, and we need to love and embrace the material existence of our body on this planet. Whoa…that’s a lot! There are times when individuals may feel “trapped” in their physical bodies which creates a divide between body and mind. By feeling this way, they deny enjoying the profound wisdom and magnificence of these incredible bodies they’ve been given.
So, what can we do to address these potential issues with the first chakra? Because the Root Chakra is connected to a very primitive part of us, the best way to start is make sure your basic needs are being met. Work on getting enough sleep at night, and rest during the day. Make sure you’re eating clean, balanced meals and include meat or other proteins (i.e.: nuts, seeds, legumes, dairy, eggs) which are incredibly grounding. Face your “to-do” list head on and get your matters in order. Work on limiting your commitments and simplifying your surroundings. You can also try having more red items near you; that could be as simple as wearing an item of red clothing, getting red flowers, eating red foods, or buying a red sports car…I’m sort of kidding with that last one! Being out in nature and different types of exercise are also extremely helpful for the first chakra. Literally having your body touching the earth, whether it’s sitting, standing, lying down, etc. is extremely grounding. You can also try yoga, jumping, dancing or an activity that helps you find your center of gravity—like riding a bicycle, surfing, etc.
With many people seeking higher levels of spiritual understanding and experiences, the Root Chakra is often overlooked because it seems too basic. However, as I mentioned earlier, we need to start at the beginning. A house cannot be built without a solid foundation, and our spiritual evolution is the same. So, please take some time to consider this information and put these techniques into practice. In the meantime, I would love to get your feedback, and find out what mystical, metaphysical and spiritual questions you have. Thank you for taking time to learn with me, and know wherever you are on your journey, we are all divinely united and loved. Be well!