The root energy center, also known as the base or first energy center, is most often red in color but can also include colors like orange, black, and brown. It is located at the base of the spine. The root is all about being connected to the earth and to your physical body. This means that spending time and nature and doing outdoor activities can be very healing for your root energy center. Exercise is one of the best ways to heal your root energy center, it can force you to be in the here and now and get in touch with your body. Getting in touch with the physical body can be very hard for people who do not want to be here and for people who have had traumatic experiences, but without a strong connection to your body and to the earth it can be hard to function and be happy in this world.
Survival instincts and ancestral patterns are stored in this energy center as well. Having constant anxiety could be considered a root issue if things in your life are causing you to feel panicked or threatened. This energy center also has to do with your sense of security and your belief in your ability to provide for yourself and to have financial security.
A lot of new age and spiritual communities emphasize the importance of things like opening the third eye, meditation, going out of body, and communicating with spirit guides while forgetting that without being grounded, you cannot hold onto information and experiences that you have while you are in altered states of consciousness. It is just as important to take care of your physical body so that you can be a clear container for spirit.
When the root is balanced, you will have a feeling that you belong here on planet earth and have a strong will to live. You will feel like you have a lot of physical vitality and energy to get things done.
Crystals that can help you in healing this energy center are hematite, magnetic lodestone, magnetite, red jasper, red aventurine, carnelian, smokey quartz, black tourmaline, and proustite. Meditate with a crystal or a crystal layout in your root area for as long as you feel comfortable while visualizing your root energy center slowing growing clearer, stronger, and larger.
Activities that help activate, clear, and open this energy center are dancing, jumping on a trampoline, running, drumming or listening to drumming sounds, gardening, walking barefoot outside, and yoga.
Negative beliefs and emotions that can be associated with or caused by an imbalance in this energy center are:
- Childhood trauma
- Non-commitment to life
- Confused or foggy thinking, feeling flighty or that your mind “Isn’t here” “I don’t belong here” or “I don’t want to be here”
- Financial insecurity, “I am unable to provide for myself”
- Constantly feeling like you have to fight for your life or that your survival is threatened
If you want to know which of your energy centers might be imbalanced, take the energy body test here.
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