A Look at the Seven Chakras

Did you know your body is made of ENERGY? And so is the universe and everything that is in it?

I tend to geek out when I read about the seven energy chakras in the body. At first, I thought that perhaps they were a little “trendy” or somehow “new age”. I even questioned if they were maybe ungodly, or anti-Chrisitan. But the more I have studied and learned, the more convinced I am that this is an essential part of how we are designed. Whether you believe in creation or evolution or something else, you really can’t argue that we don’t just have a physical body. There is also a non-physical part to us. I believe it’s an integral part of every human, and that there is an ultimate design for it all to work together. It’s fascinating!!

The word chakra literally translates to “wheel”. It symbolizes the spinning, rotating energy that’s inside of us, and there are seven main centers for it. They start at the base of your spine and run right up it to the top of your head. It’s important for these centers to be aligned and in sync for your PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL health to be at their peak! When you are balanced, the chakras give the right amount of energy to the right place. When one, or more, are out of balance, they can be giving too much or too little, and your overall health may suffer.

For the next few weeks, we are going to look at the Seven Chakras-what each one is, how to tell if it’s balanced and functioning well, and suggestions for ways you can work on getting an unbalanced energy back into balance. Today, let’s look at the foundation of the chakras, the Root Chakra.

The Root Chakra is called Muladhara in the Sanskrit language. The translation of Muladhara is two part – Mula means “root” and Adhara means “base” or “support”. This 1st chakra is the foundation for all the others. If your foundation isn’t stable, what’s built on top of it will most likely have some issues. Muladhara is located at the base of your spine, where your tailbone is. The role of this chakra is to “ground” you to the earth. Another way to say it is that this chakra connects your body’s energy to the earth. It stabilizes you, provides you with security. The chakras are represented by the seven primary colors, and the Root is always represented by the color red

This chakra, when open and not blocked, flows energy that facilitates our everyday needs. These can be basic needs, like food, shelter, water, financial security and safety, and also emotional needs like feeling loved and free from fear.  For most of us, these are things that are necessary for survival.

When this chakra is BALANCED, you feel peaceful when you think of things like money or shelter or safety. You also feel very connected to being “human” and the experiences that go along with that in relationships.

This chakra gets a LOT of use in our day to day lives, so it’s easy for it to be overactive, which means a little too much energy flowing through it. An overactive Root Chakra feels like jitteriness and anxiety, or fear. Sometimes an overactive chakra will be shouting messages of survival to us when there isn’t really any danger or threat. This can show up physically as lower back pain, hip issues and ovarian cysts and prostate issues. We aren’t designed to be in a constant state of fear and anxiety.

So what can you do to tone down an overactive Root? First, it’s important to make sure your survival needs are met. Your Muladhara gives you the energy to do just that, so work with it to take care of those practical issues. Then you can turn to spiritual practices to help calm this chakra. Focusing on connecting spiritually through quiet times of prayer and meditation needs to be done daily. Make it a priority to keep your energy balanced and healthy. Finally, find some ways to volunteer, and spread kindness and compassion wherever you go. This helps to divert energy to some of the other chakras and bring your Root down to a more healthy level. 

Sometimes the energy in this chakra may be too low, not enough flowing through. This can happen when most of your needs have typically been easily met. When that’s the case, you may be prone to day dreaming, and people may describe you as “having your head in the clouds”.  This isn’t necessarily a serious issue, but remember that being connected and balanced in our chakras is important, so dealing with a sluggish Root is just as important as dealing with an overactive one.

If you need some revving up in this energy, get reconnected! The earth is the source of energy for Muladhara, so reconnect with it. Get outside and enjoy nature! Go for a hike, dig in the dirt, or take a dip in the ocean.

Plants in various forms have been known to be extremely helpful in keeping energies balanced. Consider eating root vegetables to help harmonize your Muladhara. Essential oils have also been found to be extremely helpful in either getting energies back in balance, or offering support to energies that currently ARE in balance. Oils like Patchouli, Cedarwood and Vetiver can help calm an anxious, overactive energy. Nutmeg and Rosemary will help to stimulate a sluggish one. Use Bergamot and Frankincense to support a balanced chakra. Diffusing is a great option for using oils to help balance, but you can also use them in a foot massage, or apply them directly to your tail bone.

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