Located at the perineum at the very base of the spine is the root chakra. It is this first chakra that serves as our foundation while connecting us to the earth and the energy it contains. In our first chakra is where we meet our basic needs such as water, food, and shelter. The main function of the root chakra is stability, one that provides a foundation from where we can build our life.
The first chakra is where we tend to store our family wounds. The balance and health of this chakra has a lot do with how you were brought up as a child. The development of the first chakra takes place from the time a person spends in the womb up until 12 months of age.
The wellbeing, self-assurance, and self-confidence you feel typically has to do with how you were brought up, not what you’re experiencing in current circumstances. Being brought up in a safe and nurturing environment as an infant will be expressed in a healthy and well-balanced root chakra. If your parents or caregivers were unsupportive however, you may experience blocks or imbalance.
Chakra One Basics
Sanskrit Name: Muladhara (mula “root” and adhara “support” or “base”)
Emotional/Spiritual Function: Survival, safety, support, grounded
Crystal Energy: Clear quartz, smoky quartz, ruby, garnet, hematite, bloodstone, black onyx, red jasper
Incense/Essential Oils: Patchouli, frankincense, honeysuckle, rosemary, primrose, rosewood
Activating First Chakra Energy
Balance in Chakra One
Balance in the first chakra is expressed through how grounded and confident a person feels in their life. When the first chakra is balanced we will feel safe and supported. Our basic needs such as food, shelter, water, and clothing are taken care of. We feel secure and self-assured about what we are doing and where we are going. Life is balanced and we are comfortable with what we have and are confident in the direction we are going.
Imbalance in Chakra One
When the first chakra has become unbalanced, you might feel like you don’t know what you want out of life or unsure where you’re going. Feeling flighty, anxious, and high strung are all common in people with chakra one imbalance. Inability to provide for yourself or your family, feeling unstable financially, the incapability to stand up for yourself, and being unsure of what you want out of life are all signs of first chakra imbalance.
How to Balance Chakra One
- Incorporate the Color Red
Color is an integral aspect of each chakra. Incorporating more of the color that corresponds with the chakra you’re working with can be tremendously beneficial when balancing its energy. The first chakra is associated with the color red. If you want to bring more first chakra energy into your life, surround yourself with the color red. Burn red candles, wear red clothing, and visualize a radiant red energy surrounding you wherever you go.
- Carry a Crystal
Working with the crystal energy of associated with each chakra can help you balance the energy of it. Carry or place a first chakra crystal in your home, car, or on your desk at work. Clear and smoky quartz work well for balancing the first chakra. You might think about wearing a black onyx bracelet, or perhaps a beautiful garnet pendant. Holding any of the crystals associated with the first chakra during meditation is also an excellent way to ground yourself within the energy this chakra contains.
- Connect to the Earth’s Energy
Chakra one is associated with the element earth, and connecting to the Earth’s energy is vital to activate and keep the first chakra balance. During meditation, picture yourself growing roots from the base of your spine that connect and keep you strongly tied to the physical plane. Take walks in nature and go barefoot when you can. Learn to feel the energy of the Earth by putting yourself in direct contact with it.
- Use Scent Therapy
Chakra one is associated with the sense of smell and using different scents associated with the root chakra can support the balance and connection you feel here. Burning incense and using essential oils associate with the first chakra can inspire a deep connection to this chakra and the foundation of the Earth’s energy. When working with the first chakra, consider burning frankincense during meditation, wearing a few drops of patchouli, or inhaling the slightly woody and floral scent of rosewood throughout the day.
- Eat the Right Food
Each chakra is also associated with different foods, and eating foods that best balance the chakra you are working with can literally feed the energy of that chakra. Any red vegetables or fruits that are in season are excellent for balancing the first chakra. You might try apples in the fall, strawberries and cherries in the spring, and watermelon throughout the summer. Proteins and beans are also foods associated with the first chakra.
First Chakra Affirmations
Using different affirmations can help you connect even deeper to the energy of the first chakra. When working to activate or balance the first chakra, try using some of the following affirmations to help you achieve the strong foundation associated with the root chakra.
- I am deeply rooted to the Earth’s energy.
- I am confident.
- I am supported.
- I feel secure and safe in my surroundings.
- I have everything I need.
- I am stable, grounded, and stand strong.
- I connect deeply with nature.
- I make healthy choices.
- I trust in the possibility life offers.
When working with our seven chakras, it is important to balance the root chakra first. We must build a solid foundation before we can work with the energy the rest of our chakras contain. When we take the time to balance our first chakra, rooting ourselves to the Earth and grounding in this strength, we can more easily embrace the change and spiritual growth that comes from activating and balancing our entire chakra system.