The Root Chakra
Here is a list of physical, emotional and mental/psychological signs and symptoms that there is insufficient or excessive energy flowing within the Root (Muladhara) Chakra, or that there is an energetic block in the Root Chakra area that is creationg a malfunction on some level. Oftentimes, a severe block or imbalance in a nearby chakra can cause issues with the chakra above or below it.
Root Chakra Associations/Areas of Focus
Representations: Physical and Material Concerns; Survival and Secrity, Safety, Primitive self, Primal Insticts, Self-Preservation, Identity; Root Connection to the Physical Body and Grounded to the Earth.
Related Issues Issues related to basic survival needs (shelter, food) and material matters such as money and home; physical issues connected to the body areas and organs associated with the Root Chakra;
any issues rooted in fear; misuse of physical energy or unhealthy attachement to the material; feeling ungrounded/disconnected.
Associated Glands/Organs & Corresponding Body Parts: Adrenal Glands, Reproductive glands, Coccyx, anus, colon, large intestine; Spinal Column, tailbone; bones, hips, legs, knees, feet; Circulation System; blood, kidneys.
A Balanced Root Chakra provides the foundation on which we build our life and enables us to grow physically, mentally and emotionally. The Root chakra pulls in energy from the higher chakras to maintain good health. This is the centre where we ground ourselves to the earth and anchor our personal energy into the world.
Symptoms & Signs of Root Chakra Imbalances
clumsiness and coordination issues (ungrounded), poor circulation in lower extremeties; irritable bowel syndrome, colon/rectal issues, hemorrhoids, constipation, diarrhea, gas, blood disorders, issues with metabolism; spine or skeletal issues, lower back pain, sciatica, joint pain, hip problems, issues with legs, knees or feet, varicose veins, arthritis or inflammation in lower extremeties; sleep issues, poor sense of smell, immune system issues, kidney and bladder problems, high libido or promiscuity, reproductive issues, skin or complexion related issues or lesions, cancer (in lower regions), physical addictions (gambling, food), weight issues (overeating/undereating, obesity/anorexia).
Over-Active Root Chakra (Excessive Energy)
Fear or insecurity related to the physical/material, frustration, impatience, intolerance, anger, aggression, restlessness, impulsiveness, compulsivity, recklessness, hyperactivity, mania/rapid mood swings; egotistical; oveover-confident, over-active sex drive, sexual agression, sadistic, manipulative, domineering, controlling, over-protective, territorial, possessive,selfishness, self indulgant, laziness, materialistic, greediness, preocupied/obsessed with money or security, materialism or hoarding; resistant to change, stubborn, judgmental, biased, rigid boundaries; addictions to physical and material pleasures (food, money, etc), weight issues (over-eating, obesity), excessive physical energy, prone to violence.
Under-Active Root Chakra (Insufficient Energy)
Feeling ungrounded, instability, insecure, nervousness and worry, fearfull, low self esteem, lack of confidence, timid, self-doubt, underchieving, passivity, self-deprivation, poor focus and discipline, lack of drive/stamina, feeling uninspired, lack of enthusiasm, lethargy, apathy, general disinterest in life or daily activities, feeling unwelcome or misunderstood, feeling of not 'fitting in', feelings of unworthiness, shame, feeling powerless, feeling disconnected or detached from the world or your body, dread, depression, suicidal, overly cautious, untrusting and suspicious, low libido or repressed sexuality, chronic disorganization, resistant/afraid of change, poor personal boundries, co-dependency, recepient of abuse or abusive towards others, financial difficulties/struggle with money, poverty.
Life Stage Trauma: Issues with the Root chakra are associated with major trauma ocurring in the first 5 years of life or a difficult birth experience. Issues related to early abandonment; issues with maternal figure (mother). Themes related to Root chakra issues often reccur between the ages of 30-34, 60-64 and 90-94.
Signs of an Open and Balanced Root Chakra
Feeling Centered and Grounded, physical and material stability, feeling physically connected to body and to the earth, feeling safe and secure in the physical world; trusting, self confident, assertiveness, good self control, well-grounded emotionally, down to earth, feeling stable and secure in all physical and material aspects of life; good physical health, healthy eating habits, organized at home and with finances, prosperity without attachement, abundance, physical vitality and stamina, strength, healthy and fit, enthusiasm and drive; feeling fully alive, a strong sense of identity and life purpose; strong sense of belonging and feeling supported.
Balance and Energize the Root Chakra through physical excercise of any kind, walking, spending time outdoors in nature, being closer to the earth (laying on the ground, walking barefoot on the grass, etc.,), stomping your feet upon the ground (or floor if indoors), marching, dancing, tai-chi, yoga, squats, playing any type of field sport. Get more actively involved in life and by creating more physically stability. Seek support from family, friends or community to feel more connected. Look for evidence that your world is safe and secure, and feel more at home in your own physical body.
Root Chakra Imbalances can also be healed through Sound, Color, and Meditation/visualization techniques.