The experiences are a major blockage that keeps anyone from growing. This involves your limiting beliefs, unwanted traumas, learned patterns, and bottled emotions which, when properly used, can help balance your chakras to reach your full potential as an individual.
There are seven powerful chakras, all in all, and the root chakra is the first among them. It’s a red-colored energy wheel that lies at the very base of the spine, which stores up your thoughts, emotions, and experiences related to your day-to-day needs.
In this article, let’s become acquainted with the root chakra or the Muladhara, what it represents, signs of imbalances, ways to balance it back, and of course, find out how it can positively affect your life when this chakra is open and well-balanced.
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Muladhara: The Root of the Chakra System
The Muladhara, best known as the root chakra, is the base of the whole chakra system. It is the starting point of spiritual development, where we begin to ascend, from the survival stage to enlightenment.
The root chakra lies at the very base of the spine where the Kundalini Shakti energy also sleeps, waiting to be awakened. This energy is a prime backup that can help achieve self-realization and awakening the Sahasrara chakra successfully.
Like the tree roots, providing sustenance and firmness from beneath, a strong root chakra is a major requirement for a human to grow and blossom. From a thriving root chakra, you can bear fruits of seeds from spirituality.
When the root chakra is well-balanced, you create a healthy and robust base from which to grow. So really, what are the signs of a balanced Muladhara?
Signs of a Well-Balanced Root Chakra
When the root chakra is working properly, you will feel grounded, confident in your relationship with others, heightened energy to survive the challenges of life, and develop a sense of nature connectedness.
You can evaluate dangers with confidence and feel safe from time to time. Everything seems to flow smoothly, that you will feel protected and supported by the universe. You will believe that the universe provides an unceasing abundance for everyone ready to use.
An open root chakra helps you connect to your roots, which gives you confidence and strength that wards off negativities. Phobias will diminish or even vanish when the root chakra is balanced. Anxiety symptoms will also fade, which in turn gives better sleep quality.
The root chakra is connected with the adrenals responsible for the stress hormone cortisol regulating your metabolism and weight. A balanced root chakra will help you lose weight without really having a big change in your diet or routines— only, of course, if you have excess weight to lose.
A well-balanced root chakra will make you feel assertive, guiding you closer to your ambitions and aspirations in life. Plus, you will feel inspired and confident about the opportunities that life offers and continues to look forward to the future with certainty.
Now that we know the signs of an open and balanced root chakra, it’s time to find out the root charka’s representations.
Root Chakra Representations
At a physical level, the Muladhara chakra is connected with the adrenals, muscles, bones, kidneys, colons, and arterial blood, which flows through the heart’s left chamber and supplies oxygen to our tissues.
In essence, the root chakra is connected with your urge to eat, rest, and heal. The root chakra is the chi of stability, security, and the overall foundational needs. In short, it is those qualities of life that ground you, like the basic needs and the human connection.
It’s become clear why the Earth element is connected with the root chakra since Earth provides us food, shelter, and vitality. The color that resembles the root chakra is red, which also the color of awakened consciousness.
A root chakra’s negative qualities involve laziness, motivelessness, and being overly governed by physical desires— which becomes more problematic when the imbalances and blockages are ignored. That said, let’s drill down the symptoms of an imbalanced Muladhara chakra.
Imbalanced Root Chakra Symptoms
When the root chakra is not functioning well, or it’s become imbalanced, it will feel like you are going round in circles, meaning you keep doing something without making any progress.
Emotionally, you will feel useless, insecure, and agitated towards the people surrounding you. Keep reading for more imbalanced root chakra symptoms.
Underactive root chakra
An underactive root chakra shows symptoms of fear of loss. You will fear losing your career, control, security, welfare, and even the physical properties you have.
It can also show an irrational fear of personal refuge and an unrealistic view of emergencies.A weak root chakra can make you distracted, anxious, and feeling unconfident.
You may feel shame and have an awful attitude. Other symptoms of an underactive root chakra include lack of interest, uninspired, and unmotivated in life.
Overactive root chakra
An overactive root chakra feels like being stuck in an endless demand, which later on shows signs of greed, particularly for the physical things and control.
This control is sometimes related to your food intake, body image, causing unhealthy eating habits. Addictions to foods, drugs, alcohol, money, gambling, and sex may arise.
You may show signs of laziness, selfishness, and being defiant to change. With the excessive overactivity of a root chakra, you can be aggressive and violent to others.
Physical symptoms of an imbalanced root chakra
Physical signs of an imbalanced chakra include poor body circulation, fatigue, blood disease, and problems with elimination like constipation.
Moreover, bones, teeth, and nails may become weak when the root chakra is not working properly. The adrenals may also be damaged, causing extreme stress hormones production and a delayed metabolism.
You may also experience back pains and hip problems. That said, it’s really beneficial to bring balance to your Muladhara chakra. Below are the best practices that should help you in balancing your root chakra back.
Ways in Balancing the Root Chakra Back
There are several practices to open and balance the root chakra, such as meditation, chanting mudras, food intake, and, best of all, physical activity. Below are the best practices to balance the Muladhara chakra back.
Get into yoga!
Yoga is known for better grounding and assisting you to access the chakra system through physical or yogic poses. Yoga is an all-in-one holistic and therapeutic practice that involves energy awakening, meditation, and breathing exercises.
Some yogic poses that can effectively help the root chakra balance are the tree pose, mountain pose, wheel pose, butterfly pose, lotus pose, bridge pose, easy sitting pose, and the garland pose.
Go closer to the Earth’s connection
Since people with imbalances of root chakra feel agitated and irrational, the first step to balancing root chakra is to connect into the Earth energy. Improve your grounding by connecting with the Earth, like learning how to do gardening, have long walks with nature and acknowledging the pull of gravity wherever you go.
Also, make sure you have a safe and friendly connection with your surroundings and your loved ones. The Earth’s healthy connection will make everything that surrounds you safe and balance as to who you are and what you want to do.
Find your inner self
Letting go of worldly needs and physical distractions is possible with meditation and a meditative yoga routine. By letting go of such things and finding your inner self, you will begin to realize what actually matters and what doesn’t.
This understanding will play a huge role in your life’s decisions and actions, which reduces the feeling of agitation, dissatisfaction, and aggression.
Let go of your fears
One of the best ways to balance the root chakra is to learn to love and trust yourself and finally let go of your fears. Have your confidence developed, and believe that you can achieve your ambitions and aspirations in life— trust yourself and the process.
When balancing the root chakra, you will begin to have a positive mindset, improved confidence, trust, and your will to live grows more powerful each day.
The root chakra is the foundation of the whole chakra system; hence you should take care of it initially. But most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy and appreciate every single step of the way in your exploration of spiritual awakening.
Could you really benefit from balancing your root chakra? Definitely, yes. But it’s important to know that balancing the whole chakra system takes time, patience, and preparedness. And finding the time within your day in committing to this may be, at first glance, challenging.
When the root chakra is working well, awakened, and balanced, it will bring sustainability to the whole other chakras, which in turn encourage enthusiasm in every aspect of our lives. In other words, this will result in a healthy and better lifestyle.
A sound and well-balanced Muladhara chakra develop a solid connection for your earthly instincts. It enhances your overall confidence and improves the sense of self-worth. This energy allows everyone to have courage and steadfastness at times of difficulties.