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Facts About The Root Chakra

Updated on January 9, 2020
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Anne has a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor's in Language.

The Root Of Everything

The first chakra, or root chakra, is located at the base of the spine and is associated with the color red.
The first chakra, or root chakra, is located at the base of the spine and is associated with the color red.

The First Chakra

The first chakra, or root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with the color red. The root chakra controls your sense of safety and security in the world around you. Your “fight or flight” and survival responses are all a part of your root chakra. At our very core, we have certain needs that need to be met in order to survive in this world, and that is what the root chakra is all about.


Because the root chakra is at the base of all chakras, it is paired with the prostate, kidney, bladder, and spine. If you have a blockage in your root chakra, you will most likely have health issues in one or all of these areas of your body. Those with a strong root chakra energy exhibit qualities of patience, success, and loyalty. They are well-grounded in the life they are in and know how to function well in society. They are also very reliable and stable to others. They might be the type of person that creates stability in the household, whether that be monetary or otherwise. If you have a strong root chakra, you know who you are right now and what your place is. You have strong survival skills and know how to make it through difficult challenges.

Survival Of The Fittest

The root chakra pertains to your survival instinct.
The root chakra pertains to your survival instinct.

Chakra Imbalances

If you have an imbalance in the root chakra, odds are, you probably feel like your whole world is falling apart. This is because the root chakra is the basic and most essential of all the chakras. We need this grounding and stabilizing energy in order to live and survive in the world around us. Without these natural instincts, we are at risk of not being able to make it in even the simplest of situations. Those that have an under-developed root chakra might also suffer from health issues very often, to the point that if affects their day-to-day life and functioning. It is so crucial when you are meditating on your chakras to make sure that your root chakra is fully open, because otherwise, you won’t be able to open up your other chakras.

How To Balance Your Root Chakra

Find a quiet place to meditate. Surround yourself with the color red and/or get a chakra card or visual that will help you focus your meditation on your root chakra. As you inhale and exhale slowly, feel your breath going down all the way to your spine. Pay attention to the way your spine feels and the way you are grounded to the floor underneath you. Feel the downward energy as you concentrate on your root chakra. As you meditate, use the following positive affirmations to help guide your meditation:

  • I am safe and protected

  • I am grounded

  • I feel secure about myself and my situation in life

  • I am connected to my body

  • I connect with nature and I take care of my body

Mother Earth

Because the root chakra is grounding, it is important to meditate on how your connect with Mother Nature and the world around you.
Because the root chakra is grounding, it is important to meditate on how your connect with Mother Nature and the world around you.

Why Is It A Root?

From all things, we grow. We learn how to navigate this crazy thing that we call life, and the only ways we can learn that are through experience. The root chakra represents the journey of survival, how you connect with nature and the world around you, and how you grow from your initial experiences as a human being. Just like a tree, your are saying, “I am here and I am going to live.” It is important to be well-grounded because if you are not, you will often find it very hard to settle down and be logical about anything. Without the help of the root chakra, you really cannot tap into the other energies of your chakras. You need this grounding to help you gain an understanding of yourself and how your manage problems and situations around you. Your instincts are the most basic and one of the most important elements for your survival, and that is what the root chakra seeks to amplify.


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