The First Chakra or Root Chakra
The First Chakra or Root Chakra relates to the element of Earth, the color red, to our material existence and how our basic needs are met – food, shelter, health, and pleasure. The First Chakra needs to be in balance before we progress to the other chakra levels or our growth will be without roots and ungrounded and will therefore lack the stability necessary for true growth. How grounded are you?
The Root Chakra functions on the instinctual level stimulating the adrenals for a flight-or-fight response to situations in our lives. When our survival is threatened, we experience fear which may undermine any feelings of safety and security. How strong is your will to survive?
The Root Chakra is where our earliest experiences and family “programming” are recorded and stored. This Chakra contains our family values, core beliefs, and heritage. How was the love from our family given and received? Our experiences with this “programming” affect the decisions we make regarding our right and will to survive.
The Root Chakra reflects Self-Worth - our right to be here and our ability to experience abundance rather than scarcity. First Chakra contains the beliefs and experiences regarding our right to manifest, create, and flourish in life. How do you manifest the objects of your desire?
We learn to understand and heal the body through the Root Chakra, such as, learning to accept, feel, validate it, and LOVE our bodies. First Chakra allows us to do what we need to do in order to take care of ourselves. This Chakra encourages self-nurturance through rest, eating well, exercising and pleasure. What is your comfort level of be-ing in your own body?
In the body, the First Chakra is located at the base of the spine. Root chakra relates to the solid part of the flesh body, bones, large intestine (which passes solid matter). The First Chakra regulates our sexual functions. Root Chakra holds space for awakening kundalini energy. The sense of smell corresponds to the First Chakra.
First Chakra Issues and Imbalances –
Addictions and compulsions
Nervous system diseases or disorders
Urinary tract disorders and reproductive issues
Family dysfunctions and childhood abuse issues
Money, career, and financial issues
Questions about housing, food, and basic survival needs
Crystals for the First Chakra - Root Chakra
Agate, Amphibole Angel Quartz, Apache Tear, Aragonite, Azurite, Black Actinolite, Black Tourmaline, Black Spinel, Brochantite, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Carrollite, Cinnabar, Citrine, Galena, Hematite, Herkimer Diamond, Jasper, Jet, Limonite, Lodestone, Marcasite, Mochi Balls, Obsidian, Onyx, Pyrite, Red Aventurine, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rutilated Quartz, Soapstone, Smoky Quartz, Super Seven, Tiger's Eye, Vanadinite, Verdite, Zebra Rock, and Zincite.
From Raven's Library
Suggested Reading for further information on Chakras
Vibrational Healing through the Chakras by Joy Gardner
The Complete Book of Chakra Healing by Cyndi Dale
All About Chakras by Lily Rooman