The Root chakra, often called the Base chakra, is located at the very base of the spine and is the first chakra in the system.
It is the center closest to the ground, so it’s not surprising that its vibration is most closely aligned with the Earth’s vibrations.
We also have an Earth Star chakra, which exists in our subtle bodies, and sits between the feet and about 12cm beneath the surface of the ground. The Root chakra can act as a channel connecting our physical energies with the Earth Star. This helps us ground our desires and aspirations into reality as the Earth Star contains information about our destiny and life purpose.
When the Root chakra is in balance and the energy is flowing freely through it, we feel totally secure both physically and mentally. We may not be rich, but we have no worries about our financial health as we are confident that all of our material needs will be met.
We also feel vital and alive, with plenty of energy to accomplish whatever we wish to do.
Our strong bond with Mother Earth reminds us that we are always held in love and security by the nurturing and supportive energies of our own planet, and the benevolent vibrations of the Universe.
When the Root chakra is weak, blocked or out of balance, this can manifest physically as pain or discomfort in the lower back, the hips, knees and ankles.
It can lead to poor posture and instability on our feet. It also makes us more susceptible to negative thoughts and anxieties about our own place in the world.
Working on the Root chakra to bring it back into harmony with our bodies and with the world around us is extremely satisfying.
The results are often very swift, making it an ideal place to start if you are not quite sure exactly where you need healing.
Root Chakra Stones
Using crystals to help you heal or balance your Root chakra is an effective way of focusing your energy and intention on that area. If you lack emotional stability or have difficulty letting go of anger and resentment, try using these stones.
Red or black/grey stones are generally suitable for your Root chakra.
The following Root chakra stones will bring a vibrational frequency of stability to your Root chakra.
Red Jasper is a stone of vibrancy and endurance and is an ideal stone for stimulating the Root chakra.
It has a positive effect on your life force energy, or chi. It can help to reawaken the Kundalini energy that is believed to lie dormant, like a coiled serpent at the base of the spine.
The Root chakra is the foundation of our spiritual energies. Using Red Jasper as a Root chakra stone will open and cleanse your Root and help ground you.
Black Tourmaline has the power to protect. It is excellent for transmuting negative energies and repelling unwanted vibrations that may be coming into our aura from someone else.
It promotes a positive attitude and encourages happiness and optimism.
If you place Black Tourmaline under your feet when meditating, you’ll connect fully with the grounded vibration of the Earth and with the frequency of your Earth Star chakra.
Black Tourmaline is the perfect Root chakra stone for those who want grounding and connection with the Earth.
Bloodstone is the crystal of courage and endurance. The combination of green and red within its structure represents the mixture of fearlessness, growth and strength, perfecting when facing a challenging situation.
If you feel stressed or are in a threatening situation, you should meditate with Bloodstone. Meditating with this stone, and asking for guidance, will bring you clarity and help you leave a toxic situation. This stone allows us to see that difficult situations always have something worthwhile to teach us.
Smoky Quartz is the perfect Root chakra stone if you have any blockages. It has a gentle energy that promotes healing by dissolving emotional blockages. These blockages may be causing your Root chakra to tighten or to close down, leaving you feeling literally rootless.
Thanks tothe healing properties of Smoky Quartz, we can transform negative feelings into positive ones. It will help you see the right choices you need to make to bring you back to good health, both physically and emotionally.
If you become too attached to material objects, your Root chakra may become blocked or off balance. Smoky Quartz is an excellent antidote to this and teaches us to let go of anything that does not serve us, and to accept our physical bodies just as they are.
Carnelian, especially in the deeper shades of red and orange, is a powerful balancing Root chakra stone.
We may feel demotivated at times and unable to make decisions or life choices because we are overwhelmed by details or too many choices.
Carnelian is wonderful in these situations.
It balances extremes and cuts to the heart of the matter. It also stimulates creativity and imagination, allowing you to see new ways of approaching situations or problems.
How to Use Root Chakra Stones
Meditation for the Root chakra is an excellent way of beginning to learn about the way your own system works and to access your own source of spiritual energy.
If you feel “off-balance,” begin working on your Root chakra before attempting to analyze and think about the issues in your life that may be causing this.
Here are some simple steps you can follow to use your Root chakra stones effectively:
- Sit or lie comfortably and slow your breathing to a relaxed and rhythmic pace.
- Place red or black stones around your body or chair, choosing those that you feel drawn to or attracted by.
- Visualize streams of red energy entering your Root chakra and clearing out any stagnant or unwanted energy.
- Slowly breathe these negative energies out through your chakra and draw in more red light on the in-breath.
- Visualize a small fire beginning to ignite in your lower body and feel the flames travelling down your legs and into the Earth.
- Draw them back up on an in-breath and imagine the warmth and comfort of Mother Earth’s loving, nurturing energy entering your Root chakra and grounding you firmly into the Earth.
- As you slow your breathing and relax into the warmth, be aware of any signs or messages coming to you regarding your spiritual, physical and emotional well-being.
- Before ending your meditation, make an affirmation to yourself. (This may be something as simple as “I commit to drinking more water every day”)
Use your Root chakra stones frequently in this way as they help you to self-diagnose. It may be that you need to ground your psychic abilities from your Third Eye, Crown and Throat down into your body before you can make any sense your insights.
Using the chakra stones can help you to do this.
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