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Crystal healing is a fantastic way to balance your chakras. Today, we are going to explore the Root chakra and which crystals will give you grounding energy and align your Root chakra.
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.
A balanced and aligned Root chakra also makes us 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.
However, 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. A weakened Root chakra 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.
Chakras originated from the Hindu and Tantric Buddhism religions. While we look at Chakras today, it is through a very westernized-lens. Hindu and Tantric Buddhism religions don’t associate crystals, colors, or feelings with the different chakras. If you’d like to learn more about the history of chakras from a non-western perspective, please read here. And while you read through this, please keep in mind that this, again, is from a western yogi perspective.
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 healing crystals.
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 energy 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. Ithas 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 to the healing properties of Smoky Quartz, we can transform negative feelings into positive ones. This can be particularly useful for highly-sensitive people and empaths who take on the negative feelings of those around them.
Smoky Quartz 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.
Carnelian is one of our top stones for motivation, and lack of motivation often stems from an off-balance Root chakra. 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. Carnelian is also a wonderful gemstone for creativity as it stimulates imagination, allowing you to see new ways of approaching situations or problems.
Hematite is a powerful Root chakra stone that shields its wearer from negative energy. Hematite will also take any negative energy you possess and transform it into positive energy, giving you an instant uplift.
Because Hematite absorbs negative energy, you will need to cleanse it regularly.
How to use Stones for Root Chakra Healing
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 for chakra healing:
- 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 of your insights.
Using the chakra stones can help you to do this.
Other Ways to Balance Your Root Chakra
Using healing stones is a simple way to balance your Root chakra, but there are other things you can do if you are lacking physical energy and need an additional boost:
- Do the Tree pose
- Give yourself a pedicure (your feet connect your body with the Earth; take care of them)
- Perform a walking meditation
- Connect with the Earth; plant a garden, walk barefoot along a beach, dig your hands into the dirt
- Burn Rosemary incense
- Use a chakra wand
The above activities are associated with the Root chakra to clear and balance your energy. You can do these actions on their own or in conjunction with your healing stones!
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