Chakra Energy Centers: The Root Chakra

Updated on January 16, 2018
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Root Chakra Meaning and Functions

Muladhara is the Sanskrit name for the root chakra and its meaning is root or support. It is a red vortex spinning at the base of the spine and its element is the earth. The root chakra is concerned with physical needs and basic human survival, our health, material existence, and our ability to manifest what we need. When we feel stable and grounded and secure in our existence, the root chakra functions properly. If we feel unsupported or insecure, the root chakra loses energy and we question if we are deserving of our life desires.

The root chakra is connected with the cortex of the adrenal gland. The fight or flight response triggers the flow of adrenaline and puts us in survival mode. If we have a healthy and balanced root chakra that is solidly grounded in the earth and seated in inner security, it will help us to better handle the fear and stress that may threaten our ability to live the life we aspire to live.


  • Sense: Smell
  • Incense/oils: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Myrrh, Musk, Lavender
  • Crystals: Agate, Bloodstone, Tiger's Eye, Garnet, Ruby, Hematite, Onyx, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz
  • Musical note: C
  • Mantra: Lam
  • Type of music: Drumming
  • Plant: Sage
  • Angelic presence: Archangel Michael


Each chakra has a positive and negative archetype that corresponds to the qualities and challenges with which they are associated. We can empower and heal ourselves by becoming consciously aware of and taking responsibility for negative behaviors we display.

The positive, functional archetype of the root chakra is the "The Earth Mother," associated with caring, nourishment, and unconditional love. A healthy root chakra allows one to take care of and nurture the inner child, create a safe, secure home environment, affirm you can create and provide all that you need, and accomplish anything you want.

The negative, dysfunctional archetype, "The Victim," is vulnerable and needy, ungrounded, blames others for their problems, believes they have no control or influence over what happens to them, can't bring about change. "Victims" need to take responsibility for the choices they made, realize they can make new choices and effect change in their lives. They can come to believe they can provide all they need to live their desired life

Physical and Emotional Dysfunctions

Excessive energy in the root chakra is characterized by bullying, being overly materialistic, self-centered, constant motion, and an inability to be still.

Blocked energy is characterized by being needy, fearful, having low self-esteem, self-destructive behavior, being sluggish and spacey.

Unexpressed emotions caused by instability, financial issues, stress, and fear or insecurity surrounding ones inability to provide for themselves or their family may result in achiness, stiffness, upper back, shoulder, or neck pain.

The root chakra is associated with the kidneys, base of the spine, legs, feet, rectum, and immune system. Physical symptoms that may manifest are kidney stones, low back pain, sciatica, degenerative arthritis, eating disorders such as anorexia or obesity, constipation, and knee pain.

Root Chakra Meditation
Root Chakra Meditation | Source

Balancing and Healing the Root Chakra

  • Reiki Healing
  • Grounding Meditation with deep even breathing, feet firmly planted on the ground, feeling the connection with the earth, visualizing roots from your feet going into the center of the earth, body aligned and integrated into the grounding process
  • Crystal Healing: I received a chakra crystal healing and energy cleansing gift set created by Beverly Oaks and love it! It has everything you need for crystal healing of the chakras!
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Yoga: "Knee to chest," "half and full locust," "bridge" pose which helps you focus on becoming more grounded and stimulating the energy flow to the root chakra
  • Exercise: Jogging, running, walking
  • Food: Protein
  • Sleep in order to rest and regenerate

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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    • pedrn44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Larry! Have you studied Reiki? I appreciate your comment!

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very informative!


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