Controls the energy associated with: Stability, Security, Physical Survival, Comfort, Trust, Groundedness/Logic, Contentment, Letting Go, Sense of Abundance, Getting things accomplished in the material world, Self-sufficiency
Location: Base of the spine, Tailbone
Associates Gemstones: Black/Snowflake Obsidian, Black Tourmaline, Red Jasper, Bloodstone, Black Onyx, Mookaite Jasper, Jet, Ruby, Garnet, Red Tiger’s Eye, Smoky Quartz, Petrified Wood, Shungite, Hematite, Magnetite
Blocked by: Fear, Loss, Financial/Living Situation duress, Childhood Trauma
Dysfunction can present physically: Feet/Knees/Legs, Hips, Spine, Intestines, Lack of energy, Adrenal fatigue, Anemia, Depression, Low Immune System (getting sick often), Poor Circulation, Blood Pressure Issues, Red Face/Rosacea, Inflammatory Conditions, Anxiety/Agitation/Nervousness or Sluggishness/Apathy
Dysfunction can present mentally/emotionally: Feelings of lack, Holding grudges/ruminating on the past, Fear of the future, Disconnection with life, Distrust of life, Instability, Food/health issues and fears
Colors: Red, Black, Maroon, Grey, Brown
Sound Association: Tone of C
Mantra: LAM (pronounced LAHM) “I am safe, I am here, I am whole, I am able”
Astrological Association: Scorpio, Capricorn, Taurus
Scent Association: Patchouli and Myrrh
Herbs and Foods to strengthen the Root Chakra: Root Vegetables (beets, turnips, carrots, potatoes), Meats and Simple Proteins, Mushrooms, Dandelion, Elder Blossom, Ginger, Lime Blossom, Sweet Flag, Valerian
Strengthened by: Connecting with the Earth through Nature, Running, Yoga, Physical Exercise, Sleeping soundly, Massage
Suggested Root Chakra Meditation: When using gemstones to enhance your meditation experience, I recommend holding either two of the Chakra-strengthening stones you have selected to work with (one in each hand) or, as an alternative, you may choose to hold the Chakra-strengthening stone in your non-dominant hand while holding an amplifying clear quartz (or other quartz associated with the chakra you are working with) in your dominant hand. It is important to note that the energies of the stone(s) held in your non-dominant hand will be the energies drawn into your energy body during meditation (reception). The energies of the stone(s) held in your dominant hand will enhance the distribution of the held stone’s energies from your energy field into the world around you (projection).
Sit or lie down quietly in the meditation posture of your choice. When working with the Root Chakra, being solidly connected with the ground or other stable surface is very helpful. Holding your stones in your hands, and inhale deeply, focusing on bringing prana (life force) up from the ground to the Chakra itself, located at the base of your tailbone, and then traveling up the spine to exit at the crown of your head. You may visualize a dark red vortex of energy, spinning at the location of the Root Chakra, clenching the muscles around the chakra in a gentle way that is similar to Kegal exercises. Visualize the Root Chakra spinning steadily, increasing its speed with every breath. Reverse the flow on your exhale, pulling in the energy of the Divine through your Crown Chakra, down your spine, and out through your Root Chakra into the Earth. As you exhale, you may repeat the root mantra “Lam” or the example affirmation listed above. Repeat the breath sequence with focus, letting the energy flow through you like an ocean wave, pulling sustaining energy from the Earth and cleansing energy from the Divine with each breath. There is no set length of time that this meditation should be maintained, but maintain the practice until you feel your energy flowing freely and your mind staying clear. As you exhale into the ground beneath you, consciously feel yourself rooted there as part of the whole of creation, your body solid, heavy, and supported by the earth. Exhale your insecurities, complexities of mind, and fears, allowing the simple act of breathing and being to fill you with contentment and trust in life.
Once you have cleared your energy and feel it flowing smoothly, you may focus further on the Root Chakra by placing the gemstone(s) on or hold it/them near the chakra itself. Continue to breathe prana into this sacred energy center, visualizing the color and circular movement of the energy within the chakra. Focus on that spot, inhaling and sending your gemstone energy to that location, enhancing and bringing it to life. As you exhale, visualize any debris that has become lodged in the chakra, causing it to become slow and sluggish, being whirled away from your energy field. Remain here for as long as necessary, until you feel the energy of the chakra flowing unimpeded.
As always, use your intuition to guide you through this process. Take the time to feel and get to know your stones, clearing them with sage, a night out under the moon, or by holding them under running water (when appropriate – not all stones can tolerate water). Look at them carefully, getting to know them intimately by both their look and their feel. Building relationships with your stones’ energy can create a symbiosis in which even looking at or grasping your stone will bring an immediate sense of the energy that they carry, helping you to manage your thoughts, emotions, and behavior in a way that allows you to create your best life in every moment, even when faced with difficult circumstances.
In closing, it is important to realize that when life gets hectic and stress ensues, we will not always possess the time or even the desire to engage in prolonged meditation at the times we need it most. At these times of frustration, take a few moments to close your eyes, touch your stone, and breathe deeply. Even taking a short break to consciously reset your energy in times of chaos or emotional upset can produce dramatic results.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about working with your gemstones. I am committed to the creation of a bountiful life both for myself and any and all beings who may cross my path in life. I am always happy to help!