“There is no place like home” –Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz
When it comes to our Root Chakra, there is often no place that has such a foundational impact on psycho-spiritual development as our original home and family. Our growing up experience leaves its mark on our psyche in such a profound way, etching the imprints of our life scripts and roles. Our Root Chakra is located at the base of our spine is part of the Chakra Energetic System. This Energy Medicine System is also known as the Body’s Energy Field or Aura. The Root Chakra, an energetic vortex that connects us to the earth is described as being charged with a magnetic pull and need for “home”. In terms of Chakra Therapy, it is precisely the Root Chakra that holds our imprints and emotions both conscious and unconscious related to our tribe, our family, our need to belong.
Transpersonal Psychotherapy: Chakra Therapy
Chakra Therapy involves energy balancing and releasing of the seven major energetic vortices that combined make up our psycho-spiritual being. They are located at various points outside of the body, in our human aura and luminous energy field and serve as transmitters of energy or life force. The seven major chakras traditionally worked within Energy Medicine are Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown. Each of these centres of consciousness has unique psychological, spiritual, physical and social aspects of being associated with them. When the chakras are out of balance, energy is not as available for our physical, mental and spiritual processes.
Journeying through the Chakra energy system is a way of expanding our psycho-spiritual awareness and evolving ourselves into a place of conscious choice in our lives. It is a pathway to harmonize our inner and outer worlds. The Chakras are described as influencing the physical body, cells, organs and all of our biological systems.
Of course, the journey is not linear, but it all begins with balancing the Root. From a psycho-spiritual perspective, each of the chakras is connected to a particular stage of psycho-spiritual and psycho-social human development. We spiral and revisit these stages many times during our lives often motivated by our Inner Healer, our innate subconscious and superconscious desire to heal, balance, grow and protect ourselves at all levels.
The Root Chakra is known to hold imprints and aspects of early development, mother and child bonding, trust, safety, security. It is rooted in the earth, our physical vitality, and health, ability to thrive and survive. The beliefs that we develop with respect to how safe the world is, how deserving we feel about our right to be, to live, to have abundance and love all originate in our personal consciousness and tribal, family collective unconscious. That is our personal experiences and the energetic intergenerational impact of our family and ancestral constellations.
Often in our journey resolving Root Chakra issues can be most challenging. It is tempting given our innate defences such as denial to bypass the journey into the Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus levels of consciousness and escape into the higher vibrations of the Upper Chakras. This escape can become another form of denial, a defence which can block the Root Chakra.
To journey into the Root Chakra means becoming conscious of our polarized aspects, roles, sub-personalities and illuminating our shadow, the opposite aspects that may be hidden from us. As we balance these forces, we create a solid foundation in our psycho-spiritual and interpersonal growth.
The issues that are imprinted psycho-spiritually in the Root Chakra have to do with grounding, nourishment and nurturing, trust and a sense of belonging to our family and tribe. The Root is connected to the physical and is focused on self-preservation and survival, the will to live and thrive. Inherent in the root chakra is a sense of security, safety and experience of home. It contains our beliefs around prosperity our right to have, to be, to exist and our imprints for boundaries or lack of. The developmental stage of the Root Chakra is said to be 2nd trimester to 12 months of age. However, the Root Chakra is a key developmental focus for ages 1 to 7.
Balanced Root Chakra
When the Root Chakra is balanced, we experience good health and vitality. Other qualities include being well grounded, comfortable in our skin, our body. We trust the world as a safe place and live from trust instead of fear. Generally, we are stable, secure with the ability to experience being energy, stillness, and relaxation. We are aligned with our authentic self and so our career choice is connected to our personal and higher purpose.
Out of Balance Root Chakra
An out of balance Root Chakra, either over functioning or under-functioning, manifests as a disconnection from our physical selves, our bodies. Our physical body can be either overweight or underweight. Also, our relationship to the material world may have polarizations including hoarding from fear of never having enough or the opposite. Our boundaries can be rigid or too flexible. Our focus can be scattered, disorganized with underdeveloped self-discipline. We can be anxious or lazy and sluggish. We can be fearful of change or fixated on security.
Psycho-spiritually the Root Chakra development can be affected by traumas and abuse. Most often connected with Root Chakra are birth traumas, abandonment and trust issues, bonding issues, neglect around physical needs being met, physical abuse or violence. The Root Chakra is also the key imprinting centre for ancestral and intergenerational traumas.
Crystals that resonate with balancing and energizing the Root Chakra are generally Red or Earth colour. Red Jasper, Black Obsidian, Red Calcite, Petrified Wood, Ruby, Garnet and Hematite.
Balancing and Releasing Issues of the Root Chakra
Alchemy Holistic Counselling integrates Somatic-Energetic Therapy to address Root Chakra issues. Family Constellations facilitations focus on ancestral and intergenerational trauma bringing awareness to systematic dynamics and unresolved issues such as merging with a parent, rejection of a parent, enmeshment, identification with an ancestor, relationship dynamic entanglements and more . Shamanic Psychotherapy provides illumination of shadow parts and reclaiming aspects to balance and centre our mind, body and spirit. Voice Dialogue facilitation expands awareness, evolves our personality and shifts inner polarizations of Root Chakra issues. Somatic Trauma Resolution and Attachment Therapy facilitates healing of frozen inner parts, encapsulated child and provides reimprinting and regulation of the nervous system. Emotional Clearing releases frozen imprints that are held in the chakras, body, muscles through cellular memory. Neuro-Linguistic therapy coaches through the shifting of beliefs and patterns that limit our potential
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