"Crystals for the Root Chakra"
By Crystal CAT
We begin our series of chakra articles with the first main chakra in the set known as the Root Chakra, also known as the Base Chakra. Located at the bottom of the spine, or the perineum, the Root Chakra is the foundational center of the body that is home to the sleeping serpent of Kundalini energy. It is connected to the lower-etheric body, and it supports the spinal column, feet, legs, and hips. Ruled by the Earth, the Root Chakra is contained within the Lower Group of chakras in the body and relates to the body’s survival in this physical world. The Root Chakra’s corresponding musical note is C, it’s color is deep red, and it’s metal is lead. It is linked to the physical body and it‘s connection to the earth. We begin appropriately with this chakra as it is most desirable to work with the chakras from the bottom up.
The healthy function of an open and balanced Root Chakra manifests itself as a sense of personal integrity, a strong will to live, a healthy amount of physical vitality, and a sense that one is grounded in reality. The Root Chakra is home to the baser sexual instinct, and is the point from which one can draw strength and courage. It is from this center that we find the ability to maintain a job, home, car, things necessary to live in society. The Root Chakra rules the gonads, the sex organs, and the organs of elimination, including the intestines and kidneys.
A healthy Root Chakra can provide the basis of support needed for the rest of the chakras to function properly. An unhealthy Root Chakra can result in aggression, obsession, greed, selfishness, confusion, lethargy, and restlessness. A blockage in the Root Chakra can manifest as paranoia, insecurity, and powerlessness. If the Root Chakra is too open, one can develop sexual dysfunction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or eating disorders. The Root Chakra can provide an important connection to earth, and the healthy activity of this chakra allows one to become secure in their relationship to the physical world.
Many people who are primarily concerned with their spiritual development will make the mistake of underestimating the importance of the lower group of chakras, especially the Root Chakra. It should be considered that without a healthy Root Chakra, it is not wise to overdevelop the higher chakras. By neglecting the development of the Root Chakra, any work on the upper chakras, Third-Eye or Crown, can be specious at best and empty at worst, and the vibrational energy coming from the upper chakras cannot become manifest in one’s personal reality. Opening and balancing the Root Chakra as the introduction to your chakra work will provide the necessary support for everything to come.
There are many crystals that lend themselves to work on the Root Chakra, and not all of them are red. Any of these stones can be used for working with the Root Chakra by placing them on the area of that chakra while laying down, or by simply holding them in your hand. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
Hematite (grounding and stabilizing)
Red Jasper (activating)
Black Tourmaline (protective and healing)
Red Carnelian (balancing)
Smokey Quartz (protective and healing)
Smokey Quartz is a great example of this. Known for it’s grounding energies, a person sensitive to subtle energies will feel the grounding sensation of Smokey Quartz the moment he or she picks it up. I have had this experience several times. If you notice this sensation when picking up a Smokey Quartz or other commonly grounding stone, it may be a sign that your Root Chakra is need of some attention. Smokey Quartz can help one to bring out assertiveness without becoming a bully. Physically, Smokey Quartz can heal the Root Chakra and ailments of the feet, legs, and hips, including restless leg syndrome.
Hematite is a wonderfully grounding stone. Used with the Root Chakra, it can help one in learning how to manifest desires in the physical world. Hematite can align all of the chakras, while consolidating scattered energies into the Root Chakra for integration. Meditating with Hematite can bring out one’s strength and courage to deal with everyday circumstances. Hematite is great for those working on spiritual growth, as it pulls higher energies down into the foundation. Placing Hematite on the Root Chakra can enhance one’s outlook on life in general, and can work physically as a detoxifier and a blood purifier.
Black Tourmaline is a well-known protective Root Chakra stone. Meditation with Black Tourmaline can promote a sense of vitality and clarity of thought. Wearing Black Tourmaline helps to provide grounding by pulling down higher vibrations into 3D reality, which can help those who are feeling out of touch to come back into the physical world. Placing a piece of Black Tourmaline on the Root Chakra can facilitate a realignment of the spinal column.
Red Jasper is another popular Root Chakra stone, known to stimulate this center and one‘s connection to the Earth. Red Jasper promotes general health and vitality, and can help with the detoxification of the body’s systems. Red Jasper is also helpful for trauma recovery and tissue regeneration. Laying with Red Jasper on the Root Chakra can bring insights into how to maintain personal integrity in difficult situations.
Red Carnelian is also commonly used with the Root Chakra. All Carnelian works to balance and stabilize all three of the lower chakras, and as such, make great aids to those who have spent too much energy focusing on the higher chakras. Red Carnelian replenishes spent vital energy in the Root Chakra, helping those who have recently come out of a traumatic period by overcoming despondency, and imparting stronger survival skills.
Rhodochrosite is an exceptional stone for clearing the blocked energies from the Root Chakra. It works with both the Root and Solar-Plexus to bring insights down from the super conscious to be tried out in the 3rd density with creativity. Placing Rhodochrosite on the Root Chakra during meditation can retrieve repressed memories for examination and release. Physically, Rhodochrosite at the Root Chakra can ease headaches and stabilize blood pressure.
Garnet is a strong but gentle Root Chakra stone. Greatly energizing for all of the chakras, Garnet is methodical in it’s action and removes negativity from the Root Chakra. It assists in bringing presence of mind to stressful situations, helping one achieve creative solutions to difficult issues. Garnet can be placed on the Root Chakra to encourage the healing of sexual dysfunction, by removing inhibitions and hang-ups that no longer serve one‘s inner growth. Physically, Garnet works through the Root Chakra to promote regeneration of the body, especially the spine heart, and lungs. Garnet is believed to stimulate the healthy rise of the kundalini energy.
When placed at the energy center of the Root Chakra, these crystals can work to clear away energy blockages, encourage healthy functions, and promote the release of unhealthy patterns. By working with the Root Chakra, one can enhance their ability to manifest desires in the real world, and revitalize areas of the body that may have been ignored. An open and balanced Root Chakra contributes to a healthy attitude toward sex and a natural expression of emotion, and can light the way for the development of the other chakras. The Root Chakra is the energy center that supports the physical being in the physical world.
Next….the Sacral Chakra.
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