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5 Ways to Open Your Root Chakra
and Build an Unshakeable
Sense of Security in the World

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The 7 chakras© Felix Malu Muluilay |

Maybe you're going through a hard time, or maybe it's a more deeply ingrained part of your nature--but whatever the cause, you're feeling anxious, insecure, vulnerable, unable to relax and let your guard down.

If this sounds like you, it might help you to learn some ways to clear and balance your first chakra.

This chakra--Muladhara in Sankrit--is the first of the seven chakras. It's the key to feeling grounded, safe, and secure in the world, and as such, it's the foundation for your health, and for the development of all your other chakras.

Clearing, balancing, and opening your first chakra can help you get your feet back under you when you're feeling like you're "losing your grip." It can help you relax, feel calmer and more secure, and let go of nagging fears. It can help you gain the feeling that you truly belong in the universe, and that everything will turn out basically alright for you.

That's a good feeling! When you feel deeply secure, you can turn your attention to more interesting things--relationships, art, creating, career, learning, spiritual development, rock-climbing, ferret-raising--the possibilities are endless!

You don't have to be a trained energy healer to heal your root chakra. Read on to learn 5 down-to-earth, satisfying ways that you can give your root chakra a "tune-up." But first:

Root chakra location

What is the Root Chakra?

The muladhara, or root chakra is located at the base of the spine. Its keyword is "survival." It relates to the physical self, self-preservation, survival instincts, our connection to our bodies and the earth, and our sense of safety, security, and belonging in the world. Its related color is red, and its related element is earth.

Is Your First Chakra Healthy?

Someone with a healthy root chakra will usually have a basic sense of security and safety in the world. They will be well- grounded, with "common sense." The practical side of their life will usually function fairly smoothly. They will have a sense of having (or being able to get) enough material resources to meet their needs. They will likely be fairly at ease with their own body, as well as their life. Often, though not always, they will have a relatively healthy physical body, with healthy bones, feet, legs, colon and adrenal glands. Their bowels will function well, and their weight will be in a healthy range.

5 Ways to Clear, Open, and Balance Your Root Chakra

If you feel you would benefit from clearing your first chakra, there are many practical, every-day things that you can do. Here are five ideas:

  1. walk, especially walk barefoot in nature
  2. mindfully eat healthy food, especially root vegetables or healthy "comfort food"
  3. create healthy order or structure in your life or home, such as creating a filing system or putting up shelves in the garage or basement
  4. repeat affirmations such as: "I am safe." " The universe is a good place." "Everything is going to work out just fine." "The universe provides for me abundantly." "All is well and I can let down my guard and rest."
  5. surround yourself with pleasing, earthy smells, such as essential oils of cedar, clove, or patchouli.

A First Chakra Blessing

I wish you abundance, health, and a deep sense of contentment and ease.

Learn More Ways To Balance, Align and Support Your 1st Chakra

Learn lots more fun, practical, down-to-earth activities and exercises to balance and align the first chakra (as well as the other six chakras!) in my book, "Chakra Care: Do-It-Yourself Energy Healing for a More Joyful, Loving, Fruitful Life." Learn more or buy it here.

Chakra Care by Nancy Hausauer

Intention Matters!

Remember, you are working with your subtle energy. Your intention matters! Before doing one of the activities above, set your intention. For example, you might set and hold the intention to clear and balance your first chakra, to build your sense of safety, security, and ability to survive in the world, to enhance your ability to tap into the universal abundance, to increase your ability to finish things that you start, etc.

Just make your purpose clear, perform the activity mindfully, and as you're doing it, occasionally take a moment to silently affirm that your actions are creating your intention. Using any of the activities in conjunction with the affirmations is also very effective.

Seek Professional Help If

Remember, these suggestions are not meant to replace qualified professional health care. If you have any concerns about your physical or mental health, seek the help of a qualified medical or mental health professional.

Learn More About the Chakras

Want to learn more about the chakras? Visit the Chakras Main Page for access to 19 other articles about the chakras, including

  • a page like this one for each of the chakras
  • general info about chakras and
  • more specific methods and techniques for healing them.

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Chakra Care book

Chakra Care:

Do-It-Yourself Energy Healing for a More Joyful, Loving, Fruitful Life

Learn to clear, nurture and support your chakras with 500 fun, down-to-earth activities. A user-friendly, practical guide, available as a paperback or Kindle. Learn more or buy it here.