As the first of 7 primary chakras, it’s crucial to have a healthy root chakra in order to be able to balance the other 6 chakras. Read on to discover the signs and symptoms of a blocked root chakra & how your root chakra becomes blocked.
The Root Chakra is our fundamental connection to one of our two sources of energy: Mother Earth from below, Gaia, the feminine energy, and Divine love, as opposed to Spirit energy from above, the masculine, connecting us to Sacred wisdom.
By balancing our chakras, we are able to experience a balanced life that is full of all the emotions and experiences that we all long for: self-love, great romantic relationships, new adventures, overflowing abundance, a career we love, closure with enemies, we feel seen & heard, and we know our personal purpose.
The journey to 7 balanced chakras cannot begin until we first address the starting point, the foundation, the root. That’s why in this blog, I’m covering the signs of a blocked root and how to heal so you can begin your life of wholeness.
Chakras are energy hubs, affected by internal emotional states, belief systems, and external influences. The biggest factor that blocks the root chakra is usually our childhood trauma and beliefs around scarcity and security.
The root chakra has an important influence on our adrenal glands and because of that, if our root chakra functions poorly, so will our adrenal glands. This looks like, autoimmune issues, weak immune system, sluggishness, and adrenal fatigue. Root chakra blockage symptoms can also be chronic anxiety, leg/knee injuries, low back tightness, struggle with change difficulty receiving criticism, and difficulty making decisions.
Healing a blocked root chakra can feel like a lost cause for some. Read on to discover our methods to heal and get our 7 free chakra healing meditations to get started.
Importance Of The Root Chakra
Have you ever seen a banyan tree before?
I used to see them often in Hawaii and the root system was incredible to me. The roots weaved hundreds of feet far past the perimeter of the tree’s branches.
What was most incredible was the banyans that grew right on the coast. They would be hammered by powerful waves all winter. Somehow the trees not only stood but thrived.
It was because of the tree’s powerful roots that it was able to thrive despite the force that was inflicted all winter long.
Your chakra system is just like that tree. If your roots are strong and healthy, the tree will flourish no matter the conditions that are thrown at you.
The other chakras cannot thrive unless the roots are able to gather life force from the Earth 🌏
For those with root chakra trauma, it often does us no good to heal the other blocked chakras until we heal the root.
How The Root Chakra Gets Blocked
Chakras are energy hubs. Energy is also known as Prana or Life Force, however sometimes it’s easier to think of energy as electric.
This energy is free flowing in balance throughout the body at birth but through external influences of parents, peers, and direct experiences as a child, this creates a programming.
Your programming is how this electric in your body is wired to operate.
For example: If you’re told that, “Money is hard to come by” as a child, you will have an imbalanced root chakra that tends to become wired this way.
Programming directly impacts your energetic body, and thus, it creates a unique perception (AKA a unique lens) through which you see the world.
Your programming perpetuates certain beliefs, influences certain emotional states, limits your manifestations, and can even create sickness in the body.
Each chakra is developed in a certain age range. The root chakra is developed and programmed from ages 0 to 12.
This means that whatever happened to you during this time tends to dictate the wiring of how balanced your root chakra will be as an adult.
Common Situations that Block the Root Chakra
If external influences are what wires in the way that our energy hubs (chakras) operate, what blocks the root chakra?
Here are some possibilities…
- Having a traumatic experience happen to you as a young child such as physical abuse or emotional abuse.
- Being surrounded by high amounts of scarcity or poverty that caused parental conflict as a young child
- Parents or a maternal/paternal figure “leaving” in some way, whether that’s literal or even just emotional
These are examples of traumas that impact your sense of safety, security, and stability.
But also remember that just our everyday belief systems influence chakras too. So even if there was not a significant trauma, here are some beliefs that could’ve affected your root chakra’s wiring:
- Always choose safety and comfort.
- Don’t take risks.
- The world is dangerous.
It’s also affected by feelings of being not seen, not heard, and not enough from age 0-12.
But wait If you have a blocked root chakra, don’t assume that’s its necessarily caused by something outside of you…
Other Things That Could Block the Root Chakra
Just because there is something that happened to you as a young child that could’ve been linked to a blocked root chakra doesn’t mean it it’s the cause.
Because that would mean we live in a purely Newtonian paradigm where things happen in a linear way where something happens in point A in time and it causes point B in the future.
Because trauma X happened to me in the past, I am now a person who is a victim of an overactive root chakra.
That’s not entirely true.
We exist in a quantum field after all!
You have to consider soul destiny, past life karma, and astrological imprint at birth.
We believe that for many, as terrible as their traumas were that caused their chakra to be wired a certain way, it is their astrological imprint at birth that in some way destines them for a specific childhood. Past life karma also influences this.
When you take this into account, it doesn’t discredit the pain of your experiences. What it does is give you your power back where you can say, “Okay, this all happened to me for a reason because I have a mission here on earth of what I’m here to learn and discover.”
This Inner-standing allows you to actually shift the wiring of your root chakra and life in a feeling of safety, groundedness, and abundance instead.
Signs of a Blocked Root Chakra
Maybe at this point, you’re wondering, how do I even know if have a blocked root chakra? Let’s dive into the signs & symptoms…
Chronic anxiety can be the result of MANY different chakra blockages however, it is often caused is by an imbalanced root chakra.
An imbalanced root chakra creates a subconscious fear of the unknown. You may subconsciously project out the worst case scenario at all times. Or maybe, you constantly feel unsafe.
And because all of those root chakra fears are subconscious, on the surface all you feel is anxiety.
Each chakra rules a different endocrine gland. The root chakra is the dictator of the adrenal glands.
The adrenal glands regulate the fight or flight response and thus, regulate your sympathetic nervous system. They also regulate the production of Cortisol which plays an important role in immense function.
Unsurprisingly, living in subconscious fear all the time highly stresses the adrenal glands since your body constantly thinks it’s in danger. Poorly functioning adrenal glands affect the production of cortisol which then affects immune function.
When you stress your adrenal glands long enough, your body could manifest an autoimmune response which means your body now attacks its own adrenal glands.
Weak Immune System or Constantly Sick
Similarly, in an overactive root chakra situation where you are constantly taxing the adrenal glands, you may ask your body to produce excess cortisol. This basically makes your anti-inflammatory response too strong which actually stops your immune system from working as it should.
On the other hand, weak adrenal glands and a blocked root chakra could create lower levels of cortisol. This could make your body have an overreaction to toxins, creating an immune response TOO often. That leads to chronic inflammation and/or being sick all the time.
On the note of adrenal glands, let’s also add how this affects energy. When the adrenal glands are taxed too much for too long it weakens them. They become unable to produce enough cortisol, as well as adrenaline and norepinephrine, to get you through your day.
You’ll notice this in a feeling of always being tired or unable to lift your energy up.
Sometimes, you can catch this by noticing if you drink more and more amounts of coffee.
The root chakra rules our connection to the ground and earth. Our legs and knees connect us down to that primal groundedness. If you often manifest issues in your legs or knees, it could be because of a lack of connection to a sense of safety and security.
Struggle with Change/Difference
This is one of the more common symptoms of a blocked root chakra. Struggle with change comes to form a feeling of not being safe or secure. Change requires adapting to a new unknown (even if it’s fairly predictable) and our primal brains see the unknown as dangerous. This also manifests as a desire for things to stay the same.
- Those with just a partially blocked root chakra will feel this fear of change but will be able to rationalize their fear of change and still make forward movement.
- Those with a more significant imbalance will struggle in the days or weeks before and after a change.
- Those with a most significant root chakra imbalance will spend their whole life trying to avoid all changes of any type.
Difficulty Making Decisions
Making decisions requires activity in the prefrontal cortex. People with a blocked root chakra have trouble bringing attention to the part of their brains because there is so much activity happening for them in the hippocampus, which is the memory center of the brain.
This is a survival mechanism that comes from the feeling of not being safe and secure and so, this person recalls past memories and projects them into the future in order to create a sense of predictability in the future. Projecting the future based on past memories also allows them to consider worst case scenarios and be prepared for them.
Difficulty Receiving Criticism
Criticism is interpreted in the brain as possible rejection.
Difficulty receiving criticism could very well be due to a sacral chakra imbalance however, there is a place where fear in the sacral chakra overlaps with the fear of the root chakra. Both chakras dictate the fear of rejection.
Fear of rejection can trigger a feeling of unworthiness associated with the Sacral Chakra.
At the same time, fear of rejection can trigger a primal safety that comes from knowing that if you are rejected from the tribe, it meant death.
Thus, if you feel sad, angry, or hurt when you’re criticized for something you do, this could be an indicator of a blocked root or sacral chakra.
Other Symptoms of a Blocked Root Chakra
Now that you understand the correlation between the adrenal glands and the root chakra, here are some other symptoms of a root chakra imbalance manifested through adrenal fatigue…
- Asthma or allergies
- Dry skin
- Extreme tiredness an hour after exercise
- Frequent urination
- Joint pain
- Loss of muscle tone
- Low blood pressure
- Low blood sugar
- Low sex drive
- Low back pain
- Poor circulation
- Weight gain
Can You Heal The Root Chakra?
For many with a blocked root chakra, especially those who have already tried to do the work to heal, it can feel like a lost cause to try and heal.
You feel like you’ll never be free of the fear, the anxiety, the lack, the poverty, or the pain. But I’m here to tell you, it is possible to feel whole, loved, and abundant.
I’ve seen it happen in even the most hurt people.
This is the process we support you in Be The Hero Academy ❤️ If you’re somebody who thinks…
- I’m tired of living in anxiety or sluggishness
- I want to be a person who can handle change
- I’m tired of battling this autoimmune issue
- I want to feel safe and secure once and for all
- I don’t want to keep repeating past cycles
Then join Be The Hero Academy, our Live Group Coaching Membership, and we’ll help you heal your chakras, break the patterns of your old self, and feel more joy and love.
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