Your Root Chakra: Fixing It When It’s Out of Balance

Let’s talk about your root chakra, shall we?

Quick note – this is not perfect or comprehensive. This is what’s occurring to me now to share with you in a moment of my own crisis. If I’ve missed something big, please feel free to leave a comment.

Your root chakra is at the base of all your chakras. It’s responsible for your spine, your feet, your kidneys, and way more. It’s also closely tied to your feelings of safety and security.

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Your root chakra is associated with the color red primarily, and meditating on or surrounding yourself with the color red can help you to realign your root chakra.

When your root chakra is working as it should, you’re confident and secure with in your place in the world. When it isn’t, you’re likely to experience a variety of issues.

Out of Balance or Blocked Root Chakra

When your root chakra is out of balance or blocked, you’re likely to be angry, insecure, and just feel as if you’re constantly on the edge of fight or flight. You might also have physical pain, especially in your lower back. Modern Western medicine is quick to dismiss the chakra system, but some physicians are opening up to the possibilities that this area, the lower back and sacral area in particular, have some ties to how you’re feeling on an emotional level.

Why Tell You This Today?

Let me tell you something before we get to fixing imbalances.

I woke up today angry. Not just angry, but absolutely furious at my deepest core. This past weekend’s events in Charlottesville, VA were horrifying and evil. Not unsurprising, unfortunately, considering that white supremacy and racism are the very foundations upon which this nation was built.

And this needs to change. “Smash the white supremacist patriarchy” is on my to do list every single day. Every day. Marginalized groups everywhere have to deal with this every day and if you’re white? It’s now your fight, too.

So yesterday, when Tangerine Nightmare stood in front of a bank of reporters and claimed that counter-protesters were violent and that white supremacists were really great folks, I lost my grip a bit on reality. I have never been so angry in my life.

WE MUST DO BETTER. And when I woke up just as angry with my lower back aching and screaming, I knew I had to get a grip or I would be useless.

If you are angry, you have to be able to channel that anger into action. That’s what anger is really good for: Serving as fuel for the action that is to come.

Now, let’s get that anger moving in the right direction.

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What Worked for Me Today

You’ve got a lot more tools available to you for an imbalanced/blocked root chakra than you think.

Here’s what I did this morning:

  • I took a bath in Epsom salts.
  • I infused the bath with Reiki.
  • I meditated, focusing on a red flame in my root chakra. At first, it was small, like a pilot light. My guides whispered, “Bigger. Bigger.” And it became a bank of red flames. Gorgeous stuff.
  • I did some SoulClicks meditating. [See also: Get your own SoulClicks activation.]
  • I remembered that we are living in the Time of Towers and I visualized a better world. Destruction must come before rebuilding, but it’s hard. So hard. I know that I am here for a reason, even if I don’t fully understand that reason yet.

By the time I left the salt bath, I wasn’t just calmer. My back didn’t hurt anymore and I could think clearly. The fire in my root has direction.

Now, just because this worked for me today, that doesn’t mean it would work for me every time my root chakra is out of whack.

Fixing Imbalances in Your Root Chakra

There is SO much you can do for a blocked root chakra.

Mantras and Affirmations

Mantras and affirmations give your brain something to settle on and to hold while you center yourself. Used regularly, they can even be the source of your centering. Mantras to use for your root chakra:

  • I am safe.
  • I am grounded.
  • I have all that I need.
  • I am at peace within my surroundings.
  • I trust.
  • I stand in my power.
  • I am connected.
  • I am abundant.


In general, you’re going to want grounding stones, like hematite, black tourmaline, smokey quartz. Also, red stones work wonders. Red jasper, red carnelian, garnet, ruby. Don’t have one of these crystals available? Search for a picture and invite the stone in the picture to help you. May seem woo woo, but it can work, so don’t knock it.

Essential Oils

You can get all complicated with this or simply put a few drops of the oil you choose from this list into an inhaler. {affiliate link} When you need extra help, take a few deep breaths from the inhaler. So, oils:

  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Sandalwood
  • Cedarwood
  • Ylang ylang
  • Rosemary
  • Patchouli
  • Palo santo


So many people make this so complicated. It doesn’t have to be. Go sit outside. Plant your butt or your feet directly on the earth and just be for a few minutes. If you’re lucky enough to have a wooded area, go deeply into it. Can’t do any of that? Close your eyes and imagine roots going deep into the earth. Don’t have time for that or you’re doing something like driving? Put your hand over your heart and take five or six super deep breaths.

Salt Cleansing

Salt is incredibly cleansing, particularly in terms of energy. That link is to a search for different options for energetic cleansing with salt. Most people recommend sea salt, but Epsom salts work fantastically well. Also, most people are deficient in magnesium and could use a dunk in Epsom salts now and again.

Energy Brushing

In a pinch, brushing the energy of your aura can help you to do some good for your root and other chakras. Start with a hand at the base of your belly, a few inches under your belly button. Hold your hands parallel to your body, about an inch or two away, and sweep upwards and outwards. You’re disrupting the flow and helping to create a more positive flow of energy.


Meditating can do so, so much for you. It calms your brain and allows you to focus. But it’s not difficult. Sit in a quiet, comfortable spot. Clear your brain as much as you can and focus on your breathing. When a thought pops in, not if – when, refocus on your breathing. The idea here isn’t that you’re going to fully clear your brain, because you won’t. What you’re doing is giving your brain a break. It gets easier, so stick with it. Also, if you’re new to meditating, don’t go for a half hour out of the gate. Start with a minute. Two minutes. Work your way up.

Energy Healing and Clearing

Use Reiki, if you can, to help clear your energy. So many practitioners, me included, offer free group Reiki sessions. I offer a free mid-month Reiki group session every month over on my Facebook page. Stop by, click “Going,” and you’re signed up. If you need more intensive Reiki, let me know. There are tons of other options, such as SoulClicks. Gwynne explains it so much better than I could, so read her post about her unique energy system. Find what works for you and what you love.

Dance, Move, Get Active

The root chakra is your base, your root. It’s all about movement and physicality. Move, get active. Do whatever is within your ability to do. Have an impromptu dance party with your favorite music. Go for a run. Do yoga or Pilates. Do something active.

Meet Your Physical Needs

Remember, the root chakra is all about security, safety. If your needs aren’t being met, you’re not going to feel safe and secure. Have you eaten? When did you last have a big glass of water? Look for whatever physical needs you need to meet now and solve those issues if at all possible.

There’s more. There’s so much more, but this is already so very long. These basics should help you get started. Remember: Your root chakra is your base. If it’s out of balance and not working properly, the rest of you will have a difficult time functioning.

The Problem with Being Too Positive

Is being too positive really a problem? More and more coaches and spiritual folk seem to be telling their followers that the only way to achieve higher vibrations is to remain positive all the time, no matter what. And if you’re not, you’re the problem, the block, the thing keeping you from abundance. This is artificial positivity.

Death - but not the physical kind.Aside:

I do a daily card pull, sometimes oracle cards, sometimes tarot cards. Today’s card was Death. It’s scary for a lot of people, but it’s not referring to actual, physical death. This card most often references transformation, rebirth, and moving on. It can be representative of embracing all of the aspects of yourself and your psyche, the good and the bad, which allows you to have the room for spiritual growth. I drew the card after writing this post, and it was too synchronous not to include it within the post.

Back to the topic at hand.

“But, wait, too positive?” you might be asking.

If you’re following a lot of different FLEB folks, it might just be considered the height of ascension, honestly. Kelly is far more eloquent than I on the subject of the Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brand, so I encourage you to check out that post and many others throughout her site.

In a nutshell, many of the people espousing this belief system might shame you or tsk at you if you express even the slightest bit of negativity at any point. Because positivity will lead you to the promised land of abundance and your true, full life here in this reality.

The problem that I (and many others) see with this way of thinking is that it doesn’t leave much room for realism and pragmatic thinking. If you focus solely on the positive and never venture into some of the negatives, how will you ever understand all of the lessons this life is here to teach you?

As Gwynne points out:

What you ignore festers. What you refuse to confront because it’s in the dark scary places of your soul rots and mutates until you no longer recognize it as part of yourself, even though it is, always was, and always will be.”

You can read the full post on Gwynne’s profile – it’s definitely worth the visit for the truth bombs that she drops throughout.

Call it shadow work, call it mirror work, call it whatever you like. This type of deep delving is essential if you’re ever going to get whatever it is that you’re striving for.

We all want to get to that Nirvana of receiving all that the Universe has to shower down upon us, but it’s not all glitter and girlboss. There’s a lot of shit you’ll have to slog through, too, if you’re being true to yourself and to your soul work.

When you ignore the other side of the coin, does it matter what you’re really being so positive about?

That positive energy is never going to live up to its full potential if you can’t deal with any of the negative flip sides that are following you around.

Reality doesn’t go away because you only want to see the butterflies and unicorns. The butterflies and unicorns are fantastic, but they don’t exist in a vacuum.

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Don’t ignore your full reality because some “guru” or coach is telling you that you have to only be positive. If someone is shaming you for facing your reality head on, that person is not looking out for your best interests, no matter how much you’ve paid that person. There’s more work to do than simply reframing your thinking to keep it positive.

Positivity and encouraging positive thoughts completely has its place, but it isn’t everything.