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Remember the Lotus

Whenever you should doubt your self-worth, remember the lotus flower.  Even though it plunges to life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.  Suzy Kassem. The lotus flower is considered a sacred symbol.  The Lotus symbolizes purity, beauty, majesty, grace, fertility, knowledge and serenity.  The lotus will fluorish in murky waters, pushing through mud and mire.  The petals break through and reach toward the sun, while the leaves stay afloat as they shine in the light.

Symbolically, lotus petals can be found in the chakra symbols.  Each chakra has a specific number of petals, representing ascending vibrational frequencies.  The state of enlightenment is represented by the thousand-petal lotus.

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Root Chakra (Muladhara)

The Root Chakra, or Muladhara, is the first chakra in the energy system.  It radiates from the base of the spine, and runs perpendicular to the ground.  The root chakra is traditionally associated with the adrenal glands above the kidneys.  A healthy root chakra will glow brilliant, clear red.

Associated with the earth element, a healthy root chakra results in feeling "grounded", or a feeling of being one with the earth.  Whether or not you make a strong and lasting impression depends upon the flow of energy through the root chakra.  We will have a healthy root chakra when we feel our basic physical needs are met and when we feel safe in our environment.

Location:  1st, base of spinal column
Color:  Red
Identity:  Physical, self-preservation, survival, grounding
Auric Field:  Etheric Body
Element:  Earth
Endocrine:  Adrenal glands
Unbalanced:  Insecure, financially unstable, failure to thrive, irrational fears
Balanced:  Secure, stable, courageous, well-grounded, centered and present in life
Supporting Crystals:  Ruby, red aventurine, red jasper, black tourmaline, hematite, garnet, smoky quartz, black obsidian, bloodstone
Aromatherapy:  Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Myrrh
Affirmation:  I AM.

DISCLAIMER:  This article is provided for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose.  If you have any of the issues listed in this article, seek assistance from a qualified medical or psychological professional.  The views expressed in this article are from a spiritual or energetic perspective only.

During early development, if we grew up in a threatening environment or did not have our physical needs properly addressed, we will have energetic issues with the root chakra that must be healed.  Properly healing and releasing the emotional scars associated with the root chakra will aid in healing and balancing the energy.  This can be accomplished with proper medical and/or psychological care and complementary therapies such as crystal healing, meditation, aromatherapy, color therapy and energy healing techniques such as Reiki or Quantum Touch.

Once we release any fears associated with safety and physical needs, we will achieve balance and will se an increase in our will to live.  Our fears will subside and we will have greater physical and emotional stamina.  We will feel more secure in our surroundings.  We will also find it easier to feel "grounded" and "present" in our lives.

To balance your root chakra, repeat the affirmation, or mantra, daily and release deep-held emotional blockages to feel grounded and present.  Draw upon the healing energy of the universe to fill your root chakra and heal with soothing red light.  Red Jasper is an excellent stone for balancing the energy of the root chakra.

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