The root chakra performs as the root of the body, supporting solid bone structure and spiritual connection to the earth and the material world around us. A healthy root chakra sustains physical and mental health and allows us to feel secure and safe during our journey through life. When the root chakra is not balanced, all the other chakras may go out of line.
Trust versus mistrust is closely related to the body’s root chakra development. When considering psychologist Erik Erickson’s stages of development, for example, if a child’s guardian is a good character and provides the child with what they need, it will feel secure in the world around them. But if not, it will feel the opposite.
Within root chakras, people carry ancestral memories, including difficult histories of war, famine, and natural disasters. These generational traumas can create patterns of behaviors in our own lives but can heal through balancing exercises.