The chakra is located at the base of the spine and is associated with ideas and patterns related to self-preservation, safety, security, instincts, ancestry, social order and survival. When this chakra is healthy, one feels grounded, stable, supported and full of vitality.
The main shadow emotion that creates imbalances is fear. It may be fear of loss, fear of abandonment, fear of death, fear of illness, fear of pain, fear of harm, fear from past situations or fear of the future.
PTSD Symptoms Associated with the Root Chakra:
Imbalances are indicated by feelings of anxiety, depression, feeling stuck, restlessness, poor focus, sluggishness, laziness, insecurity, fatigue, eating disorders, addictions or obsession with security. Also addictions, lack of safety/trust, feelings of dread or dissociation.
The root chakra rules the spine, pelvis, anus, colon, adrenal glands, coccyx, hips, legs, knees, ankles, feet, teeth, bones, and sense of smell. When the root chakra is functioning abnormally symptoms of pain, tension, dis-ease, and dysfunction may arise in these areas.