Below you will find a summary of what is included in this article. If you’re short on time, you can click straight through to a particular section rather than read the whole article:
- Signs your root chakra is overactive
- Causes of an overactive root chakra
- How to fix an overactive root chakra
In this article, I am going to provide some information about what causes an overactive root chakra, what are the signs you have this issue, and how it can be corrected. First of all, I just wanted to say that it is unusual for a spiritual seeker to have an overactive root chakra. (It’s much more common to have an underactive root chakra.)
If you look around on the internet, you’ll find that there isn’t much information out there about having an overactive root chakra and that is because hardly any spiritual people have this issue! So if you are a spiritual seeker who believes they have this issue, pay close attention to the description below. By reading it, you will find out if your root chakra is in fact overactive, or if you have misdiagnosed the problem.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the article, just a bit of general info about the root chakra:
The root chakra can be found at the base of the spine (at the perineum) and it is connected with the colour red. On a physical level, the root chakra affects the health of the adrenals, colon, rectum, blood, feet and legs. This chakra is the centre of our wellbeing in the material world. On an energetic level, it’s our foundation, and it’s most concerned with our primal needs, such as survival, money, tribe, family, community, shelter, food, warmth, safety and comfort.
(Note: in most periods in history, our survival was closely linked to our tribe and community. If we displeased our community, we could be cast out of the tribe and lose our life. This is why the root chakra represents family and tribe, although it hasn’t caught up to the fact that in our modern times, exile doesn’t = death!)
Here are some signs of an overactive root chakra:
1. An over-preoccupation with money
If you are the kind of person who will sacrifice your principles or throw your dignity to one side, in order to make a quick buck, that is a sign your root chakra is overactive.
If you feel like you need to be pushy, aggressive or manipulative in order to ensure your material needs are met, that’s also a sign that your root chakra is overactive. I’m thinking about those people you knew from high school and who you haven’t heard from in 20 years, who message you on Facebook about their latest MLM (multi-level marketing) scheme and act like your best friend in order to make a quick buck off of you. Those people have overactive root chakras.
Unethical business people who don’t care about their reputation or the customer’s satisfaction, as long as they make money, have overactive root chakras. People who use and abuse their connections to make money, have an overactive root chakra. People who break the law to make money have overactive root chakras.
Those who have sex with people for money often have overactive root chakras. If money is your God and you will do anything and screw anyone over to get it, that’s a sign your root chakra is ruling the show.
It isn’t ideal for the root chakra to rule the show.
The root chakra is the base chakra, and it is most concerned with our survival and getting our basic needs met. Of course, our basic needs are important, and we must meet them, but they should not become the sole focus of life. It is much healthier to try to meet our basic needs, and then when they are met, make other things the focus of our lives, such as relationships, a fulfilling career, and/or spiritual connection.
Let’s have a look at the second sign that your root chakra is overactive…
The root chakra thrives on set routines. It’s nourishing for the root chakra when we get up at the same time each day, eat at the same time, and do the same activities each week. Having a routine can provide us with stability, which is why it is beneficial for the root chakra. However, when the root chakra is overactive, we cling to our routines. We absolutely have to do the same things at the same time every day. We refuse to break our routines and we can become a pain to those around us when we operate this way, because some flexibility is needed in life, in order to take advantage of opportunities and go with the flow at times. So if you’re the kind of person who is obsessive about your routines, and you get very upset when they are broken, this is a sign of an overactive root chakra.
Now let’s look at the third major sign of an overactive root chakra:
3. A ‘Never enough’ mentality
Someone with an overactive root chakra usually has what I call ‘never enough’ syndrome. Their mentality is grasping, selfish and greedy. They are like bottomless pits. You could shower them with support, resources, and love but they do not feel like they have enough and they are never satisfied. If they have 1 million dollars in the bank, they feel poor and worry that they are going to lose their money at any moment. This makes them mean and stingy. They become takers. This is the kind of person who invites friends over for dinner but expects their friends to bring the meal or contribute towards it. They never give to charity. They do not recognise what they have or the blessings that life has given them. Such a person may also have a shopping addiction or tend towards hoarding.
Is Your Root Chakra Overactive?
In order for your root chakra to be overactive, you would have to see at least one of the major signs above. If none of the signs above apply to you, your root chakra is not overactive. If you’re a spiritual person (which I would guess you are if you are reading this article) but you feel your root chakra is out of balance, you may well be right, but it’s more likely that it’s underactive.
Now let’s look at what causes an overactive root chakra.
The primary cause for an overactive root chakra is trauma. Trauma by its nature is a sudden, unexpected and life-threatening event (or something we perceive to be life-threatening), such as a natural disaster, the death of a loved one, or the loss of one’s career or financial resources. Most people with an overactive root chakra suffered trauma during childhood. They often experienced neglect and lack growing up, and that is often why they cling so strongly to material resources now. Sometimes the trauma was emotional, and that can also cause an overactive root chakra when the person turns to the material world to fill a void.
How to Heal an Overactive Root Chakra
Trauma can cause both an underactive and an overactive root chakra, and the solution to both scenarios, is to heal the trauma. I won’t cover the topic of trauma healing in this article (simply because it is such a big topic that I’ve already covered elsewhere) – I talk about options to heal trauma in this article: How To Identify & Release Traumatic Stress.
If you resonated with the descriptions above, I highly recommend you read that article. If you’re interested in learning more about how you balance your chakra system, you might like to check out my Chakra Meditation.