Just like any tree in the forest, the nourishment needed to create an Oak from the sprouts of an acorn comes from the roots.
The Root Chakra is the base, the foundation and the seat for all of your desires. Many spiritual philosophies have taught that desire is bad, that it is a negative force that creates suffering. In some ways that can be true, but only when you are being ruled and enslaved by them.
Without desire, creation ceases to exist.
Matter remains still until it is acted on by an external force. Something has to either push or pull in order to create momentum and movement. This Universal Principal is true for planets in the solar system, for animate and inanimate objects on earth and for the human body as well.
If we were born into the world without the use of our limbs and never came into contact with any other moving objects, we would stay in one place until death. Yet even then we would not remain motionless, because inside our bodies - every second - there are cells dividing, hearts pumping, neurons firing, and DNA reproducing. Without those actions being performed within us, we would die almost as soon as we were given life.
If we want to stay alive, even on the most basic, carnal, instinctual level, we have to move. In order to perform an action, even one as basic as eating, we first have to desire food by experiencing hunger.
We can't obtain what we want if we don't know why we want it.
It is our desire that leads us towards our goals, keeps evolution flourishing and sustainable life possible in the Universe.
When a desire creeps it's way into our awareness, there are three possibilities. We either find a way to satisfy it, we decide it is not in our best interest and no longer hold the desire, or we give up and passively dismiss it - only to have it emerge over and over again until choice one or two is followed through.
So then the question becomes, “Is this desire helpful or hurtful to me. Will it help me align with my highest potential or will it become a hindrance to it.”
All desires have a purpose, even the harmful ones. They teach you about yourself. For instance, if you desire to sleep around with people you aren't compatible with, search deeper and you might discover that your father's death as a child made you feel abandoned and connecting with a male figure in an intimate way makes you feel vulnerable and uncomfortable. Therefore, your desire to protect yourself against abandonment is causing you to be promiscuous with men who want to push you away.
Ignoring and/or suppressing the negative desires makes it impossible to heal from the things that are blocking your energy and your life from moving forward.
The only way to get the Root's back in a place of nourishment and potential, is to be keenly aware and in control of your full reality. Your inner reality and your outer reality have to be in harmony. If your inner reality is choosing to ignore the truth of the outer world, you will live in fantasy and delusion. If you ignore your inner reality to meet the demands and temptations of society, you will become a slave to others. If you are not honest about every aspect of your inner and outer world (even those that lurk in the shadows), you will not be able to utilize your life properly.
It is only by balancing the two that alignment can be restored. You must know what your inner self desires and why, and have the ability to objectively view the world's limitations and it's available resources. Without those two things, we will never be able to take the steps necessary to accomplish our dreams.