Oct 28, 2019

The Crown Chakra

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The 7th Chakra, otherwise known as Sahasrara Chakra, or the crown chakra is located at the cerebral cortex and just above the head. Sahasrara’s color is violet or white, element is energy itself, and bija seed sound is a silent Om. The 7th chakra is known as the “thousand petaled lotus”, which symbolizes purity and spirituality. 

The essence of the 7th chakra is understanding and bliss. It is our highest energy center, both in the location at the top of the head and in it’s rate of vibration. Sahasrara is associated with liberation, knowledge, deep understanding, inner wisdom and a connection to source. It’s our ability to be guided by the divine, that which lives within each of us. This chakra represents union with our highest self.

Traumas or life experiences that can impact this chakra are a rigid upbringing (home, education, religion) that thwarts curiosity. Any spiritual abuse or being a member of an occult, extreme fundamentalism of any kind, invalidation of your own spiritual or moral beliefs. Being given false information or prevention of gaining further information. Being asked to blindly follow or obey, without the right or space to question. 

The shadow of Sahasrara is attachment. Both attachment to material things and to outdated thoughts and/or belief systems. 

The location of the 7th chakra is the crown of the head. The body parts most impacted by this chakra are all of the systems of the body, including, but not limited to the nervous system, dermal system, endocrine and immune systems. 

Physical issues that can arise with a Sahasrara imbalance are cranial or cerebral issues, diseases of the musculoskeletal system, skin problems, chronic exhaustion, hypersensitivity to light, sound and the environment around you. The immune system may be compromised and perhaps one experiences chronic or life-threatening illness. Auto-immune disorders. It can lead to amnesia, brain tumors, migraines, and cognitive delusions. 

In the mental/emotional body an imbalance in the direction of excess often times looks like over-intellectualism, addiction to a spiritual practice or religion, confusion, dissociation from your body. 

On the other hand, a deficiency in crown chakra can lead to depression or the inability to find joy in your life, chronic fatigue and a lack of energy to get moving, spiritual cynicism, learning difficulties, rigid belief systems (attachment), apathy, materialism, and greed. 

I was raised in the church. When I was about 5 my parents made the difficult decision to leave their home church to attend a new one. We later found out that the pastor of our old church, where my parents had been attending for many years had been sexually abusing young teenage boys for decades, and it had been covered up by the larger community. Although I was very young and really did not understand I believe it deeply impacted my spiritual path. I learned more about the impact later in my life as I witnessed the deep impact it had on my father. He was a counselor at the time and worked with some of the boys who had been abused. The suicide rate of these boys was high. It was devastating. This led to a lack of trust and a very high radar for abuse in the spiritual realm. 

I chose to leave the church when I was in my late teens. There were many reasons for this and over the years I have felt a deep sense of betrayal. The core values of Christ seemed to be falling further and further away. It didn’t make sense. The rigid beliefs, even when presented with new information, seemed outdated and hypocritical. I feel lucky that I was raised by parents who supported my choice and did not force me to believe in something that didn’t feel safe to me. They encouraged me to question, to find my own path. 

And thank God for yoga. This practice has connected me back to spirit. In my own authentic way. To the values that are at the core of every spiritual practice, before ego, greed, power and control take hold. Values like compassion and honesty, integrity and justice. This is why we are here. To take care of one another. To see that we are all connected; that my thoughts, my words, my actions impact the whole. May I do the necessary work to heal so that I no longer transmit my hurt out into the world. Amen. 

Tips and Tools to Heal the 7th Chakra:

Self-care practices:

  • Prayer
  • Re-establish the mind-body connection (yoga)
  • Re-establish a connection to source
  • Study, learn, read
  • Find a spiritual discipline (consistent over a long period of time, with enthusiasm)
  • Meditation
  • Silence. Get quiet. Turn off the noise.
  • Aromatherapy: Rosewood
  • Hike to the highest point available. Witness the world from above.
  • Cultivate a morning ritual, when the energy is most expansive, before the sunrise.
  • Rest and restore the physiology. Create daily habits that are aligned to nature (dinacharya)

Yoga Poses and Pranayama: 

  • Seated meditation--palms together over your head
  • Headstand
  • Dancer
  • Alternate nostril breathing
  • Downward Dog
  • Restorative postures

Mantra:

  • I am at peace with myself
  • I am
  • Divinity resides within me
  • I am guided by the divine
  • I am open to new ideas

Why balance your 7th chakra? 

When the crown chakra is balanced we have the ability to perceive, analyze and assimilate information. We are open-minded and able to question our beliefs. We are connected to spirit. A balanced 7th chakra allows us to feel fulfilled and on purpose, as if we are living as our truest, highest self. It is a sense of bliss. 

 


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