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Transform and Transcend - Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

The crown chakra, located at the top of the "chakra ladder," is the seventh chakra in the system. It begins from the base of the spine with the Muladhara chakra, which connects us to the Earth and ascends to the crown of the head, linking us to the divine source of creation. In a step-ladder pattern, the lower chakras store and direct psychological and mental tendencies towards the sixth chakra, the Ajna chakra, which ultimately opens up to the crown chakra.

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)

The Crown Chakra, known as Sahasrara in Sanskrit, translates to "thousand-petaled" and blossoms at the top of the head. Symbolically represented as a lotus flower, it serves as the energy centre responsible for thought, awareness, wisdom, and our connection to the divine. It is also referred to as Shunnya or Niralambapuri. The primary theme of the seventh chakra is associated with the highest level of consciousness attainable by an individual.

A balanced crown chakra brings a profound sense of inner peace and harmony that transcends dualism. It allows for the experience of eternal happiness and establishes a connection with a reality beyond rational thinking. Sahasrara represents the focus on control and activity of fundamental consciousness within a being, depending on its level of arousal and energy.

The energy of the crown chakra enables the experience of mystical oneness with all beings and nature. The colour violet represents spirituality, with the shortest wavelength and the highest vibration in the visible spectrum of light.

  • Seed sound: Ah

  • Frequency: 480 Hz

  • Seed mantra: OM (to be silently hummed)

The element associated with the third eye chakra is light. On a physical level, the crown chakra is associated with the cerebral cortex, skull, and brain. Mentally, individuals with a balanced violet colour frequency are open-minded, curious, and deep thinkers. Emotionally, the crown chakra manifests as deep grief and sadness, coexisting with the joy of living and an acceptance of the journey of life. And spiritually, it signifies the ability to give selflessly without the need for acknowledgement.

The sixth chakra, known as the third eye chakra, is responsible for pattern recognition and is often referred to as the "seeing" chakra. The element associated with the third eye is light, which grants us the ability to perceive and comprehend the shapes and forms of the world around us. However, this chakra extends far beyond mere physical sight, as it enables us to perceive the existence of things that can only be revealed through inner vision. The third eye chakra serves as a witness to the internal screen where memories, fantasies, images, archetypes, intuition, and imagination are displayed. It is through this chakra that we derive meaning and consciousness in our everyday lives. The third eye chakra serves as our gut feeling, inner teacher, and a source of powerful intuition.

Where Is Crown Crown Located?

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)

By understanding the position of the Ajna Chakra, you can also locate the Crown Chakra.

Begin by placing your wrist at the Ajna Chakra, located between the eyebrows. Extend your fingers upward, pointing towards the centre of the head. The point where your fingers reach the head signifies the crown of the head. The seventh chakra is situated several inches above the crown of the head. It is often depicted as a radiant crown, symbolizing the upward flow of energy. Known as the Crown Chakra or the thousand-petal lotus of light, it represents the illumination of enlightenment.

From an anatomical perspective, the Crown Chakra is associated with the pituitary and pineal glands and is connected to the hypothalamus in the brain, which regulates hormone secretion in the body. It's positioning close to the brain and the entire nervous system highlights its significance.

Within the Sahasrara, the Ida and Pingala channels, which have already converged at the Ajna Chakra, connect with the central Sushumna channel. When both Nadi channels are fully open and all the chakras are balanced, the energy flowing from the Muladhara Chakra to the Sahasrara connects us with our highest self.

The Color of Crown Chakra

The crown chakra is associated with the colour violet, which represents our connection to heavenly energy and fosters a sense of interconnectedness. The frequency of the violet colour stimulates spiritual thoughts, feelings, and practices such as meditation and experiencing oneness.

Positive aspects of the violet colour frequency include:

  • Appreciation for all forms of life

  • Willingness to make self-sacrifices

  • Idealistic outlook

  • Ability to discern the right path for the betterment of one's higher self

Negative aspects of the violet colour frequency may manifest as:

  • Lack of concern for the happiness and well-being of others

  • Feelings of superiority and egoism

  • Disconnection from reality, often driven by materialistic pursuits

The Symbol of Crown Chakra

Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra) Symbol

The symbol of the crown chakra, with its thousand-petal lotus, embodies an attitude of gratitude and attunement to the highest levels of consciousness and the divine. This symbolic representation is depicted as a lotus flower with numerous petals, signifying infinity and boundless potential.

The crown chakra symbol consists of:

  • A circle: Symbolizing the full moon, it represents openness and the awakening of the conscious mind.

  • Thousand petals: These petals signify the evolution of an individual's consciousness and their connection to the divine. They represent our unity with abundance, eternity, and the interconnectedness of all aspects of existence.

Characteristics of Balanced Crown Chakra

When the crown chakra is balanced, it instils a profound sense of connection to the world, providing limitless energy, inner peace, love, wholeness, and gratitude.

The karmic lesson associated with the crown chakra is to release earthly attachments and ego, allowing ourselves to be guided by something greater than ourselves for a divine purpose.

When the crown chakra is in balance, we become aware of our higher selves and the spiritual essence within us. We understand that our lives are influenced by divine intelligence and that the circumstances we are born into are part of a larger plan. We can surrender to situations beyond our control while making the best of them.

In a balanced state, the Sahasrara chakra manifests the following characteristics:

  1. Connected: Feeling a deep connection to the world and recognizing our unity with all beings.

  2. Knowledge: Having a heightened awareness and understanding of spiritual truths and universal wisdom.

  3. Guided: Trusting in the guidance of divine intelligence and surrendering to a higher purpose.

  4. Spirituality: Embracing our spiritual nature and recognizing ourselves as spiritual beings on a human journey.

  5. Letting go of the illusion of possession: Recognizing that material possessions are transient and detaching ourselves from their hold over us.

  6. Not taking things personally: Understanding that we cannot control the actions of others and learning not to internalize their behaviour.

  7. Releasing the illusion of dependency: Embracing our inherent worthiness and realizing that external sources cannot complete us.

  8. Letting go of discontentment: Realizing that truth and contentment come from within and releasing dissatisfaction.

  9. Having faith in oneself: Believing in our obilities, strengths, and potential beyond self-imposed limitations.

  10. Trusting oneself and instincts: Recognizing the divine wisdom within and relying on our intuition and inner guidance.

Characteristics of Imbalanced Crown Chakra

Underactive or Blocked Crown Chakra

Common symptoms of an underactive Crown Chakra include:

  • Lack of Spiritual Connection: Feeling disconnected or distant from spiritual experiences.

  • Closed-Mindedness: Resisting new ideas and perspectives, being closed-minded.

  • Existential Discomfort: Struggling with questions of purpose and existence.

  • Difficulty in Meditation: Finding it challenging to engage in meditation or spiritual practices.

  • Lack of Inspiration: Feeling uninspired and devoid of creative or spiritual energy.

  • Feeling Aimless: Experiencing a lack of direction or purpose in life.

  • Closed to Higher Consciousness: Feeling closed off to higher states of consciousness and enlightenment.

  • Depersonalization: Experiencing a sense of depersonalization or disconnection from the self.

  • Lack of Spiritual Awareness: Noticing a diminished awareness of spiritual dimensions and insights.

  • Resistance to Transcendence: Strong resistance to transcendent experiences or expanded states of awareness.

Overactive Crown Chakra

Common symptoms of an overactive Crown Chakra include:

  • Overthinking: Constantly overanalyzing and excessively dwelling on spiritual matters.

  • Disconnected from Reality: Feeling a sense of detachment from the physical world.

  • Spiritual Arrogance: Developing a superiority complex regarding spiritual beliefs.

  • Impractical Ideals: Pursuing spiritual ideals to the detriment of practical aspects of life.

  • Headaches: Experiencing persistent headaches and tension in the head.

  • Difficulty Grounding: Struggling to stay grounded and centered in daily life.

  • Neglect of Physical Needs: Disregarding basic physical needs due to an intense focus on spiritual matters.

  • Isolation: Withdrawing from social interactions and everyday activities.

  • Inability to Set Boundaries: Difficulty setting boundaries with others or distinguishing personal space.

What causes the Crown Chakra imbalance?

Causes of Imbalances and Blockages in the Crown Chakra:

  1. Spiritual Awakening: A sudden or intense spiritual awakening can sometimes disrupt the balance of the crown chakra. The rapid expansion of consciousness and new spiritual experiences may overwhelm the individual, leading to imbalances.

  2. Limited Beliefs: Holding onto rigid or limited belief systems can create blockages in the crown chakra. When we are closed off to new ideas or resistant to spiritual growth, it can hinder the flow of energy in this chakra.

  3. Abuse or Persecution for Spiritual Beliefs: Experiencing abuse or persecution due to one's spiritual beliefs can deeply affect the crown chakra. Traumatic experiences and suppression of one's spiritual expression can lead to imbalances and blockages in this energy centre.

How to Balance Crown Chakra?

Practice Meditation with Mantra and Mudras

To attain balance in the crown chakra, you can engage in a simple yet effective practice involving hand mudras, particularly the Uttarabodhi Mudra, along with the sacred mantra 'OM', while focusing your awareness on the crown chakra area.

The term "Uttarabodhi" combines the Sanskrit words "Uttara," meaning "upwards," and "Bodhi," meaning "closer to awakening" or enlightenment. Therefore, Uttarabodhi Mudra signifies a gesture that directs energy upward, aiming to reach a higher state of awakened intellect and spiritual enlightenment.

Uttrabodhi Mudra for Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra)

Here is a step-by-step guide for practising meditation with the Hakini Mudra:

  1. Find a comfortable seated position, such as padmasana (lotus pose). Close your eyes and bring your hands near your navel.

  2. Interlock the fingers of both hands together, extending the thumbs and forefingers. Point the tips of the extended forefingers upward, while allowing the thumbs to point downward. Optionally, you can cross the left thumb over the right thumb.

  3. With your hands in the Uttarabodhi Mudra position, initiate the movement from the diaphragm and gradually ascend upward through the central energy channel until you reach the heart region.

  4. The upward movement created by this mudra establishes an energy circuit that enhances depth and richness in your practice.

  5. Alongside the mudra, you can chant the sacred mantra 'OM,' which is specifically associated with the crown chakra.

Here are some considerations regarding awareness and duration for your practice:

  • You can perform the Uttarabodhi Mudra at any time or place that suits your needs.

  • Aim to practice this mudra for a minimum of 15 minutes, one to three times per day.

  • If preferred, you can practice the mudra while lying down, ensuring that the tips of your thumbs rest on the lower end of your sternum in this reclined position.

  • Direct your awareness toward the vertical alignment of the index fingers and the flow of your breath.

By incorporating the Uttarabodhi Mudra, along with the 'OM' mantra and focused awareness, you can enhance the balance and activation of your crown chakra during your meditation practice.

Yoga Poses for Crown Chakra

By engaging in the following yoga poses, we can redirect energy towards the crown chakra or distribute excessive energy among other organs, thereby achieving a balanced flow of energy in the head region:

  1. Corpse Pose (Shavasana): This pose promotes calmness and balance in the crown chakra. It encourages us to establish a connection with the ground and remain present in the current moment.

  2. Rabbit Pose (Shashankasana): By invigorating the nervous system with fresh blood and oxygen, this pose supports digestion, metabolism, and overall well-being.

  3. Lotus or Half Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmasana): Sitting crown chakra yoga poses act as gateways to higher consciousness. They facilitate the establishment of a profound connection with wisdom and inner knowing.

  4. Half Headstand/Dolphin Pose (Ardha Sirsasana): This pose enhances spinal alignment, providing toning and stretching benefits for the back, nape, and legs.

  5. Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana): By directing blood flow to the head, this pose nourishes the crown chakra and facilitates the transportation of prana (energy) to the seventh spiritual centre.

Stones to heal Crown Chakra

Sugilite stone for crown chakra

Sugilite: Sugilite is a purple gemstone renowned for its potent healing properties. It is believed to alleviate stress, anxiety, and grief by opening the third eye and crown chakras, enhancing intuition. Individuals who use Sugilite often report experiencing positive energy, spiritual connection, and inner guidance.

Rainbow quartz Stone to heal Crown Chakra

Rainbow Quartz: Rainbow quartz is a variant of clear quartz that exhibits a mesmerizing iridescent effect resembling a rainbow. It is associated with cosmic energies and is said to interact with all the chakras. Rainbow quartz is thought to enhance lucid dreaming and visualization by aligning the pineal gland and crown chakra.

howlite Stone to heal Crown Chakra

Howlite: Howlite is a mineral that appears white or light-coloured and is renowned for its calming and soothing energies. It is also believed to facilitate communication and self-expression, making it beneficial for individuals seeking to overcome shyness or social anxiety. When used in conjunction with other stones, howlite aids in balancing the crown

chakra and clearing negative energy.

diamond Stone to heal Crown Chakra

Diamond: Diamonds, exquisite gemstones prized for their hardness and radiant sparkle, possess spiritual and healing properties in addition to their beauty and durability. When working with the crown chakra, diamonds are said to inspire clarity, insight, and inner guidance.

Ametrine Stone to heal Crown Chakra

Ametrine: Ametrine is a unique gemstone that combines the qualities of amethyst and citrine, two distinct crystals. This combination results in a captivating blend of purple and yellow hues rarely seen in gemstones. Ametrine symbolizes emotional balance and harmony between masculine and feminine energies.

Nourish Your Crown Chakra

Nourish your crown chakra by consuming dark-bluish fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. These fruits can help in maintaining the balance of this chakra. Additionally, foods and beverages like wine, grape juice, and spices like poppy seeds are also believed to be beneficial for the crown chakra.

Crown Chakra Affirmations

By incorporating these affirmations into your practice, you can affirm and strengthen your connection to the infinite, embrace your divine nature, and cultivate a sense of oneness with all that exists.

  1. I am in harmony with the Infinite.

  2. I release control and surrender to the flow of the universe.

  3. I am interconnected with all beings and the world around me.

  4. I recognize my divine essence and embrace my connection to the universe.

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