The Crown Chakra or Sahasrara is the chakra that connects us to our spirituality and divinity. Our chakras essentially act as a ladder to love, divinity and healing, starting with the Root Chakra which anchors us to this life and ending with the Crown Chakra which connects us with the Source. Usually the Crown Chakra opens when we’ve face many life challenges that have brought us to spiritual insights and direction to what our higher purpose might be. Sometimes, this is seen as a mid-life crisis.
Our goal in life should be to see the spirit in all life and to become happy and to fulfil our soul’s need for love and peace. Finding a balance between the activity of the world and our own spiritual endeavours will help us remain grounded in life and bring through healing and transformations (most times subtle, sometimes major). When we start living this way, we become thankful for our lives exactly the way they are. Because once we have formed a spiritual path, we can accept the trials and tribulations that find their ways into our lives, learning and growing from each experience. Once we realize, accept and embrace the fact that our lives could not be any other way, nothing can stop our spirit. It will propel us to seek our true path.
We also need to understand and accept that our lives are not in our own hands. Whichever way you believe or experience the divine, Source, Spirit or God, know that you are not alone. By surrendering our fears and burdens to this higher power, we will learn how to deal with pain, loss and separation more calmly. We will also learn how to “lighten up”, live our lives in a happier way and as a result, we will become healthier, more resilient and open ourselves to new possibilities! The more we shift our awareness to our higher power, our ability to live in happiness, harmony and serenity increases. Putting our trust in the spirit allows us to appreciate who we are and how our lives will unfold. We must remember that we are never alone and we are guided, loved and protected all the time.
The largest indication that our Crown Chakra is out of balance is that our ego is at the forefront. We truly believe that we’re travelling through life alone and doing everything by ourselves. This belief system strengthens and increases our ego and allows it a stronger foothold. We become good at exploiting and manipulating and fail to recognize the higher powers at work. We become arrogant and false, our pride takes over and our ego convinces us that we are invincible. We become separated from humanity, we loose our compassion and empathy and our hearts close to love and healing.
Location: The Crown Chakra is located at the top of your head, your crown, and it opens up towards the universe.
Associated Body Parts: This chakra is associated with the upper skull, cerebral cortex, skin, pineal gland, upper brain, cerebrum, pituitary gland, central nervous system and hair growth.
Essential Oils: Frankincense, lavender
Colour: violet, white, gold; Gemstones: Amethyst, crystal, topaz, alexandrite, sapphire
Symbol: 1,000-Petaled Lotus; Element: The cosmos
Mantra: HUM; Tone: OM; Type of Music: Indian ragas
Associated Zodiac and Planets: Capricorn, Pisces, Aquarius; The Universe, Saturn, Neptune
So, how do you work with your Crown Chakra? Physical activities in this case directly relate to spiritual activities. The best physical activity for balancing your Crown Chakra is stillness. Yes, doing nothing. The spiritual activities best for your Crown Chakra are prayer, meditation and reflection. These activities teach us how to still our minds and reflect upon what our egos are saying and learning how to acknowledge and release things our ego has to say. You will notice that meditation is a common recommendation through these posts. Don’t be afraid to try! The absolute best way to learn how to meditate is to find a guided meditation. There are plenty available on the internet that you can use in the privacy of your own home (like these), but you can also find a meditation group in your community. This will give you the opportunity to practice guided meditations in a safe group, with support and people you can ask questions to and build new relationships for your greater good.
Wearing violet, gold and/or white and focusing on this chakra, imagining a light-filled wheel that is spinning slightly faster than your Third Eye Chakra will help you balance this chakra. Your Crown Chakra is the fastest spinning chakra, and your Root Chakra is the slowest spinning chakra. Making use of gemstones or essential oils as mentioned in the Root Chakra post will also help. Choose the appropriate gemstones or essential oils from the list above to help you focus on the Crown Chakra instead.
Mantras can be really helpful as well. Opening your self up to compassion and empathy are great steps to recognizing your higher self and universe. Some good ones are: “I trust that my highest good and greatest joy are unfolding now”, “I accept who I am and honour the spirit within me.”, or “I appreciate the beauty of the earth and will honour and protect her as well as I can.”
And of course, Reiki treatments will work on balancing all of your chakras.