Today I will be sharing with you an easy to follow guide on how to balance the crown chakra.
Sahasrara, the crown chakra, the seventh chakra in the seven chakras energy system. Chakra is Sanskrit and translates as “wheel” or “circle”. This translation can begin to explain the way the chakra system works as a continuous stream of energy circulating throughout the body. Sometimes when we become stagnant in life or it is time to change the way we have previously been living, our chakras can become blocked with this stagnation.
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WHAT ARE THE CHAKRAS?
Yogic thought envisions human life as including various planes of existence; while the physical body is the most obvious one, the subtle body is equally important. Unlike the physical body, which contains everything from organs to muscles to arteries, the subtle body relates to the flow of life force energy.
The centres of that energy are the chakras, with the seven main ones located along the spinal column. As mentioned earlier, the word “chakra” is Sanskrit for “wheel” or “circle,” the chakras are usually thought of as spinning circles or balls of energy. Each chakra corresponds to a colour of the rainbow, starting with red at the base of the spine and ending with violet at the crown of the head.
Each of the seven chakras has a unique influence on the body and on human wellness. The chakras govern the part of the physical body where they are located, as well as other characteristics and traits that affect our well-being. Ideally, every chakra is balanced, resulting in good overall holistic health. But for most people, some or all of the chakras are either overactive or underactive, bringing about suffering that may be physical, mental, or emotional.
What Is the Crown Chakra?
Crown chakra, also known as the “thousand-petaled lotus”, is the 7th energy centre from the bottom, located at the top of your head. Healthy crown chakra vibrates to the colour of violet or white, with thought as its dominant element.
The Sanskrit name for a crown chakra is ‘Sahasrara’, which means “thousandfold” and refers to infinite petals of its lotus representing the highest spiritual fulfilment.
Crown chakra is associated with the pituitary gland in your head, also known as the master gland. Pituitary gland controls and regulates the rest of the endocrine glands in your body (just like the crown chakra oversees the rest of your chakras).
Crown Chakra Summary
Physical Location: At the top or crown of the head or slightly above the head like a crown
Colour: Violet or white
Seed mantra: Ah/Om (ॐ)
Element: None, ether, or thought
Mudra: Mahamayuri Mudra
Sense: Cosmic consciousness
Action: Awakening or enlightenment
Organs: Hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal gland, nervous system, skull, and brain
Symbol: A lotus flower with 1,000 petals
Stone: Clear Quartz, Diamond, Selenite, Howlite, Amethyst, Lepidolite, Fluorite, and many more, as listed in the crystals section of this post.
What Is the Function of Crown Chakra?
The main function of the crown chakra is to connect you with the Divine force and infinite source of healing energy through spirituality, self-realisation, knowing, and enlightenment. When you begin to open to the beautiful energy of the Divine, your crown chakra acts as a direct, energetic channel to your Higher Self.
You can think of your highest chakra as a receiver of consciousness from the Source, which keeps you connected with the Divine and your Higher Self. This chakra offers you a sense of awareness that there is a deeper significance and order in life, regulating all of creation.
Location and Connection to the Physical Body
The Sahasrara chakra is located at the crown of the head. It governs the brain, hypothalamus, and pituitary glands.
Energy Connection to the Emotional/Mental Body
Sahasrara is the entry point for the life force, which pours endlessly into our energy system from the greater universe, nourishing our body, mind and spirit. It flows through the physical body and the lower six chakras, connecting the entire physical body to the seventh chakra.
Benefits of Balancing the Crown Chakra
When the crown chakra is open and balanced, we experience ourselves as spiritual beings. Our intuition is sharp, and we can tap into the wisdom of the Divine. We understand our purpose and do not fear death. However, when the crown chakra is out of balance – either underactive or overactive – we are not able to operate at this higher energy level.
When crown chakra energy is low, we may feel empty and wonder about the purpose and meaning of life. We might question the existence of God or a higher power and feel that we are not loved. Mental and emotional illnesses and fear of death can also be symptoms of energy blocks in the seventh chakra.
On the other hand, when there is too much crown chakra energy, we can be disconnected from the reality of human life. If we are too connected to the spirit world, others may see us as “out there,” and we may even begin to think of ourselves as “not of this world.”
Balancing the seventh chakra is key to a healthy experience as a spiritual being living a human life. After all, we are here for a time, and it’s likely there’s a reason for that.
Balanced Sahasrara chakra manifests self-realisation, bright, radiate, rebirth, total selflessness, divine love, charming, and charismatic. One’s sense of love is magnifying to the degree everyone feels it, and sees everything as one.
How Do You Know If Your Crown Chakra Is Imbalanced?
A big sign that your crown chakra is imbalanced is that you feel disconnected from spirituality. Perhaps you used to be spiritual but lost your way. Or, maybe it just feels hard to trust in a higher power. Whatever it is, something has caused you to become cynical about spirituality.
You might be apathetic, finding it hard to engage. Or, on the other hand, you might be participating in self-destructive behaviours.
Physical symptoms of crown chakra imbalance may include headaches, especially migraines, as well as nervous system disorders. In severe cases, dementia and mental illness may point to blocks in crown chakra energy.
How to balance the crown chakra
It’s important to know that in order to have a balanced crown chakra all the other chakras have to be balanced too. Work from the root chakra up to the throat chakra balancing them all in order before starting work on balancing the crown chakra.
Mediation is the most important practice for unlocking the power of your crown chakra. It is a necessary habit to cultivate if you want to clear the mind, expand your awareness, and develop the ability to listen to your inner voice. I am sure that you are most likely familiar with the benefits of meditation, as many people talk about them quite a lot these days.
However, your crown chakra is directly correlated with your brain, and any meditative practice, which brings stillness to your mind will be very beneficial to your crown chakra. When your mind is still and calm, your brain waves begin to shift to the alpha state, and you begin to connect to the infinite source of information.
There are many different forms of meditation, such as:
- Guided meditation
- Mindfulness meditation
- Concentration meditation
- Active movement meditation (such as Tai Chi or Yoga)
- Mantra meditation
- Transcendental meditation
Whether you’re into meditation or not, spending some time in silence (alone or with your friend) is also a great way to cultivate deeper awareness and practice being present.
Intentional silence is actually an ancient, sacred practice, also known as “Mauna”. Practitioners of Mauna normally start by simply limiting their speech to an absolute minimum. Eventually, you can refrain from reading, writing, and minimize contact with others.
Before you start, make sure you eliminate all of the distractions from your environment and open yourself up to the power of Mauna. This is also a great exercise to do when you feel overwhelmed or stuck in life. Silence exercise will allow you to open up your mind to new ideas and inspiration.
Because your crown chakra is located right at the top of your head, it is not difficult to rest your awareness on that area and visualize it. The best way to do it is to envision a violet-coloured lotus right above your head and imagine it opening and expanding in all directions.
You can also imagine a ball of violet light spinning in a clockwise direction. At the same time, picture a bright, golden-white light coming through the opening funnel and filling up your entire body.
This simple visualisation method is very effective because when you think about your crown chakra and visualise it opening, it will begin to open.
Deepen Your Connection with Humanity and Surrender
The ultimate intention of the crown chakra is to unite the individual soul with the supreme soul. In this unification process comes the realisation that we are all intimately connected with each other and with everything around us. Along this journey, we can continue to deepen our connection with others by recognising our shared humanity and connecting with the earth herself.
A fantastic way to deepen this practice is through volunteer work or selfless service, also known as seva. As you deepen your connection with your inner self, remember to balance this by connecting with others and realising how they are just like you, we all have the same struggles and dreams at the end of the day. And through all of this inner work, the most significant component is to connect with something greater than all of us and surrender to that higher power.
Crown chakra affirmations can be useful when working with your Sahasrara as they can help you to connect with your Higher Self and completely clear all of your ego identifications.
Try some of these powerful crown chakra affirmations. They can be used throughout the day or during your meditation to strengthen your 7th chakra:
- I am divine light.
- I am at peace.
- I am one with all that is.
- I am infinite and boundless.
- I see the divine light in everyone.
- I listen to the wisdom of the universe.
- I seek to understand and learn from my life experiences.
- I seek experiences that nourish my spirit.
- I am connected with the wisdom of the Universe.
- I am raising my level of consciousness every day
- I receive help as soon as I ask for it.
- Everything is unfolding exactly as it should in my life.
- Everything is working out for my highest good.
- My thoughts and feelings have the power to manifest.
Crystals have the power to absorb negative energies that cause chakras to be unbalanced.
Place the crystal over the crown chakra for between 5-20 minutes. The longer you can do this for the more effective it will be. You can also carry, wear or meditate with them.
The following crystals are perfect to use for balancing the crown chakra. Generally speaking, use white stones.
- Clear Tourmaline
- Golden Beryl
- Purple Jasper
- Purple Sapphire
- Red Serpentine
- Clear Quartz,
Listening to the frequencies in binaural beats can stimulate the brainwaves to balance the crown chakra. Binaural Beats are best listened to through headphones. Listening to the sounds while you fall asleep can encourage deep sleep and heal at the same time.
Binaural Beats can be listened to as often as you want. It could be daily during meditation practice when your crown chakra feels out of balance.
NOTE: Do not listen to Binaural Beats whilst operating heavy machinery or driving.
Some of the most effective yoga poses for crown chakra are postures that stimulate the energy and blood flow to your head. Supported Headstand is one of my personal favourite yoga poses for the crown chakra, and I have been practicing it for many years.
However, if you suffer from a back or neck injury, I wouldn’t recommend it. You can substitute it for the Viparita Karani pose, which is probably the second-best pose for your crown chakra.
Let’s have a look at the complete list of the most effective yoga poses for your crown chakra:
- Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirasana)
- Legs Up The Wall pose (Viparita Karani)
- Lotus pose (Padmasana)
- Tree pose (Vrksasana)
- Standing Prayer Backbend (Ardha Anuvittasana)
- Rabbit Pose (Sasangasana)
- Rosewood —Promotes faith and opens you up to spirituality.
- Sacred Frankincense — Helps you know your purpose in life. Promotes feelings of acceptance and love.
- Sandalwood—Quiets the mental chatter of the mind. Aids in meditation and spiritual contemplation.
- Lemon —Uplifts your mood and increases your energy.
Massage can relieve stress in the mind and body. A Head massage stimulates the crown energy flow and can help open the crown chakra.
Scents such as jasmine, lavender, myrrh, frankincense, sandalwood, and rose help cleanse the crown chakra. We recommend this crown chakra essential oil. Use oil in a diffuser, a spritzer or in an inhaler.
Wear violet clothing and surround yourself with violet colours and objects.
Food & Drink
Foods such as white mushrooms, white radish, beetroot, eggplant (aubergine) and artichoke are good for balancing the crown chakra. Herbal tea containing herbs to stimulate the crown chakra is also beneficial.
Light is associated with the crown chakra so getting out in the sunlight is a great activity for balancing the crown chakra. Clear your surroundings and reduce the clutter in your life. A clear external environment frees your mind and helps with the healing of the crown chakra. Pray/meditate to whoever you believe in. This does not have to be religious but it could be to a spirit guide, your ancestors, the Universe or your soul. Listen to messages from your spirit guides/higher self.
Caring for the body is vitally important. The mind does not function to its full capability if the health of the body is ignored. Eating correctly, exercise, being in nature, and stimulating the mind are all critical.
Balance in this area requires solitude which is very difficult for some people. Many people who regularly practice solitude find the longer they are alone, the more creative they become.
Drumming & Rhythm
Drumming is helpful. Find a rhythmic cadence and drum away. Drumming has been used for thousands of years to bring us into balance.
Fasting or juicing is often suggested for balancing the crown chakra. Drinking plenty of fluids aiding to detoxify the body
How To Balance the Crown Chakra – final thoughts
A healthy, open crown chakra allows you to directly connect with Source, the Divine and Spiritual Realms. But as is the case with all your chakras, it’s not just about bringing one or a couple of your chakras into balance…
To really progress on your spiritual or ascension path it’s essential to unite your chakras in Divine light and balance your entire energy body.
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