The Crown Chakra: How It Connects You to the Divine
Our emotions reside physically in our bodies. On a subtle level, our bodies communicate with the energies around us and certain energetic impulses usually relate directly to a certain part of the body and chakra that’s weakened or imbalanced.
Each chakra represents a spiritual life lesson or challenge to help us gain a more in-depth understanding of our personal and spiritual power. This in turn helps us learn how to overcome obstacles, let go of emotional blockages, and walk the path towards spiritual consciousness.
“In my soul there is a temple, a shrine, a mosque, a church where I kneel.” Rabia al-Basri
This article explains the Crown (or seventh) chakra in-depth by exploring its emotional and mental connection to the physical world.
The seventh and highest chakra is our connector to the divine and our spiritual nature. It also allows for spirituality to integrate into our physical lives. The Crown chakra, also known as Sahasrara, is directly aligned to seek an intimate relationship with the cosmos. It is the chakra of prayer.
We know that the Base chakra acts like a basement or recycling center that rids the body of energies it no longer needs. The Crown chakra is our warehouse for energies we amass through kind thoughts and actions and through acts of faith, meditation and prayer. It is here we can transcend dimensions of life and commune with “God.”
Below are the main characteristics of the Crown chakra
In connection to the physical body, the Crown chakra is the entry point for the human life-force which pours abundantly into the body’s energy system from the greater universe (God or the Tao). It is this force that nourishes the body, mind and spirit, and it distributes this energy throughout the physical body and down the lower chakras.
This is why activating the Kundalini energy and the Sushumna, Ida, and Pingala (the main nadis, or energy channels of the body) is vitally important because it not only encourages energy from the base to rise up, but it also enables the Crown chakra energy to freely flow around the body and into the lower chakras.
The seventh chakra influences the major body systems: the central nervous, muscular and skin. Therefore skin issues such as rashes, acne or eczema could mean your Crown chakra is in dis-harmony.
On an emotional level, the Crown chakra generates devotion, inspirational and prophetic thought, mystical connections and transcendental ideas. Having incredible dreams lately? It could be your Crown chakra communicating with you.
What the Crown chakra symbolizes
Symbolically, the Sahasrara contains the purest form of prana (or life energy) and revolves around the realm of mysticism. Thus, those with a blocked Sahasrara are narrow minded and unable to see the bigger picture, lack motivation and blame others for their crisis or stagnation and have a skewed perception of life, death and spirituality.
The Crown chakra reminds us that at many points in our lives, we face a crossroads where we need to let an old phase “die” in order to be reborn again.
This is the chakra of humanity. Here, we realize we are all in this together and all our souls are here to learn what it feels like to be in the human body. Those who cannot connect with others or have an open mind usually suffer with issues related to empathy on a worldly scale, are solitary and most often than not, very judgmental towards belief and spirituality.
What the Crown chakra teaches us
The Sahasrara’s energy motivates us to seek a deeper connection to the divine in all that we do. This is why you hear of artists, yogis and inventors explaining they had a transcendental experience that moved them during their practice; or perhaps of individuals who experienced a blissful epiphany that gave them insight into a great idea.
People must not mistake the personal spiritual connection of the seventh chakra with religion. Religion is rooted in group followings, suggesting in numbers we are safe. Spirituality is an individual experience directed towards releasing fears of the physical world and relating to the divine and knowing the divine is in all of us.
The more people can connect with the power of this chakra, the more it will shift our consciousness on a massive scale towards a more holistic understanding of health, disease, the environment, biodiversity and humanity as a whole.
Our goal on this earthly plane is to transcend all illusion and discover the innate power of spirit. We realize we are responsible for what we create and in turn need to learn to act, think, and speak with love and wisdom throughout life.
Remember that all physical and emotional obstacles are just illusions to learn from. Always seek the meaning out of any situation, follow it, and then let go once it’s no longer relevant.
Life medicine for the Crown chakra
Close your eyes and know that you are the universe and the universe is you. All the infinite wisdom of the divine flows through you and in you.
Yoga asanas for Sahasrara: Headstand, Crane pose, Shoulderstand
Crystals to balance Sahasrara: Celestite, blue Sapphire and Clear Quartz
Aromatherapy for Sahasrara: Ylang Ylang, Rosewood, and Lotus of the water lily
We are our own church, temple, synagogue or mosque, and all we need to do is close our eyes, breathe in and feel the energy of the divine around us and running through our chakras. It is the origin of our power and it is the energy that fuels our biology.
Once we realize the stuff of which we are made, we have no option but to lead a spiritual life.