The Sanskrit name of the seventh or crown chakra is Sahasrara, which means “thousand fold” and is represented by a thousand-petaled lotus which is the symbol of purity and spirituality. The number 1000 is not meant literally. Instead, it implies the infinite nature of this chakra, which provides us with our most direct connection with the Divine. Some teachers associate this chakra with the color violet, it is also associated with the color white. As we know white is a combination of all colors, just as this chakra synthesizes all of the other chakras.
The crown chakra is located at the crown of your head and symbolizes the highest state of enlightenment, facilitating your spiritual development. The seventh chakra is like a halo at the top of your head. In art world, Christ is often depicted with a golden light surrounding his head, and the Buddha is shown with a projection on the top of his head. In both cases, this represents the awakened spirituality of the Sahasrara Chakra.
The element of the crown chakra is thought, and this chakra is associated with the highest functions of the mind. Even though your mind cannot be seen or felt concretely, it creates the belief systems that control your thoughts and actions. As your mind thinks, so you create your life.
Excessiveness in this chakra appears as being overly intellectual or feeling yourself to be a member of the spiritual or intellectual elite. Deficient energy manifests as difficulty thinking for yourself, apathy, spiritual skepticism, and materialism.
Meditation is the yogic practice best suited for bringing this chakra into balance. Just as your body needs a shower frequently, your busy mind filled with so many thoughts and concerns also needs to be cleansed. Why tackle today’s problems with yesterday’s muddled mind? Furthermore, the energy of this chakra helps you to experience the Divine. It opens you up to a higher or power. All the various forms of meditation, including both concentration and insight practices, will allow your mind to become more present, clear, and insightful.
The ancient Hindus associated the chakras with the sleeping serpent goddess, Kundalini. This energy coils around the base of the first chakra and when awakened, spirals up your the energy channels (nadis) and pierces each chakra. This in turn brings you successively higher states of awareness, culminating in enlightenment at the crown chakra.
Focused on transcendence, many people seeking higher consciousness have disregarded the importance of the lower chakras. Yet you need strong and solid support from your base chakras in order to open to the spiritual in a healthy, integrated way. The lower chakras focus on details such as your home, family and feelings. Your upper chakras develop synthesizing views and wisdom that help you understand the grander scheme of things. All of your chakras affect each other and ultimately work together. As you learn to use this ancient Indian system to understand your life, you can gain insight into personal issues that require your attention.
Mental and Emotional Issues:
Faith, connection to the higher powers; ability to trust life, values, ethics, and courage; humanitarianism, selflessness, ability to see larger pattern, faith and inspiration, spirituality and devotion.
Traits When Overactive:
Depression, migraine headaches, constant frustration, psychoses, manic-depressive, unable to process energy.
Traits When Under-functioning or Off-balance:
Lack of inspiration, confusion, depression, alienation from The Divine, hesitation to serve, senility, the detriment of the already mentioned above positive qualities and lessons.
Muscular system, skeletal system, skin.
Paralysis, genetic disorders, lupus, bone cancer, multiple sclerosis, amyorophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic fatigue, sensitivity to light and sound.
None. (Simply energy)
Activities to Balance Crown Chakra:
Meditation, guided visualizations, visiting peaceful and quiet surroundings.
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