We have been climbing up the 7-chakra system, and finally made our ascent to the top of the mountain! So to speak arriving at its incredible peak where the air is clear and pure and clean and expansive. That peak is the Crown Chakra.
What is the Crown Chakra?
The Crown Chakra is situated at the top of your head and sits like a “crown”, radiating above the apex. The Crown Chakra has the highest and lightest vibration of all seven chakras. Its ancient Sanskrit name is Sahasrara, meaning thousand-petalled, and its symbol/yantra is also a thousand-petalled lotus.
Its related organ is the brain, and its associated glands are the pituitary, pineal and hypothalamus, which all have functions related to hormones. We know how much our hormones relate to our overall healthy functioning.
This Chakra starts to develop between the ages of 43 and 49! It is during these years where many people begin to connect the spiritual aspects of existence with the spiritual elements within themselves.
The crown chakra essentially connects you with all that is the universe and each other. When this Chakra develops, you start to connect to the universe, spirit, pure consciousness, God (or whatever word resonates with your belief system) and helps you to understand on a deeper level that everything is connected. It guides you to see you are present to everything without having attachments or fixations on things.
A Balanced Crown Chakra
When the crown chakra is balanced, you might have a greater sense of your higher purpose on earth, and find deeper meaning in all parts of your life. Through the Crown Chakra, you receive wisdom and information from a broader perspective, which is then sent or channelled through the other chakras. When spiritual energy is flowing in and out of this Chakra, you might regularly feel calm, spaciousness and light.
Closed or Blocked Crown Chakra
When the crown chakra is closed or blocked, and there is not much energy flowing through, you can experience apathy and disconnection. Nothing in life feels inspiring, and everything may start to feel flat, grey and meaningless.
An underactive or blocked crown chakra can lead to blocks in your connection to life, nature and others. This can leave you with a lack of energy to make simple decisions and even an overall sense of not belonging even when loved ones surround you. A closed Crown Chakra can also lead you to become close-minded in your thinking and unwilling to question or challenge your thoughts or beliefs.
An Overactive Crown Chakra
People with overactive, or too open, Crown Chakras have too much energy flowing in and out of this centre. They may also feel a disconnection from their physical body, and not grounded into earthly living.
Physical and non-physical symptoms include mental fogginess, dissociation, and lack of inspiration. An overactive chakra can lead the mind to become critical or judgmental of the world because it has come to shut itself off from its higher knowledge. It can also lead to a massive ego and a feeling of superiority over others.
How to keep your 7th Chakra balanced and healthy
Some of the most beneficial activities to keep your crown chakra healthy and balanced is:
- being outside
- centring yourself
In general, do things that make you feel calm and peaceful and open to wonder and a feeling of expansiveness.
Take it outside
Whenever you can, try to get outside in nature where you can ground yourself, connect with the birds, the trees and feel the breeze kissing your face.
Centre yourself and practice being present
We all have hectic lives at times, and it can be hard to get grounded, centred and be present with ourselves. You can connect with yourself and your Crown Chakra by being fully aware and present in everything you do. When I say everything, I mean everything (i). For example, if you are gardening, maintain your presence and notice what is around you. The smells, the colours, the textures, and try to see the beauty and more profound reality of the flowers, the soil, the earth, etc.
Surrender to your intuition
To cultivate your connection to your higher self, decide on a day to spend completely surrendering to your intuition. We all have access to our intuition; it can come to us as images, sensations, flashes, kinesthetic feelings in our bodies, etc. Ask yourself some questions and be open to receiving intuitive responses. “Should I call Shelly?” or “Should I listen to my body and rest right now?”
Meditation is perfect for your crown chakra. There are many different kinds of meditations to try. Some include counting your breaths, saying a mantra, walking mindfully, gazing at a fire in the fireplace – anything, where you have your focus on one thing a time, is a helpful start to begin a regular meditation practice.
The Importance of Balancing Your Crown Chakra, on the regular
Chakra balancing is the process of restoring the harmonious and balanced flow of energy (also known as “Ki”, “chi” or “prana”) throughout the body.
Your chakras are in constant fluctuation. These activities I mentioned above are some things you can do on your own regularly to balance and align your crown chakra. It is also helpful to receive Reiki regularly to help you maintain the healthy flow of energy throughout your body.
If you aren’t sure of the benefits of Reiki, check out my previous blog post, My Modern Perspective on Reiki.