Chakra 7: Crown Chakra (Sahasrara)
|Location:||The very top of the head|
|What it controls:||Inner and outer beauty, spiritual connection|
|Colour:||Violet or white|
|When it develops:||43-49 years old|
|Mantra:||“I am a vessel for love and light”|
|Yoga poses:||Easy Pose; Tree Pose; Savasana Relaxation|
The crown chakra, the highest chakra, sits at the crown of the head. Physically, it is associated with the pineal gland, which produces melatonin, the serotonin-derived hormone that affects our sleep-wake cycles. Melatonin production is inhibited by light and stimulated by darkness, thereby modulating sleep patterns.
Spiritually, it is your connection to the divine, whatever that may mean to you. It doesn’t matter what you think your higher power is or what people or things come to mind: this is your own choice. When this chakra is closed, however, you don’t feel supported yet also have trouble accepting help from people. You feel disconnected from others and from life’s purpose. Depression and insomnia can be common. Life becomes insurmountable and heavy and we feel alone.
An open crown chakra allows us to understand that everything is connected and helps us to put our shortsighted self-interests aside.
Development of the crown chakra is most prominent from age 42 to 49. It takes time, experience and wisdom to fully understand that we are all interconnected. To live with an open crown chakra is to trust and accept all of the suffering and injustice in the world. For most of us, this is too much to bear and we cannot begin to hold the wounds and suffering of all of humanity until we have worked through our own. We do this by working through the lower six chakras in order beginning at the root. The following practices can support the opening of the final chakra.
- Do something relaxing: Get a head massage, have a warm bubble bath or sit with a good book.
- Get to know your cycles: The best way to experience the crown chakra physically is to connect with the cycles of the body. Going to sleep earlier and waking up at sunrise for a few weeks can strengthen your circadian rhythm. Note the phases of the moon and notice the connections in your body.
- Gratitude: Be grateful for the tough challenges because these times are important in your life’s journey. Instead of being frustrated, use the lessons we learn from our biggest setbacks to guide us on in life.
- Contemplate the right question: If you are asking about your purpose, change the question from “What is my purpose?” to “How can I best serve the whole?” Meditate on this question and write down whatever thoughts arise. Simply asking this question activates the crown chakra.
- Spend time outdoors: Walking in nature can help to stimulate the pineal gland and open the crown chakra. Try also to get into the mountains, stare out at the ocean, stargaze under the vast night sky or try to catch as many sunrises and sunsets as possible.
- Be of service: Being of service is a great way to nourish the crown chakra. Find a community or a cause that inspires you, and offer your time or resources. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do: it is the intention that matters.