The Chakras, Part 7: Crown Chakra

Sahaswara Crown Chakra

Over the course of the last 6 articles, we’ve read about chakras, their significance in the body, and how each is uniquely associated with a set of behaviors, elements, and traits that make us who we are. These swirling pools of energy in our bodies represent not only the flow of prana, or life energy, through ourselves, but they also represent the challenges and imbalances we experience in life. When our chakras are unable to flow fully, blocked by messiness of life and ego, we limit ourselves and our capabilities.

By working through these chakras, though, we balance them and clear the soot that blocks the flow of prana within us. We can reflect, analyze, and act on the very things that prevent us from our full realization of ourselves. This begins with working from the foundation and moving up. At the end of this journey, we reach the Crown Chakra, one of the most difficult chakras from people to understand and fully open.

The Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is often referred to and depicted as the ‘thousand-petaled Lotus.’ This chakra sit atop the chakra ladder, where the Root Chakra grounds us to earth, the Crown Chakra connects us to what is beyond earth – the heavens and ether above. This chakra is highly complex, dealing with transcendence beyond all other things and worldly attachments. Like the Third Eye Chakra, this chakra deals with divinity, enlightenment, and true and complete balance. This serves as a connection to the universe and helps breed our imagination and self-creation.

In Sanskrit, the Crown Chakra is referred to as Sahaswara. It exists on the top of the head, sometimes depicted as being just above the body. It relates to the nervous systems, pineal gland, and brain. It deals with awareness, understanding, and our highest states of potential and being. When this chakra is opened and fully functioning, you’re enabled to have complete control of your thoughts and actions. This chakra directly connects us to the pure cosmic energy of the universe.

Symptoms of an Unbalanced Crown Chakra

  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Loss of faith
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Neurological disorders
  • Autoimmune disorders

Element, Color and Sense Associated with Crown Chakra

The Crown Chakra is not associated with an element per se. Rather, it is developed by thought and the essence of understanding and mindfulness. It is a cosmic consciousness that exists within us. It is an element of oneness with all things founded by a pure sense of transcendence.

The color of the Crown Chakra is deep violet. It represents the connection between red (matter) and blue (spiritual energy). It is both subtle and overt, dealing with all form of our health, from our spiritual, to mental, to physical health.  Violet relates to letting go of sadness and intense and powerful change. It is cleansing and purifying, and contains mystery and mysticism. In this same trend, the sense of the Crown Chakra deals with a sense of wholeness and completion.

Tips for Balancing the Crown Chakra

  • Meditate upon the silence after the Om mantra
  • Reflect in silence
  • Think of all your worldly attachments, and let them go
  • Realize that letting go of these things doesn’t mean never having them
  • Engage in spiritual practices, rhythms, and groups
  • Practice the Lotus or Tree asana

This chakra can be especially difficult to fully open, as it deals directly with understanding oneness while also letting go of earth attachments. Consider the lessons of all the chakras when reaching this point, and see the connections between them. Understand that we as people are so grounded in this world, yet also so light and tend to drift high into our heavens with our thoughts. Reflect upon the truths of these dynamics that exist within us – the chakras – and know that the path to opening and cleansing these chakras of debris is often a very long process that requires deep commitments.

For more information about the other chakras, see the complete guides:

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