The seventh chakra is the crown chakra, known for its connection to a higher power and inspiration. It is the realization of your greater purpose and your connection to the universe. It is the understanding that everything and being in the world is interconnected.
What is Sahasrara?
As chakra systems derive from Hindu religious traditions, it’s natural that many of the original Sanskrit terms carry on even in modern practices. The Sanskrit term for the crown chakra is Sahasrara, translated to mean “thousand-petaled”. The reference is to the infinite and all-encompassing nature of this chakra that is the source of all other chakras and the highest level of kundalini and consciousness.
Sahasrara Through the Ages
While chakra systems and observance changes over time, there are few constants in between ancient chakra energies and today’s current seven-chakra system. One of those constants is the ever-present use of the head or crown chakra. When achieved, this greater consciousness of the crown chakra is thought to be the pathway to Nirvikalpa Samādhi and rebirth.
Crown Chakra Overview
The crown chakra connects us to our divine spirituality and helps us to see that we are one with the universe. This energy center focuses on the top of the head and is also the pinnacle of Kundalini awakening.
Sahasrara is associated with the color purple or violet and aromas of rose, frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood, jasmine, lavender, ylang ylang, neroli, spikenard and galbanum.
Unlike most of the other chakras, there are few physical manifestations related to the crown chakra. Instead, it is connected to a greater understanding and belonging to the universe at large. To reach this level of pure consciousness is to experience tranquility and joy. It is expansive awareness and self-realisation that is attainable to all when each of the chakra energies is in balance and harmony with one another.
Like the third eye chakra, the crown chakra is connected to the pineal gland at the base of the brain.
Imbalanced Crown Chakra
It is possible to overstimulate your crown chakra, just as it’s possible to allow it to become blocked or underactive. Knowing the signs of these imbalances can help you to address the root causes so that you can experience the ultimate connection to the divine universe.
Blocked or Sluggish Crown Chakra
If your crown chakra is underactive, you may:
- lack purpose in life
- feel cynical about life
- feel disconnected or unloved
- experience helplessness and hopelessness
- lack physical balance and coordination
- have difficulty understanding new or complicated ideas and concepts
- have a poor self-image
- lack inspiration, imagination and creativity
Overactive Crown Chakras
If your crown chakra is over-stimulated, you may:
- be obsessed with spirituality or present an egotistical “God complex” to the world
- have difficulty concentrating or focusing
- seem spacey or ungrounded
- lack direction
- crave attention and sympathy
- lack empathy
- be sensitive to light
- experience dizziness
- experience depression
Tips for Balancing Your Crown Chakra
Meditation, breath work, yoga and visualisation are effective and traditional ways to expand, align and balance your crown chakra.
Meditating in silence is best, but you can amplify the effects of coupling meditation with aromatherapy. Choose essential oils that relate to the crown chakra like the rose, frankincense, myrrh, sandalwood and neroli oils.
Similarly, you can boost your yoga asanas and pranayama experience with aromatherapy oils in strategically placed burners and diffusers. Yoga poses that help to stimulate an underactive crown chakra include the fish and down dog pose. For breath work, any pranayama is effective to a degree, but many people choose the alternating nostril breathing of the Nadi Shodhan.
Some find comfort and balance with healing stones and crystals. Amethyst, obsidian, blue sapphire and clear quartz are often used for this purpose.