The crown chakra (also known as Sahasrara) is located at the top of the head. Sahasrara in Sanskrit means “the lotus flower of 1000 petals”.
On a spiritual level, it is associated with understanding, wisdom, and comprehension, and physically it is associated with the central nervous system, cerebral cortex, pituitary gland, and the master gland, which regulates all other glands of the body.
The seventh chakra is at the top end of the central meridian (sushumna nadi), where the other 2 major meridians (pingala and ida – ordinary consciousness) do not reach.
While our Muladhara chakra is known to ground us and connect us with Earth, this chakra opens our gateway to enlightenment, to the spiritual realm. The color of the chakra is purple or violet, but some texts also describe it as pure white.
Signs that your crown chakra may be blocked:
Blockages in this chakra may cause depression, fear of dying, rigid belief system, inability to live in the moment, confusion, alienation, nervous system disorders, chronic exhaustion, boredom (lack of enthusiasm in life) and apathy. Also, too much energy flowing through this energy center may lead to being overly intellectual or feeling superior to others intellectually or spiritually.
When your Sahasrara chakra is open:
When the chakra is fully open, it has no physical or worldly boundaries. The chakra is a direct connection to our higher mind. Furthermore, people with a balanced Sahasrara tend to be joyful, purposeful, in touch with their true inner nature and comfortable with their own form and expression of spirituality.
7 opening methods:
Meditation on the seventh chakra is very important and the basic practice of bringing the healing energy up the spine and into the brain, and radiating it from the brain in all directions, will be helpful. Although you can meditate or become fully absorbed in any activity or position of stillness, sitting is the most usually recommended posture. The most important thing is that your spine remains upright and that you feel comfortable and steady.
Take a few deep breaths and calm your mind and body. Concentrate on the Sahasrara chakra and what it stands for, at the very top of your head. Next, visualize a matching beam of violet light coming down from the sky into your chakra. Surround yourself entirely with this light. Imagine it flowing out of the top of your head and covering your entire body, where it flows back through you from the bottom of your feet. All this time, your body should now be totally relaxed and your mind should be at peace.
Anyhow, do not stop concentrating on the chakra. Meditate for at least 15–20 minutes, allowing yourself to be one with the light. This way, you will gradually open the 7th chakra and allow energy to flow freely both upwards and downwards.
#2 Chant a bija mantra: OM or AH
Bija means seed. Bija mantras are one-syllable seed sounds that, when chanted aloud or mentally, activate the energy of the chakras in order to balance and purify the practitioner’s mind and body. The bija mantra for your 7th chakra is Om or Ah. Try focusing on your 7th chakra as you chant Aum or Ah.
#3 Practice affirmations
Use these spiritual affirmations to open your Sahasrara chakra:
”I am guided by inner wisdom.”
“This Light sustains and nourishes my entire being.”
”My life is in accordance with divines plan.”
”I am divine.”
”I am selfless.”
”I am eternally grateful.”
“I am pure light and love.”
”I am open to new ideas.”
#4 Spend time in nature
Spend time alone in nature to help yourself be more receptive. Look, listen and feel what is around you in nature. Bring yourself back to what you are experiencing now, in the present, each time you start thinking about the past, the future or what you want for supper! Be present HERE and NOW.
Flowery essential oils like rose, jasmine, and lavender can soothe an overactive Sahasrara, while more pungent essential oils like frankincense, sandalwood, and myrrh can help stimulate an underactive or blocked chakra.
You can wear them or keep them in your environment to help open and align this chakra. Recommended gems include selenite, amethyst, clear quartz, and sugilite. Keep your crystal close to your skin, and when you can not wear it, store it in a special bag or box, which has been blessed and purified.
#7 Breathing exercise
Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Focus your awareness and attention on your 7th chakra by visualizing or being aware of the chakra. Inhale through the nose and direct the breath to the Sahasrara, and then exhale through the nose and allow awareness to settle into the chakra. You might also choose to use a few words (mentally), such as “my chakra is now open” or “I see my chakra opening now.” Perform this breathing exercise whenever you feel depressed.