Demystifying Sahaswara, the Crown Chakra
The thousand-petal lotus flower, Sahaswara (also spelled Sahasrara). Our 7th chakra, Sahaswara, is located at the crown of the head. It is our connection to the Divine, to all that is, and to our higher self. The most powerful way to connect and open Sahaswara is silence. But cultivating a practice that includes meditation and prayer are also profound disciplines to help awaken this powerful energy center. When this chakra is open, we feel connected to our deep sense of intuition, we feel a connectedness to those around us, and know that life is much more than what we experience here on Earth. We recognize and experience the breath of spirit within.
Color is WHITE OR VIOLET
Element is ENLIGHTENMENT, UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS
Bija Mantra is OM
Musical Note is B
Governs the Pineal and Pituitary
Within the spine None
Physiological system-CNS and brain
Signs of imbalance in Sahaswara
- Inability to focus
- Lack of connection spiritually and emotionally with others
- Lack of direction
- Headaches, migraines
Sahaswara is connected to our emotional state through our Beingness. When we feel and know that we are souls experiencing the body, we have a profound sense of peace and well-being. Here we feel an interconnectedness to all Beings on Earth and connect to our higher self through meditation, contemplation, and stillness. We need to allow ourselves to simply BE in order to hear and feel. Sahaswara is where the ego meets the soul, where the finite dances with the infinite. When the crown chakra is open, we don’t get bogged down by an egoic way of thinking. We live from a place of awakened consciousness. You’re ready to connect to your source and live your dharma.
Now let’s take a look at some foods and Yoga poses to help open Sahaswara.
- Purple and white foods
- Most powerful are fasting and detoxifying
- Smudging herbs (sage, copal, myrrh, frankincense, and juniper)
- Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
- Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)
- Nadhi Shodana (Alternate Nostril Breathing)
As I always say, there are many more foods, poses, essential oils, crystals, etc to help open and balance our chakras. Try several and see what resonates with you. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this Chakra Series and feel a little more empowered to begin a healing journey through the chakras. Everything you will ever need to heal is already inside of you. You just need to get still…and listen.
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