Crown Chakra

Name in Sanskrit: Sahasrara
Meaning: “Thousand petaled”
Location: Crown, top of the head
Number of Lotus Petals: 1,000
Color: White

The seventh chakra, sitting atop all the other chakra, is also known as the Crown chakra. The crown chakra symbol is a 1,000-petaled lotus, and the crown chakra color is white. In Sanskrit this chakra is called Sahasrara chakra, meaning “thousand-petaled” referring to its symbolic representation – but also to the neural complexity of the human brain to which this chakra is connected.

So, what is crown chakra? The crown chakra meaning has to do with our most superior brain capacities – our grasp of reality, our connectedness with the universe, our mystical and spiritual capacities including our ability to automatically know and feel just how the universe works, our comprehension of divine laws, and our connection with God – or the universal force field. This understanding leads to deep happiness and contentment.

The “lesser” faculties of the crown chakra include our most advanced intellectual pursuits – such as our interest in philosophy, our ability to see the big picture regardless of what’s happening, an interest in religion, mysticism, or the occult. Our ability to go beyond polarities such as good versus evil, our ability to move beyond absolutism, and see the many shades and ways of living that exist.

The crown chakra tends to be automatically healthy and strong when all the other chakra below it are healthy and relatively stable. A strong first chakra allows us to have continuous, reliable food and shelter, a strong second chakra gives us the ability to enjoy being alive, a strong third chakra makes us think and solve daily problems, a strong chakra allows us to love and be loved, a strong fifth chakra allows us to express ourselves via art and other means, and a strong sixth chakra gives us a vision propelled by our dreams. Sitting on top of all this is a healthy seventh chakra – allowing us to understand the mysterious ways the universe works.

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When the crown chakra is imbalanced
A disfigured, undercharged, overcharged, or torn crown chakra affects our ability to form our own beliefs. People who were raised in strict religious environments, regardless of which religion it is, tend to have an unhealthy seventh chakra. When a child’s ability and desire to ask questions is hampered, when a teenager is not allowed to question the tenets of what was taught to her, the seventh chakra gets damaged.

The seventh chakra houses ALL our beliefs – now just religious ones. It houses our personal beliefs about life i.e. you must work hard to get what you want, or men are abusive, or women are liars etc. These beliefs could be about anything – your work, your love life, your health, and even your relationship with yourself and how you feel about yourself.

If you believe that you aren’t a worthy individual, or that you aren’t good enough, smart enough, lucky enough etc., all these would affect your seventh chakra. This chakra is a like a computer – you can upload any program, and it’ll affect all the chakra, the whole system, below it. The seventh chakra is the gateway to a healthy system and luckily it can be reprogrammed.

Study Law of Attraction and work with positive affirmations to start changing the way your seventh chakra is programmed. Do your best to develop new beliefs – positive, affirming, supporting ones. When you notice a negative belief, don’t fight with it – gently bring yourself to believe that its opposite can be true too.

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Crown chakra opening
A simple crown chakra healing technique is to sit down in a meditative position, in a quiet room, legs crossed and back straight, making sure you won’t be disturbed for at least twenty minutes. Close your eyes and place your hands wherever they’ll feel comfortable. Let go of any thoughts or fears you may have and visualize the top of your head filling up and illuminating with a bright white glow.

The above technique is great for those with an undercharged, closed, or disfigured crown chakra. But some of us have excessive energy in our crown chakra. Those of us who have a tendency to prefer spirituality to real-world affairs, those of us who use spirituality to run away from our tangible real-life problems might have an overactive seventh chakra. You must have seen it – that one friend who meditates and does yoga yet has a huge debt, or another friend who is soo in her head that she misses what’s right in front of her.

To release the accumulated excess energy in your crown chakra, work with a therapist or counselor to explore and uncover how your childhood or your recent/current environment might have affected your soul. You might need to learn to be more flexible in the way you experience the world, and get ready to say goodbye to your limiting beliefs. They are there – otherwise your life would’ve been different already.

In yoga, crown chakra poses include any pose where you ware upside down! Always work with a certified teacher and respect your physical abilities and boundaries.

Crown chakra mantra is “AUM” – sounding very much like OM, a simple sound you can repeat in meditation or just sing out loud. It’s good for both undercharged and overcharged seventh chakras. Crown chakra reiki also has some good techniques if you prefer working with a reiki master.


Crown chakra affirmations
“I have the right to form my own worldview.”
“I can move beyond the beliefs I was taught.”
“God is benign.”
“I am loved and held by the universe.”
“I can connect to God directly.”


Fun everyday practices
To heal the crown chakra, you can wear a white shirt, pants or a scarf, get white pillows or throws for the living room. Given the location of this chakra, wearing white hats or headgear is extra effective. You can also paint a water bottle bright white, and drink water from this bottle for a few weeks. You can paint your nails white, or paint a canvas in shades of white – there are many shades of white: pearl, ivory, snow, cotton, eggshell, porcelain, coconut, bone, linen, cream and more. Color therapy comes in many forms – feel free to be creative!

If you’d like to wear crown chakra stones or have them around your house, obtain Charoite, clear quartz, howlite, lepidolite, rutilated quartz, selenite, sugilite, or amethyst. You can wear them as jewelry or put them in different rooms in your house. Make sure to regularly wash your crown chakra crystals with mild soap and water, and give them some time in the sun – this will charge them and keep their energy properties intact.

Just being outside is an excellent practice for those with an undercharged seventh chakra. Especially at night, viewing the vast skies will help to understand how big this universe is, millions of light years, and how tiny we are – yet so powerful at the same time. Develop a habit of following the Moon circles, get a telescope and look at the stars. The night sky is the crown chakra’s best friend!

Find out about the other six chakras:
Throat Chakra, Sacral ChakraRoot Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart ChakraThird Eye ChakraCrown Chakra.

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