The Sahasrara: Crown Chakra; 8 Enlightening Techniques for Spiritual Awakening
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The Sahasrara, or the crown chakra, is the seventh chakra and is said to be our connection to universal consciousness. It is represented by the thousand-petalled lotus, which symbolizes the infinite, the limitless, and the mysterious.
This energy center awakens us to our cosmic nature and serves as the spiritual connection between our physical body and the universe. When this chakra becomes blocked, it can affect our sense of spiritual connection, personal expression, and relationships with others.
Color: Purple Aura
Location: Top of the head, pituitary gland
Spiritual aspects: Connection to spirit, higher purpose
Where Is the Sahasrara: Crown Chakra
The Sahasrara sits at the top of the chakra ladder, just above the top of the head and is said to be the point where our spirits enter our bodies at birth and the portal that we leave through when we die.
Like the sixth chakra, the ajña chakra/ third eye chakra, the Sahasrara functions as a point of spiritual connection. However, unlike any of the other chakras, it doesn’t have any corresponding organs or body parts as it’s considered more part of our subtle body or energy body than our physical selves.
What Is the Crown Chakra Responsible For?
According to ancient wisdom and some new age thought, the crown chakra is our direct connection to the universe’s supreme consciousness and our gateway to the spiritual realm. This is where our astral bodies join our physical bodies, and our spiritual energy transforms into ego consciousness.
Due to its ability to connect us to our own spiritual energy and divinity, it’s an important site for spiritual healing and meditation.
What Happens When the Crown Chakra Opens?
An active crown chakra opens our physical and emotional bodies to new awareness and hyper spiritualization. This allows a deep connection with our higher selves, spiritual nature and the unlimited power of the universe.
We feel clear-minded, clear-headed, and boundless when we have a well-balanced crown chakra.
How Do I Activate the Sahasrara Chakra?
The seventh chakra can be activated through many different means; however, almost all methods will have some form of spiritual emphasis.
Sahasrara opening exercises are commonly done through deep meditation or yoga practice and is considered more spiritual and intense than the other chakras.
Look through this list of different practices and find something that resonates with and that you think you will be able to incorporate into your daily life.
Sahasrara: Crown Chakra Meditation
Meditation works to help open all the chakra’s but is particularly effective for the crown chakra. Mindfulness of breathing meditation is excellent for beginners and helps relax the mind whilst also focusing on the flow of energy we bring into our physical bodies.
Feel free to try this meditation from our course ‘Mindfulness Of Everything’
Mantra is another traditional form of meditation that is orientated towards chakra activation. Each chakra has it’s own ‘seed mantra’ that is said to resonate with at the same frequency as its chakra.
However, the crown chakra shares its mantra with the third eye chakra, which is ‘Om'(pronounced aum).
This is probably one of the most commonly used mantra’s used in meditation and is said to be the primordial sound of the universe.
Pranayama is a form of yogic breathing that focuses on increasing the flow of vital energy throughout the body. This form of meditation is great for the crown chakra because it focuses on expanding awareness.
Nadi Sodhana, also known as Alternate Nostril Breathing, is one of the most popular form of pranayama and is also a recognized technique for opening the crown chakra. It involves inhaling and exhaling through one nostril whilst you cover the other and then doing the same thing on the opposite side.
Sahasrara: Crown Chakra Mudra
A Mudra is a hand position that you can assume while meditating that helps you direct the flow of energy to your chosen chakra.
The crown chakra mudra is called Mahamayuri and is performed by interlacing your fingers whilst your little finger and thumbs point towards the sky.
Sahasrara: Crown Chakra Yoga Asanas
One of the most accessible asana’s (yoga poses) to perform is Savasana (corpses poses). Savasana teaches you how to relax and how to become fully aware of the body.
Traditionally this pose is practised at the end of a yoga session, but you could also use it at the end of a meditation session or just any time you want to relax.
Makarasana (crocodile pose) is also a beginner yoga pose that is great for opening the crown chakra and achieving full-body relaxation.
To practice this pose, lay down on your stomach with your head resting on your forearms. Relax your chest and shoulders and let go of any tension in your lower back.
The Sahasrara: Crown Chakra Affirmation
Affirmations are a great way to instil positive energy and optimistic thinking into the subconscious mind. The best way to practice positive affirmation is at the beginning of the day, repeated like a mantra. However, there are some affirmations for sleep that you can practice whilst getting ready to bed to prepare you for your night’s rest.
Here are some affirmations for the Sahasrara: Crown Chakra;
I am connected to the Infinite.
I surrender to the universe.
I am one with everything.
I am the universe, and I am divine.
Other Ways to Open the Sahasrara: Crown Chakra
Incorporating some simple lifestyle changes can also help to open your Crown Chakra. These include having a balanced diet, exercising regularly, removing negative influences, and following your passions.
Specific chakra stones like Amethyst, Purple Quartz and Moonstones are considered advantageous crystals for opening the crown chakra.
MindEasy founder & meditation teacher
Griff Williams is an accredited meditation teacher and founder of MindEasy. He spent 12 years working as a London firefighter before changing paths to pursue building MindEasy. He received his diploma in meditation teaching from The British School of Meditation.