This blog post addresses the seventh energetic centre, the Crown Chakra. This chakra represents our connection to spirit, and our capacity to allow spirituality to become an integral part of our physical lives. Whilst our energy system as a whole is animated by spirit, this chakra is directly aligned to seek an intimate relationship with the Divine, and is considered the chakra of faith, prayer or meditation.
The physical location is found at top of the head – you may have noticed this energy during times of meditation or prayer, feeling a deep connection to a life force energy or other dimension of life in the form of inspirational or prophetic thoughts, transcendental ideas and mystical connections that go beyond the usual realm of normal consciousness. This force nourishes and influences the mind, body and spirit and distributes itself throughout the entire body and lower six chakras.
In Eastern spiritual traditions, the crown chakra represents “nothingness”, an eternal energy with no beginning and no end, from which all physical manifestation begins. “No-thingness” may be an easier concept to comprehend, because nothing is not just nothing, it is all; the nothing space between atoms, the nothing time of moment to moment, vibrant with possibilities and potential to manifest. In the beginning there was nothing, in the end there is nothing, but within you will find the entire Universe…
We may think of connecting with spirit as organised religion, but it is important to differentiate as religion is primarily a first root chakra experience whose main purpose is to protect the group, primarily from physical threats. Spirituality on the other hand is an individual experience, directed towards releasing fears of the physical world and pursuing a relationship to the Divine. Spirituality is often called upon during a time of leaving this physical world, however it can be part of a regular human life. We may find ourselves at crossroads throughout our lives in which we need to let go of a previous phase and metaphorically “die”, in order to access consciously the energy of the crown chakra to Live in the Present Moment, spiritually awaken and transform. In seeking union with the Divine, we are asking to remove all “illusions” (physical, psychological or emotional) from our lives in order to separate from group mind mentality and to awaken an internal voice of authority.
Spiritual Crisis, “Dark Night of the Soul” or Spiritual Awakenings are Crown Chakra related and usually 3-fold:
They begin with a deep longing and awareness of an absence of meaning and purpose that cannot be remedied by ordinary solutions such as shuffling external components of one’s life i.e. being given a pay-rise, promotion, marriage or new relationship.
Secondly, strange new fears such as the fear of abandonment or ageing as if they are losing a sense of identity.
The third symptom is a desire to experience devotion to something greater than oneself.
Some people find surrogates to devote themselves to such as a corporation, political party, sports team, personal exercise routine or even a street gang; all of these material earthbound surrogates will eventually fail. No matter how much you exercise, you will age! If a company lets us go the pain experienced is undoubtedly due to the sense of devotion given. We are not meant to be devoted to any human being, material item or perceived powerful form. Devotion is meant to be directed upwards and to take us with it. When this “dark night” occurs it is common to label this a psychological dilemma, but it is more appropriate to see the root of the issue is spiritual; that the cause of the crisis comes from within. Whilst psychological counselling can help with navigating this crises, the content of one’s inner dialogue related to matters of the spirit is a crucial aspect of recovery.
Emotionally, Mentally & Spiritually:
Questions you may like to ask yourself include:
- “What questions have you asked that seek insight into your life’s purpose?”
- “Have you judged your life as meaningless?”
- “Do you desired to be healed?”
- “Have you ever desired to connect with the Divine in a deeper way than you currently do?”
- “Do you bargain with God? (rather than pray/meditate in appreciation?)”
- “Are you waiting for “God” to send you an explanation for painful experiences?” What if you were answered and told “I have no intention of giving you insight into your questions at this point in life”, what would you do then?
- “Have you started and stopped a meditation or prayer practice?” If yes, what reasons do you have for not maintaining this?
- “What spiritual truths are you aware of that you do not live by?” List them
“Our goal while on this earth is to transcend our illusions and discover the innate power of our spirit. We are responsible for what we create, and we must therefore learn to act and think with love and wisdom and to live in service to others and all of life” – Caroline Myss
In Sanskrit the name “Sahasrara” has been given, which translates to “thousandfold”. The element associated with this chakra is thought.
Strengths associated with the crown chakra:
- Faith in the presence of the Divine
- Devotion and spirituality
- Living a life of meaning
- Inspiration and having an inner knowing or inner guidance
- Insight and awareness into healing
- Trust that goes beyond ordinary human fears
- Values, ethics and courage
- Ability to see the larger pattern
Fears associated with the crown chakra:
- Spiritual issues such as the “dark night of the soul” or spiritual abandonment
- Loss of identity
- Loss of connection with life and people around us
Blocking this energy is associated with disorders of the muscular skeletal system and epidermis (skin). It is also associated with energetic disorders, depression, apathy, confusion, chronic exhaustion that is not linked to a physical disorder, extreme sensitivity to light, sound or other environmental factors
- Following your thoughts in meditation – shake your body out, sit upright or lay down with your eyes gently closed in a relaxed manner in a quiet space. Go within and observe each thought without judgement and ask, where did this come from and what thoughts preceeded it until you find the origin of the thought. Eventually you come to a type of infinite source with no objective origin. After doing this with a few different thoughts, allow yourself to observe thoughts like clouds in the sky; no need to track, deny or retain them, simply watch until there are few or no thoughts passing through; you too will have returned to “the source”; remain here as long as seems appropriate, then return slowly to normal consciousness.
- Meditate on the sacred message “Live in the Present Moment”
Anatomy of Spirit, Caroline Myss, PhD, 1996
Working with your Chakras, Ruth White, 1993
Wheels of Life, 2nd Ed, Anodea Judith, PhD, 2015