Bliss, enlightenment, divinity, Ananda (or extreme happiness – now that’s an extreme worth chasing) – you probably want some of that good stuff in your life.
The way to access it is through the top of your crown (the soft spot when you were born), or seventh chakra – apparently.
For most of us mere mortals, we might experience a fleeting sensation of universal consciousness and the bliss this brings, but we aren’t likely to spend our days walking around in a state of enlightenment. Hello ego and goodbye divine union.
But you don’t have to be holy or sage-like and you don’t have to be royal to get in touch with your crown chakra – supposedly.
You see if I was worried about writing about the wisdom available to us through the third eye (or sixth chakra) given I’m not particularly sage, I’m disconcerted, embarrassed even, to be waxing lyrical about accessing ‘enlightenment’.
Enlightenment, you slippery sucker, I know you’re out there (or in here – or a bit of both).
Mind Body Green offers “How to Open your Crown Chakra in 3 easy steps” and it doesn’t sound so hard – perhaps you might just want to read that article.
I tend to think that accessing our seventh chakra is both hard and easy – difficult because we have to go beyond our minds and our minds like to hog our thoughts, and easy because we were born beyond our minds as souls and have simply been thinking far too much since.
So here goes – (BTW – here is my first post explaining our chakra energy system).
The crown chakra, or Sahasrara, is our last chakra, at the top of the chakra ladder and upward flow of energy through our body. It represents our highest self and is often visualized as a halo of energy (violet or white light) above the crown of the head. Energy also needs to flow back down from the crown through the other chakras.
Our energy flows out into the universe through an open crown chakra, while at the same time we can access divine universal energy, the gifts of the heavens, flowing into us.
In the glimpses of divinity available to us through connecting with our crown chakra we can feel at one with God, aware that we are made of the same stuff as stardust and that everything and everyone shares the same light – no individual’s light, including our own, can be dimmed by others shining because we are all the same light.
Intellectually we can be aware of our universal connection to all things – we can understand the physics – that atoms are the building blocks of light and all matter, and that all our cells are made of atoms.
Getting in touch with crown chakra energy is to feel universal consciousness, not to think it.
It is the meeting point between finite (your body and ego) and infinite (the universe and your soul). It is the place where time and timelessness intersect and where death and eternal life meet.
Physically the crown chakra is associated with the pineal gland in the brain (which is also associated with the pituitary gland, the ‘third eye’) and is represented as the ‘thousand petal lotus’, which can also be described as representing the petal-like folds of nerves in the limbic (or emotional centre) of our brain.
The image of the lotus is also a powerful metaphor of ‘unfolding’ to welcome life with intense gratitude, a path to ‘enlightenment’. The lotus roots ground us to the earth (and our root chakra) as the petals open towards the heavens.
The dictionary describes enlightenment as being open-minded and I think it is that but more – it is being open-hearted, open-spirited.
An imbalanced crown chakra impedes access to the ‘higher-self’ and the sense of universal oneness that we lose when the ego is in control. Our attachments to material things and rigid beliefs that separate us from others will block the flow of crown chakra energy. Physically imbalance may be expressed through migraines or other neurological issues.
Sages through the centuries have used meditation, prayer, visualization, affirmations, yoga, fasting, austerity, charity and quiet connection with nature to bring balance to their crown chakra and their whole energetic system – to hum in tune with the universe, to connect with God.
Powerful, inspiring music and other forms of artistic expression can also stimulate connection with crown chakra energy.
And you can always practice a headstand (or maybe not).
In terms of aromatherapy, try oil extracts like jasmine, lavender and armoise and if you believe in the power of gemstones then you want to get your hands on a white or violet gemstone, quartz crystal or diamond (see diamonds can be a girl’s best friend).
So that’s it – the end of my chakra series. I hope you feel enlightened! (Here are the other posts in the series – root chakra, get your sexy on – the second chakra, solar plexus chakra, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye).
Linking up with Essentially Jess for another IBOT and leaving you with: