Bliss – do you want some?

Kathy Krugerbalance, harmony, meditation, yoga21 Comments

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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.

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128x128x1f607-google-android.png.pagespeed.ic.gIJCvVkbhrOur 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.

I like this description of the 7th chakra:

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.

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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:

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21 Comments on “Bliss – do you want some?”

  1. Deb @ inner compass designs

    LoVe this one Kathy. I was wondering if the crown chakra spot on the head is the point where you put your head down for the headstand. I am still at the assisted stage but know the first step was learning to put my hand across my forehead to top of head to find the point on my head to touch to the ground. Since you mentioned headstand at the end I assume it is. Will you compile all the posts into a PDFs by any chance. I would love to have them all in one place. Xxx

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Thanks Deb – I will do a PDF – I have some other ideas too, have just been busy/slack. Well done on the assisted headstand. I’m at the assisted stage too and must admit to being a bit freaked out – I always feel/imagine that point as if someone was pulling a string out of the top of my head. I get that sense when I focus on standing tall in mountain pose or tree and feel myself growing into the heavens. Glad you have liked this series. X

  2. toniazemek

    This is really fascinating Kathy. I love quartz and lavender and jasmine, so hopefully that’s a step in the right direction. Don’t think I could manage the head stand though. Great post – a very interesting read x

  3. Michelle@myslowlivingadventure

    Really interesting Kathy, I’m going to have to re read a few times I think. I have started doing headstands at the end of each yoga practice. It always feels like a very intense physical experience while I’m doing it, but there is clearly lots of other stuff going on too. I definitely feel more chilled afterwards but that’s the case for me after all yoga and inversions. It’s so fascinating. We are all far bigger than we know.

  4. mummywifeme

    I’ve loved your posts on chakras, Kathy. I was thinking of you today actually. I went to see my osteo about my sacrum issue. She was holding me with her hands under my sacrum and feeling the movement of the cranial fluid downwards. I’m not explaining it very well, but she said the sacrum and cranium are actually interconnected. I found it so interesting and I also loved that she held me so still and seemed to be doing nothing, but could tell me all of these things about my body. Fascinating. She has also given me some great yoga moves to loosen me up.

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Thanks Renee – during our yoga teacher training the studio owner, who is a very experienced chiropractor also demonstrated this flow of fluid up and down the spinal column and how you feel it in your balance – the interconnectedness between all our systems is amazing – do you know we have more neurons in our stomach than our brain (which explains that ‘gut feeling’) and we there is a whole filed of neurocardiology which is looking at how our heart actually senses things before our brain forms thoughts (we feel before we think). Really interesting.

  5. Sonia Life Love Hiccups

    I really love this Kathy. When I read the power of now I felt ripped of that I have never woken up with that enlightened bliss that Eckhart Tolle woke up with.. but you have made it sound achievable and so I am not going to stop chasing it. xx

  6. Deborah

    Thanks for sharing. When I was doing yoga we’d often be in child pose (or prayer – cannot remember) and cos I’m so fat I have to put my hands down under my forehead cos I can’t get down properly and I always worried that my crown chakra (or perhaps my third eye?!) wasn’t connecting with the ground as suggested.

    Of course I could have been confused as well!

    1. Kathy Kruger

      I actually think pressing your third eye (forehead) down on your hands is quite stimulating for the chakras/senses. It’s always ok to modify too – a folded hand towel can make things more comfortable or a block. I often find my shoulders are tight in those forward folds like child’s pose and others and in some poses I modify with props too. You can do it!

  7. Tegan Churchill

    I really liked reading this series from you. You’ve explained it all in an easy to follow manner, that makes it seem less wishy washy than I initially thought. You’ve got a way with words :)

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