One major detail regarding Chakras: They are energetic centers. (see subtle body) The energy within a chakra can be in deficiency, surplus, or balanced and free flowing. Don’t know where to begin? Read Chakras- At-A-Glance.
Sahasrara Chakra:The Seventh Chakra: The Crown Chakra. The Sanskrit word SAHASRARA translates to “A Thousand Petals.”
It is located at the crown of the head: the meeting place between the spirit and body. The convergence of all Nadis.
It is associated with Violet or White.
Ishvara is the element of the SAHASRARA Chakra. It is not like any other element, like Earth or water. It is Divine Consciousness. Its light contains all color vibrations and its brilliance is as powerful as a thousand suns, in the the way a thousand rivers can gather and create a sea. Read more on practicing Ishvara.
The lotus flower is commonly associated with:
The CROWN Chakra is known as the door to Brahma.
Who is Brahma? He is the God of Creation and can be interpreted as the source of light and our pathway to Samadhi.
What is Samadhi? This is a meditative trance that is experienced as spiritual ecstasy.
The 7-Chakra System’s two ends: Chakra 1: Muladhara and Chakra 7: Sahasrara are energetically tied to each other in the way a coin has two sides.
Shakti resides in MULADHARA (Our ROOT Chakra). She holds the essence of Prakriti: How our creative energy flows through and infuses all the natural aspects of life – the meaning we draw from experience.
Shiva resides in SAHASRARA (Our CROWN Chakra.) He holds Purusha: Pure consciousness. The pure spirit, where there is no you separate from being.
We may see each wave as individual. We can witness its peak and feel the splendor, even taste the salt as it crashes on the surf- This is PRAKRITI.
But what about the space between, the ocean drawing back into itself to persist crashing yet another wave on the sand ad infinitum? This rhythm that binds them in a current is the source you cannot see, hear, taste. This inner peace of constant joy and contentment and is also known as PURUSHA, the absolute dimension of being.
MEDHA SHAKTI is the inexhaustible stream of energy that radiates from SAHASRARA. It is an uninterrupted weaving of Prakriti and Purusha. Our mental power and divinity depends on balancing this great MEDHA SHAKTI.
If your CROWN Chakra is blocked:
You may feel like isolated and alone, as if there is no guidance or light in your life. Your Medha Shakti may be depleted and in need of strengthening if you experience any of the following:
- Boredom; Pointlessness
- Lacking Presence – Unable to settle into the now
- Lack of direction
- Cynicism regarding spiritual or sacred aspects of life
- Fatigue: never-ending need to sleep for restoration
- Isolation and loneliness; inability to connect with others
- Inability to set or maintain goals
If your CROWN Chakra is Over active:
When the CROWN chakra has too much Medha Shakti you may feel superior to others, aggressive as you think you know more than most and because of this acquire condescending tendencies and become overly- critical of others. It is also a common theme that those with Over-Active SAHASRARA tend to disregard the importance of human interaction and will subsequently feel alienated.
Symptoms may Include:
- Recurring headaches or even migraines
- Schizophrenia or other delusional disorders
- Disconnected from your body or human experience
- Living in your head and apart from earthly matters
- Obsessive attachment to spiritual matters
- Seeking to guide or control others around you
- Persistent in getting your way
Balancing a CROWN Chakra:
MEDHA SHAKTI is the energy of SAHASRARA.
Common disruptions to this inner source include:
- Stressful environments or relationships
- Sexual intercourse
So how do we build MEDHA SHAKTI up?
Relaxation of the Mind & Body is what strengthens our Medha Shakti. SANTOSHA or Trusting the process is helpful in restoring our MEDHA SHAKTI reserves.
Relaxation of the Mind:
– A valuable technique to quiet thoughts and strengthen the Medha Shakti is Mauna (silence.) Mauna helps us discern between our feelings and the expression of what we feel.
– Meditation strengthens Medha Shakti
Between two musical notes there exists another note, between two facts there exists another fact, between two facts there exists another fact, between two grains of sand, no matter how close together they are, there exists an interval of space, there exists a sensing between sensing – in the interstices of primordial matter there is the mysterious, fiery line that is the world’s breathing, and the world’s continual breathing is what we hear and call silence. -excerpt from Clarice Lispector’s, ‘The Passion According to G.H.’
Visualize your entire being as a lotus flower, unfurling with a glowing white or violet light. Let your physical desires, needs, wants, and emotions fall into the pure void. Focus on this space between things: The bliss of just being, where there is no individual self every piece of you dissolves into light.
Side Note: Meditation is easier when you are behaving consciously. Remember to practice yamas, niyamas, reciting mantras, mudras, etc.
Relaxation of the Body:
-Asana exerts a positive influence on MEDHA SHAKTI and naturally balances our mind body spirit connection.
Spending time in Savasana is especially important when working on the crown chakra.
Viparītkaranī Mudrā (Energy Regeneration Pose),
Yoga Mudrā (Forward Bend sitting on heels) and Shashankāsana (Hare) are particularly beneficial. Agnisāra Kriyā ,
Working with Stones and Crystals:
-Diamond, quartz, amethyst and other white or purple stones are ideal for healing the crown chakra. These can be worn as jewelry or held during meditation and energy healing.
Yamas are often written about and discussed as five moral disciplines of Pantanjali. But like any sage wisdom, take what you can and apply it to your life to be the best human you can be.
- Ahimsa -अहिंसा- Non-violence. Don’t hurt anyone or anything. Don’t speak violently or act violently. Don’t think violently. Wish someone well. Don’t wish them disaster. Help each other. Let someone in your lane, particularly if their lane has a closure or blockage! Create an attitude of nurturing and realization so that all is one. Try to see the other side of the story. Envision everyone as the same and connected so that human beings may spring from egoistic impulses towards unification and transcendence of the spirit.
- Satya -सत्य- Truthfulness. To be seen as you truly are. To say what you truly behold within, to shine pure light without a veil. There is no greater way to hurt your connection to others than lying. All deeds should be rooted in truthfulness and honesty.Without truthfulness the recitation of all mantras is useless, all becomes futile. One and all should take refuge in honoring the truth. Never try to impress others with deception. Try to impress yourself and find happiness within you.
- Asteya –अस्तेय- Non-stealing. You can’t take nor should you want to take something from someone else. It can be food, a pen, clothing, any of the many materialistic items we keep, but also you should avoid taking intangible items from people. Just because people can’t see you taking them, doesn’t mean they’re there for the taking. For example, asking people to do things for you that you can do for yourself. Why should someone have to look up a phone number for you, tell you where to vacation, or what they thought of some restaurant, school? Your time is not more or less valuable than anyone else. Learn for yourself. Or how about cutting to the front of the line. Or taking over someone’s friend or family member, taking someone’s pride, debilitating their humor, wit, courage, or god-forbid their sex.
Justification for this cruel behavior: I have heard folks say they can sense weakness as if this somehow justifies their actions, like this unfortunate event was somehow inevitable for the victim and not you the actor. Whatever it is that you have taken isn’t yours and it will never be yours. It will always be something that you took from someone else, a reminder that your actions have inconvenienced someone else for selfish and personal gain. It is inevitable that this behavior is something that will make you feel badly about you. If you think not, just try to imagine how great it felt that one time when someone returned something to you that you left somewhere. That greatness will come to you when you start respecting other people in the way you wish to be respected.
- Bramacharya -ब्रमचार्य – Moderation. All thing in moderation, as the old aphorism goes. We often repeat this regarding food and drink, drug, etc. We like to compare ourselves to someone really low on the bar, someone who is setting a standard for no one. Why? Because we want to believe that we’re not that bad, that things can be worse, and it isn’t false. Things can be always be worse, but this kind of logic then becomes synonymous with self-harm. Moderation is key about your consumption, but maybe of all the things you consume and not just the simple and obvious food and drink. For example, how much television do you watch in a day? Do you work on the things you say you want to? How much social media do you keep in a work-day? Are you becoming the best person you can possibly be? Do you read as much as you watch and listen? How often do you look at your activities and try to create a balance? Instead of categorizing them between bad and good and trying to minimize the bad and increase the good, what about finding variety where you have none? What could this do for you? New choices bring about new results. Moderation doesn’t have to only mean the avoidance of excess or extremes, what if it meant to moderate or monitor. The old aphorism also goes, “The un-examined life is not worth living.”
- Aparigraha- अपरिग्रह – Non Grasping or Non Attachment. This is the most difficult to explain. Aren’t we always grasping for something? A smoke break, lunch, a relationship, a house, a car, new clients, that divorce… It seems like life would be empty if we weren’t reaching for things and then actually attaining them. Even in our yoga practice or gym routine, we are grasping for the ability to do inversions, to be able to squat x amount of lbs. To have this particular body shape, wear that clothing, or to be able to transcend and reach Samadhi through meditation. So, how then do we live in a world that is bent on us thinking and living for the future without grasping for things we do not yet have or need? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Even the act of trying to live in a non-grasping manner would possibly bring you into a grasping for something phase. The main way to demonstrate that you are non-grasping is to remain as centered as possible and maintain a deep knowledge and trust that you are not attached to whatever it is, that whatever the outcome, you are not going to be devastated or made by great by any one of these things/events.