Located at the crown of the head, the crown chakra or sahasrara is the last of your seven chakras. The Sanskrit name translates to “thousand petals.” This chakra is termed so because it is said to be in the form of a lotus with 1,000 petals.
The energy of the crown chakra starts at the top of your head, sitting like a crown and radiating upwards. The crown chakra is at the top of the chakra ladder and is said to be the place where the individual consciousness meets a higher state or universal consciousness. This enables you to experience spiritual growth and be connected to the universe.
The crown chakra is responsible for the transcendence of your limitations. When you are immersed in the energy of your seventh chakra, you feel a state of blissful unity with everything around you. The crown chakra enables you to move beyond materialistic needs and to connect with the universe as a whole. This chakra allows access to the utmost clarity and enlightened wisdom.
The crown chakra is the meeting point between the physical body and the universe and soul. This chakra embraces the gratitude for your life. This chakra is the center of enlightenment and awareness. When the crown chakra is balanced, it brings feelings of serenity, joy, and deep peace about life.
Key Characteristics of the Crown Chakra
See the Beauty— The crown chakra allows you to see the beauty and divinity in all things.
Unity — The crown chakra represents your connection to the universe. You are able to experience unity with everyone and everything around you.
Awareness — This chakra brings your consciousness to a higher level, allowing your awareness to be transcendent.
Enlightenment— The crown chakra is the gateway between the physical and cosmic self. This gives you the ability to have the utmost clarity and enlightened wisdom.
Serenity & Bliss— The crown chakra brings feelings of serenity, joy, and deep peace about life.
Crown Chakra Imbalance
The chakra system distributes the flow of prana or energy throughout your subtle body. Stress, illness, emotional upset, or conflict all can cause blockages or imbalance in your chakra system. All of the seven chakras are interconnected; when one chakra experiences a blockage or imbalance, it affects all the others. This disruption of energy can cause your mind, body, and spirit to suffer.
When the crown chakra is imbalanced, it can cause you to feel out of sorts, and put stress on your body and mind. If you are working towards finding peace in life or finding your connection to the universe, it is important that you open and balances your crown chakra.
Underactive Crown Chakra — When a chakra is underactive, it means that the chakra is experiencing a blockage or is not distributing the flow of energy. When your crown chakra is underactive, it can affect your overall wellbeing.
When your crown chakra is blocked or underactive, it can hinder your ability to let go of materialistic needs. When the crown chakra becomes blocked, it can often cause you to detach from the world around you and lead to spiritual malaise.
Signs of an underactive crown chakra:
Lack of inspiration
Overactive Crown Chakra — When a chakra is overactive, it means that the chakra is distributing too much energy. It is working in overdrive and bringing imbalance to the chakra. When your crown chakra is overactive, it affects your overall wellbeing.
If your crown chakra is overactive, you may be experiencing a disconnection from your physical body and earthly matters. When your crown chakra is overwhelmed with energy, it can cause you to have a sense of elitism or superiority over others.
Signs of an overactive crown chakra:
Lack of Empathy
Sense of Elitism
Disconnected From Your Body and Earthly Matters
How to Balance Your Crown Chakra
Chakra balancing is the process of restoring the harmonious and balanced flow of prana or energy throughout the body. Your chakras are in constant fluctuation. Practicing chakra balancing and aligning is a regular and sometimes daily activity to explore. But how do you balance your crown chakra?
Letting Go — Bring balance to your crown chakra by writing down what earthly and materialistic needs are holding you back. Practice living a minimalist life by purging unneeded goods. If emotional and past experiences are holding you back, try writing them down on a piece of paper and burning the paper to help you let go of those experiences. Once you are able to move past your materialistic and earthly needs, you will be able to restore balance to your crown chakra.
Get Outside — The crown chakra is responsible for your connection to everything around you. Practice going outside and feeling your connection and unity with the world around you. If you can, hike up to a higher viewpoint where you can look out over the grand vista; this will help you feel the largeness and beauty of which you are apart.
Physical Activity — Yoga is an important tool in bringing balance to your crown chakra. Yoga poses for the crown chakra should focus on inverted and restorative movements to help bring balance to your third eye chakra. Below are specific yoga poses and movements to connect you to the energy of your crown chakra.
Lotus | Padmasana
Reclining Bound Angle | Supta Baddha Konasana
Supported Headstand | Salamba Sirsasana
Tree Pose | Vrksasana
Meditation — Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras, especially your crown chakra. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your crown chakra.
Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Relax your muscles as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.
Focus your attention on the location of your crown chakra: the crown of your head.
Since the crown chakra is tied to the color of violet, imagine a violet glow at the crown of your head, slowly expanding upwards, making the whole area warm and relaxed. Rest in this sensation for 3-5 minutes.
When you are ready, slowly open your eyes. You may follow with positive affirmations.
Affirmations — Positive affirmations are a simple and beneficial way to heal negative programming that can be embedded in your subtle body. When balancing your crown chakra, practice saying these phrases to yourself:
I honor the divine within me
I listen to the wisdom of the universe
I am open to divine wisdom
I am at peace
I live in the present moment
Aromatherapy and Herbs — Aromatherapy and Natural Herbs can be a simple but powerful tool to use while restoring balance to your crown chakra. Use essential oils and natural herbs that inspire enlightenment and uplift your spirits. Our Herbal Smokes is designed to aid in restoring balance to your crown chakra.
Crystal Healing — Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The crown chakra is highly influenced by clear quartz. When balancing your crown chakra, meditate with clear quartz, carry the stone with you, or wear jewelry with clear quartz to let the energetic properties help restore balance to the chakra.