Crown Chakra – Sahasrara
The crown chakra is the seventh chakra and it is at the top of the “chakra ladder” which starts from the root chakra that grounds us on the Earth and progresses upward to the Sahasrara which connects us with the universe and the Divine source of creation.
Sahasrara is located at the crown of the head. The gift of this chakra is experiencing unity and the selfless realization that everything is connected at a fundamental level.
The energy of this chakra allows us to experience mystical oneness with everyone and everything in nature. There is no intellectual knowing at the level of seventh chakra, but there is serenity, joy, and deep peace about life. You have a sense of knowing that there is a deeper meaning of life and that there is an order that underlies all of existence.
The “way of the crown chakra” is the way of going beyond the limits of your own ego. It is the way of transcending the ego and knowing that all of creation is interconnected at a fundamental level. A level that some call the “Akasha” or “Zero Point Field”, or just “the Field”. This is the fundamental level of connection.
According to Tantric philosophy, the seventh chakra is both a receiver and giver of energy and consciousness. It receives energy to sustain life and it gives back the personal energy to unite with the collective pool of consciousness.
It is the meeting point between finite (the body and the ego) and infinite (the universe and soul). It is the place where time and timelessness intersect and where death and eternal life meet.
The thousand petal chakra embraces an attitude of gratitude for one’s life.
When we realize that everything is interconnected and that we are part of the larger scheme of life, we begin to live with gratitude, faith and trust, rather than filled with fear and anxiety. We are guided by the higher power and we feel divinity from within and from without.
The challenge of this chakra is to liberate the spirit – open to the divine – and at the same time stay firmly rooted deep in the ground.
Crown Chakra Affirmations
I choose to be part of the Divine.
I choose to honor the Divine within me.
I choose to understand and to learn from my life experiences.
I choose to cherish my spirit.
I choose to seek experiences that nourish my spirit.
I choose to listen to the wisdom of universe.
I choose to trust my intuition.
I choose to be open to letting go of my attachments.
I choose to live in the present moment.
I choose to be grateful for all the goodness in my life.
I choose to love and accept myself.
I choose to believe that all is well in my world.
I choose to be connected with the wisdom of the universe.
I choose to be open to divine wisdom.
I choose for my life to move with grace.
I choose to be at peace.
Crown Chakra at a glance:
Sanskrit name: Sahasrana – thousand petal
Element: No element, or thought
Color: Violet or white
Shape: Round scullcap
Petals of the lotus: One thousand
Seed sound: Ah
Vowel sound: Ngngng
Rights: To know and to learn
Endocrine gland: Pineal gland
Physical association: Central nervous system, cerebral cortex
Psychological function: Awareness, understanding
Identity: Universal identity
Developmental stage: Throughout life
Plane: Truth, reality
Deity: The guru within
Mythological Animal: Eagle
Herb: Gotu Kola
Crown chakra essential oils can aid in balancing and opening the seventh chakra to liberate the spirit and open to the Divine.
Located at the top of the head, the crown chakra allows you to realize that everything is interconnected at a very fundamental level.
On the physical level, the crown chakra is associated with the cerebral cortex, the brain, and the skull.
On the emotional level, crown chakra imbalances may manifest as overwhelm, confusion, apathy, and isolation.
On the mental level, crown chakra imbalance may manifest as rigidity in perspective, over intellectualization, slow learning, and attachment to materialistic viewpoints.
On the spiritual level, crown chakra issues may show up as spiritual emergency, disconnection from witnessing, inability to understand deeper truth, spiritual bypass, and fragmentation.
Essential oils embody the frequencies and healing properties of plants. These frequencies and properties work on all levels of being.
The following are eight commonly used crown chakra essential oils:
Frankincense, considered a Holy oil, is used for meditative contemplation, for achieving tranquil states of mind, and for attaining spiritual liberation. The spiritual and psychological benefits of Frankincense have long been recognized by many cultures and spiritual traditions. On a physical level, the oil of Frankincense helps with nervous system conditions. Because of the high levels of sesquiterpenes, a type of molecules that have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, Frankincense may help to oxygenate the pineal and pituitary glands.
Like Frankincense, Sandalwood is an ideal aid to meditation, spiritual contemplation, and prayer. One of my favorite crown chakra essential oils, Sandalwood aids in quieting the mental chatter of the mind, allowing the ego/identity/person to remain in the background and spaciousness arise in the foreground. It is in this spaciousness where clarity, liberation of spirit and soul arise. Timelessness, boundlessness, and deep unshakeable peace are experienced.
A lesser known oil, Vetiver is an interesting crown chakra essential oil. It is a very grounding oil, calming and stabilizing, promoting relaxation and peacefulness. At the same time, Vetiver can stir up the subconscious mind and promote vivid dream recall. Dreams contain rich material that is hiding in the deep recesses of our minds and by by bringing out that which is unconscious, we become more free. The oil of Vetiver has been used to bridge the gap between matter and Spirit, allowing one to open up to Spirit, while remaining grounded and fully supported here on earth.
Helichrysum, also known as Everlasting or Immortelle, has a very high spiritual frequency. Because of its high frequency, the oil of Helichrysum is known to cut through deep psychological barriers and aid in accessing higher spiritual states and dimensions. On a physical level, Helichrysum has been used to ease headaches and migraine pain.
The Lotus flowers are considered sacred in a number of ancient cultures and spiritual traditions. In ancient Egypt, White Lotus was used in recipes for all spiritual and emotional ailments. The crown chakra, Sahasrana in Sanskrit, literally means “thousand petal” and its symbol is a thousand petal Lotus flower.
Rose oil has the highest spiritual frequency of all essential oils. It enhances spiritual insight, transformation, bringing harmony to the body, mind, emotions and spirit. The oil is gentle with a floral, rich and deep aroma. A gentle tonic for the spiritual heart, Rose enhances the frequencies of all cells and of the subtle body (the aura and the chakras).
The essential oil of Lavender is universal for all seven chakras. It works to calm strong emotions, release pent up energy, and allow for the life force to flow through the body. As a crown chakra essential oil, Lavender aids calmness and peace to arise during meditation or sleep, allowing one to connect with the Divine and with Spirit.
Spikenard contains high levels of sesquiterpenes, molecules that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and has been used throughout ages during meditation and to promote restful sleep. With heavy and earthy aroma, Spikenard oil, has been used for emotional balance and to ease of the pain of migraines. Like Frankincense and Myrrh, Spikenard carries mystical significance and has been cited in the Bible as an oil used to anoint Jesus.