If you are feeling a disconnect from Source (Spirit, God, the Universe, Consciousness, etc.), you are probably also feeling lost and lack a sense of belonging. If you have difficulty accepting or expressing your spiritual side, or if you feel as though there is an important sense of the divine missing from your life, then your crown chakra may be blocked.
If you are often overcome with frustration or bitterness regarding situations which are beyond your control or find yourself struggling with a sense of helplessness and insignificance in the world, then concentrate on freeing your crown chakra.
And what if you are not at all spiritual, and don’t believe in the existence of anything outside this physical realm? You can still benefit from opening your crown chakra. If you look at life from the perspective of quantum physics, which states that everything is energy, then promoting the free flow of energy of what you want into your own localized energy cluster will make for a richer and more rewarding life.
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What is the Crown Chakra?
The crown chakra (Sahasrara) is located at the very top of the head. The seventh chakra is the last chakra in the line of energy centers that run through the center of your body. This high-vibrating source of energy drives our awareness of a divine presence, connects us with a higher power and confirms our connection to the physical world, the spiritual realms, the past and the future. This chakra connects you to the non-physical aspect of our existence and helps you make sense of life on this physical plane.
The crown chakra is the center of spirituality and faith, no matter what religious practice you abide to (if any), where you live, how you were raised or what you choose to believe. Religious and spiritual practices aside, an open crown chakra gives you inspiration, comfort, good health and a sense of place and power. A person with an open crown chakra is a strong, inspirational leader, a creative visionary and a humanitarian.
The crown chakra is associated with the color purple. This color has long been associated with royalty, majesty, and spiritual wealth. The Sanskrit word for the crown chakra is Sahasrara, which translates to mean ‘a thousand’. This number has particular significance in Eastern spiritual practices and writings, as it refers to the thousand petals of the sacred lotus flower, a symbol of divine enlightenment. Lotus petals open one by one, gradually revealing the beauty of the flower. This is mirrored in an individual’s personal and spiritual growth – a gradual opening of the soul and the mind to true enlightenment and self awareness. As the crown chakra enables the opening of your individual lotus flower, it ties you to “all that is” – and opens you to previously untapped sources of wisdom, knowledge and personal power.
Whether you seek God or simply a connection to consciousness, opening your crown chakra will give you comfort and insight into these spiritual ideas: if you ask, you receive; if you seek, you find; and if you ask a question, an answer will appear.
This chakra is associated with the tiny pineal gland at the very center of the brain. This is believed to be the “seat of the soul” in the body; although little is known about the gland, it is understood to be the center of serotonin production – the ultimate feel-good hormone!
What Happens When Your Crown Chakra is Blocked?
When we fail to cultivate our spiritual side, or cut ourselves off from self-knowledge and spiritual thought and exploration, our seventh chakra can become blocked or closed. This is soon followed by existential and spiritual crises, manifesting as feelings of loneliness, isolation, hopelessness, despondency and belief in cc
Lack of spiritual connection can lead to acts of selfishness and carelessness due to feelings of isolation and pointless existence. People become frustrated and bitter as they feel abandoned and disconnected. Blocked crown chakras can cause people to redirect their bitterness and frustration towards others, but most commonly it is redirected straight to themselves, resulting in a vicious circle of mental disorders such as depression and confusion; problems with the brain like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Parkinson’s disease and strokes, and even severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
Healing the Crown Chakra
We all have a spiritual path to follow, but it’s important to honor your own path and not blindly follow what someone else may dictate is “right” for you. No two spiritual paths alike, even for people who share the same faith.
Meditation is a wonderful way to open the crown chakra. You can call it prayer, meditation, contemplation, conversation or inner silence. The practices are all essentially the same – a stilling of the mind so you can hear/feel the ‘voice’ of something greater than yourself. Yoga, spiritual studies, or even something as “worldly” as performing charitable or selfless acts will open your crown chakra. Don’t be afraid to address your spirituality, even if you are feeling a conflict between what you were taught and what you believe. Explore it deeply, and you will find your own path to personal enlightenment and inner peace.
Gratitude is another powerful way to open your crown chakra. You feel gratitude for every good thing and blessing – but to open your crown chakra, you must learn gratitude for the hardships and suffering as well, because they are equally important in your life’s journey. They serve as teachers and guides. It’s not uncommon for an individual to experience a strong need for spiritual growth when they have undergone an extremely difficult period – and when gratitude outshines the troubles, your whole outlook on life will change for the better!
This is the one chakra that does not benefit from specific foods, since it represents a connection to the nonphysical. Fresh air and sunshine, however, are highly beneficial – so meditation outdoors may be the best way to stimulate the pineal gland and open the crown chakra.
Once you’ve recognized a divine connection through the crown chakra, you can stop worrying about your problems. Those that have an open seventh chakra do not feel as though they have to bear their worldly burdens alone – they believe that someone is watching over them throughout life – or, that as PART of the universal consciousness, each individual has the same power as that consciousness, and is therefore far more powerful than if the individual were not part of anything at all. Even if you can’t quite yet bring yourself to have this faith, the search for spiritual answers and enlightenment is a rewarding and empowering journey. It opens the doors to the immense scope of the universe, life within it and our individual part in the grand scheme of life.