The Crown Chakra

Crown Chakra

The crown chakra is the seventh chakra. Located at the top of the head, it gives us access to higher states of consciousness as we open to what is beyond our personal preoccupations and visions. The function of the Crown chakra is driven by consciousness and gets us in touch with the universal.

 

Crown chakra meaning

The seventh chakra is referred to as:

  • Crown chakra
  • Sahasrara
  • Shunnya
  • Niralambapuri

 The Sanskrit name “Sahasrara” is sometimes used to designate the seventh chakra. It can be translated as “Thousand petals”.

 

Crown chakra color

The crown chakra is most commonly represented with the color white, although it can also be depicted as deep purple. The auric color of crown chakra energy can also be seen as gold, white, or clear light.

 

Crown chakra symbol

The symbol of the Crown chakra is composed of:

  • A circle
  • A thousand petals

The dominating color of the crown chakra symbol is white. Its petals are multicolor, like a rainbow. The circle is sometimes compared to the symbol of the full moon.

 

Crown chakra location

The most commonly accepted location for the seventh chakra is at the top of the head or slightly above the head. It sits like a crown, radiating upwards, hence its name.

The Crown chakra is primarily associated to the pituitary gland, and secondarily to the pineal and the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus and pituitary gland work in pair to regulate the endocrine system.  Because of its location, the crown chakra is closely associated with the brain and the whole nervous system.

Note that energetically, the seventh chakra has a connection with the first chakra, as they both are at the extremities of the chakra system.

Crown Chakra

 

Behavioral characteristics of the Crown chakra

The crown chakra is associated with the following psychological and behavioral characteristics:

  • Consciousness
  • Awareness of higher consciousness, wisdom, of what is sacred
  • Connection with the formless, the limitless
  • Realization, liberation from limiting patterns
  • Communion with higher states of consciousness, with
  • Ecstasy, bliss
  • Presence

The crown chakra is associated with the transcendence of our limitations, whether they are personal or bound to space and time. It is where the paradox becomes norm, where seemingly opposites are one. The quality of awareness that comes with the crown chakra is universal, transcendent.

As we are immersed in the energy of the crown chakra, we feel a state of blissful union with all that is, of spiritual ecstasy. This chakra allows access to the upmost clarity and enlightened wisdom.

Some describe this chakra as the gateway to the cosmic self or the divine self, to universal consciousness. It’s linked to the infinite, the universal.

 

Crown chakra imbalance

When the Crown chakra has an imbalance, it can manifest as:

  • Being disconnected to spirit, constant cynicism regarding what is sacred
  • On the opposite side, an overactive crown chakra could manifest as a disconnection with the body
  • Living in your head, being disconnected from your body and earthly matters
  • Obsessive attachment to spiritual matters
  • Closed-mindedness

*Excerpt from: http://www.chakras.info/7-chakras/