Sahasrara – The Crown Chakra
At last we come to the final of the seven main chakras, or energy wheels, of the body. The seventh chakra is the crowning glory of the system. And last definitely doesn’t mean least when it comes to Sahasrara.
Each chakra is associated with a colour and many say that the crown chakra, fittingly enough, is gold. Violet is also associated with the seventh chakra.
Sahasrara is the last chakra on your body, located on the top of your head. It is symbolised by the thousand petalled lotus, as its potential is limitless.
Like Muladhara – the root chakra at the base of your spine which connects you to the earth – the crown chakra has branches spreading from your head, connecting you with the cosmos.
Whereas the first chakra spins very slowly and is associated with worldly concerns such as food, money and shelter, the seventh chakra spins very swiftly and vibrates at a much higher frequency, akin to the speed of light, suited more to the spiritual realms with which it is associated.
The chakra dancers know that thought is the element with which Sahasrara is associated. Even though the seventh chakra supersedes the realm of sound, it is associated, for ritual purposes, with the musical note high B. The high-pitched music has an almost trance-inducing quality. In fact, many chakra dancers have had spiritual experiences while getting in contact with the seventh chakra through dance, entering into an almost transcendental, moving meditation.
Each chakra is associated with an endocrine gland and the crown governs the pituitary. Funnily enough, this gland is often called the master gland because it controls all the other endocrine glands in the body. We could also call the crown chakra the master chakra of the body as it acts as the central operating system for the other six chakras, gathering in all the universal energy required to nourish the body and sending it down the production line, so to speak.
Reiki healers learn how to open up the seventh chakra in order to channel much needed white light, or universal energy, into other people’s chakra systems, which may need a bit of balancing, unblocking and a refill.
Sahasrara also governs the brain and central nervous system in general. If it is out of balance, diseases which affect the thinking process, such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and Parkinson’s, may result.
If Sahasrara is balanced, you are a person who has great reverence for life, puts yourself in the service of others, and is on your soul’s true journey.
If your crown chakra is undernourished, you may show no concern for others, have feelings of superiority, and have a warped perception of reality.
The spiritual lessons Sahasrara wants to teach us are about empathy for others and being in the ‘now’ – in other words, appreciation of the moment.
So plug yourself into universal consciousness with Sahasrara. The seventh chakra will shed some light on the mysteries of the cosmos.