Location: Top of the head
Goals: Oneness, consciousness, understanding, detachment, spiritual connection
What is the Sahasrara chakra?
The Sahasrara, or Crown Chakra, is located at the top of the head. It is represented by a thousand-petaled lotus. This is the final and largest layer of our identity and represents our universal identity.
This chakra is about devotion, inspiration, selflessness and spiritual understanding. Sahasrara is considered to be the centre of wisdom and pure consciousness. It is related to the Central Nervous System.
The Sahasrara chakra is our centre of knowledge as well as our connection to divinity, spirituality and everything in the universe - physical or otherwise. The Crown chakra enables us to look outwards, to move us beyond the confines of our physical selves. A vehicle for transcendence, this chakra facilitates the expansion of our consciousness so that we may comprehend our oneness with the universe at large. Here we transcend our smaller, limited world and identify with the infinite universe.
Sahasrara is the Sanskrit for “1,000 petals of the lotus flower”. Is it through this chakra that we truly blossom and connect with the world around is, gaining wisdom and understanding of the universe by acknowledging a higher source beyond our physical selves.
I am, I am at peace, I understand, I am light.
How does Sahasrara chakra affect a person?
Sahasrara concerns the right to knowledge in all its breadth, from everyday truths to insight into the bigger picture. The seventh chakra also relates to our right to acknowledge the divine in whichever way we find meaningful.
If a healthy Sahasrara promotes unity and purpose, an obstructed Crown chakra hinders our directions in life. We may feel mentally disorganised, as if we are trying to recall something important that hovers out of reach, an elusive truth that we are unable to grasp.
A person with excessive Sahasrara is liable to cling to the beliefs of others who claim to be wise. They are also likely to adopt rituals without fully understanding them or their purpose.
A person with deficient Sahasrara may be materialistic and greedy, as well as intolerant or critical of other people’s spirituality and beliefs. Without adequate Sahasrara, we struggle to find meaningful beliefs of our own, which often results in being bored or dissatisfied with our lot.
Life will always be changing, but knowing what your tendencies are and the core issues driving them, you can more easily adapt to those changes.
How to strengthen the Sahasrara chakra?
A balanced seventh chakra means highly developed emotional awareness and a feeling of oneness. It is associated with open-mindedness and spiritual awareness which enable us to behave with greater wisdom and diplomacy.
Whenever knowledge is withheld or beliefs are invalidated the Sahasrara chakra suffers. Doubts can cause either closed-mindedness and inability to compromise or learn new things—a deficiency—or an over-stimulation of the mind as a means of defense against confronting reality and needs that may be denied by others. In either case, clearing Sahasrara can be achieved by simply letting go of these attachments.
Let go completely of our attachment to the physical self and sprout outward into the thousand-petal lotus that is its symbol.