This is the final post in my series about each of the seven chakras, or energy centres, of the body. I’ve posted links to the previous six chakras at the bottom of this article if you want a refresher, but first let’s delve into the crown chakra, which is all about your connection with the Universe.
The crown chakra is located at the top of your head (well, obviously!) and is associated with your thought patterns, how well you sleep (or not) and how connected you are with your spirituality.
The best way I can explain the crown chakra is that when it is in balance, life just flows. You have an innate wisdom about how events are unfolding and about the direction in which you should move. The third-eye chakra is about having clear intuition, but the crown chakra is more intensive – it’s concerned with whether you trust the Universe enough to follow those messages (or whether your brain gets in the way). But even though this is about the ethereal stuff, a balanced crown chakra also means you are grounded (i.e. anchored to the real world) – because if you’re not grounded, you can’t integrate messages from your intuition.
(Image: The crown chakra symbol)
The types of people who are most likely to have a crown chakra block are, ironically, those working in the spiritual community. I see a lot of a lot of self-appointed spiritual gurus online spouting a whole lot of waffle that they call insight but which has no real world basis – that looks very much like a crown chakra block to me!
Remember how I talked about how each chakra has an adversary? The heart chakra, which is all about love, has ‘grief’ as its adversary. And the sacral chakra, which is about pleasure, has ‘guilt’ as its primary challenger. In the crown chakra that adversary is ‘attachment’. That’s attachment to anything from possessions to an unhealthy relationship to a need to be right all the time. Because when we are attached to any object, or any set outcome, we’re not open to what the Universe is guiding us towards (that which is for our highest good).
My crown chakra is what I use to channel energy from the Universe through when I’m giving someone a reiki treatment. It’s also my pathway for receiving messages from the angels. But you don’t have to be working in the healing field to benefit from having a balanced crown chakra.
Melatonin, the hormone that regulates healthy sleep patterns, is associated with the crown chakra. When there’s a block in the crown chakra, that interferes with melatonin production, which in turn adversely affects our sleep quantity and quality. It’s no coincidence that this year, the year that I started reiki and giving angel card readings professionally, my incidences of insomnia (which I have suffered from all my life) have decreased significantly.
When the energy in our crown chakra is deficient we might display these characteristics:
* Very rigid belief systems (closed-mindedness regarding religion and spirituality)
* Dependence on material items to make us feel good
* A tendency to daydream and be away with the fairies
The seven chakras in the body.
When the energy in the crown chakra is excessive, we might be:
* Prone to overanalysing
* Likely to over-intellectualise situations
* Constantly struggling to switch off our brains
* Prone to insomnia
To balance out the energy in this chakra, meditation is the best course of action. In yoga, the headstand is effective (for obvious reasons). Also, taking a break from electronics can be hugely beneficial because it forces you to come back to the real world. Being around nature is also a great way to ground yourself.
If you want to know more about the other chakras, here are the links:
The base chakra – associated with our material needs (i.e. money) and security
The sacral chakra – our emotional health, our creativity and sexual energy
The solar plexus chakra – associated with empowerment and control
The heart chakra – the place from which we give and receive love (to others, and to ourselves)
The throat chakra – associated with communication and self-expression
The third-eye chakra – all about our intuition and perception of the world