Seventh Chakra (Crown) – Sahasrara

Location: Crown of the head / cerebral cortex

Colour: Violet or White

Element: Thought

Sense: Divine

The Seventh Chakra often referred to as the Tenth Gate, sits at the crown of the head. It unites and balances the 6 lower chakras. This is a complex chakra to explain since it represents the complete understanding of pure “oneness,” which is what yoga is all about. Understanding the 7th chakra needs to be experienced and not grasped intellectually. When this chakra is balanced we seek out deep questions and spiritual teachings, have an open mind and transcend the ego. An unbalanced 7th Chakra can manifest as narrow religious belief systems, spiritual fanaticism, excess earthly attachments, intellectual bullying, feeling like there is no God, and disconnection from spirit or body. In order to have a balanced 7th Chakra, you must be anchored in the lower 6 chakras first. When this chakra is in excess, you will be, “lost in the clouds,” and when it is deficient, you will be attached to worldly things. The real challenge of this chakra is to balance both worlds and not escape either one, to be in the world but not of it.
Body Associations: Brain, nervous system, pineal gland

Key Words: Divine knowledge and understanding (enlightenment), acceptance, bliss; one-ness with all creation

Issues: Belief systems, divinity, union, transcendence, attachment, religious extremism

Physical issues: Migraines, coma, brain tumours, amnesia, cognitive delusions, symptoms without physical cause, insomnia

Balanced characteristics: Ability to perceive, analyse and assimilate information; intelligent, thoughtful and aware; open-minded, able to question; spiritually connected; wisdom and mastery, broad understanding; saintliness; bliss

Deficient characteristics: Spiritual cynicism; learning difficulties; rigid belief systems, close-minded; apathy; excess in the lower chakras eg greed, materialism, domination of others (attempting to stop new ideas); clumsiness and difficulties with balance

Excess characteristics: Over-intellectualisation; spiritual addiction; confusion; dissociation from the body; not grounded; God-complex

Possible addictions: Religion, spiritual practices

Essential Oils: Frankincense, sandalwood, anise, basil, benzoin, cedarwood, jasmine, myrrh

Gemstones: Amethyst, obsidian, sodalite, sugilite, opalite, quartz, white topaz

Healing Practices: Meditation, gong baths, deep relaxation, re-establish physical& emotional connection (excess) or a spiritual connection (deficient), learning & study, spiritual discipline (40 day commitments, sadhana), practice mindfulness, eat pure foods especially foods that are “high-vibration” foods and have absorbed a lot of sunshine, detox, drink plenty of water, avoid processed foods, being outside & experiencing the energy in nature, charity and community work (Seva, helping others), Reiki or energy work, chanting, let go of ego-driven behaviour, prayer, sunlight

Yoga Postures: Corpse pose, Sat Kriya, ego eradicator, celibate pose, Shakti pose, spinal flex, shoulder stand, pranayama where breath is held out

Suggested Mantras: Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru, Wahe Guru, Wahe Jio; Om or Ong

Sodarshan Chakra Kriya (beginners version) – sit in Easy Pose, left hand is in gyan mudra, resting on your left knee. Block your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through your left nostril. Hold your breath and mentally repeat the mantra Wahe Guru 16 times. With each Wahe Guru pump your navel, moving the navel towards your spine. After the 16th repetition block the left nostril with the right little finger & exhale through the right nostril. Then block your right nostril again and continue for 11 minutes. To end, inhale and stretch your arms up and shake your whole body to distribute the energy. Then meditate in silence for 1 minute, focusing at the brow with Long Light Breathing

Meditation Into Ecstasy: Sit in easy pose, hands in gyan mudra, eyes focused on the third eye point. Inhale in three equal parts, silently recite Sat Nam on each sniff. Then hold the breath and turn the head to look over the right shoulder. Exhale & bring the head back to centre as you silently recite Wahe Guru. Inhale in 3 sniffs, silently vibrating Sat Nam on each sniff. Hold the breath, turn the head to look over the left shoulder. Exhale the head back to the centre, silently vibrate Wahe Guru. Continue for 11 minutes.

Affirmations: I am open to new ideas; The world is my teacher; I am guided by inner wisdom; I trust in the Universe to guide and protect me