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“Thousand Petalled Lotus”
Seed Sound: Ng as in Sing
Gem: Clear Quartz
The thousand-petaled lotus, Sahasrara Chakra is located at the top of the head. It is at this energetic center that we enter into cosmic consciousness.
The element within this crown chakra is thought and its basic function is cosmic union. Here we merge with the higher shelf and enjoy the pure intensity, bliss, awareness, and unification with the divine.
Sahasrara Chakra Is Associated With:
Connection with the Universe
We are all one.
Take that in for a minute. How does that make you feel? Does it make you feel safe and connected, or does it make you mad that you are no different really from the homeless person begging for money?
Yoga philosophy teaches us that we are all connected and a part of the Divine (Parusha). This does not demonstrate that we are the Divine, but that we are each a beautiful and complicated different presentation of the Divine.
Take a drop of water from the ocean. This drop has all the components of the ocean but is not the ocean on its own. Compiled with other drops, it makes up the big, wild, wondrous ocean.
Think of yourself and others as a significant drop of the divine. We are connected as we create our human journey. It makes everyone our brothers and sisters…family.
Treat everyone you meet as God in drag. ~Ram Dass
Through the practice of Yoga, we journey towards bliss. This is the ultimate goal through the 8-fold yoga path as described by Patanjali.
The Yoga Sutras describes bliss (Samadhi) as a meditative state, being fully connected through the practice of focused attention (Dharana) and effortless meditation (Dhyana. This supports the journey of union between the individual true self (Big Self) and the universal absolute (Brahman).
Bliss is typically not a state that can be entered at will. For most, this is a spontaneous change in consciousness that occurs after a long dedication to practicing and embodying the previous limbs of Yoga. Keep with your practice and this beautiful realization awaits.
A strong Sahasrara chakra allows us the true realization of no separation from any other.
A person with a weak crown chakra can experience depression, alienation, chronic fatigue, confusion, boredom, apathy, or inability to learn.
A malfunctioning Sahasrara chakra can manifest as a sense of elitism, confusion, delusion, convulsions, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, or brain tumor.
To Strengthen Sahasrara Chakra
Daily Meditation is the most important activity within the yogic framework. In fact, all of the yoga asanas are used to prepare the body and mind to sit in meditation. (not just to get that yoga booty). Meditation allows us to clearly understand the world around us while we engage in a calmer mind.
Take some time in Silence. Practice Pratyahara and withdraw the senses to allow for a turning inward to allow for guidance to arrive clearly. Practice this on a regular basis.
Take yourself outside and spend some time in the sunlight. Make sure to use your sunblock if you need to, but allow the sun to wash over you and notice how much better you feel after several minutes.
When we are able to help and provide for others, we create a sense of connection and purpose. Seva is the act of selfless service. Practice random acts of kindness, sign up for some volunteer work, or create your own program…whatever calls you to be in service to others. You will never regret the time spent giving your talents to others.
Intentional thinking can begin with Positive Affirmation. Create a saying that makes you feel confident, inspired, and whole. Repeat this saying to yourself on a regular basis and in times of doubt to rewire your brain for a more positive outlook.
Meditate on your Sankalpa. A Sankalpa is a spiritual resolve that can help you reach goals and higher levels of understanding and being.
If herbalism is your thing, Gotu kola is an excellent herb to enhance the function of Sahasrara Chakra. Connect with your Ayurvedic Practitioner to see if this is appropriate for you.
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Journal Prompts For Sahasrara Chakra
1. What do you think is your purpose in life? Has this changed throughout the years? Does this change when you feel more connected with the divine?
2. As a general rule, do you feel more alone or connected to others? Can you easily access your higher self or is it a struggle?
3. What does the term awakening mean to you? Explain this in detail.