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Sahasrara, the Seventh Chakra

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We complete our study of the chakras with the seventh chakra, known as the Sahasrara Chakra.  Each chakra has been a progressive journey from our connection to self and the world to a union with the more subtle aspects of interconnection.  This chakra, located at the crown of the head, governs our connection with the divine.  Some say that as yogis practice consistently and awaken the kundalini energy within, this travels up the Shushmna, or central channel of energy within the body along which all seven chakras are aligned, and bursts through the crown chakra to complete the union of our earthly selves with the limitless that is the divine within and around us.

Seventh Chakra

This chakra is nicknamed “the thousand petaled lotus,” a name that symbolized the infinite levels available that one can access and experience the divine.  This symbolism epitomizes the beauty of the many paths laid out before us in our journey of the human spirit that lead home.  These paths encompass all religions and philosophies written and unwritten, each path that brings a person further from the illusion of isolation and closer to the truth of the interconnectedness of all beings.

Just as the outer paths of our world all lead to this union and opening of the seventh chakra, so does yoga offer many paths to gain this access.  Whether you are a yogini practicing Hatha Yoga or Kundalini, the path is available to you.  So is it illuminated in the last of Patanjali’s niyamas, Ishvarapranidhana, which translates to seeing the divine in all, or surrendering to the will of God.  The seventh chakra can also be accessed through meditation and the practice of Kirtan, chanting yogic mantra together in groups.

A seventh chakra out of balance can lead to an over-intellectualism regarding the spiritual, an addiction to spiritual, confusion, dissociation, and in extreme cases, mental illnesses such as schizophrenia.  A lack of energy reaching this chakra can lead to learning difficulties, spiritual skepticism, materialism, and apathy.  The demon of the seventh chakra is attachment.  When we attach ourselves to an idea, an object, or to a worldview, we naturally close ourselves off to other options.  Think of the mountain climber who pauses on a comfortable ledge rather than pushing through boundaries to reach the summit of the mountain.  The right of the Sahasrara chakra is the right to know.  This knowledge is experiential, not something that can be gained solely by reading books and engaging with the world only through your mind.  Rather, the practice of placing yourself humbly at the feet of creation, experiencing the awe and beauty, sacred and profane that make up this world and truley feeling that within your heart can lead to peak experiences that open the Sahasrara chakra.

The beauty of the chakras is that we are always in a constant state of grace and transformation.  As one chakra finds balance, another tips slowly out.  This guide I’ve posted can help you find tools that will bring each chakra more into alignment.  As you study and work with the chakras, your knowledge of yourself and the human experience will grow, as will your compassion and awareness of the subtle energies at work within each of us.  There is so much joy available on this journey!

One of my favorite resources for chakra work is the invaluable book Eastern Body Western Mind by Judith Anodea.  This is an amazing reference book with many exercises given to help find alignment in the chakras as well as a detailed analysis of how the chakra system synchs with various western psychological philosophies.  If my series of chakras peaks your interest, this book is a fabulous place to continue your studies.

 

Other Posts on Chakras:

Ajna Chakra

Vishuddi Chakra

Anahata Chakra

Manipura Chakra

Svadhisthana Chakra

Muladhara Chakra

 

Vishuddi, The Throat Chakra

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The fifth chakra vibrates to the color blue and governs communication.  This chakra sits over our throat and literally gives a voice to our internal inspirations and creativity.  Thus, the Vishuddi chakra is a chakra of manifestation; connecting Shiva with Shakti, limitless potential with life-giving energy and consciousness.

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The throat chakra finds expression through speaking, chanting, and singing.  When one is able to clearly state one’s unique view on the world, the throat chakra is open and energy is moving freely.  Read the rest of this entry

Svadhisthana Chakra – Movement in Creativity

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The second chakra, Svadhisthana, is located between the pubis and the belly button.  Also known as the Sacral Chakra, the sanskrit name can be translated as “one’s own abode.”  This chakra governs sexuality, creativity and our relationship with others.  The second chakra is associated with the color naranja, or orange.

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Muladhara Chakra

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As I prepare for my  Chakra Healing and Reiki Training Workshop, I’ve found myself thinking even more of the energies contained within our chakras.  The chakras are such an elegant way to think about the energy that is constantly in motion in our bodies.

The center line of energy in the human bodies is referred to as the Shushumna.  This strong concentration of prana runs through the mid-line of the body.  Centered on the shushmna line of energy are spinning vortexes known as the chakras.  Each chakra contains different properties associated with our health, thoughts, emotions, stages of life, and different parts of our bodies.

picture courtesy of energyenhancement.org

picture courtesy of energyenhancement.org

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Vishuddhi – the Chakra of Communication

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I am constantly pulled back to work with the chakras in my asana and meditation practice.  I find that chakra work often comes off the mat, coloring food choices, what colors I incorporate into my outfits, and  which essential oils I wear.  Further, if I’m working with a particular chakra, I’ll keep work in the front of my conciousness as I’m having interactions with people throughout my day.  I’ll notice if a person may trigger some of the lessons I need to practice to balance a particular chakra, or perhaps I’ll notice that the somebody has a complementary chakra issue – where mine is depleted, perhaps their is showing in excess.

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