Devote yourself to the power within and create a life you love by balancing the crown chakra. Breathwork, affirmations, and the power of prayer help to blast your soul wide open!
About the Crown Chakra
The crown chakra - dun dun DUUUNNN!! We’ve finally made it to the end of our chakra alignment journey!
The crown chakra is such a fascinating area of the body in both the physical and energetic sense. The crown chakra in Sanskrit is called Sahasrara, which means “thousand-petaled”, referring to the lotus flower it is commonly associated with.
Our crown chakra is located at the top of our head, or crown, and is associated with the element of thought (no surprise, there). Crown chakra energy glows a pretty, pale violet color, and is also associated with bright, sparkly white light that represents universal consciousness, life force energy, God, The Universe, or whatever you like to call it.
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The crown chakra has a very important job, as it governs our relationship with our thoughts AND our connection to all that is (no big deal). Specific functions of the crown chakra include:
Instilling a sense of faith. A well-balanced crown chakra brings an innate understanding of something bigger than ourselves. We feel more connected to everyone and everything around us.
Crushing Limiting Beliefs. Those thoughts in your head that tell you that you’re not good enough, that you can’t do something, that you’re somehow less than? They’re simply that: thoughts. A balanced crown chakra clears these unsupportive thought patterns and makes room for clarity, growth, and liberation.
Feeling Bliss. Call it ascension, call it enlightenment, call it ecstasy, whatever it is, it is constantly available to all of us, no pills needed. The crown chakra opens us up to the unconditional love that lies on the other side of our current circumstances.
"Do not feel lonely the entire universe is inside you."
Imbalanced Crown Chakra
Like the other chakras, when imbalanced, our crown chakra has the ability to effect both our physical and emotional bodies. Physical symptoms of an imbalance include poor balance and coordination as well as common headaches or migraines.
Mental or emotional symptoms of an imbalanced crown chakra could take the form of confusion, lack of focus, or even what we call “hyper spiritualism”, where reaching “enlightenment”, actually becomes an addiction.
Here are three things that happen to me when my crown chakra is out of balance:
I get lonely. This tends to happen from time to time when you’re doing epic things like breaking out of the matrix and discovering your multidimensional being. But when you feel lost, forgotten, and disconnected from The Universe, this is typically just a sign that your crown chakra needs a tune-up!
I have trouble feeling my emotions. As a highly sensitive person, empath, spiritual being, or whatever you want to call it, I’ve always had an intense relationship with my emotions. It’s when I start to feel numb that I know something isn’t quite right. Being at the tippy-top of the body, a blocked crown chakra can mess up the whole system.
I get anxious. I’m not here to diminish anyone’s experience with anxiety, trust me, but sometimes I can tell when that nervous feeling is coming from my crown. My thoughts get loud, obsessive, and much more catty than usual. That’s when I know it’s time to stop, breathe, and give myself grace.
Balanced Crown Chakra
Since a crown chakra imbalance can so easily be confused for mental illness or emotional distress, I thought it would be helpful to list out some symptoms that point towards a balanced and healthy crown!
First and foremost, when you have a balanced crown chakra, you feel connected to a higher power. Whether you call it God, The Universe, Life Force Energy, Chi, Allah, or The Divine, doesn’t matter. With a balanced crown chakra, you will understand that your relationship to that power is all that truly matters.
You will also feel a connection to and with yourself. It may not be there all the time, but you will understand that connection is always available to you. This acceptance of self, even in the smallest of ways, is a good indicator that you are on the right path.
With a balanced crown chakra, you will enjoy spending time with yourself. And that doesn’t just mean alone-time, but actually taking the time to connect with yourself and open yourself up to divine guidance or healing. We cannot be depressed or lonely when we know we already have all we need inside of us.
Crown Chakra Healing
I like to think of my crown chakra as a little engine, running the show from the top of my head. Slight tune-ups and consistent energy sent in that direction can help it stay humming throughout even the yuckiest of mental breakdowns.
I can’t promise that these practices will bring you bliss, ecstasy, or help you find nirvana, but if you’re searching for these things, you’re definitely in the right place. To go even more in-depth with your crown chakra practice, check out the free Crown Chakra 101 Workbook to complete alongside these readings.
If you’re like me, and anxiety seems to be your strongest indicator of an imbalanced crown chakra, you may want to start with some positive affirmations and meditations to help build your self-compassion.
I think affirmations are exceptionally helpful when working with the crown chakra since it utilizes the power of thought, the crown’s main element. If you’re unfamiliar with using affirmations, but are interested in trying it out, you can find guided meditations all over the internet to get you started. I’ve listed some of my favorite videos in the Crown Chakra 101 Workbook.
Get a jump start on this practice by starting right now. Give yourself the gift of dropping your phone, closing your eyes, and taking some slow, deep breaths. When your mind has quieted, begin thinking to yourself “I am always connected”, and as you breathe out, think “I am at peace”.
If you’ve been following along in this chakra series, you may have noticed that breathing techniques are an excellent cure-all for our energy centers and the crown chakra is no exception. Breathwork, particularly alternative nostril breathing, or Nadi Shodhaha, will help send oxygen to your brain to clear any blockages to promote concentration, connectedness, and clarity.
Translated from Sanskrit, Nadi means “energy channel” and Shodhana means “purification” or “cleansing”, so it’s no surprise this technique is known to reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system. This practice does take some power from the thinking mind to get it down, but once you’re in the flow, it’s super relaxing. This video from Yoga with Adriene is a great place to start alternative nostril breathing, as she guides you through the entire exercise.
Yup, you read that right! We tend to only associate prayer with religion, which is soo limiting! Personally, I pray to a whole bunch of different things, like God/The Universe, different Goddess energies, my spirit guides, passed loved ones, and even my higher and future selves.
In the same way, meditation has the power to connect you with yourself, prayer can connect us with something even bigger. Prayer opens you up to higher consciousness and in my experience, gratitude, specifically, has the power to blast your soul wide open. Don’t overthink it–just say what’s on your heart.
Finally, a diet regime you may not see coming! Unlike the other chakras, who respond best to like-colored foods, the crown chakra actually asks for no food in order to re-calibrate.
Now, please remember I am not a doctor! But most spiritual teachers agree that fasting is one of our most powerful spiritual practices gifted to us as humans. Throughout an intentional fast, you will find that you don’t need food as much as you may think. What you’ll find you do need? A connection to something greater than yourself.
“The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves the better to free ourselves. To fast is to identify our dependencies, and free ourselves from them.”
- Tariq Ramadan
Crystals for Crown Chakra Healing
The crown chakra responds well to both white and violet crystals since it is associated with both colors. I personally gravitate towards crystals that support the crown chakra. I just feel like they’re more powerful and all-encompassing. I dunno, it’s an intuition thing!
I’ve compiled a list of my favorite crown chakra crystals below. Tiny Rituals has also curated an awesome list of crystals to use with more information on how they relate to the crown chakra. 10/10 recommend taking a look!
I hope this journey through the chakras has brought you some peace, healing, and maybe even a better understanding of yourself. The crown chakra especially asks us to get to know ourselves and I hope that I have put together some helpful practices for you to do so.
So much love,