Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been writing about the chakras, their properties, characteristics and how they relate to our lives. This brings us to the last chakra, the crown and its role and purpose. Tomorrow there will be a mediation for the crown chakra on this blog.
As we have seen each of the chakras holds a form of consciousness. In the root we experience the densest materialization of energy, in the sacral we come to know the energy of emotion and so on as we move upward through progressively less dense expressions of energy until we reach the crown where we must begin asking questions about consciousness itself. It’s really miraculous to think about consciousness itself inquiring into its own nature and manifestations.
Psychologically crown energy helps us to perceive the underlying order and meaning of things through this chakra. Spiritually we experience (as opposed to believe) the deep knowing of all of creation as being as one through the crown.
Unconsciously the energy flowing through this chakra is the wisdom of the body—consciously it is the intellect, mind and belief systems. Ultimately this chakra is our link with consciousness beyond reason, beyond the senses and beyond material world limitations—it is the universal consciousness that holds awareness of Divinity.
“To really turn our gaze of attention upon this miracle is to enter the endless unfolding petals of the lotus, and the true source of the Self.” Anodea Judith
So we begin this inspection with a clear awareness about the two main types of consciousness contained in the crown chakra:
1. That which is focused on the information in our material reality and has to do with the concrete self. This consciousness relies on focused attentionâ‚¬Â¦active thought, reasoning, learning compiling information, data, belief systems. This is a lower function of the crown chakra as it stores and correlates details into patterns and larger fields of meaning.
2. The Transcendent type of consciousness is not focused. It is beyond the realm of everyday concerns and a focus on the external material world. Transcendent consciousness is awareness beyond cognition. Rather than attention to detail and objects this consciousness floats and has an all encompassing quality.
So we can see that the crown chakra is a place of convergence of the finite and the infinite. Here we expand beyond our personal self, beyond time into a state that holds bliss and joy. And here the divine consciousness enters and moves downward through our systems to enliven all the chakras and give us the capacity to maneuver in the external world.
The seventh chakra connects individual awareness with infinite consciousness. It is here that we can develop the ability to go beyond sequential time and move into higher consciousness where we can achieve Psycho-spiritual integration. Bliss, unconditional joy and the ability to experience the Universal field of energy and consciousness are all experiences of a highly developed Crown Chakra.
The Crown Chakra is located at the top of the head. It extends above the crown of the head upward toward an eighth chakra that sits about two feet above the 7th. The eighth chakra is the energy center of divine love, of spiritual compassion and selflessness.
Typically the Crown Chakra does not open more than 50% until we are 30-40 years old.
Physically the major function of this chakra is as an entry point for life force; it governs: the Pituitary gland and the Cerebral Cortex of the brain.
As with the other chakras we can have excessive or deficient energy in the crown.
Over-intellectual; Spiritual addiction
Overwhelm (chronic confusion, frustration, Psychosis dissociation)
Need to be right; Failure to learn
Belief in limitations; spiritual skepticism
When the Crown Chakra is undeveloped it is no larger or more filled with energy than the lower six chakras. When this chakra is fully awakened it has been said by those who can see it that it blazes with a brilliant light and has a complexity, power and beauty that are truly overwhelming.
Tomorrow look for a meditation specifically for the crown chakra.