Its name is Sahasrara, the “thousand-petalled lotus” infinitely blooming, and its location, natch, is centered on the top of the head. Its color is white and/or violet, its associated organs are the brain, central nervous system, and pituitary and pineal glands, and its themes are universal consciousness, non-duality, awakening, understanding, presence, bliss, paradox, and transcendence of perceived limitations. The crown is where we let go of belief and identity, and in the words of Anodea Judith, where "we transcend the usual things that “hook” us in life and learn to breathe and just be." Not to mention that the crown is also considered the ultimate destination of Kundalini energy and full spiritual liberation!
When the crown chakra is open, active, and balanced, we feel clear, aware, present, intuitive, intelligent, trusting, grounded, equanimous, empathetic, humanitarian, and aligned with the divine. An underactive crown chakra can lead to cynicism, apathy, closed-mindedness, and materialism, and an overactive to spiritual addiction, intellectualizing, confusion, and detachment from the body and earthly concerns.
In addition to aligning energetically through this type of work, various meditations, prayers, yoga postures, mudras, crystals, essentials oils, and so on, can help to open, strengthen, and balance the crown chakra—as can time spent observing and walking in nature, selfless acts of community service, expressions of gratitude, chanting “Om,” detoxing, attending to lower chakra issues, and contemplative questions such as, “How can I best serve the whole?” and “Did I make time for God today?”. Sahasrara resonates with silence, but the stream of life force never stops.
Crown work usually feels like a two-fer to me, as I typically also feel grounding and see a connection with the root chakra. One visualization you might employ to awaken the crown is to bring pure white light down from the cosmos in through your skull, down to your sacrum and coccyx and then circulating back up, surrounding the spine and allowing the life force to flow through and activate each chakra.
While I hadn’t made the connection at the time, I’d say that my most recent tip on the subject of prioritizing happiness was completely crown chakra-oriented, and would also say that I’ve been noticing a string of interesting intuitions recently, including repeatedly knowing who I'm about to encounter on the bus! I’d love to hear about any crown-chakra related expansion you may have noticed since the last group or any of your own crown chakra experience.
May all of our chakras function optimally.
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References: "Chakras Made Easy" by Anodea Judith and "The Energetics of Healing" by Caroline Myss