The Holy Grail of Chakras
The Crown Chakra is the Holy Grail of Chakras—it’s the pinnacle—the highest level of your subtle energetic Chakra body
The seventh chakra is the connection between you, the world and whatever God you believe in. And to be honest with you, it is not that attainable for most of us “everyday folk”. But does that mean you should not try — no way. Enhancing your crown chakra in any shape or form will enhance your life. Raising your level of consciousness will ease “physical and emotional pain and release endorphins which create happy and blissful experiences for us,” according to Ambika Wauters , who wrote The Book of Chakras. And she adds, “Once we start living from and within the Crown Chakra, we start to be thankful for our lives exactly as they are. … we accept trials and hardships that have shaped our spirit.” In all of the readings I have done throughout my yoga training, it is the ritual of working toward higher levels of connection that enhance your live, not necessarily the goal of pure bliss or Samadhi as it is called in Sanskrit. In fact, according to Vedic tradition, no goal can ever be guaranteed in yoga or life, so the daily practice becomes the goal.
In helping my students work the Crown or Sahasrara Chakra, which in Sanskrit means thousand petals, we spend more time in quiet reflection than in our other Chakra practices. When I offer my students either doTERRA Rosemary essential oil if they are having too many visions or Frankincense oil if they need assistance in accessing the higher realm, I invariably get few takers for the Rosemary and many for the Frankincense.
“Frankincense, considered a Holy oil, is used for meditative contemplation, for achieving tranquil states of mind, and for attaining spiritual liberation. The spiritual and psychological benefits of Frankincense have long been recognized by many cultures and spiritual traditions. On a physical level, the oil of Frankincense helps with nervous system conditions. Because of the high levels of sesquiterpenes, a type of molecules that have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, Frankincense may help to oxygenate the pineal and pituitary glands, according to www.chakra-anatomy.com .Frankincense is so highly touted in treating a number of physical and emotional diseases and the medical community continues to research more and more of its health benefits. To top it off, it smells great making it a top seller at doTERRA. Even though it is very expensive, I offer my students to try it topically to help with focus and meditation.
The Crown Chakra Yoga Practice
We do a variety of the hip and hamstring poses to get ready to meditate. See my Youtube video on sitting comfortably in easy seat.
Gentle neck stretches, side to side stretches and twists are done to make sure all blockages leading from the base of the spine to the crown of your head are cleared. Tree pose is our balance pose to ensure our focus and connection with all living things.
An appropriate relaxation activity for activating the crown chakra is Yoga Nidra. When I did this practice with my students recently, I had several students report some fascinating results. One student reported being able to visualize the blue pointed star at all 61 points that I mentioned. Another visualized a colorful Chinese dragon dancing.
I introduce my students to a variety of other ways to quiet their mind and feel connected to their higher self. Visualizing the color purple, chanting the OM sound or using either crystal bowls or a 108 bead mala to assist in meditating. Each of us respond differently to the various approaches of this practice, so I give the students a sampling and encourage them to practice at home. To find out more about my Chakra balancing series, please fill in this contact form.
I wish you health and joy in your day. Namaste, Andrea
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