The crown chakra

We have covered most of the major energy centers considered by many ancient healing systems to be the “backbone” of the energetic body. It is only fitting that we now talk about Sahasrara

The crown chakra
The seventh chakra is at the crown

The crown Chakra, or energy center is thought to be located directly at the top of the head. Some texts place it in the air slightly above the top of the head. The symbol is the “Om” which is extremely familiar to those who have studied yoga or have delved into any philosophical studies from the east.

This energy center is the one associated with uniting us with the universe, more or less being the bridge between the physical world and the greater spiritual realm. The color associated with this energy center is violet. It is said those who are able to access this energy center are able to transcend his/her ego to tap into the greater consciousness. This is no easy task.

I hesitated for some time to compose this installment on the chakras. Those of you who are regular readers may have noticed. I felt I was not qualified to discuss an idea of such a high order.

However, I have been “working on it” as of late. I have been working on my 200 hour yoga teacher training. Through this endeavor, I have been paying more attention to meditation. I have been paying more attention to quieting my outward focus and bringing it a bit more inward. It has been through this effort, that I have felt more secure in writing about this chakra.

I feel it is important to nourish this center to aid in banishing feelings of exclusion and loneliness. Many emotional issues can arise from this feeling of isolation. Whether it is pure meditation or meditation with prayer recitation, the crown chakra is activated to foster a feeling of connectivity. This connectivity helps us with our feelings of belonging and knowing. This knowing is when we realize that although we are each a separate person, we are a part of the whole of creation. In order for the crown chakra to be open, we must be evolved enough to realize this and be at peace with the concept. This then manifests as joy, serenity, and deep peace about life.

With the election in my country being just a couple short days away, I feel it must be emphasized that we are all one – whether we like it or not; whether we all realize it or not. There are some who are at the level to realize this and accept it, and many who argue to the contrary. This difference in evolutionary levels causes dissonance on a grand scheme and is painful for all. On a personal level each individual who evolves begins to live with trust, gratitude and faith. These are quite the accomplishments.

This energy center is represented by the thousand petal lotus. In this energy center our selves are unleashed to merge with the greater consciousness as well as being firmly grounded in our individual selves, simultaneously.

The pineal is the associated gland. The pineal gland has been greatly misunderstood throughout history. It is just relatively recently that medical science has understood a few of its functions, including the perception of light & dark and then secrete hormones’ like melatonin. The pineal gland tends to harden into adulthood. It was once thought to be useless.

Some research indicates high levels of fluoride and heavy metals lead to the hardening of the pineal. Herbs like Chaga, milk thistle, Gotu kola, algae, ginkgo, moringa, schizandra, aloe, turmeric, reishi, noni, and others are said to help “decalcify” the pineal. Iodine rich herbs like black walnut, Irish moss may help, as well. Cilantro has been shown to help purge heavy metals from the body. Myrrh is the essential oil most often associated with this energy center.

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Some affirmations to assist:

-I honor the Divine within me

-I am part of the Divine

-I trust my intuition

-I am one in the Spirit

-I move with Grace

As I sit here, typing this post, I am overcome by just how much I have been at a loss of words as of late. I have been neglecting writing this post. I have said I was going to post it. I have planned on posting it. I have stared at the blank text box where I type the content for hours. It is not like me to struggle for words. I was gifted the the ability to “shoot the shit,” as my regular gas station customers would claim back in th’day. I feel it is this ability that always put me in a position to find out the stories people had to tell and compose them into articles for the local newspapers. Use words to get words. However, the words have been difficult to string together. I feel as if I have dropped the proverbial ball on this one. That’s when I finally was able to see the difficulty.

The energy center of your words

Vissudha is the energy center associated with the area of the throat, ears, mouth, shoulders, and neck. Also known as Shekhem in some ancient Egyptian healing traditions, it has to do with words. Words are just sounds strung together in order to have a uniform means of communication. This center has to do with speaking words, hearing words, listening and processing those words. It is literally where each being produces sounds of communication and takes in the sounds around us to be processed. This energy center is all about finding the truth in those sounds – finding what resonates within each of us as a unique individual.

Let me paint this picture for you: I was let go from my job. This is something that has never happened to me before. I began experiencing swollen glands in my neck, stiff neck, cold sores, itchy ears, sore throats, and a variety of other physical symptoms centered around the throat and neck area. I bombed some interviews – also not like me. I was not able to get my point across and I really don’t want the jobs anyway. There was at least one question at every single interview where I swear I heard crickets chirping because I had absolutely no answer for the interviewer. Every rejection email added to the voices in my head telling me what a terrible person I am for not being productive enough to stay employed. I must be the absolute most useless human being on the planet, right? I found myself lashing out some days. Other days I would just stay in and cry. The most heartbreaking thing of all was not being to craft my words.

I

could

not

write!

I tried so hard. I would read and research. Everything would seem perfect, yet when I sat in front of the keyboard, I would get sucked into the time vortex of despair. I was (and in some ways, I still do) sucking in all of the negative and hard-wiring it into my psyche. There are no words to write when you truly believe no one wants to read your writing. There are no words to speak when there is no one to listen to your sounds.

A small request

This is where I have to thank a reader. I don’t know who it is. I don’t know why they sent the comment. But I received a feedback form form my site, here. Usually they spam…not going to lie. Internet spam constitutes a huge quantity of the bullshit on the internet. It is the junk mail of the cyber world. Mixed in with the many emails guaranteeing me increased web traffic and foolproof sales funnels and all of the straight gimmicky shit out there, was one small message: “Make a more new posts please :)”

This message is why I forced myself to re-read about the throat chakra. This one positive, tiny request is what led me to see I was suffering from a blocked Vissuddha or Shekmet. I owe that reader a thank you.

In depth

This chakra is associated with the color blue. It is thought to be closely aligned with the thyroid and parathyroids. The thyroid gland is butterfly shaped and sits at the base of the neck, close to the voice box. It controls much of the functions of metabolism. The parathyroids are tiny granular balls that sit atop the “wings” of the thyroid. As far as it is known at this time, the parathyroids play a large part in regulating various minerals, most notably calcium.

This is the chakra, or energy center, of creativity and communication. The challenge associated with this center is “do I have the the right to communicate”. Animals often associated with this area include the elephant, bull, and lion (think of loud, throaty, vocal animals).

Essential oils that may be beneficial

Frankincense: regarded as Holy oil; beneficial in cases of under active thyroid. Rich, deep, and sweet, it is said it increases spiritual awareness and connection with the divine within.

Geranium: Sweet and citrus-rosy, it is used to calm down sore throats, clear oily skin, and move stagnant energy in the body. Creates a feeling of safety and security; used to ease nervous tension and promote a sense of well-being.

Jasmine: has a beneficial effect on the voice. It is used in cases of hoarse voice. It is said to penetrate the deeper layers of the soul and open us up to repressed emotional pain, allowing energy flow through the throat chakra. Enhances greater communication of our feelings, enhancing relationships and intimacy.

Sage: ancient sacred herb and a master healer. Traditionally used to heal gum disease. It is said to ease depression and mental fatigue, opening up channels in the upper body and chest area and allowing for energy to flow more freely.

Cypress: decongestant and detoxifying properties; used to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid, clearing build up toxins. traditionally used for bleeding gums, bronchitis, and respiratory congestion. Fresh, herbaceous, slightly woody, it is thought to aid with transformation and inner renewal.

Peppermint: Minty and sharp; long used to freshen breath, for respiratory infections, and to ease headaches due to congestion; invigorates and stimulates the mind and has a direct action on the intellect. It promotes creativity and self expression.

Eucalyptus: Fresh, medicinal, with a woody scent; historically used to calm inflammation of the nasal passages, clear sore throat, and sinusitis. It is said to promote well-being and opens inner space when we feel overwhelmed or constricted by our environment. It promotes the feeling of inner freedom and expansiveness.

Clove: very strong, spicy oil that has been traditionally used for mouth, tooth, and gum tissue healing. It has been said to be used to assist in regulation of the thyroid gland, dissolving blood clots, and removing stagnation in the blood. It is thought to  help to create feelings of protection and safety and promote good sleep.

Tea Tree: fresh, medicinal aroma; used for thousands of years to treat a variety of fungal, bacterial and viral infections; strong antiseptic and has immune building properties. It is said to enhance, harmonize, and possibly promote cleansing and purity.

Affirmations that may be of use

  • I am open, clear, and honest in my communication.
  • I have a right to speak my truth.
  • I communicate my feelings with ease.
  • I express myself creatively through speech, writing, or art.
  • I have a strong will that lets me resolve my challenges.
  • I nourish my spirit through creativity.
  • I live an authentic life. I have integrity.
  • I love to share my experiences and wisdom. I know when it is time to listen.
  • I express my gratitude towards life.
  • I listen to my body and my feelings to know what my truth is.
  • I take good care of my physical body.
  • I am at peace.

Herbs that may be of assistance

Chamomile

Kelp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irish Moss

Dulse

Herbal Trace Mineral Blend

 

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