The Crown Chakra


Today I’ll be going over the crown chakra, which is located slightly above the top of the head.

It is associated with the colors white (which is the way I’ve always visualized it) or deep purple/violet, and connects us to the universe/divine. Being associated with the universe or divine, this chakra’s energy helps us rise above the ego, understand oneness, and cultivate happiness and peace. This chakra helps us to start to grasp how interconnected we all are, and when we truly understand the interconnectedness of everything, we can tap into more gratitude, becoming more able to shed living from a place of fear and/or anxiety. Working with the energy of this chakra helps us to remain grounded while both receiving and operating from our higher selves, to be connected to the calm, loving energy of the divine. The crown chakra is so powerful! It’s extremely freeing when we work with this energy consciously, as it enables us to be guided by something higher than ourselves.

A few crystals which are excellent for working with this chakra are clear quartz, amethyst, herkimer diamond, and lepidolite. The crown chakra is associated with the planet Saturn and the moon. It can be viewed as our spirituality center, helping us to tap into the universe/divine, gratitude, happiness, peace, and higher states of love and connection. I recommend picking up at least one of the crystals mentioned above this week, to help get this chakra balanced before we get to the exercise I’ll be sharing at the end of this series. Below are some of the key points of the physical and spiritual/emotional functions of the crown chakra.

Physical:

Pineal gland.

Spiritual/Emotional:

Consciousness.

Happiness.

Presence.

Ego separation.

Higher intelligence.

The crown chakra is primarily associated with feminine qualities. When it is balanced it can help us feel more connected to our higher selves and the universe, peace, gratitude, being present, and less connected to fear and ego. This is the chakra of seeing the big picture. As the seat of our spirituality, it is important to note that a blocked crown chakra can be soothed through meditation, practicing trust and gratitude, connecting with nature, learning surrender, and spending some time under the moon if possible (if not find beautiful images of it). Finding ways to reduce or handle stress is something which deserves a separate mention, as it is perhaps the biggest barrier to working with this chakra, because too much focus on things outside our control can lead to buildups of anxiety and fear, which blocks this chakra’s amazing energy.

While covering each chakra, this paragraph will (usually) remain unchanged, with the exception of the color visualization. Please spend time this week visualizing this chakra as a still, vibrant, white or violet wheel in the location described at the beginning of the post, as this will make the exercise at the end of this series a bit easier. If you’ve picked up one or more of the crystals listed above (which I hope you will), holding this crystal while visualizing the chakra will start to do some healing on it before we even get to the final exercise. For all of the individual chakras we will cover in this series, please go gently and get to know them without trying to get them moving until we get to the final exercise. It is always important when working with your energy to go into it slowly and learn a bit before diving in head first.

Please remember to practice the mini exercise as often as possible. I’ve updated the mini exercise post to include links to all posts in the series for review if you wish.

Feel free to ask questions you may have about this chakra, or any other topics which you may like to see covered here at a later date.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

The Heart Chakra

Welcome to another Mystical Monday. Today I’ll be going over the heart chakra, which is located in the middle of the chest, from right above the sternum, up to just below the collar bones.

It is associated with the color green, and with the element of air.

A few crystals which are excellent for working with this chakra are peridot, jade, and rose quartz.  The heart chakra is associated with the planet Venus. This chakra can be viewed as our love center and the connector between the physical and spiritual. It is associated with our ability to feel love, compassion, and happiness. I recommend picking up at least one of the crystals mentioned above this week, to help get this chakra balanced before we get to the exercise I’ll be sharing at the end of this series. Below are some of the key points of the physical and spiritual/emotional functions of the heart chakra.

Physical:

The circulatory system.

The heart.

The upper back and shoulders.

The thymus gland.

Spiritual/Emotional:

Trust.

Worthiness.

Compassion.

Ability to love self and others without conditions.

The heart chakra is associated with feminine qualities, and as our love center, when it is balanced it can help us to foster more love and connection with others, ourselves, and on a deeper level the world around us. The heart chakra helps us to foster trust, empathy, gratitude, and forgiveness. As the seat of our feelings, it is important to note that a blocked heart chakra can be soothed through the release of crying or by loving physical touch.

While covering each chakra, this paragraph will (usually) remain unchanged, with the exception of the color visualization. Please spend time this week visualizing this chakra as a still, green wheel in the location described at the beginning of the post, as this will make the exercise at the end of this series a bit easier. If you’ve picked up one or more of the crystals listed above (which I hope you will), holding this crystal while visualizing the chakra will start to do some healing on it before we even get to the final exercise. This time around, I’d like to recommend getting two crystals for this chakra, one of the green ones and a rose quartz. For all of the individual chakras we will cover in this series, please go gently and get to know them without trying to get them moving until we get to the final exercise. It is always important when working with your energy to go into it slowly and learn a bit before diving in head first.

Please remember to practice the mini exercise near the bottom of last week’s post as often as possible.

Feel free to ask questions you may have about this chakra, or any other topics which you may like to see covered here at a later date.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

Chakra Series ~ Midway Review & Warm-up Exercise

Welcome to another Mystical Monday post. This week, since we are at the mid-point of learning about the chakra system, it’s a good time to go back and review what has been covered so far. In addition, if you are either just coming in or have not had time to collect some of the recommended stones and familiarize yourself with them, please do so. Below are links to the posts on the first three chakras covered, which contain information about their functions and crystal recommendations.

The Root Chakra

The Sacral Chakra

The Solar Plexus Chakra

The Heart Chakra

The Throat Chakra

The Third Eye Chakra

As you go through the next week, reviewing the material and working with the crystals, I’d also like for you to work on the little warm up exercise below, which will be a big help when the full exercise is given at the end of the series. For the next month, as we cover the remaining chakras, please continue to do this exercise at least a few times a week. You do not need to spend copious amounts of time on it, just enough to make it easy for yourself to perform.

The exercise involves working with visualization, which can be difficult for many, which is a big reason for taking this mid-point review break. It’s important to work on learning to visualize in order to perform the final exercise which will come out in about five weeks. This will give you a good bit of time to figure out not only how to do it, but which way(s) work best for you.

Imagine a bright, pure white light above your head. Once you have been able to see/sense/feel it, imagine the light coming down onto the top of your head. The way that you see the light coming onto your head is going to be whichever way seems to go easier or feel more natural to you. One way which has worked for me are to see it coming down almost like the light of the sun radiates down upon us.

The method I recommend most for the final exercise is the rain/waterfall method. Once you are seeing the light above your head, see it cascading down from that source as either rain or a gentle waterfall. If you can use the rain/waterfall method, please do, as it will really come in handy at the end of this series. I personally enjoy the rain/waterfall method because sometimes visualization can be difficult (even for those who’ve been doing it for a long time). You can practice this in the shower, using the water as a really good aid.

You may find other ways when you get started on this, and that is not only okay, it’s perfect…for you, and will be effective. Have fun with the exercise, and in spending time with your crystals. See you back here next week!

Feel free to ask questions you may have about any of the material or the exercise, or any other topics which you may like to see covered here at a later date.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

The Solar Plexus Chakra

Welcome to another Mystical Monday. Today I’ll be going over the solar plexus chakra, which is located smack dab in the middle of the abdomen, from right above the belly button, up to almost the breastbone.

It is associated with the color yellow, and with the element of fire.

A few crystals which are excellent for working with this chakra are citrine, golden quartz, and tiger’s eye.  The solar plexus chakra is associated with the sun. This powerful chakra can be seen as our internal fire. It is largely connected to our ability to tap into our personal power, and radiate it into the world. I recommend picking up at least one of the crystals mentioned above this week, to help get this chakra balanced before we get to the exercise I’ll be sharing at the end of this series. Below are some of the key points of the physical and spiritual/emotional functions of the solar plexus chakra.

Physical:

The stomach.

The pancreas.

The spleen.

Other digestive organs, and the important roles that overall gut health plays in the rest of the body.

Immunity.

Spiritual/Emotional:

Personal power.

Wisdom.

Being able to bring our desires to fruition.

Self image and confidence.

The solar plexus chakra is associated with masculine qualities, and as our internal powerhouse it can be said that it functions to give us our drive, focus, and willpower to move forward on our path and in our relationships. When in balance, this chakra helps us to be assertive and at the same time have the ability to be in harmony with others and our surroundings. The solar plexus chakra is also associated with the autonomic nervous system, and assists our body to have healthier responses to stress.

While covering each chakra, this paragraph will (usually) remain unchanged, with the exception of the color visualization. Please spend time this week visualizing this chakra as a still, yellow wheel in the location described at the beginning of the post, as this will make the exercise at the end of this series a bit easier. If you’ve picked up one or both of the crystals listed above (which I hope you will), holding this crystal while visualizing the chakra will start to do some healing on it before we even get to the final exercise. For all of the individual chakras we will cover in this series, please go gently and get to know them without trying to get them moving until we get to the final exercise. It is always important when working with your energy to go into it slowly and learn a bit before diving in head first.

Feel free to ask questions you may have about this chakra, or any other topics which you may like to see covered here at a later date.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.

The Root Chakra

Welcome to this week’s Mystical Monday post. The focus for today is on the root chakra, which is located at the base of the spine when thinking of it from the back of the body, or at the groin when thinking of it from the front.

It is associated with the color red, and with the element of earth.

A few crystals associated with the root chakra are red jasper and bloodstone. For those of you who enjoy working with crystals, you may wish to pick up one or both of these stones throughout the course of this series, to begin working with the chakra, before attempting to get it moving as we’ll be doing in the exercise at the very end of the next several weeks. Keep reading for a tip to use the crystal(s) to work with it at this stage. Below, I will give you some information about both the physical and spiritual associations for this chakra.

Physical:

The skeletal structure and bones in general.

The coccygeal nerve plexus, which provides skin sensory ability to that region, and partially innervates the prostate, bladder, uterus, and fallopian tubes.

The adrenal glands which produce hormones which help regulate the immune system, stress response, metabolism, immune system and more.

Spiritual/Emotional:

Security.

Safety.

Groundedness.

Centeredness.

This chakra can be thought of as the foundation, both physically and psychologically. It helps with the ability to keep going through adversity. A balanced root chakra is important to making decisions about how to not only survive but to thrive.

This covers the basics of important information about this chakra. As you go through the course of this week, please do spend some time visualizing this chakra as a still, red wheel (we will talk about it in motion later on) in the location described at the beginning of the post as this will make the exercise I’ll be providing at the end of this series a bit easier. If you’ve picked up one or both of the crystals listed above, holding this crystal while visualizing the chakra will start to do some healing on it right away. It’s important not to attempt opening this chakra wide before doing some groundwork, which is why I’m making the instructions so gradual, as you may experience a sudden awakening of your kundilini. This is a powerful energy believed to be coiled at the base of the spine from birth, sometimes referred to as the sleeping goddess. This awakening can be very intense (not dangerous), as the nickname sleeping goddess implies *wink*, when it happens suddenly or while unprepared, so it’s nice to go a little easy here.

Feel free to ask questions you may have about this chakra.

As always, I’m sending lots of love and light your way.