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Sahasrara Chakra - Thousand Petal Lotus

The Gateway Between Heaven and Earth

The Sahasrara Chakra controls our connection to spirit, as well as our sense of universal consciousness, wisdom, unity, and self-knowledge. It also is sometimes referred to as the Supreme Crown of God, the part of the Divine that inspires physical manifestation. Sahasrara is the bridge or gateway between heaven and earth. Where the life force enters our bodies. The name Sahasrara means thousand-petalled. Its associated color is violet, reflective of its connection to spirituality and enlightenment.

The element associated with the crown chakra is thought. It governs the major body systems: nervous system, muscular system, skeletal system and skin. It is located just above the head over the fontanelle (the soft spot on a newborn's head). Here we chant an invocation for the mantra: Ogum Satyam Om. We are calling for the highest truth to be present. The mudra is pranakriya 3 - the tips of the index fingers touching the base of the thumbs.

When the Sahasrara Chakra is dysfunctional, the archetype is the egotist. The personality is relying on intellect alone and credits his/her self for accomplishments. When the Sahasrara Chakra is functioning properly, the archetype is guru or teacher. There is recognition that life is a flow, a process and there achievements are the result of orchestration of the higher sacred self or Divine presence. There also is an ability to trust life, values, ethics, and courage, humanitarianism and selflessness. When this chakra is balanced, there also is the ability to see the larger patterns, faith and inspiration, spirituality and devotion to the Divine source of miracles.

When it is not balanced, there can be energetic disorders, mystical depression, chronic exhaustion that is not linked to a physical disorder, extreme sensitivities to light, sound, and other environmental factors.

Spiritual Lesson and Challenge

The spiritual lesson and challenge is to “Live in the Present Moment" and seek an intimate connection to the Divine in everything we do. Also, to have all illusions and obstacles removed so we can awaken to our internal Divine voice of authority - experience Spiritual Awakening.

Until we are awake, all actions are self-centered. Questions to consider:

Are you willing to look at your ego identifications? Do you see yourself as different or special? Who Am I?

You can ask "Who Am I?" as you sit in meditation. You can write it down and allow a free flow of responses from your intuition. You might also look in the mirror and stare directly into your own eyes and ask the question – Who Am I?

The point of this is to help us move beyond the ego identifications into recognition that we are none of the identities that we cling to in the physical world.

Thank you for following this series on the Seven Chakras. Tune in to Instagram Live on Tuesdays and Thursdays @cobizrichmond at 12:30 p.m., Pacific for Moyo Minutes - a lunchtime meditation.

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