The Sahasrara Chakra or better known as the Crown Chakra is the last of the seven primary Chakras in Hindu Tantric thought. Translated in Sanskrit as “thousand petaled lotus”.
The Sahasrara Chakra is a purely philosophical concept of yourself. It is the realization of being completely obsolete and what it truly means. It has no substance, it is above all experience, it is called Nirvana. Nirvana is just the feeling of being quenched or a flame being blown out, completeness or satisfaction. When one is complete with the world and has nothing else to prove only then can one reach a balanced Crown Chakra. We are accessing our supramental consciousness, our consciousness that is well above our normal thought, this is a form of pure consciousness. The Sahasrara Chakra is the origin of all other chakras, tapping into this energy represents a form of married life, between you and the Self. An understanding that there is no separation between you and the Self (Soul, God within). The pure consciousness of you is conceptual, meaning it is abstract, meaning it only exists as an idea, the pure You is not real at all.
“Intuition does not denote something contrary to reason, but something outside of the province of reason.”
“Intuition (is) perception via the unconscious.”
— Carl Jung
The Crown Chakra is located on the top of our head is our direct connection to the collective unconscious. Every thought, idea, concept exists within the collective unconscious. The Crown Chakra is the channel to this unconscious information without effort. It gives us access to higher states of consciousness and we open up to our perceptions beyond our personal line of sight and vision.
If the Ajna Chakra is the marriage or the union of the Soul and the Self then the Sahasrara Chakra is the actual marriage life, how we proceed as a whole person. We begin to understand ourselves as a whole person, not as a slave to this physical life. It does not mean we withdraw from physical life, it means we enjoy physical life fully, as God in Man.
The Ego is removed from the Inner World and our unconscious motivators. Once we elevate our consciousness from the Ego, we have an objective view of ourselves and what motivates us. We remove the destructive motivators and enhance that which is within us that makes us enjoy life. Up until this point, one may feel as though we want to change but there is something inside of us that does not want to change. That is the Ego, the Ego does not have any consciousness outside of the outer world and it is fixated on building sandcastles in a rainstorm. In the Crown Chakra, we are fixated on our inner world and being completely in the moment. As we discussed the outer world is completely illusionary and conceptual, no different from the inner world. This world is made for us to create it how we see fit, the creation of the world begins with the inside and ends on the inside. If we are preoccupied with the outer world, then we are at the mercy of external events. When we live in the inner world, Crown Chakra, we are at the mercy of our personal perception, and we also realize that we are in control of that perception.
The Anahata Chakra or better known as the Heart Chakra is fourth of the seven primary Chakras in Hindu Tantric thought. Anahata is translated from Ancient Sanskrit to mean “unstruck” or in other words unhurt, untouched. Simply meaning pure.
How does one reach this level of purity? Most of us never reach the fourth chakra because its consciousness relies on letting go of the desires and emotions that plague the ego. Rising from the Manipura Chakra to the Anahata Chakra is seen as difficult because we have to recognize our soul. At the same time, we have to realize that our desires and emotions are not of the soul. This truth is amazingly hard to recognize and admit. Most people don’t make this leap because they would rather deal with desires and emotions. Once you reach the Anahata Chakra you are making the effort to having an impersonal experience, not concerned with involving personal feelings or influences. Since most people never reach this level it is a hard subject to talk about.
The lower three chakras consolidated comprise of your earthly existence and understanding your unconscious drives and fears. Once you reach the Heart Chakra you are no longer identifying your emotions and desires. Your earthly situation is released into the element of Air, which rules over the Heart Chakra. This is the process of becoming whole again and recognizing your soul or the Self. Nobody recognizes what the Soul is because the Soul is what you are not. It is not the Me or I, it is the source of Me, I am just an appendage of the Soul. The soul encapsulates you, it is more important than you. Down to your very last breath when the Soul leaves your body and the body decomposes. The key to unlocking your Hearth Chakra is to distance yourself from your emotions, observe them, and rise above them. During anger, one can ask himself, why am I angry? From this point-of-view, one can easily release himself from all emotions.
The Animal Symbol of the Anahata Chakra is the gazelle. Gazelle an animal of the earth but when it runs it seems to be free from gravity. A gazelle is known to be extremely fast and light on its feet. So from this perspective, we can innerstand the symbol of the gazelle as it relates to the heart chakra.
When this Chakra is balanced we are filled with unconditional love for self and others. We are filled with compassion, appreciation, and joy. When this chakra is open the Higher Self is free to emerge and resonate with higher frequencies. We fully understand the concept of Namaste, ” The God in me recognizes the God in you.” Our emotions and desires are replaced with devotion. We change from “I Need” to “I Love”
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
The Anahata Chakra represents a state of freshness that happens when we separate from our egos and experiences and begin to look at the world differently, through the soul. We begin to expand from this pure state. It’s important to separate from your Ego when opening the heart chakra, simply because the EGO and Soul don’t mix. The Ego is not going to live forever, it has a limit, unlike the Soul which lives forever. Inside of us this war wages silently and unconsciously. One is never free until he understands the purpose of the inner world, if ones inner world is filled with desires and emotions, this world is limited. If ones inner world is of that which is unlimited, one begins to reflect those miraculous worlds. The 12 petals that surround the Anahata Chakra are symbolized as lustfulness, fraudulence, indecision, repentance, hope, anxiety, longing, impartiality, arrogance, incompetence, discrimination and defiance. These petals represent the unconscious behaviors that unknowingly block the spin of one’s heart chakra.
The color of the Anahata Chakra is green really representing unconditional love. This is the crux of the heart chakra, really identifying the love you are giving and letting go of the love you are looking for. The love you are looking for is inside of you. The color green is a reminder of that, abundance. Imagine money, the trees, or grass. Abundance and good vibrations. Focus on the color green to bring about soothing, calming, balance, love, and healing.
The element of the Anahata Chakra is Air, representing intelligence, expansion, freedom, freshness, simplicity, and calm. Air also represents the breath, which is necessary for every single one of our cells to stay alive. Breath is where all life begins and where all life ends. By controlling the breath, you control life, from this perspective you understand the power of the Anahata Chakra.
The Persona as described by Carl Jung is the social face the individual presents to the world. In Latin, the persona is translated as a “mask, character.” So the object of the mask is to make an impression on the outside world, at the same time conceal the true nature of the individual. In the realms of consciousness, within the context of “not a human being with a soul but a soul having a human experience,” the persona is our human nature. When we identify with our persona exclusively, we come into problems. Simply because we could never be our mask. The persona is created around the ages of 6 – 12 years old when we are figuring out the attention we want to avoid versus the attention we want to seek. Understanding the persona as a mask and human nature, you have to recognize the danger of committing to the persona 100%. Ninety-nine percent of the population has little or no concept of themselves being distinct from what this world expects. We have to think of the Ego in this three-phase model: Persona, Consciousness, and Shadow. The unexamined persona is the outward symbol of ourselves and it has to be broken down, to be recreated new. By developing a more personal persona relative to your consciousness, that does not hide your true self but doesn’t eliminate you from a social existence. When we think we embody our best qualities and hide our worst, this creates the shadow. When we think we are our job, when people think of themselves as celebrities, or since they have wealth they are better off. So whenever we don’t deal with the things we dislike or the things we want to ignore, these things form the Shadow. The Shadow is not all bad, it’s good to know the things we dislike about our lives and the things we want to change. This is what is called a challenge, the solution is in every problem. The question is are you strong enough to say and do what is necessary. Shadows create definition and character. With proper balance, you can create beautiful art. Without developing the shadow people become shallow and preoccupied with what others think about them. Balancing the light and dark is necessary for personal growth.