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The Crown Chakra – Nourishing your Spirituality


Screen shot 2012-03-21 at 8.59.47 AMCONNECTING TO YOUR SPIRITUAL STRENGTH (excerpt from The Chakra Energy Diet)

Spiritual oneness is the goal of opening the Crown Chakra, the point of knowing and enlightenment. Many people feel let down by religious institutions and even god, lacking faith in a higher power or universal consciousness.

After my friend Julie died, all my energy centers were affected, but I recognized these emotional or mental issues commonly associated with the Crown Chakra – a feeling of aloneness, depression, and a loss of meaning. I prayed for Divine help and received a deep connection to universal love, to my friend, and a knowing that her spirit lived on.

The Seventh Chakra: The Crown Chakra is our highest energy center, located at the top of the head and extending above it about two inches. It represents liberation, humanitarianism, deep understanding, and spiritual growth, union with the higher self and the Divine.

Opening or balancing your Crown Chakra can bring a profound awakening, a connection to your spiritual nature as well as to cosmic consciousness.

Crown Chakra Healing Foods – Juicing, Purple/Pure Foods

Since the Crown Chakra is more spiritual than physical, it is not nourished with physical foods in the same way that they feed other chakras. The correlation between the Crown Chakra and food is to make it a spiritual experience, whether by purifying the body through fasting for religious reasons during Ramadan or Yom Kippur, giving up a special food for Lent, or adding prayer or grace before meals.

Affirmation or Grace before eating for the Crown Chakra:

“May this food bless and nourish my body and help support my spiritual purpose.”

Detoxifying JuiceDetoxification cleanses, such as juice fasting, can also benefit the Crown Chakra. I especially like juicing mangosteen, grown in Hawaii, with its luscious violet color, for a detoxifying cleanse. Mangosteen contains powerful antioxidants and immune system boosters called xanthones, natural chemical compounds which possess a variety of potent medicinal properties.

Substituting a juice for a meal once a day, or for 3 meals in one day will assist in cleansing and detoxifying the body and in opening the Crown Chakra. But check with a medical professional before attempting a longer juice fast if you have any metabolic or health issues.

Foods that are pure and unadulterated also help keep the Crown Chakra open and integrated with spirit, especially if you choose them with the intention of increasing the greater good. Pure foods include those organically grown without chemicals or genetic modification. For the Crown Chakra, you want to eat with a higher purpose in mind – for the good of all beings, and the good of the environment.

Crown Chakra Healing Activities

The Crown Chakra is connected to meditation and to prayer or devotion to a higher power. Prayer could mean anything from singing religious hymns or reciting formal prayers or psalms, to devotional chanting like kirtan.

Being in nature, breathing in sunlight and fresh air, will also energize the Crown Chakra. While in nature, do a nalu meditation, focusing on something beautiful – when you feel a sense of relaxation, it’s a good time to give thanks and pray for guidance from a higher power.

For yoga poses and a guided visualization that will assist in balancing the Crown Chakra, please see The Chakra Energy Diet.

Free Chakra Energy Diet menu plans for all the chakras are available at www.theChakras.org.

Namaste!

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets, Balance Your Chakras-Balance Your Life, and The Chakra Energy Diet

www.theChakras.org

The Chakra Diet Plan to Balance your Crown Chakra


CONNECT TO YOUR SPIRITUAL STRENGTH

If you agree with more than 3 or 4 of the following statements, you may want to look at ways to heal your Crown Chakra, which will help you transform and connect with your higher self, the infinite spirit, God…

CROWN CHAKRA ISSUES

  1. I have very strong religious or spiritual beliefs.
  2. I tend to get in debates about my spiritual beliefs.
  3. I lack faith in a higher power.
  4. I have stayed with my childhood religion without introspection about my actual beliefs.
  5. Religious fanatics drive me crazy.
  6. I feel confused about God or religious practices.
  7. I feel let down by God.
  8. I feel all alone.
  9. I’m spiritual to the extent that I often neglect my physical body.
  10. I converse with god, spirits or angels more than with people.

Spiritual oneness is the goal of opening the 7th chakra, the Crown Chakra, the point of knowing and enlightenment. It is our highest energy center, located at the top of the head and extending above it about two inches. It represents liberation, humanitarianism, deep understanding, and spiritual growth, union with the higher self and the Divine.

After my best friend died, all my energy centers were affected but I recognized these emotional or mental issues commonly associated with the Crown Chakra – a feeling of aloneness, depression, and a loss of meaning. I prayed for Divine help and received a deep connection to universal love, to my friend, and knowing that her spirit lived on.

Opening or balancing your Crown Chakra can bring a profound awakening, a connection to our spiritual nature as well as to cosmic consciousness.

Crown Chakra Healing Foods

Detoxifying Juice Since the crown chakra is more spiritual than physical, it is not nourished with physical foods in the same way that they feed other chakras. The correlation between the Crown Chakra and food is to make it a spiritual experience, whether by purifying the body through fasting for religious reasons during Ramadan or Yom Kippur, giving up a special food for Lent, or adding prayer or grace before meals.

We’ve all either said grace before eating as a child, or seen others do it, but have you continued this practice? It’s a valuable tool to bless your food with a healing intention and vibration. You can use a general blessing, or one adapted to a specific chakra that you want to strengthen. For the Crown Chakra: “May this food bless and nourish my body and help me support my spiritual purpose.”

Detoxification cleanses, such as juice fasting, can also benefit the Crown Chakra. I especially like juicing mangosteen, in season now in Hawaii, with its luscious purple color – associated with the Crown Chakra – for a detoxifying cleanse. Mangosteen contains powerful antioxidants and immune system boosters called Xanthones, natural chemical compounds which possess a variety of potent medicinal properties.

Foods that are pure and unadulterated also keep the Crown Chakra open and integrated with spirit. Pure foods include those organically grown without chemicals or genetic modification. For animal foods, choose those raised in a natural environment, free-range or fed organic feed, without being injected with excess hormones or antibiotics.

Crown Chakra Healing Activities and Yoga Poses

While the Third Eye Chakra is often connected to meditation, the Crown Chakra is more connected to prayer or devotion to a higher power. Prayer could mean anything from singing religious hymns or reciting formal prayers or psalms, to devotional chanting like kirtan. The Downward Dog yoga pose increases circulation to the head, increasing mental clarity and readying you for prayer. Being in nature, breathing in sunlight and fresh air, will also energize the Crown Chakra.

Before we end with a Crown Chakra Visualization, here’s a recap of my blogs on Healing Foods for the Chakras:

Chakra Foods

 

Crown Chakra Visualization

All we have learned and healed through the lower six chakras merges and travels up the spine, creating a purple color. Here we open ourselves to awareness of the divine and our highest consciousness. Focus on breathing in the violet light, relaxing, letting go. Keeping your focus on the crown of your head, allow the chakra to open, visualizing it as a crown of light above your head. Feel it expanding and opening to the wonder and radiance of spirit. Send love up and out the crown chakra and then welcome its return in a beam of light that pours down through your whole being. Let the energy flow through you and around you and embrace totality.

Breathe in the power and the healing. Imagine a rainbow of light pouring down your body, from your crown chakra down to your root chakra, enveloping you in harmony with everything above and below and around you.

March 31st is the last day to enter to win a free, personalized Chakra Diet Plan at www.theChakras.org, which will also guarantee you a FREE copy of my forthcoming book, The Chakra Diet. 

Namaste!

Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries, Chakra Secrets and Balance Your Chakras, Balance Your Life

www.theChakras.org

THE CROWN JEWEL – YOUR CONNECTION TO THE DIVINE


This blog is written by our guest, A’ra Blair, author of Communing With the Infinite, a Path of Awakening Awareness, and soon-to-be-released, “Sacred Sexuality, Reclaiming the Divine Feminine.” When not writing, she offers her services as a spiritual counselor, Life Balance Mastery coach, and holistic nurse. You can view other support services offered through her business at www.Pure Awareness Pathways.com.

How would you like to have a continual open channel to the Divine? An information source that provides guidance and direction for every aspect of your life? If you said yes, you’re in luck. You already do. Your connection to Infinite Intelligence runs through your body as energy. This energetic source equips you with all that you need to unfold a life that celebrates all that you are. Each energy center or chakra has a different role to play in this communication process. The highest of your energy centers is located a few inches above your head. It sits there like a crown of royalty. Its vibrant purple color radiates out in all directions connecting you with ALL that there is.

The jewel of this crown, also known as the great I AM, is your personal identification with Infinite Intelligence. It’s the truth of your being. When you tap into cosmic consciousness, you open to an intuitive voice that is Infinite Intelligence. It guides your life. It unfolds your brilliance. It creates your journey. If you know how to listen and act on this guidance, it provides all that you need to be happy, healthy, wealthy, and wise. Trust is one of the keys.

Learning how to trust this intuitive voice is your greatest mission. It’s the journey back to center, back to that place within that knows no separation, back to Pure Awareness.

“This journey is the only work you’ll ever have to do.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

By accessing the crown chakra, you’ll feel a sense of spiritual direction, vitality, and passion flourish within you. A sense of unity returns when you allow this chakra to fully blossom and energize all your life experiences.

Empathy is another key to unlocking this chakra’s gifts. Really feel into the woes of this world. Not from a place of judgment or criticism or even sadness, but from a place of profound expectation for good. First, this takes you out of your own struggles. Second, it aligns your neuro-network with Infinite possibilities. This type of service to humanity is your YES to the Divine to be used as a conduit to transform tragedy into peace, discord into harmony and love. This requires a devotion and dedication to daily practices that allow you to Commune with the Infinite on a continual basis.

Daily practices energize you by bringing you back to your spiritual center. They move you down the path toward enlightenment and allow you to bask in the fullness of life in this human experience. Daily practices bring your awareness to a Power greater than any struggle. This Power is capable of transforming any lack or limitation into plenty. The following meditation is a taste of what can happen when you spend time Communing with the Infinite.

PURE AWARENESS – CROWN CHAKRA MEDITATION

An excerpt from Communing With the Infinite, a Path of Awakening Awareness:

Visualize a white or golden light above your head. Connect with the light. Let it drip down into your body, igniting each energy center’s brilliant color. Feel the rich purple color of your crown light up. As this light continues down your body, feel the energy of deep indigo at your brow, beautiful blue at your throat, emerald green at your heart, bright yellow at your solar plexus, vibrant orange at your sacral, and rich red at your root… As they blend into a rainbow of energy, feel the energy completely envelop your body. Allow yourself to relax into the warmth of the vibration you’re creating in this sacred union with your Divinity….

Bring your awareness to your senses and feel, smell, and hear all that is around you. Notice your thoughts, but let them go… Expand out beyond your body, through your crown, beyond your thoughts, into the vastness that surrounds you… Fill that vastness with your rainbow radiance. Move deeper into the vastness, ever aware of a sense of peace, potential, and possibility.

Go deeper into the spaciousness of this vast Pure Awareness… Deeper still… Deep enough to move you beyond the human realm into the cosmic connection to the ALL. Breathe deeply, letting go more with each breath. Relax your shoulders, your jaw, your hips and temple…

Ask for guidance on how to fully trust your intuition… Ask how to remain open to your Divinity in each experience… As you breathe into these questions, bring your focus inward… Feel into your inherent Divine connection…

When you feel complete, bring your awareness back to this present moment, this present space and time. Open to living in the wonder of uncertainty.

As you move into your day, allow Infinite Intelligence to expand your awareness and bring you answers to your questions. May your life continue to blossom the fullness of your Divinity.

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Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mara_earthlight/3486938936/

Thanks to A’ra. Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

DYNAMIND HEALING – THE CROWN CHAKRA


I learned the Dynamind Technique for healing physical, emotional, mental and spiritual dis-ease from Hawaiian shaman, Serge Kahili King, Ph.D.  Dynamind is a combination of words, breath and movements that work together to release any tension causing imbalances in your chakras and your life.

THE CROWN CHAKRA

Located at the top of the head, the seventh chakra, the Crown Chakra, connects us to spirit, the Divine and cosmic consciousness.

It transcends the physical and enters the realm of pure thought or higher consciousness. It vibrates with the energy of the color violet or diamond white.

Physical health issues commonly associated with the Crown Chakra include hypersensitivity to light, sound and the environment, cerebral and central nervous system disorders, and chronic exhaustion. Emotional or mental health issues include a feeling of aloneness or detachment, worry, depression, a loss of meaning, and psychoses.

When the Crown Chakra is balanced, you feel on the path to your destiny, an enhanced sense of spirituality, access to the subconscious, and a sense of calm and peace.

USING DYNAMIND TO BALANCE THE CROWN CHAKRA:

1) FOCUS – Hold your hands out in a loose prayer-like position.

2) DECLARE – Say aloud the condition you’re feeling that you would like to change, e.g.,

“I feel separate and alone and I know that can change. I want that feeling to go away.”

“My nerves are frayed and I know that can change. I want my hypersensitivity to noise to go away.”

If you have no symptoms to release, you can use Dynamind to strengthen the Crown Chakra, with a declaration such as:



“I’m not as peaceful and calm as I want to be. I want to be more aware of the beauty all around me.”

3) RELEASE – Tap 7 times on the center of your chest, then at the point between the thumb and forefinger of each hand, and on the top bone of your spine (the 7th cervical vertebra).

4) BREATHE – Direct your breath, inhaling with your attention on the crown of your head, exhaling with your attention below your feet.

Repeat until you feel the desired result.

For a complete set of Dynamind instructions for all seven chakras, click HERE to get a preview from my upcoming book, Chakra Secrets.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

www.thechakras.org

CONNECT TO SOURCE


“It doesn’t matter if you can’t get a cell phone signal or Wi-Fi where you are. You are always connected to Source.” ~ Neil Donald Walsch

Wherever you are, wherever you go, you are always connected to Divine Wisdom, Divine Intelligence, and Divine Love.

Want to feel at one with all there is? More peace, harmony and connection to spirit? Work on your 7th or Crown Chakra. Spiritual oneness is the goal of opening the 7th chakra, the Crown Chakra, the point of knowing and enlightenment. It is our highest energy center, representing liberation, deep understanding, enlightenment and spiritual growth. It represents union with the higher self and the Divine.

Major issues of an unbalanced Crown Chakra are lack of meaning in your life, a feeling of aloneness, depression, and on the physical level, chronic exhaustion and addictions to psychotropic and mind-altering drugs.

A balanced Crown Chakra brings a profound awakening, a connection to our spiritual nature as well as to cosmic consciousness.

YOGA FOR THE CROWN CHAKRA
In addition to silent meditation, chanting and conscious breathing, a beneficial yoga pose to increase circulation to this chakra is the Downward Dog.

CROWN CHAKRA MEDITATION
Here we open ourselves to awareness of the divine and our highest consciousness. Focus on breathing in violet light, relaxing, letting go. Keeping your focus on the crown of your head, allow the chakra to open, visualizing it as a crown of light above your head. Feel it expanding and opening to the wonder and radiance of spirit. Send love up and out the crown chakra and then welcome its return in a beam of light that pours down through your whole being. Let the energy flow through you and around you and embrace totality.

Breathe in the power and the healing. Imagine a rainbow of light pouring down your body, from your crown chakra down to your root chakra, enveloping you in harmony with everything above and below and around you.

For a full 10-minute guided Chakra Meditation, go to www.thechakras.org.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

Macrobiotic View of the Chakras


I love this explanation of how the energies of spirit and earth, yin and yang, combine to energize our chakras, from macrobiotic teacher Bob Carr:

“Cosmic energy is constantly streaming toward the earth from innumerable stars and galaxies. This yang, downward and inward streaming energy, which can be called heaven’s force, enters the human body through the Crown Chakra and flows down the spiritual channel running vertically through our body. At the same time, energy generated from the spin of the earth enters our body at the Root Chakra, at the base of the spine, and flows upward and outward through the same spiritual channel. This yin energy is referred to as earth’s force.

 
“These two vertical streams of electromagnetic energy collide and spiral at points on this channel known as chakras (from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel). From here they flow out through our meridiens and ultimately charge and vitalize all the organs, tissues and cells of the body.”

 
I love when two healing modalities blend. Macrobiotic counselor Bob Carr goes on the say that chewing (at least 50 bites per mouthful) highly charges the food being chewed with mineral-rich saliva. Our physical and electromagnetic energy body becomes activated and energized, bringing healing and a sense of well-being.

Macrobiotic principles of eating and living are wonderful in helping create and maintain balance in our bodies. It’s wonderful to hear that the recommended way of chewing our food, until it’s liquid, is also a powerful method of balancing our spiritual chakras.

Namaste!
Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

http://www.thechakras.org

SPIRITUAL ONENESS – OPEN YOUR CROWN CHAKRA


“Oh, lead me to the Beyond within.” ~ Macrina Wieherkehr

Spiritual oneness is the goal of opening the 7th chakra, the crown chakra, the point of knowing and enlightenment. It is our highest energy center, representing liberation, deep understanding, enlightenment and spiritual growth. It represents union with the higher self and the Divine.

Major issues of an unbalanced Crown Chakra are lack of meaning in your life, a feeling of aloneness, depression, and on the physical level, chronic exhaustion and addictions to psychotropic and mind-altering drugs.

A balanced Crown Chakra brings a profound awakening, a connection to our spiritual nature as well as to cosmic consciousness.

YOGA FOR THE CROWN CHAKRA
In addition to silent meditation, chanting and conscious breathing, a beneficial yoga pose to increase circulation to this chakra is the Downward Dog.

THE CROWN CHAKRA MEDITATION
As we move up to the spiritual chakra at the crown of the head, the color indigo of the Third Eye Chakra turns to violet. All we have learned and healed through the lower six chakras merges and travels up the spine, creating a purple color. Here we open ourselves to awareness of the divine and our highest consciousness. Focus on breathing in the violet light, relaxing, letting go. Keeping your focus on the crown of your head, allow the chakra to open, visualizing it as a crown of light above your head. Feel it expanding and opening to the wonder and radiance of spirit. Send love up and out the crown chakra and then welcome its return in a beam of light that pours down through your whole being. Let the energy flow through you and around you and embrace totality.  Breathe in the power and the healing.

Imagine a rainbow of light pouring down your body, from your crown chakra down to your root chakra, enveloping you in harmony with everything above and below and around you. Enjoy!

Namaste! Becca Chopra, author of The Chakra Diaries

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