In this post, I cover all things Sahasrara, also known as your Crown Chakra. Discover how to heal, activate, and balance this energy center of spirituality, connection, and enlightenment. Plus, get some powerful spiritual affirmations and journal prompts designed to connect you to your highest self. And if you need a refresher on what chakras are, be sure to check out my beginner’s guide to chakras here.
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Discover More About Chakras
- Overview: A Beginner’s Guide to Chakras
- Root Chakra
- Sacral Chakra
- Solar Plexus Chakra
- Heart Chakra
- Throat Chakra
- Third Eye Chakra
Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra
Have you ever felt like something was just missing from your life?
Sometimes, that thing can be hard to pinpoint, especially when, from the outside, it looks like you have everything.
I know this feeling intimately.
For years, I lived my life the way I believed I was “supposed” to live it. After graduating college, I found a comfortable office job and continued on the path of stability and security for many years.
And don’t get me wrong: stability and security are really, really important things, and I was grateful every day to have these privileges.
But something just felt empty inside me.
It took many years to learn that what was missing from my life was a spiritual connection to a higher power.
I had big dreams but believed that I was on my own to make them come true. I didn’t believe there was any higher presence trying to guide and help me. I wanted to believe this, but there was always a disconnection. I couldn’t let go of control and learn how to trust.
Cultivating this connection with a higher power – you might call this power God, Source Energy, the Universe, the Divine, All That Is, or any name that feels right to you – has been one of the greatest positive shifts in my life. And it’s not over: it’s something I’m still learning, discovering, and growing into every single day. In fact, I don’t think this process of growing and becoming every really ends.
There is a beautiful, peaceful, loving path to cultivating true connection: connection to yourself, connection to a higher power, and connection to your soul’s purpose.
The Sahasrara chakra is the gateway that gently guides you to taking that first step.
Why Balancing the Crown Chakra is Important
Have you ever heard stories about high-ranking CEOs and corporate bigwigs suddenly leaving their high-paying jobs, selling everything, and moving across the country to pursue their soul’s purpose? I remember reading once about a guy who was making millions in his high-ranking job, who gave up everything to follow his calling: growing coffee beans on an island somewhere, where he lived a quiet and humble life with his family.
At least, that’s how the article told the story.
I don’t know him, but I believe if you asked him, he wouldn’t say he “gave up” anything; rather, he received more than he could ever dream of.
Often, in these stories, you hear the person say they followed their intuition. They might call it an inner knowing or a calling. Often, we fight this feeling because it seemingly doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t follow logic and reason as we know it in our human experience. It seems absurd.
But something kind of magical happens when you surrender control to something higher than yourself and step into your calling:
Everything starts to unfold perfectly for you, better than you ever could’ve imagined.
This is what the crown chakra does for you.
The crown chakra is your energy center for spiritual connection, enlightenment, inner wisdom, and connecting with your highest self. When your crown chakra is open and flowing freely, you gain a sense of clarity and vision. You become more trusting, learn the beauty in surrender, and feel a sense of deep inner peace.
And if that still sounds kind of scary to you, know this: surrendering to a higher power doesn’t mean giving up your sense of personal power or identity.
Rather, it’s the opposite.
It allows you to step into your power and become more than you ever dreamed possible.
And it also helps you to accept and see the beauty in this human experience, even on the days when nothing seems to go as planned.
Below, I discuss the attributes of the Sahasrara chakra, or the crown chakra, and provide you with ways to heal and restore harmony to this energy center of spirituality. I also provide you with some gentle affirmations and powerful journal prompts to help guide you in your journey.
As you step forward onto the path of connection with your Sahasrara chakra, set the intention to connect with your inner self, and allow this intention to guide you forward through each step of your journey.
Crown Chakra Attributes
- Sanskrit Name: Sahasrara (“Thousand-petaled”)
- Location: Top of Head
- Color: Violet (White is often associated with this chakra as well.)
- Body Parts: Skull, Cerebral Cortex, Right Eye
- Symbol: Thousand-petaled lotus with a divine circle in the center
- Element: Thought/Consciousness
- Mantra: OM (or silence)
- Gemstones: Selenite, Clear Quartz, Amethyst, Diamond, Moonstone, Sapphire
- Essential Oils: Frankincense, Sandalwood, Saffron, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Lavender
Signs of a Balanced Crown Chakra
When your crown chakra is balanced, you feel a deep connection with a higher power and a sense of spiritual enlightenment. Rather than try to control every step of your journey, you know when to step back, surrender, and trust. When it comes to your future, you feel a sense of clarity, vision, and purpose. You take inspired action and trust your inner knowing to guide you down the right path.
Often, a balanced crown chakra means your lower energy centers are likely in harmony as well, as we’re best able to connect with our spiritual selves when our other needs are met. (Note that there may be exceptions.)
And when your energy centers are balanced, it’s likely that you’re truly living as your highest and most authentic self.
Here are some signs of a balanced crown chakra:
- Sense of clarity
- Connected to a higher power
- Connected to oneself
- Feeling of divine peace
- Sense of inner wisdom
- Able to surrender to a power higher than oneself
- Trust in inner knowing
- Connected to your soul’s purpose
Signs of an Imbalanced Crown Chakra
When you experience imbalances in any of your energy centers, this imbalance could go one of two ways; it can become overactive or underactive.
With an overactive crown chakra, you might start to lose touch with yourself because you wrap your entire identity in spirituality. This may also cause you to become judgmental of others’ spirituality because you feel like you know the “right” answers.
When your crown chakra is underactive, you may lack a spiritual presence in your life. You feel a deep sense of isolation and disconnection, not just from a higher power but from yourself. You may also be more skeptical and close-minded toward the idea that a higher power even exists.
Below is a list of signs that your crown chakra may be imbalanced:
- Disconnected from yourself
- Disconnected from a higher power
- Lack of faith
- Lack of purpose
- Frustrated with life
- Excessive isolation
- Unable to connect with others
- Critical of other’s spiritual beliefs
Physical Signs of an Imbalanced Crown Chakra
In addition to spiritual and emotional symptoms, you may experience physical symptoms when the energy flowing through your chakras is out of balance.
When the crown chakra is imbalanced, corresponding physical manifestations often arise in and around the area of the head.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms you may experience with an imbalanced crown chakra:
- Migraines and/or recurring headaches
- Nerve pain
- Neurological disorders
Crown Chakra Affirmations
When using affirmations for your crown chakra, allow yourself to go within and focus on your inner world as well as to your divine connection to the Universe. Take a deep breath and let a flood of deep inner peace wash over you. Don’t try too hard; just simply allow yourself to be.
As you recite the affirmations below (or your own powerful crown chakra affirmations) you might envision a white light entering the crown of your head and washing over your body. You could also imagine a soothing purple light filling your aura.
Here are some peaceful and profound affirmations you can use to heal and activate the crown chakra:
- I honor the sacred divinity that exists within me.
- I am pure, beautiful, radiant light.
- I am divinely protected, inspired, and guided by the Universe.
- I surrender to the loving will of the Universe.
- I am aligned with my purpose and truth
- I am always divinely and lovingly guided.
- I release the need to control my life and surrender to a higher power.
- I trust my intuition and listen to the wisdom of the universe.
- I am always gently held and lovingly guided by this Universe.
- I release doubt and welcome faith.
- Every day, I feel more connected to my spirit.
- I openly accept spiritual guidance from a higher power.
- I am love. I am light. I am connected to all.
For more powerful crown chakra affirmations, be sure to check out my post, 35 Crown Chakra Affirmations for Spiritual Connection. And be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page to get your free printable affirmations and journal prompts.
Crown Chakra Journal Prompts
Journaling is a powerful way to balance, heal, activate, and simply seek to understand all of your energy centers. I find it especially helpful when it comes to the crown chakra, though, because it really allows you to connect with your inner self.
And it’s that inner work that’s truly going to allow you to connect to your spirit as well as to give you a sense of clarity and vision.
There’s no “right” way to journal, nor is there a right time. I like to journal in the morning, while many others like to journal at night. Simply find what works best for you. The most important thing is that you have some time to truly focus without distractions. This is especially important when it comes to the crown chakra, as you really want to be able to focus on connecting with the inner you.
Below are some detailed prompts you can use to heal and better understand your crown chakra:
- What does it mean to me to surrender? How do I practice surrendering? When are some times when I can surrender more? Are there any experiences in which I shouldn’t surrender? How do I surrender without losing my personal power?
- What (or who) is God to me? What is my relationship with a higher power? Do I feel like this higher power is something I find within me, outside of me, or both? Did I have any childhood experiences that negatively affected my belief, attitude, or relationship toward God (or The Universe, Source Energy, the Divine, or any other name that feels comfortable)? Describe in depth what God means to you.
- Visualize a day in which you are your highest and most authentic self with a balanced crown chakra. How do you feel when you wake up? How do you move about your day? How do you speak to yourself and others? What self-care activities do you prioritize? Write about this day in the present tense, and as you write, allow yourself to feel the positive emotions you imagine yourself feeling in this envisioned life.
- Describe your connections to other living beings: people, animals, plants, the earth, and the universe as a whole. Have you ever experienced a sense of oneness with some or all? What does it mean to you to be connected to all? Is it possible to have an individual identity while feeling connected to all?
For more powerful crown chakra journal prompts, be sure to check out my post, 30 Journal Prompts to Open and Heal the Crown Chakra. And be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page to get your free printable affirmations and journal prompts!
Activating and Healing the Crown Chakra
Color therapy is essentially the act of surrounding yourself with the color of the chakra you’re intending to heal or activate. For the crown chakra, that means immersing yourself in all things violet (with a touch of white, if you’d like.) Eat purple foods like purple grapes, purple carrots, prunes, purple potatoes, and plums. Write spiritual affirmations on purple post-it notes and place them around your home and workspace. Wear violet clothing and jewelry. Paint with purple and white. Place violet items around your space and let them bring you serenity.
Your physical body needs food for nourishment, but your spiritual self doesn’t really need food in the same way. Unlike your other energy centers, which have associated foods that allow for healing, the crown chakra is best healed by detoxing or fasting.* This helps you to clear your mind while flushing out toxins that may be harming your body. When detoxing, focus on fresh fruits, veggies, and lots of water.
*If you choose to detox or fast, just make sure you’re following the proper guidance of a medical professional.
Try to find an open field or special spot that gives you lots of space to think, turn inward, and simply be. If you feel safe and comfortable enough to meditate outdoors, this would be the perfect time to meditate. If the weather allows, journaling outdoors is also another powerful practice for healing.
Yoga is a beautiful restorative practice that allows you to balance and heal your body’s energy centers.
To activate or heal the energy in your crown chakra, you could actually perform poses that focus on healing the lower six chakras. It may seem weird, but the truth is, it’s more difficult to have a balanced crown chakra when your other energy centers are imbalanced. By focusing on the energy below, you’re better able to heal the energy above.
To heal or activate the crown chakra, you can also choose poses that allow you to look within. You might already have a few poses in mind that allow for this type of inner work.
Here’s a list of poses that may help in healing the crown chakra:
- Lotus Pose
- Corpse Pose
- Tree Pose
- Fish Pose
- Standing Prayer Backbend
And here’s a great 10-minute crown chakra yoga routine from Yoga with Christina if you’re unsure where to start.
Meditation is a powerful healing tool for any of your energy centers, but it’s especially profound when it comes to the crown chakra as the crown chakra’s associated element is thought/consciousness. Connecting with your inner self is key to opening up and healing this energy center.
When you meditate, you might imagine a beautiful white light entering through the crown of your head and filling your entire being. You could also envision a soothing, violet energy filling your aura.
Here are some free guided Sahasrara chakra meditations you can find on the Insight Timer app:
- Crown Chakra Healing Meditation by Nicole.For.Real
- Crown Chakra Guided Practice for Connecting with Higher Power by Natalie Perez
- Crown Chakra: Connect with Spirit by Amy Patee
You can use the journal prompts above or write down some beautiful crown chakra affirmations as you journal. You might also choose to sit down without a prompt and simply connect to your inner self.
Sahasrara Chakra Affirmations
You can repeat Sahasrara (crown chakra) affirmations as you wake up in the morning and as you’re getting ready for the day. You might also repeat them at night before you go to bed. I also like to find creative ways to incorporate affirmations throughout the day, like sticking post-it notes around my home and work space and setting up phone notifications to pop up with uplifting affirmations written on them.
Sahasrara Chakra Gemstones
Keeping crystals associated with the crown chakra will promote spiritual connection and help you to feel peaceful, trusting, and aligned with your highest self. You can use crystals in numerous ways. For instance, you might wear them as jewelry, keep them around your work space, meditate with them, or set up a sacred space with crystals at the forefront.
Here are some of the crystals associated with the crown chakra:
- Clear Quartz
Sahasrara Chakra Essential Oils
Essential oils promote feelings of peace, harmony, and balance within. They’re a great method for balancing your energy centers because they can be used in conjunction with other items on this list. For instance, you can meditate or journal while essential oils are in your diffuser, and you can even add some crystals or color therapy as well.
Intentions are everything, though. So before you use your essential oils, set the intention to balance, heal, or activate your crown chakra. Even if you have a diffuser going in the background as you’re working, focus on the feelings of peace, inner harmony, and connection with both yourself and a higher power. Let these calm and soothing feelings guide you as you continue on your day.
Here’s a few essential oils associated with the Sahasrara chakra:
Do you have any experiences with healing or activating your Sahasrara chakra? What practices help you to heal an imbalanced crown chakra? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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Zanna Keithley is an author, poet, and social media content creator who writes short prose dedicated to inspiring readers to follow their dreams, trust their intuition, and create beautiful and fulfilling lives. You can find her original writing on Instagram @zannakeithley.