The Crown Chakra; 7th Chakra (Sahaswara or Sahasrara) – Sahasrara means “Thousand petaled” and is associated with the pineal gland. The crown chakra is at the crown of the head and signifies our connection or alignment to the Source or the Universal Energy in all of its manifestations. It balances both the inner and outer self, and is the connection for our higher-self. It is the channel through which we receive divine guidance, purpose and wisdom, and our connection to others and the world outside of ourselves. With the crown chakra we greet the divine in everyone. The crown chakra is also associated with spiritual attainment, silent contemplation, and eternal truth. When the crown chakra is opened, we can see ourselves in others without prejudice or judgement. Through the open crown chakra we are brought knowledge and wisdom, and a spiritual peace. Also, with an open crown chakra we are better at manifesting our deepest desires. A blocked or stagnant crown chakra can include issues with the nervous system, skeletal system, pineal gland, and all nerve pathways and electrical synapses. If this chakra is closed, we are most likely very rigid in our thoughts and perceptions, acting stubbornly and ignoring the help of others. We are probably unaware or disrespectful of our own spirituality as well as that of others. With a blocked or stagnant crown chakra we have very low energy, are depressed, lonely, and feel isolated from society- with an anxious and worried conscience. The color associated to the crown chakra is violet or purple, and the secondary color is white. Life lessons to be learned through the Crown Chakra are intuitive knowing, integration of the whole Self, spirituality, living in the now, discovery of the Divine, the ability to see the big picture in the stream of Life, devotion, inspiration, values, ethics, trust, selflessness, humanitarianism. The information stored in the Seventh Chakra includes your connection to the Divine, your life’s purpose, your connection to past lives, and immortality. An imbalance in the Crown Chakra may be felt as lack of purpose, loss of meaning or identity, mental illness, and senility . Balancing the Crown Chakra with Essential Oils: Chamomile, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemongrass, Neroli, Myrrh, Rose, Rosemary, Rosewood (Bois de Rose), Sandalwood, Lotus (pink lotus, white lotus, and all lotus flower oils). Balancing the Crown Chakra with Gemstones & Crystals: Amethyst, Obsidian, Sugilite and Celestite. The special crystal jewel, the amethyst, is thought to be the symbolic condensation of the violet ray. It is the birthstone for the astrological sign of Aquarius, the sign representing freedom and the coming of the “new clear age of consciousness” on this planet. Amethyst is also known as the stone of meditation which is believed to protect against psychic attacks and brings serenity, composure, as well as enhance cooperation between, physical, mental and emotional bodies. Blue Lace Agate also helps to reach high spiritual places, and is associated with flight, air, movement, and grace. Ametrine can be used to help balance the crown chakra with a combination of amethyst and citrine, it helps disperse negativity from the aura, fills voids with pure light energy, releases blocks and stagnation in physical, mental, emotional and auric bodies, and helps to release negative emotional programming, and also aids astral travel. How to Use Essential Oils to Balance the Crown Chakra: First, choose a blend that speaks only to you. Try the oils listed for the crown chakra and notice which oils you are drawn to. Please refer to the root chakra for instructions on how to use essential oils to balance the crown chakra, as the method described there is useful for all the chakras.