|mandala courtesy Sacred Centers, Anodea Judith|
The first energy centre located outside the physical body – the crown chakra – is associated with awareness and consciousness. Though it takes being aware of the physical body to reach this level, the 7th chakra is not as concerned with the physical. In numerology, the number 7 is the number of trust, devotion and a deeper connection to ourselves and to the life force . . . . all qualities of the crown chakra. Working with this energy centre is about trusting what you know, searching for truth, both about yourself and about existence in general, and becoming aware that reality is often hidden behind illusions. Getting past these illusions is often the key.
“Sahasrara” is the Sanskrit term assigned to this energy centre, and it refers to the one thousand petal lotus flower. This flower is a spiritual symbol in many traditions and often represents spiritual potential. The lotus flower grows through dirty, muddy water and experiences much of its growth before it rises out of the muck to become a magnificent flower. Likewise on our path to awareness, we go through heavy, dark times in order to become fully conscious of our light and magnificence. This week in class, we'll draw our attention to this space that sits just above our head, and the potential that we hold physically through inversions. For more information and work with the crown chakra, continue reading below.