The crown chakra is your 7th chakra and is located just above your head (about an inch). It is associated with the color white, but can also be associated with the rainbow spectrum (as white is made up of all the other color wavelengths).
The crown chakra is your connection to the universal or collective consciousness and when it is open and working correctly, it functions as a direct line to information downloads, particularly our psychic senses.
When it is blocked, you may feel as if your higher consciousness is blocked, you may experience endocrine imbalances (imbalances in your hormones), and you may also experience low mood or trouble feeling energetically connected. You may also feel pessimistic or cynical, or spending too much time in your own head and obsessing over the past.
When it is open, you are more easily able to perceive universal source, information, enlightenment, higher self, higher levels of consciousness, set aside ego, and be present in each moment. You can also experience spiritual growth more effectively.
Here are some tips for promoting an open and balanced crown chakra:
- Reduce your material possessions. You can do this by cleaning out and getting rid of excess stuff around your home, closet, and storage that you do not need or use. Donate things to charities for those who need goods. Keep your space and life tidy and uncluttered. Detach from the sense of needing to have material possessions as status or symbols.
- Visualize connecting to celestial energy through your crown chakra. Picture it glowing white or violet and radiating branches, rays, or other extension upwards. Visualize it connecting with the universal energy and sending/receiving love and peace. The more you work on this visualization, the stronger this connection will be.
- Essential oils like frankincense and sandalwood can be applied to the top of the head to stimulate the crown chakra before or during meditation or visualization practices.
- Crystals like clear quartz, amethyst, kyanite, or moonstone can be used to meditate with. A tip I learned from someone working in energy healing is to place a crystal on top of your head (where your crown chakra is) and to hold a pendulum over the the crystal and chakra. The pendulum will begin to cleanse the blockage from the chakra. You may need to repeat this several times to fully clear a stagnant or blocked chakra. This also works for other blocked chakras, by the way.
Once you begin to feel the crown chakra is open or less blocked, regular meditation and visualization can keep it balanced. Cleansing your chakras on a regular basis is usually a good practice, especially if you are sensitive to energies, do energy work of any kind, or engage in regular spiritual practice.