Seeing & Believing: Our Sixth & Seventh Chakra

Perception & Our Personal Identity

The Sixth Chakra: Ajna 

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Location Associated Plexus Element Purpose Color Orientation
Forehead/brow Carotid Plexus Light Pattern

Recognition

Indigo Self-Reflection

 

We have the right to trust our intuition and to enjoy our ability to be imaginative and to visualize. We have the right to see not only with our eyes but with our soul. 

440px-Shiva_Musée_Guimet_22971The sixth chakra, our “third eye” chakra, is about trusting our inner wisdom.

When our brow chakra is in balance we are intuitive and perceptive. We can recall our dreams. Our memory is strong. We are able to visualize and to think symbolically.

When our brow chakra is deficient, we might live in denial – unable to connect with reality. We may also see the world in black and white – meaning there is one true right way, with not room for compromise or shades of grey. In excess, we may experience nightmares, become obsessed or have difficulty concentrating.

 

 

190px-Vincent_Willem_van_Gogh_127Healing Practices for Balance 

  • Painting, drawing
  • Visiting an art gallery
  • Meditation
  • Guided visualization

 

 

 

Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements that can reframe our thinking and help us to overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. Affirmations are repeated in the same way that we might do repetitive exercises for our body. Below I’ve listed a few affirmations that may support our brow chakra. You can, of course, create your own affirmation; one that feels resonant and right for you. 

  • I see things clearly
  • I trust my inner wisdom
  • I can bring to life the vision I have for myself

 

Mudra 

Unknown-2A mudra is a hand gesture that increases our ability to focus and may also energize specific areas in the body. The Serenity Mudra may help to keep our brow chakra in balance.

  • Press the tips of the thumbs together
  • Press the top knuckles of the fingers together
  • Extend the middle finger

 

Creative Expression 

Unknown-3Our brow chakra is fundamentally about trusting our perception. 

Upside-Down Drawing quiets the conversation in our brain between language and perception. The task is to copy a drawing. The trick is that we are coping the drawing upside down so that we are seeing rather than thinking about an image we can identify. 

 

 

 

Oh, Sweet Mystery of Life!

The Seventh Chakra: Sahasrara 

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Location Element Purpose Color Identity
Cerebral Cortex Thought Understanding Violet Creative

 We have the right to know, the right to have access to knowledge. We have the right to learn. The seventh chakra, our crown chakra, is about developing wisdom and assimilating knowledge. 

In balance, our crown chakra allows us to perceive and analyze information. We are open-minded, ask relevant questions and have a broad understanding of the world. We are spiritually connected. 

When our crown chakra is deficient, we may exhibit cynicism, have issues with comprehension and may have rigid belief systems. It’s possible we may feel apathetic. In excess, we may feel dissociated from the body. It’s possible we may over intellectualize or be too attached to our spiritual beliefs. 

Healing Practices for Balance

  • If the chakra is in excess we can work to re-establish physical and emotional connections
  • If the chakra is deficient we might  reconnect with our spiritual community 
  • Meditation

Affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements that can reframe our thinking and help us to overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. Affirmations are repeated in the same way that we might do repetitive exercises for our body. Below I’ve listed a few affirmations that may support our crown chakra. You can, of course, create your own affirmation; one that feels resonant and right for you. 

  • I am guided by a higher power
  • I am guided by inner wisdom
  • I am open to new ideas 
  • The world is my teacher

Mudra

Hakini-Mudra-SignificanceA mudra is a hand gesture that increases our ability to focus and may also energize specific areas in the body. The Hikini Mudra is one that is recommended for the crown chakra. It may promote clear thinking and emotional balance.

Simple place the tips of the fingers together. 

To work with this mudra (or any of the mudras we have learned) include the mudra as part of your meditation and breathing practice.

Creative Expression

Our crown chakra is fundamentally about being open to knowledge. Knowledge can come from an outside source or from within. Sometimes when we discover something about ourselves we try to deny or ignore that truth. Creative arts like painting, drawing, dancing or journaling are practices of self-reflection.

Conclusion:

We’ve done it! We’ve taking a short little journey through seven chakras. There’s always more to learn and to understand about these energies. If you want to know more I encourage you to read Anodea Judith’s book Eastern Body Western Mind. It’s a thoughtfully written and incredibly comprehensive look at the chakras. Robert Butera’s book, The Pure Heart of Yoga, was another very good resource for me.

Keep exploring. Keep searching. Keep trusting.

 

Resources

  • Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide by Andrea Olsen
  • The Pure Heart of Yoga by Robert Butera
  • Eastern Body Western Mind by Anodea Judith

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