Here we are, at the last chakra. Writing this chakra series has been really fun and eye opening for me. I hope you learned something from this journey about how balancing the chakras can help clients in counseling. I’m sure the chakras are a subject I will go back to on this blog again, because I definitely think there are more things to explore here. I invite you to share with me topics you’d like me to expand on, explore, and discuss!
Alright, so chakra seven – sahasrara, aka the crown chakra. This chakra is located at the top of the head and has the color of violet. It’s debated if the lotus petal here is 960 or 1,000, but most agree it’s a symbol of infinity. A common mantra at this level is “to know”. Sahasrara is associated with thought, information, and bliss. This is the ultimate goal of yoga and balancing our chakras – all the work we did from chakra one to six was to get to this point. Sahasrara in sanksrit means “thousand fold”, and it is here that our belief systems and deepest understanding lie. The crown chakra is known as the “seat of enlightenment” and is the furthest removed from the material world; there are no limitations here and reaching chakra seven means we have transcended consciousness. This chakra is quite possibly the most spiritual of all seven (Judith, 2002).
For me, the chakras really do coordinate well with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. I referenced the hierarchy when I discussed muladhara, and I’ll reference it again here. Our ultimate goal, according to Maslow, is to reach self-actualization (McLeod, 2014). Self actualization, to me, means we have met our personal definition of purpose. We have fulfilled our potential. I do not think many people reach this level, and I feel the same way about sahasara. This doesn’t mean we can’t work to get there or help our clients figure out what their purpose is, though – I think it makes it that much more important.
Another easy connection I made while reading about sahasrara was gestalt therapy. Gestalt therapy is a form of existential therapy that many counselors use with a focus on environments, the present moment, and purpose (GoodTherapy, 2015). This could be a great platform to help counselors define client’s ultimate goals, purpose, and identities. Since this chakra is highly focused on deities, personal beliefs, and spirituality, it would not be uncommon to explore these themes with your clients. It is important to emphasis here that when we, as counselors, work with clients exploring these bigger issues such as religion and spirituality, that we do not let our personal beliefs influence their ideas and process. If you find yourself having a hard time with this, seek consultation, speak with your supervisor, or refer your client if needed. This is so important in this line of work and it is so often difficult.
That being said, here are some suggested activities to help you and clients balance sahasrara:
-“following your thoughts” activity (sit in a quiet space and let whatever thoughts pop in then explore the origin of that thought until you know where it came from, then move on to the next thought, again and again. This is supposed to help us work towards that transcendent consciousness.)
-letting go of attachments (this is something I am currently working on and let me tell you – it’s hard but it is also so freeing. I am finding that the more things I get rid of, the less stressed and free I am feeling in my home.)
(Geroux, 2014; Judith, 2002).
I hope you enjoyed this journey through the chakras with me! Most of the information I referenced came from the book “Wheels of Life: A User’s Guide to the Chakra System” by Anodea Judith. I ordered it for my Kindle for a GREAT price and found it easy to follow. I looked through some of her other books when I finished this one the other night and it looks like she has some other great books about the chakras I’m excited to dig in to in the future. I also referenced Cora and Bodhi’s blog every single post about the chakras; her posts about the chakras are beautifully done and she shares even more information about the asanas and meditations.
If you have questions or thoughts or just want to let me know how much you liked or disliked what I said, please leave me a comment! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂
Happy OM’ing. Namaste. ❤
Geroux, C. (2014). Chakra 7 – sahasrara – the divinity within. Retrieved from http://coraandbodhi.com/chakra-7-sahasrara-the-divinity-within/
GoodTherapy. (2015). Gestalt therapy. Retrieved from http://www.goodtherapy.org/gestalt-therapy.html#
Judith, A. (2002). Wheels of life: A user’s guide to the chakra system. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications.
McLeod, S. (2014). Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Retrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html