Manual Therapy for the Body and the Mind

Crown Chakra

Crown Chakra

Ayurvedic

  • Seventh Chakra
  • Sanskrit name: Sahasrara
  • Shown in several different colors
    • Violet, gold or white
  • Located at the crown of the head
  • Symbol is a multi-pedaled lotus flower
  • Extends beyond the physical body
    • A globe of colored light
    • Transcends the material universe
  • Ancient cultures in Egypt and elsewhere believed the third eye was the doorway to the subconscious or unconscious mind, leading to paranormal powers, astral travel
  • It is the connection to the divine
  • In yogic tradition, there is a concept called “Samadhi”
    • The union of the consciousness of the experiencer and that of the experienced
    • When the practitioner feels himself one with the universe, leaving his attachment to “self” behind, he has reached an enlightened state
  • Being the connection to higher consciousness, this chakra does not have the same correlations to physical properties of the body
  • Those who associate the pineal gland with the crown chakra see it as accessed through a vortex from above the head, leading down to a fulcrum at the pineal gland

Physiological

  • There is no muscular or nervous system association
  • Disagreement about an endocrine system association brings up some interesting points
    • Pineal Gland

    • Depending on the source, the pineal gland is grouped with either the 6th or 7th chakra
    • Commonly known as the Third Eye
    • Roughly the size of a grain of rice, located near the center of the brain
    • The only structure of the brain that is one-sided
    • In humans, it has photoreceptors and some structures of an eye,although it is deep in the skull
    • Some types of frogs, lamprey eels and reptiles have a pineal foramen (opening in the skull) and what is known as a “parietal organ”, and actual third eye
    • The primary known function of the pineal gland is the production of melatonin
      • A chemical that regulates circadian rhythms, particularly the 24 hour cycle of awake and sleep time
      • It is most active at night, as it is sensitive to light
      • Melatonin has been associated with depression and low energy during long periods of overcast skies and short days of winter
    • 17th Century scientist and philosopher Rene Descartes considered it the “Seat of the soul”
      • The place where the body and soul meet
    • Where signals from 2 eyes, 2 ears and 2 hemispheres merge into one
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