Crown Chakra: 7 Important Ways Spirituality and Religion Are Different
The Crown Chakra could be seen as your operating system - if it’s broken or bugging, you, as a whole, can’t function properly. Below, you’ll find a more detailed introduction & how to know if your crown chakra is off balance (bugging, if we see it as an operating system) and how you can fix this.
This chakra is about awakening and connection to your inner guidance. It is about seeing the divine within you rather than outside (see below for an infographic on the difference between spirituality & religion).
In less intimidating wording, it means the Crown Chakra houses your ability to question, wonder about, and look for meaning in and around you, to question yourself, life, what your purpose and destiny are, and what it means to be here on Earth.
Is there a God? If so, is it he or she? Or maybe it’s a soul without a body? What is a soul? Do we have souls? And why would there be a God? How can we see God around us if it/he/she isn’t actually there? Do I want to see God, why or why not?
Do I have a purpose in life? Is there such a thing as destiny? Why do I go to Church and not to a Synagogue or a Mosqu? Does it make sense to pray? Am I praying to someone or something? Does the Universe hear me? Can I ask the Universe for things and answers?
These are important questions and ones that - no matter where you come from, no matter your religious background or the way you were taught about spirituality - you are allowed to ask.
Your Right to Know & to Learn
One way this right can be taken away from us is if we were brought up in a very religious environment, where a belief system is forced upon us without us realizing. Please don’t take my words the wrong way: religion can be very useful and a true catalyst for spiritual awakening; not so much, however, when it is understood that we have to follow a specific path blindly, without exercising our right to question said belief system.
It is our human birthright to be able to question and reflect on what makes sense to us and what doesn’t on a spiritual level. It is our right to ask the big questions, to others but also to ourselves.
Have you ever wondered what your life would look like if you were born in another country? Or just another city? Belonging to another ethnic group or educated with other religious views?
The human brain and mind are wonderful for (at least) one thing: everything you know about yourself, the world, what you should be doing (or not), how you’re supposed to lead your life, how you’re supposed to relate to others, you could have learned differently. Isn’t that crazy and amazing (and a bit scary, too)?
This is why you need to ask yourself questions.
This is why you need to be able to reclaim your right to discover, to investigate, to learn and to know. Because when you reclaim that right, you make space for spirituality and for finding what helps you lead your life in a way that makes sense to you.
What Spirituality Isn’t
Spirituality is very different from religion and the two are not to be confused. Although I might seem pretty harsh in my views on the tab you can read below, I do want to make things clear: you don’t need religion to be spiritual, and it’s important to know how to use religion and how there are many ways it is not helping you (at all) to become that, spiritual.
4 Signs that your Crown Chakra Is off Balance
Your Crown Chakra is deficient if...
1. Being right matters to you
This one is hard to realize - and is a human thing that’s hard to let go of.
Being right doesn’t matter; it fuels your ego, an ego you don’t need. What matters is how much learning you can do in your lifetime; how much you can grow, how much you question.
2. You think you (or want to) know it all
Often, this is not openly said, maybe not even thought. Many of us don’t think about it but it’s back there hidden in our unconscious. Being open with not knowing it all, reminding yourself often that it is okay to know is a very important place to start. Our worlds won’t collapse if we don’t know. What matters, though, is to be found in the last section of this article.
3. Learning is hard for you
Whether we’re talking about science & maths or becoming a more mindful person, changing habits and getting to know yourself, learning is part of our everyday lives and as humans, that’s what we do best (and why you and I can use the internet, high technology, be safe and sure that when we get sick with a cold or the flu, we won’t die). I'll refer you to the last section of this article to see what you can do about (it's easy).
4. Spirituality isn’t your “thing”
If you think spirituality isn’t everyone’s “thing” I’ll refer you to point #1 and #2. But let’s be honest, if you’ve read that far, then chances are you’re already open to spirituality or at least open to begin learning about it. But just to be clear: spirituality doesn’t have to be your thing, and you don’t even have to call it that. Spirituality can take any shape or form - see below.
The #1 thing You Need to Start doing
Ask ask ask ask
Ask again, ask more, ask others, your friends, family, neighbor, the cashier at the supermarket, the surfer on the beach, your dog & your cat, a psychologist, the hairdresser; ask everyone and above all, ask yourself. What do YOU think? If you ask yourself and the world around you, you let go of the need to be right or to know it all, you stay open to learning, you invite yourself to changing your mind.
You can start with asking what you think about the words that you use the most. By that, I mean start writing down, or simply thinking and daydreaming, about what the most basic words that come out of your mouth mean to you. Say… breakfast (really out from the top of my head, here).
What does 'breakfast' mean to you?
What is your idea of breakfast?
When you think of the word ‘breakfast’, what other words come to mind?
If you could change one thing about breakfast, what would it be?
If you could give breakfast more freedom, what would it look like?
Maybe you wouldn’t have it? Maybe you’d have it naked?
Maybe you’d want ice cream for breakfast?
Maybe you’d have it at 1pm?
Start small, start easy, and when you’re ready, move on to the words that arouses your curiosity the most. If you’re a language learner, maybe add the translation of the word in there. Maybe even challenge yourself to describing the word in your target language.
Ask, ask again and ask some more.
And have fun with it!