Search the internet and you will find more than enough nonsense about crown chakra opening and what it feels like. What you will not find in these articles on crown chakra opening is that such opening is always an experience of Grace.

Anyone attempting to open the Crown chakra without having spent the necessary time in integrating the lower three chakras associated with the personality is at best foolish.  Awakening the Crown Chakra is where angels fear to tread.

Let me share my understanding of the crown chakra opening experience and how it feels. This is an understanding that is not theoretical but is shared from a grace experience of KNOWING.

Let me begin by outlining this article on crown chakra opening as follows:-

Crown Chakra Opening and What it Feels Like

  • What is a Crown Chakra Awakening Experience?
  • What does Crown Chakra Opening feel Like?
  • What happens after your Crown Chakra Opens?
  • Exploring Crown Chakra Awakening.

With this outline in mind let me invite you into an awareness of the potential that is seeded within you.

What is a Crown Chakra Awakening Experience

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The Awakening by Thomas Cooper Gotch

My experience of crown chakra awakening is that you can never imagine what it is like until you experience such an opening. Let me say this. Crown chakra opening is not symptomatic.

When your crown chakra awakens you become a mystic. I define a mystic as someone who has had a direct experience of God. This is not one who is a believer. This is one who as a consequence of that direct experience of the Divine within is a KNOWER.

This is someone who has entered the mystery. For a moment or for a short period to quote the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova.

The Secret of Secrets is inside me again—A Land not Mine—Anna Akhmatova.

The mystic poet Kabir says it this way.

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing

English version by Robert Bly

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing:
all earth creatures, even the supernovas, sway between these two trees,
and it never winds down.

Angels, animals, humans, insects by the million, also the wheeling sun and moon;
ages go by, and it goes on.

Everything is swinging: heaven, earth, water, fire,
and the secret one slowly growing a body.
Kabir saw that for fifteen seconds, and it made him a servant for life.

The Secret One has grown a body so it can express through you.  The awakening of the crown chakra allows you to KNOW that you are not apart from the Secret One.

Crown Chakra Awakening Symptoms

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Red OM Mural by Agata Lindquist

There are many people searching the web looking to know what the symptoms of crown chakra awakening are. The genuine answer is no one knows. The reason is that the awakening of the Crown chakra doesn’t happen within the boundary of time.

Symptoms relate to the dimension of time.

The awakening of the Crown chakra is so revolutionary that your personal mind cannot grasp the enormity of the blessing that is on offer.  The opening of the Crown chakra is the experience of Eternal Life.

The experience of eternal life is not an unending period. It is outside of time. You cannot KNOW what that is like until you have lived as an experience of the eternal.

No one who has been graced the awakening of the crown chakra will advise you to even try. Why would you even be concerned about opening the crown chakra when the proper work is with the lower three chakras and the opening of the heart?

Far better to focus your attention there. Then if you are graced then as the Christian mystic Meister Eckhart wonderfully declares.

When the higher flows into the lower the lower is transformed by the higher—Meister Eckhart.

This Christian mystic KNOWS what he is talking about because he is speaking to you from the dimension of the eternal. He knows that when you prepare the lower that the higher KNOWS how to flow.

Crown Chakra Opening is not an Achievement

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The mystic poet Rumi advises the same thing when he says:-

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.― Rumi

Only people who have KNOWN this experience who are mystics can point you toward what this crown chakra experience is like.

One thing they KNOW is that anyone engaged in trying to open the crown chakra is still tied to the experience of the personal and the opening of the crown chakra is a transpersonal experience.

The crown chakra is opened by the grace of the Divine.

It is where you die into eternity. Most people are not at all willing to take this extraordinary journey.  They would rather remain as believers rather than KNOWERS.

The Master Jesus said it this way.

I am in the Father, and the Father is in me. – John 14:11 KJV

The personal disappears into the transpersonal.

There is the KNOWING that you are and you are not at the same time.  This KNOWING can’t be acquired. There are no symptoms. There is that stage of the journey which in mystical writings has been called “God’s waiting room.”

What does Crown Chakra Opening FEEL Like

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Crown Chakra Feeling as Transformation

Does the caterpillar KNOW what it feels like to be the butterfly it is destined to become? Does the baby in its mother’s womb know what it feels like to be born?

The feelings you experience when the crown chakra opens are nothing like any feeling you might have ever experienced before.

These include; –

  • Timelessness
  • Absence of Fear.
  • Unity of self and Self.
  • Joy and Love

Some of the above are not feelings in the strict sense of the word but I want to give you pointers to what the experience feels like as best I may.


No one can really tell you what it feels like to step outside of time into the experience of eternity.

I have a phrase I used when trying to explain the experience to other people. This was, “You are and you are not both at the same time.”  They would look at me as if I was talking through my ass.

The Master Jesus said it differently.

I am in the Father and the Father is me – John 14:11 KJV

This is where you are in the Father (Timelessness)  and the Father (Timelessness) is in you. This is happening at the same time.  I know I use the word “time” but this is where I hit the limitation of language.

One feeling that I experienced with the opening of the crown chakra was the absence of fear.  This is the absence of the existential fear of death which for most of us remains unconscious.

How can you fear dying when you KNOW that the real you is never born and never dies.

Joy and Love.

Other feelings experienced around the opening of the crown chakra are joy and Love.  This is not happiness.  This is abiding within your essential SELF.  You KNOW that you are LOVE emanating from the One Life.

You are an emanation of the field of the Infinite. Rumi invites you there when he says.

Out beyond right doing and wrong doing there is a field. – Rumi

This is the Field of Union. Living from this field is the proper goal of yoga.

Love as written here is not the “love” we usually associate with that word.  The word “Love” is the force of Creation that creates all things out of NO-THING.

This “Love” is not something you earn. It is who you are.

When the Bible says that you are made in the image of God this is what it is saying. You are a vibration of eternal Light and Love.

The opening of the Crown chakra allows you to realize this as the truth of who you are. The awakening of the crown chakra shatters your belief in the sense of the personal self.

You move from a believer to a KNOWER.  You have become a mystic.  One who has been graced the KNOWING of God.

Most people are not ready for such radical KNOWING. It is given only to a few because the power inherent in such KNOWING cannot be placed in the hands of those who are other than Lovers.

What Happens After the Crown Chakra Opens

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Ascension-of-Christ-Giacomo Cavedone

Crown chakra awakening in Christian terms is called the Ascension of Christ. This is an inner experience. There is no rising up into the sky with others looking on. This is the ascension into Heaven which is not a place but an inner state of consciousness.

The crown chakra awakening experience is where you realize what is being a Christed Being. Hindus call it Krishna Consciousness. The Buddhists call this Enlightenment. The Zen Buddhists call it Satori. It doesn’t matter what you call it. Words can never capture the magnificence. They can only be pointers.

In my experience after the crown chakra opens you live for a time blissed out.  You want to tell everyone about your experience but for many people it’s just to way out.

The poet Gothe warns about this situation in his poem the Holy Longing where he advises you to tell only the wise.

The Holy Longing
poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tell a wise person, or else keep silent,
because the mass man will mock it right away.
I praise what is truly alive,
what longs to be burned to death.

In the calm water of the love-nights,
where you were begotten, where you have begotten,
a strange feeling comes over you,
when you see the silent candle burning.

Now you are no longer caught in the obsession with darkness,
and a desire for higher love-making sweeps you upward.
Distance does not make you falter.
Now, arriving in magic, flying,
and finally, insane for the light,
you are the butterfly and you are gone.

And so long as you haven’t experienced this: to die and so to grow,
you are only a troubled guest on the dark earth.

Translated from the German by Robert Bly

This state of bliss does not last.  You do not live happily ever after. Your work of integrating what you have been graced to KNOW really begins. Rumi calls this the work of removing the blocks to Love.

At least now you KNOW that what you were looking for truly is the rock you can stand on while living on the shifting sands of time.

This state of awakening may never return.

It has never returned to me after nearly fifty years.  Yet it has perfumed my life with a sense of connection to Life and Love that I would never otherwise have had.

It doesn’t mean you won’t experience challenges.  I fell into alcoholism for around ten years. I have been sober now for around 12 years which really has been the best years of my life.

Now at aged 70 years, I feel that I can share the harvest of a life lived in service to this grace of awakening. This is my life’s purpose which is in the words of the spiritual teacher Guy Finley.

Your purpose is to serve Love’s purpose—Guy Finley—Spiritual Teacher.

The challenge is to KNOW the experience of LOVE.  

Love is the Bridge

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Love is the Bridge between You and Everything – Rumi

My focus at this website is to teach you the practices related to integrating the lower three chakras which lead to your opening the heart. As the mystic Rumi says,” The heart is the bridge to everything.”

I don’t focus on the higher chakras because there is more than enough work to do to unblock the lower three chakras.

If you get to trust in opening the energy centers of the personality and move into the heart chakra, then my view is that you are on your way.

It’s your road, and yours alone.
others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.

― Rumi

The proper teacher is the Still Small Voice within.  If I can get you to where you trust in that Still Small Voice Within then I have been blessed to be able to do so.

Beyond that, I have nothing to teach you that your heart connection to the Divine cannot bless you with more than I can.

Crown Chakra Symptom Distraction.

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Ulysses and the Sirens – John William Waterhouse

Being concerned about crown chakra symptoms is distraction from the personal sense of self. It is the equivalent of being called off course by the voices in your head (The Sirens) when you the Hero/ine (Ulysses) are on an Odessy to discover your true Self.

Ignore all the nonsense written about symptoms related to Crown chakra awakening. This is just all more distractions.  It’s like the gardener who digs up the seeds to see how they are performing. Leave well alone.

My question to people to tell you that certain symptoms relate to crown chakra openings is “How do you know?”

Here are some symptoms shared in one article

What are the symptoms of your crown chakra opening?

Physical symptoms in the head like tingling, headaches, and dizziness are common. This can also lead to mental symptoms like changes in emotions, anxiety, or a change in beliefs. Some have described spiritual symptoms like spiritual visions and vivid dreams, quick manifestations, and a direct connection to the divine.

This is just more New Age nonsense.

I am not against New Age teaching much of which I love.  However, this is so much airy-fairy teaching out there on the internet you have the blind leading the blind.

When do you know that a headache or dizziness is not because of stress rather than crown chakra opening which it is not? When do you know that a change in emotion isn’t related to the fact that you are pissed off at your nearest and dearest? What is a spiritual vision?

The only certainty about the above list of so-called symptoms is the “…and a direct connection to the Divine.” A direct experience of connection to the Divine isn’t a symptom.

Connection with the Divine isn’t an illness. Disconnection from the Divine is the core illness both individually and collectively.

The only real symptom that you can rely on is the symptom of longing.  Does your heart long to know what it feels like to be in union with the Beloved.

This is the reason you are given the spiritual direction, “Love the Lord thy God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul.” This is what it takes.  It takes Love to KNOW Love.

Guidance for Crown Chakra Opening

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View from the Big Hills – George William Russell AE

George William Russell known as ‘AE’ was an Irish mystic, poet, and painter. He was from my county of Armagh and was a friend of W. B. Yeats. The view from the big hills is a view available from the awakening of the crown chakra.

It is that kind of awakening that I believe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr had that he spoke about in his inspiring “I have been to the mountaintop” speech to support the striking sanitation workers at Mason Temple in Memphis, TN on April 3, 1968 — the day before he was assassinated.

If you are really interested in exploring what it feels like to have a crown chakra awakening, then the only people qualified to guide you in this are the mystics of all traditions and none.

The mystic is the individual who has been graced with a direct encounter with the Divine. They understand the meaning of the phrase, “No one can see the face of God and live.” This means that the personal sense of self has mostly been dissolved within that encounter.

Recognize that the language of the mystics differs from your everyday language. It is the language of poetry, metaphor, myth, and parable.  It is the language of paradox and mystery.

None of the articles on opening the crown chakra on the first page of Google, in my opinion, point you toward the understanding of this language of the heart.

The opening of the crown chakra is the pinnacle of consciousness on this planet within the limitation of time and space.  It is given to only a few.

This is not because you do not have the potential within you.  It isn’t because they are better than you.  Its just that their longing to be in union with the Divine is the only thing they live for.

In living this longing they are blessed and can bless.

When I start out to write an article I am never sure what will appear.  I hope I haven’t discouraged you in exploring what I call The Way of the Chakras.

Recommended Reading

If you are interested in inviting the awakening of the heart which in my opinion is the work you have to do rather than concentrate on opening the third eye or the crown chakra then I recommend you explore the following.


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