Sahasrara (7th chakra) On Steptoe Butte
From the top of Steptoe Butte you can take in the vastness of the Palouse, a sea of windblown hills dotted with ancient buttes and surrounded by distant mountains. At 3,612 feet in elevation Steptoe is made of quartzite formed 400 billion years ago. Quartz is an amplifier, making this an ideal location to awaken energy centers and dormant feelings from the subconscious.
The Sanskrit sahasrara means "thousand petaled" and this chakra is said to be in the form of a lotus with 1,000 petals arranged in 20 layers. It is described as being located just above the crown of the head or within "the plane of truth and reality," as well as the the terminal point for Sushumna nadi, or the central energy channel, within the crown of the head at the fontanel area of the scalp. It is related to the universal identity, which is oriented to self-knowledge. The universal identity allows us to surrender to something larger and wiser than our individual consciousness. To realize unity within all things is to transcend identification with the separate self and find identification with all that is. One can feel a deep serenity and joy because one is able to trust in the universe and live with gratitude and peace.
Gaze at a violet sunrise, practice meditation, visualize a lotus flower or chant "Om" to help balance the seventh chakra. Standing at the summit you are forced to surrender and let go of control. It is here that we relinquish attachments and learn to let go.