Take a moment to cultivate awareness of your body. As you sit or lie down, envision the invisible arc of energy that originates at the base of your spine and extends upwards through the crown of your head. This energy makes its way through seven energy centers of different colors, called chakras, that seek to balance your body, mind, and spirit.
Now focus on the spot between your eyebrows — a powerful locus of spiritual vision, intellectual clarity, and enlightened thought. This is your third eye chakra, also known as Ajna, that's responsible for elevating our perception past the realm of ordinary sight. Associated with wisdom, perception, and your sixth sense, balancing your third eye offers powerful new insights and vision.
Every human being has a third eye - the challenge is opening it and exploring its potential. Where does this universal symbol originate? How can it help you? And how do you explore your vision?
The Chakra System & The Third Eye
Between 1500 and 500 BC, the Ancient Hindu texts called the Vedas described the concept of seven chakras that that circulate our life source, or prana throughout the body. Each chakra is associated not only with a location along our spine (or, in the case of crown, above our heads), but also governs an area of our physical, emotional, and mental growth. Additionally, each contains a unique and beautiful symbol within a lotus flower.
The third eye, or ajna chakra, is associated with the ether element. It's located between our brows, the site of our body's pineal gland. When you visualize the third eye chakra, you'll probably see an indigo or purple color. In general, a third eye in balance is associated with intuition, vision, wisdom, and imagination.
The Third Eye is a Universal Image - And is a Part of You, as Well
- Ancient Egypt — The Eye of Ra and the Eye of Horus are often depicted between the brows in ancient iconography. Egyptians also depicted snakes emerging from between the brows as a symbol of wisdom.
- Ancient Americas — Artwork from Maya, Aztec, Inca, and Olmec cultures has been shown to depict wise leaders as having a mystical dot — right in the center of the brow.
- Buddhism — Buddha are always depicted with a third eye that connects them with special wisdom and vision.
- Secular Thought —In modern anatomical science, the third eye is the site of a small pine cone-shaped gland. The pineal gland secretes the hormone melatonin, which governs the rhythms of our everyday lives. The pineal gland is also associated with DMT — a naturally-occurring substance associated with heightened vision and psychic ability.
Exploring Potential: Balance & Imbalance in the Third Eye
From ancient civilizations to modern science, it's clear that the third eye is a powerful guiding presence in our lives — a symbol of wisdom, psychic ability, and clairvoyant thought. Unfortunately, the third eye (like other chakra centers in our bodies) can become blocked or imbalanced.
Imbalance. When the third eye is closed off, you won't be able to engage with your natural psychic abilities — and you won't have vision to see beyond the ordinary. A blocked third eye is associated with poor concentration, confusion, indecisiveness, jealousness, poor intuition, and lack of spiritual connection.
Balance. When your third eye is open, you'll experience a flow of creative and imaginative energy. In addition, you'll experience greater clarity, focus, and spiritual connection. Suddenly, the intentions of others will become more clear as your intuition grows in strength — and you'll become a valuable resource for others.
When the rhythms of your pineal gland are re-established, you'll have better sleep — and during that sleep, you'll be able to harness the power of lucid dreams. Some might even experience astral travel, and feel an increase in psychic abilities. All in all, an open third eye lends itself to greater balance in the rest of your chakras — and in yourself.
Opening Your Third Eye & Exploring your Vision
There are many ways to open your third eye and explore your vision. Choose the methods that appeal to you:
Let's go back to the very beginning of the post, where we talked about exploring the internal, invisible energy of the chakras. To do a simple third eye meditation, get into a comfortable position. Relax your body. Starting with your toes, envision each and every muscle of your body surrendering to total relaxation. Let go of any thoughts or images that crop up.
As you relax up your body, start to visualize a white sphere of light at the center of your forehead. With your eyes closed, direct your vision internally towards this spot. If thoughts intrude from your everyday life, let them go. Allow yourself to resonate with the energy of the third eye light, visualizing it radiating out from between the eyebrows, and actively asking the light to open your perceptions. At this point, leave yourself open to any images, words, or sights — this is the wisdom of your third eye opening. Let the light flow through you, and pay close attention to any guidance you receive.
Eventually, this meditation will start to awaken your third eye energy and connect you with the intuition and perception that you already possess. Although it might take some time to see results, repeat this meditation daily to open your third eye.
Pressing & Tapping
In some people, the pineal gland itself becomes hardened, or calcified, due to energy blockages or environmental factors. You can help stimulate your pineal gland — and Third Eye — through using physical techniques that vibrate your forehead. By gently tapping in the center of your brows, you'll send a wave into the pineal gland which helps break down the calcification and awaken the third eye.
Another technique to attempt: press your tongue to the roof of your mouth. This actually stimulates a different gland, called the pituitary gland. However, the complex interactions in your endocrine system mean that this technique will indirectly affect your pineal gland as well.
For many of us, traumatic events, the difficulties of everyday life, and a lack of attention to our bodies can throw our chakras into a state of imbalance. When you see an energy healer for a chakra re-balance, the practitioner will work with the subtle energies throughout your body to bring them back into balance.
By moving their hands along the chakra points in your body, they help you release any blocks or stagnant energy that are holding you back and keeping you from proper energetic alignment. Throughout your energy session, focus on your third eye. As in meditation, allow your vision to expand beyond the ordinary as your chakras come into balance.
Trust your Intuition
Here's the thing: your third eye already exists. Whether or not you've explored its intuitive abilities, the fact remains that the potential lies within you. Your first step towards opening your third eye is to connect to the vision you already have. Many of us have a "sixth sense" of intuition in ourselves that unfortunately gets buried during our everyday lives.
Listen to this voice. Trust your vision. Follow your creative and imaginative passions.
See if your new-found insight can help you bring balance into the relationships and situations that crop up in your everyday life. Stretch your third eye to help you unlock truths in your past, present, and future. Trust the sixth sense that guides you, and use your increased perceptions to bring greater balance to the rest of your life.
Other Methods for Opening your Third Eye
- Essential oils like frankincense, lavender, and oregano can help de-calcify your pineal gland.
- Incorporate the vibrational energies of special crystals like amethyst and black obsidian into your meditations.
- Attend a Kundalini yoga class to help bring your chakras — and third eye — into balance.
Bringing Balance into Your Everyday Life
By opening your third eye and exploring your spiritual vision, you're helping make connections between yourself and the outside world. You're expanding your perception of the spiritual and physical world — while stretching yourself to your mental and imaginative limits.