The chakra system is like an ancient bridge, one that connects our esoteric body with our physical and emotional bodies, and the Third Eye Chakra is a powerful energy center that can sharpen intuition, increase clairvoyance, and attune us to our higher knowing. However, unchecked and unbalanced, it can also lead us to spiritual ego, rigidity in beliefs, and dualistic thinking that limits us.
Imagine an old rickety bridge, one that has fallen into disrepair because it’s not used; it’s been forgotten. It’s overgrown, rotting away and quite unstable. Now imagine a much used and cared for bridge. One that is honored and loved for its necessity in daily life. When a part gets wobbly, it’s fixed. The growth is cleared from around it often so it may remain clear and accessible. Which bridge would you like to cross?
Now take a moment and ask yourself, which state is your chakra system in? It will tell you if you listen. If you often find yourself stuck, frustrated, powerless or unhappy, the root cause may lie in your blocked chakra system.
Why should I care about my Third Eye Chakra?
Since diving deep into the ancient Sanskrit teachings on balancing and healing these energetic centers, I have become a different person, one who is free from addictions, emotional imbalances and self-imposed belief systems, which held me back and kept me in feelings of self-doubt, fear and failure.
These benefits are waiting for anyone who has the motivation to step up and work for it, and it’s my goal to present a beginner’s practice, chakra by chakra, to help anyone who is seeking change. We began with the Root Chakra, which you can find here.
Here, we will explore and discuss the sixth major chakra—the Ajna, or the Third Eye Chakra. This is the command center of your spiritual body and intellect. This is the place where perception meets logic. It’s the place of magic and manifestation!
As a beginner, I encourage you to balance and work with each chakra starting from the root and working up.
Work with the Third Eye Chakra if you:
- Struggle with intellectualization and over analyzation
- Struggle with spiritual connection
- Feel dull or uninspired
- Struggle with focus
- Would like to enhance psychic potential
- Suffer from frequent headaches, mental disorders, learning disabilities or vision problems.
- Are rigid in your thinking and beliefs
- Struggle with entertaining new ideas or beliefs
- Many mental disorders and imbalances stem from this chakra being blocked or imbalanced.
The Third Eye chakra is located at your Third Eye center, as you often hear in yoga, and it encompasses the head, brain, pineal gland and eyes. It’s the point between our eyes, above the nose, in the center of the forehead, where we intuitively makes sense of what is occurring around and within us.
This is your center for deep knowing and higher consciousness. The Third Eye Chakra is where you break through to reconnect with the Higher Self. As people work to open Ajna and get the energy flowing, they often find their intuition and psychic knowing sharpens drastically.
Do you feel blocked in your spiritual realizations?
Positive aspects of Ajna manifest in your ability to be rational and to see the bigger picture. Practice of disciplined imagination arises from this center. Sixth sense arises from Ajna as it regulates and governs the five lower senses.
Negative aspects include paranoia, self-righteousness, anxiety, hallucinations, obsessions and extreme cynicism. Do you find yourself living in delusion? Do you find yourself cynical and doubtful of all higher meaning?
Ajna energy strongly relates to higher living. There are six spiritual powers which are linked to Ajna. These are:
- Ability to control your thoughts
- Ability to direct your attention
- Skill of sitting in unobstructed meditation
- Ability to practice perfect concentration
- Which brings you to enlightenment
- And finally reaching samadhi (freedom from the karmic wheel of suffering, or samsara).
Correspondences for the Third Eye Chakra:
- Element is mind and light, which symbolizes rising above all physical elements,
- Color – indigo
- Sense – intuition
- Organ – the eyes. It governs the pituitary gland, eyes and the Medulla Oblongata—thought by many to be the source of connection to prana, or the Life Force.
- Activity – thought and intellect
- Planets are Saturn and the Moon.
It directs all aspects of wisdom and consciousness. Imbalances may manifest as learning disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, epilepsy, brain hemorrhages or strokes, dyslexia, nightmares or forgetfulness.
To begin a chakra meditation practice, start simple:
The mudra (I use Hakini mudra) calls for bringing only your fingertips together with the opposite hand pointing upwards. This mudra focuses concentration and Ajna energy.
- First, sit down cross-legged or lie down.
- Now, start your breathwork to become still and present. If you use stones, indigo kyanite, indigo agate and purple charoite are great for opening and healing the Third Eye.
- Then, begin to focus and visualize your breath traveling to your Third Eye as you picture the color indigo. Visualization is great for Ajna. Picture a pristine and calm lake, pure and undisturbed.
- Next, take at least five deep, cleansing breaths that you send to your chakra. Breathe in slowly to 10, hold for 10, breathe out slowly for 10. (Start with five seconds if needed.) Visualize the breath flowing in, spreading throughout, and cleansing as you exhale. Allow it to take with it everything which no longer serves you. Let it create stillness in your mind, and let the thoughts come and go. Don’t judge and don’t control. Just come back to the breath.
- Use a mantra as you breathe in and out. “I see truth, my mind is strong and alert.” “I can trust my intuition and my Higher Self.” “I have self-discipline yet I am sensitive to those around me.” “I am connected to the wisdom of the Universe.”
- Flow through yoga and pranayama geared toward this chakra. Sirasana (Headstand), Bumblebee Pranayama and Nasagra or Bhrumadhya drishti.
- Don’t rush through, but rather practice to build your feelings of confidence and hold for longer periods. It’s all about finding the best expression of these exercises for you, at any given moment. Holding and breathing into the space created is where the magic happens.
Why work with Ajna energy
So much of our inability to concentrate and focus stems from blocks and imbalances here. The constant assault on our senses, which pulls our attention every which way but the present, weakens Ajna energy. The lack of self-discipline we find in today’s world is a direct manifestation of deficient Ajna on a collective level.
I believe the rise in disorders such as OCD and ADD roots in overactive Ajna energy. You see, I suffered from severe blocks and inabilities to live in balance between heart and mind. For many years I was living in a state of delusion which no one could shatter where I was closed off to anything outside of my intellect. I do not live in this state any longer, thanks to my working with Ajna energy regularly. I lived alone and I lived solo for a long time, yet now I feel part of an interconnectedness with all—the Collective Consciousness.
The goal of working with Ajna is to establish a healthy and disciplined view of reality and an ability to see the bigger picture as it is, rather than how we think it should be.
Keep in mind, this is meant to be a beginner practice. Chakra work is something that goes deep within, tapping into an infinite source of ancient connectivity. If you quiet yourself, your chakra will tell you what it needs. Believe it or not, they will work to heal themselves once you start giving them the energy and attention to do so.
Many of our problems occur because, like a wheel, one spoke out of alignment results in a flat tire. When all chakras are open and running in a balanced state we find harmony within our mind, body and soul. Remember—have fun. That’s the most important part.
I would love to answer any questions or comments below! I look forward to hearing about your chakra work. If you’re interested in deeper chakra healing, this is one of my specialties. Visit here to learn more about chakra healing sessions and meditations.
Author: Lindsay Carricarte-Jones