The Sanskrit word "chakra" means wheel, and according to yoga and Ayurveda, the body contains seven main chakras, or wheels of energy. The seven chakras start at the base of the spine and extend up to the crown of the head. It’s at these swirling points of energy and consciousness where the mind, body, and the spirit meet. The sixth chakra, known as ajna, but also referred to as the third eye, is known as the base of our intuition. But there’s so much more to it.
What’s the Third Eye Chakra?
The third chakra is located at the brow, centered slightly above the two eyes. So it makes sense that it represents seeing, but not just sight. The third eye chakra represents clear intuition and clear thoughts. When the third eye is opened it allows for clearer self reflection and spiritual contemplation. The third eye allows us to see our inner truths and not be misdirected with the self-limiting stories we tell ourselves.
Real Life Benefits of Opening the Third Eye
By opening the third eye we can begin to understand our true selves. That “sixth sense” or gut feeling originates in the third eye, and when it's balanced and open, we can see clearly. Anodea Judith, Ph.D writes in her book “Wheels of Life,” the third eye chakra gives us the gift of seeing both our inner and outer worlds. And how much we are able to see depends on how open this chakra is. The benefits of opening it up include:
- Reduced stress
- Sharpened intuition
- Realization of your purpose
- Ability to work toward your dreams
How to Open the Third Eye
So when it comes to reaching your goals and having your dreams come true, opening your third eye is the way to get it done, only you can’t just open and close it like blinking your other eyes. Nope, it takes work. But in the end, it’s well worth the effort. Get to work on opening your third eye.
Not sure how to get started meditating? Steps include:
- Find a quiet place with minimal distraction.
- Sit cross-legged on a pillow and allow the knees to fall below the hips.
- Set the timer on your smartphone for how ever long you want to meditate.
- Try and meditate for a few minutes every day. First thing in the morning is best for most people because the mind is the least clouded.
- Close the eyes and follow your breath or choose a mantra to repeat on the inhale and exhale. A simple mantra like let go or inhale peace and exhale self limiting thoughts, works well.
- When you’re meditating, focus your attention and energy on this chakra.
- If thoughts take over, go back to the breath and refocus your attention on the third eye chakra.
Chanting stimulates the pineal gland, the glandular system associated with the sixth chakra. Chanting stimulates this hormonal center to release beneficial hormones that regulate your emotional health and keep you centered for meditation.
- Start by chanting OM at the end of your meditation.
- Play Kirtan music, call and response Sanskrit chanting that allows you to simply follow along.
3. Crystal Healing
According to Gaia.org, certain crystals may help to stimulate the pineal gland including amethyst, laser quartz, moonstone, pietersite, purple sapphire, purple violet tourmaline, rhodonite, rose aura, and sodalite. Consider visiting an energy healer who specializes in crystal healing.
Yoga to Open Up Your Third Eye
These poses work to open up the third eye for two reasons. First, all three poses promote relaxation, which allows for easier meditation. Doing these poses before you sit to meditate, can make your practice easier. Aligning the breath with forward folds serves to both release tension and calm down your entire vessel.
Second, these yoga poses all stimulate the third eye chakra located slightly above the center of your two eyes. Before starting your practice make sure you set an intention. Remind yourself to invite your third eye to light the way during your practice and unlock your intuition.
1. Standing Forward Bend
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- Inhale, reach the hands over head and exhale, fold forward at the hips.
- With a slight bend in the knee, bring the hands either to rag doll, reaching for opposite elbows, to blocks on the floor, or to the floor itself.
- Release tension in the neck and shoulders and let the weight of your head open up any tight muscles in this part of the body.
- Breathe deeply.
- With every inhale and exhale, release a little deeper, bringing the forehead toward the shins.
- You can also slide the hands down the calves and bend the knees as needed, so that your forehead reaches your shins.
- This yoga pose allows the flow of blood to tap into the third eye chakra.
2. Head to Knee Pose
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- Start in a cross-legged position on your yoga mat.
- Extend the legs and on the inhale reach the arms over head.
- Fold forward at the hips with the intention of placing the forehead on your shins.
- You can use a strap or reach your hands for your feet.
- This pose increases blood flow to the face and stimulates the third eye chakra. It's also important for relaxing the mind and body and allowing for more easeful meditation.
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- Start seated on the backs of the heals.
- Fold forward, placing the forehead on the mat.
- Reach the hands around the body, placing them on the backs of the heals.
- Hold and breathe deeply, stimulating the third eye chakra right between the eyes.
- Placing the weight of the head right on this energy center also sends a signal to your central nervous system, reminding you to relax and soften. This is also a great pose to do before bed.
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