When open, the third eye chakra may provide wisdom and insight and deepen your spiritual connection. While there’s no scientific evidence to support this, many traditions value the third eye chakra.
What is the third eye chakra?
The third eye chakra, or Ajna chakra in Sanskrit, is the center of imagination, visualization, intuition, and creativity. It’s located between the eyebrows and is represented as a deep indigo color. The third eye chakra symbol is the Ajna, which is an OM positioned over an inverted triangle, seated within a circle between two lotus petals.
The third eye chakra is of high importance in ancient traditions such as Buddhism and Hinduism, with references also found in Western traditions, including Christianity and many mystical schools.
The benefits of aligning the third eye chakra
Judith notes that when the third eye chakra is excessive, it can lead to delusions and hallucinations. Think of this as a blurring of realities — becoming too caught up in the imagination superimposes the imagination onto the day-to-day.
This is a real risk when awakening the third eye chakra. The key is to strive for balance. She adds: “Just as a lake shows the perfect reflection of the mountain behind it only when the water is perfectly still, our minds perceive the reflection of the divine when we become truly still. We can pierce the veil of illusion and see the ultimate nature of reality that is behind everything. This is the true meaning of clairvoyance, or clear seeing. It is the state of realization, where we have the illumination of what is true. Realization is learning to see with real eyes.”
Signs of an Overactive Third Eye Chakra
Daydreaming or getting lost in thought.
Lacking in focus
Suffer from vision problems and light sensitivity.
Over-emotional or over-reactive
Obsessed with psychic abilities.
Signs of an Underactive Third Eye Chakra
Lack of creativity
Closed off to people and experiences.
Lack of intuitive connection
Can’t easily tap into intuition or feelings.
Prone to addiction or obsessions
5 Chakra Healing and Balancing Exercises
Because this energy center is all about perception, a great place to start if you feel your third eye is unbalanced or blocked, is to start with perception of self.
What do you believe?
What are your values?
What is important to you?
… And how many of the things you come up with are really true and resonant for you, and not simply beliefs or values that you’ve picked up from others?
Flexing your inner eye isn’t all about intuition (though that’s a big part of it). Start with conscious awareness, and this means not believing everything you think!
2. Open Your Mind!
Moving neatly on from number 1, can you consciously open up your mind?
Read books, watch videos and listen to podcasts about subjects that are new to you, or better still, from a perspective that’s different to yours. These are all great ways to expand your mind, as is starting a conversation with someone new.
Expect to think differently – expect your eyes to be opened and your mind to be changed, and your third eye will follow.
Also, be prepared for new information to come to you from unexpected sources. Although the third eye is situated on the forehead, not all awareness is mental. Think body awareness, and the perception of more subtle energies.
3. Work with your Dreams
Dreamwork offers a powerful window into the subconscious and spiritual worlds.
Dreaming with intention, and then recording your nighttime visions is a great way to counteract a third eye chakra imbalance because is strengthens this inner seat of power.
When analyzing your dreams, realize that they speak to us through imagery, metaphor, poetry, and myth and non-ordinary reality. So “figuring it out” with your left brain won’t offer you true insight. Instead, sense into meaning – this is what your Anja chakra can help you with.
4. Use Crystals
Dark blue and purple crystals are great for balancing and healing the third eye. Place them around your home, and beside your bed when sleeping. You can also try meditating with them. Here are some ideal crystals to work with:
5. Get Outside
Natural light is especially good for opening the sixth chakra.
Try sungazing first thing in the morning (do your research and don’t gaze for too long). Or try Moongazing or stargazing at night – all of these light sources have different qualities; all are powerful activators for the third eye.
But even just getting out of doors and baring a little skin will bring you huge benefits. If you live in a colder climate, this is especially true – we tend not to get enough exposure to natural light in the winter months.
Bare your wrists (where the skin is thin) or simply look up, eyes closed, and allow the light to touch your face.