The Ultimate Third Eye Chakra Guide – Everything You Need to Know about Your Sixth Chakra
The Ajna or third eye chakra is where you find your sense of physical vision, as well as your talent of extrasensory vision. It relates to the Light element, shedding light onto the darkness, allowing you to see both what is here and what is beyond. The third eye chakra is the home of your intuition and inner wisdom. It is where you tune into the subtle undercurrents of a situation to see the unseen and know the unknown. This chakra helps you hear your inner voice, trust your instincts, and notice signs from the Universe guiding you.
The main themes of the Ajna are intuition, visualization, imagination, perception, and dreaming. Just like any other chakra, your third eye chakra can become imbalanced or blocked. If you’re unable to see the bigger picture, feel stuck, have a very black-and-white mindset, are over-analyzing and rejecting anything spiritual, or you’re experiencing frequent headaches, migraines, and eye tension, chances are that your Ajna is imbalanced.
Continue reading to learn all about the third eye chakra, how to determine whether it is imbalanced, and how to support yourself to bring the Ajna back into balance – and make sure it stays that way.
The third eye chakra within the chakra system
The chakra system consists of seven chakras ascending along the spine from the coccyx area to the top of the head. There is also an eighth chakra better known as the aura that expands all around your body. A chakra is an energy center that directs life energy for the purpose of physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. The chakras influence the relationship between the conscious and the subconscious in all your behavior and tie together all aspects of being human – physical, mental, and spiritual. The sixth of these chakras is the third eye chakra.
Third eye chakra – See the unseen, know the unknown
|Name:||Ajna / Third Eye Chakra|
|Physical location:||in between the eyebrows projecting forward|
|Physiological system:||autonomic nervous system|
|Shadow:||confusion / purposelessness|
|Descriptive verb:||I perceive, I see|
|Keywords:||intuition, clairvoyance, concentration, determination, vision (physical and psychic), psychic abilities, image, inspiration, visualization, insights, dreams, symbolic thinking, seeing beyond, seeing the unseen, the right to see, projection, wisdom, identity, clarity, foresight, inner peace, neutrality, awareness, intellect, sixth sense, fantasy, understanding your purpose, self-realization|
It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau
The Sanskrit name of the sixth chakra, Ajna, translates to perceive or command. The third eye chakra is the command center of the chakra system. While all other chakras provide and produce different instincts, impulses, wills, feelings, emotions, and experiences, the third eye chakra is the one supervising them all. As the Seer, it functions as the center of presence and discernment in which all the other chakras’ impressions are being perceived and interpreted.
The sixth chakra is classically located at the point in between the eyebrows which yogis refer to as the “third eye point” that this chakra derives its English name from. Rather than being located on the skin on the forehead, however, the third eye chakra is actually found inside the center of the brain, reinforcing its central role in the chakra system. Besides the brain, this chakra also relates to your eyes and sight. This goes beyond just physical sight and includes inner vision, clairvoyance, and shamanic seeing.
Intuition is a spiritual faculty. It does not explain but simply points the way. – Benjamin Spock
In the spectrum of chakra colors, the third eye chakra is represented by an indigo color. Indigo, also known as royal blue, symbolizes deep inner knowing and wisdom. Through your sixth sense, you gather and discern information to create clarity. This allows you to become at peace with yourself and the way your life is unfolding.
The symbol of the third eye chakra is composed of a two-petaled lotus flower with a downward-pointing triangle within a circle. The two petals, one representing the sun and one representing the moon, placed on either side of the lotus symbolize duality. They then come together in the center of the lotus to form a circle and create unity. The Ajna dissolves duality, allowing you to stop seeing good and bad, to cease differentiating between I and you, so you can accept the greater unity of all things within the cosmos.
How to recognize an imbalanced third eye chakra
When the sixth chakra is balanced your intuition is strong and clear. You can visualize situations, see things from multiple perspectives, access inner wisdom, and thus make the right choices. The third eye chakra is an instrument to perceive the more subtle qualities of reality. It is through a receptive Ajna that auric hues and other visual images are intuited clairvoyantly. Your ability to separate reality from fantasy or delusion is also connected to the third eye chakra.
However, the third eye chakra can become imbalanced and disturb the delicate balance of the chakra system. When the sixth chakra is out of balance, you may experience detachment, confusion, a lack of clarity, or ongoing nightmares. An imbalanced third eye chakra may also manifest as living in a fantasy world with illusions that appear more real than reality. On the other hand, you might tend to operate mostly from your rational mind and mistrust your inner voice and wisdom. You might also feel restricted or stuck overall without being able to look beyond your problems and set a guiding vision for yourself.
Other characteristics of an imbalanced third eye chakra may be:
confusion, depression, purposelessness, inadequacy, lack of concentration, lack of imagination, not being able to see beyond, polarity mindset, indecision, inner conflict, rejection of anything spiritual, over-intellectualizing, being in the mind rather than in the body, inability to focus, living in a fantasy world, hallucinations, nightmares, anxiety, schizophrenia, delusion, ear and eye problems, headaches, migraines, neurological disorders, illnesses of the autonomic nervous system
If you recognize any of those characteristics in yourself and are unsure whether your third eye chakra is imbalanced, try asking yourself the following questions:
- Can you visualize and imagine things?
- Can you see in imagery and understand things in a non-linear way? When you hear the word “tree” do you see the word tree or a physical tree?
- Have you had psychic experiences, clairvoyance, or unusual coincidences? Are you in touch with your intuition (where you know something clearly without knowing why)?
- Do you have vivid dreams regularly? Have you ever kept a dream journal?
- When you do yoga or meditate, can you visualize energy?
Fortunately, an imbalance of the Ajna doesn’t need to be permanent. There are many ways in which you can support your chakra to come back into balance. However, for sustainable change to occur, you also have to look at and process the emotions at the root of your imbalance. By learning about the chakras and how to bring them back into alignment, you can heal physical ailments, dissolve negative emotions and live a more fulfilling life.
Bringing the third eye chakra back into balance
There are many ways to balance your third eye chakra. Moving your focus from the physical body to the mind, meditation, and other mental training activities are best to activate and open your third eye chakra. Below you can find different ideas that can help restore balance in your sixth chakra. Incorporate as many of them as you like into your daily routines and see your life change.
nuts, seeds, legumes, purple fruits and berries, dark chocolate, mushrooms, water, fasting
dreaming, visualizing, meditating, associative writing to negate inner voices and reach silence
Balancing yoga postures:
meditating on the third eye, Long Chant, Kirtan Kriya, archer pose, whistle breaths, Yoga Mudra, all exercises where the forehead rests on the floor
Angelica root, bergamot, clary sage, rosemary, frankincense, cypress, spruce, pine, camphor, jasmine, bay leaves, lemongrass
amethyst, moldavite, purple fluorite, black obsidian, sapphire, sodalite
I am guided by my inner wisdom.
I am connected with my highest truth and purpose.
I am safe, loved, guided, and protected.
I am intuitive. I am clear. I am connected.
My mind is open to new vision.
I see what is here. I see what is beyond. I see all things clearly.
I can manifest my vision.
AUM (or OM)
Or you can join me for a beautiful all-levels-welcome third eye chakra healing yoga class this Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 PM CET. This is part of my limited 8-week online series “A Journey through the Chakras with Kundalini Yoga“. So if you’re feeling called to bring more ease and balance into your life by aligning body, mind, and spirit through the chakras, sign up here for the individual classes or bundle up and save 💸💸💸.
See you on the inside!
Written by Julia
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