The Third Eye Chakra – How To Open It To Access Your Inner Powers
Get up to speed with the chakras that precede the third eye chakra. Check out our chakra series starting from the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, and the throat chakra
What is the Third Eye Chakra?
The third eye chakra is the sixth of the seven energy centers in the human body. Also known as Ajna or the brow chakra, it is located in the center of the forehead, running parallel to the area between your eyebrows. In Hinduism, the Ajna chakra translates to “command” or “will” chakra, emphasizing the power within you. It is symbolized by an indigo lotus flower with an inverted triangle and the seed mantra om within a circle between the two lotus petals.
Responsible for extra sensory perception, this chakra plays a crucial role in your self-awareness and self-reflection. It is connected to your sixth sense and paranormal abilities like clairvoyance, lucid dreaming, telepathy, and precognition.
The Ajna is also connected to the pineal gland which is responsible for our sleep/wake cycle, circadian rhythm, and mood regulation. This association makes the chakra a powerful ruler of your mental health.
What Does a Blocked Third Eye Chakra Look Like?
A blocked third eye chakra can show up in physical symptoms such as:
- Migraine and frequent headaches
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Sinus issues
- Blurred vision or loss of hearing
- Brain fog or cognitive dysfunction
- Pituitary and Pineal gland disorders
Due to its connection to intuition, insight, and perception, a blocked third eye chakra can affect you emotionally. Here are a few behavioral signs of an imbalanced third eye chakra:
- Feeling moody and irritated
- Feeling detached from others and your surroundings
- Wishful thinking and delusional daydreaming
- Lack of direction and inspiration
- Feeling like you’re not living to your full potential
- Hard time trusting your intuition
How to Open Your Third Eye Chakra
An open third eye chakra helps you be more intuitive, receptive, and spiritually alive. It is also connected to your immune system so an open third eye chakra makes you less susceptible to illness. Here are a few things that you can do to open your third eye chakra.
Journal: Journaling is a great tool for self-awareness and tapping into troubling thoughts. Dumping what’s on your mind in a journal helps you find clarity and feel less anxious. This also helps open your third eye chakra.
Eat purple-colored foods and herbs: Eating purple-hued foods such as blueberries, grapes, passionflower, and Lavender tea, will do wonders for your third eye chakra
Meditate: Through conscious breathing and focusing all energy on your third eye chakra, you can open your spiritual sight. To start, sit in a meditative pose with your spine straight and your eyes closed. Take a deep breath in and imagine your third eye chakra glowing and pulsing with indigo light. Feel this energetic light moving through your entire body and activating your intuition.
Chant the ‘Om’ bija mantra: Chanting ‘Om’ – the bija mantra for the Third Eye chakra for 5 to 15 minutes during your meditation session will have great benefits.
Third Eye Chakra Affirmations
You can complement the third eye chakra meditation with affirmations to balance the Ajna. Repeat the following positive phrases regularly to re-engineer your subconscious thinking and amplify your intuition:
Healing Crystals to Balance the Third Eye Chakra
Wearing crystals and stones in purple, violet, and indigo colors as jewelry, or placing them on your forehead during massage activates the third eye chakra. These crystals are recommended for the Ajna:
- Rhodonite: Helps you achieve your highest potential
- Labradorite: Awakens your psychic abilities
- Purple sapphire: Calms the mind and regulates the glands
- Amethyst: Reduces headaches and promotes restful sleep
- Azurite: Sharpens intuition and vision
The brow chakra is the hotspot of your insight and intuition. When it is off balance you feel moody, lost, and not at one with yourself. Whereas an open third eye chakra brings you closer to your higher self, makes you feel spiritually and morally awakened, and guides you in times of uncertainty. By practicing mindfulness, journaling, and meditation, you can power up your third eye chakra.
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