Ajna (Third Eye Chakra)
A Guide to Understanding The Third Eye Chakra
What is the Third Eye Chakra?
Believed by many to sit in the middle of the forehead, the third eye chakra is thought to be above the bridge of your nose, spiritually located in the brain. This positioning is important, as the sixth chakra, or brow chakra, is understood to be the center of intuition, imagination and foresight.
This chakra is associated with the “sixth sense,” or the ability to know or feel things to be true with no outside evidence. Increased intuition, wisdom, vision, and even supposed clairvoyance or psychic abilities are thought to be connected with this chakra.
Also called the Ajna chakra, or guru chakra, people believe this chakra can be strengthened through meditation.
Third Eye Chakra Elements and Colors
The element associated with the third eye chakra is light, as it is symbolically responsible for illuminating things in your life. Beyond guiding your personal intuition, many people believe the Ajna chakra is connected to a greater understanding of your place in the cosmos, and governs supposedly mystical states of consciousness, like sleeping and waking.
Some people associate the color indigo with the third eye chakra, and it is frequently depicted using an inverted triangle and lotus flower.
Third Eye Chakra Problems and Third Eye Chakra Imbalance
It is believed that chakras and auras exist in a delicate balance, and must be regularly aligned and opened to maintain good spiritual energy. Just as stronger muscles in the body may overexert themselves to try to compensate for weaker ones, chakras can underperform (this is called “blockage”) while others become overactive to compensate for one another. This creates an imbalance that must be addressed for complete spiritual health.
Blocked Third Eye Chakra
A blocked Ajna chakra is commonly associated with several problems. The following may indicate that your sixth chakra is blocked:
- Loss of direction or purpose in life
- Distrust of your own instincts
- Inability to let go of the past
- Increased fear of the future and paranoia
There are several physical indications that your third eye chakra is blocked as well. Since this chakra is believed to be associated with the pituitary and pineal glands in the brain, its blockage may be related to physical conditions such as migraines, irregular sleep, dizziness, and poor vision. Additionally, the third eye chakra may be affected by depression, anxiety, and delusions about yourself or others.
On the other hand, some people believe that patterns of indecision, skepticism, closed-mindedness, and inability to see the bigger picture are connected to an under-active sixth chakra.
Overactive Third Eye Chakra
Signs that the sixth chakra is overactive may include delusions or trouble focusing. An overactive Ajna chakra is associated with excessive daydreams or fantasy, vivid dreams or nightmares, and difficulty concentrating.
Third Eye Chakra Healing
It is believed that healing the third eye chakra by balancing or opening it can yield benefits in your life.
Your physical health may impact your third eye chakra healing process. For instance, it is thought that consuming naturally dark blue or purple foods can help revitalize your third eye chakra and clear out negative energy. Some examples of such foods are:
- Purple potatoes
The use of healing stones that are the same color as the sixth chakra are also a popular balancing method. The stones may be held during meditation or placed along different points of the body to clear away negative energy. The most popular stones for this method include amethyst, lapis lazuli, quartz, and moonstone.
Opening the Third Eye Chakra
Opening the third eye chakra is associated with a greater understanding of things and heightened awareness of the world. Yoga exercises and visualization techniques are often associated with an opened third eye chakra, as this chakra is focused on seeing things clearly. If you are interested in activating the third eye chakra with yoga, child’s pose, forward folds, and dolphin pose are good places to start.
Third Eye Chakra Opening Signs
One indication that your third eye chakra is opening is increased confidence in your inner voice. Once you’ve come to trust your own intuition, it is likely that your sixth chakra is opened and functioning well.
Some people report more vivid dreams or even visions associated with the opening of their guru chakra. Additionally, headaches or a tingling in the forehead during mediation or visualization exercises all point to the activation of this chakra.
Third Eye Chakra Meditation
Just like the other chakras, meditation is believed to be the best way to balance and get in touch with this chakra. It’s especially important for the third eye chakra as it is already associated with mental awareness and clarity.
To heal the third eye chakra through visualization, start by closing your eyes and imagining a ball of purple energy over your forehead. As you breathe deeply, visualize it growing larger and taking all the negative energy out of your body. When the ball has absorbed all your negativity, allow yourself to absorb all the positive energy from your third eye chakra. At the end, let your eyes open as you finish your meditation.
If you’re not a fan of visualization exercises, try a simple breathing and meditation exercise instead. Close your eyes and plug your ears. Breathe deeply and exhale on the syllable “Aum,” drawing out the ‘M’ sound. This will create a buzzing sensation that is thought to help open the third eye chakra.
Third Eye Chakra Affirmations
To further strengthen your third eye chakra, meditate on some of these affirmations:
- I am on my true path.
- I trust the guidance of my third eye.
- I have unlimited possibilities in my life.
- I will follow my inner teacher.
Remember that the third eye chakra is a source of mystical, subtle energy, and it may take time or many different methods before it opens. Keep trying, as this chakra can help guide you on your path through life.