The Third Eye Chakra: How It Connects Us to Our Intuition
Our emotions reside physically in our bodies. On a subtle level, our bodies communicate with the energies around us and certain energetic impulses usually relate directly to a certain part of the body and chakra that’s weakened or imbalanced.
Each chakra represents a spiritual life lesson or challenge to help us gain a more in-depth understanding of our personal and spiritual power. This in turn helps us learn how to overcome obstacles, let go of emotional blockages, and walk the path towards spiritual consciousness.
“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” -Billy Wilder (Block quote)
This article explains the Third Eye (or sixth) chakra in-depth by exploring its emotional and mental connection to the physical world.
The sixth chakra – also known as the brow chakra, the Third Eye chakra, the inner eye, or “Ajna” in Sanskrit – correlates to our mental abilities, psychological skills, and how we evaluate beliefs and attitudes. Sitting between our eyes and being physically connected to the brain, pituitary and pineal glands, this is the mind chakra. It resonates with the energy of our psyche, as well as our conscious and unconscious psychological tendencies.
This is the chakra of intuition, wisdom and our sixth sense. In Eastern philosophies, it is known as our ‘third eye’ and the spiritual center, which interacts with the rational mind in order to deepen our intuitive insight to see beyond the veil of illusion that is called “Maya.”
Below are the main characteristics of the Third Eye chakra
Opening the mind and discriminating between thoughts motivated by strength, fear and illusion are all challenges of the sixth chakra. It is learning to develop an impersonal mind and detaching oneself from physical and mental illusions. We can transcend our thoughts, worries, and fears to know our souls truly from within.
The third eye holds a unique combination of facts, fears, personal experiences and memories that are continually active within the energy of the mental body.
Deciphering what we believe to be true and what is genuinely true is at the core of this chakra. Sometimes a negative memory can manifest as truth to an individual later in life. For example, if a person is made to believe they are fat or ugly their entire life, then this can manifest as fact within their thought patterns and as a result, they will develop body dysmorphia and low self-esteem.
The Third Eye chakra symbolizes
The symbolism of the Third Eye chakra is acquiring wisdom beyond our self-inflicted perceptions. It is breaking down stereotypes, seeing beyond the illusion of the media, and achieving detachment from societal realities.
The power of the sixth chakra is witnessing your freedom beyond the realms of ‘realistic illusion.’ Ultimately nothing is holding you back – it is only your mind that has power over you and if you can control the mind, you can then ascend any limitations you currently have.
What the Third Eye chakra teaches us
The sixth chakra helps us realize that not one person or social group can determine your life’s path. When change is apparent, it is because of a larger karmic dynamic or chain of events that has led you up to this point and is moving you along towards the next stage of your life.
For example, it may look like an individual has manipulated you into believing you should stay in a job you dislike, but their thoughts are just an illusion about how you should live and will hold you captive for an entire lifetime and can even be carried into further reincarnations as a karmic lesson you need to learn and grow from.
The sixth chakra also teaches us that dying is nothing to fear – it is important to embrace your time on this earth and then all you do is leave your body. Death is but a gateway into the next lesson of existence.
Just as we are born perfect, we can leave this earthly realm complete. We are not meant to die in pain or dis-ease – these are karmic manifestations we have created ourselves. The conscious mind is able to evolve and detach from affliction and release the spirit from the body without having to endure pain, and this choice is available to everyone.
How to recognize imbalances in the sixth chakra
The main issue with this chakra is an unwillingness to look within and unearth our fears. Sometimes we fear acknowledging the truth and our reasoning becomes clouded; we fear criticism and other people’s thoughts about us, and we fear our shadow side and it’s attributes.
A balanced sixth chakra is having a spiritual awareness of movement and change, knowing that there is an appropriate time for endings as well as beginnings. It is having the ability to release old thought patterns and embrace the new. Those who cannot continue to fear the unknown and therefore fear living life.
Our thoughts and attitudes play an enormous role in creating or destroying the health of our bodies. Depression, for example, directly diminishes our immune system and affects our very cells from healing because the body communicates with the mind.
Negative thinking such as anger, bitterness, jealousy and resentment stunt our healing process. Healing requires the unity of the mind, heart and body, and also the awareness that the physical world – including our bodies – is there to serve as a teacher.
If this chakra becomes blocked, it can lead to sleep disorders, headaches, nightmares, severe depression and spiritual arrogance.
Life medicine for your sixth chakra
Meditate and commune with the truth within your spirit, recognize any self-limiting beliefs, and be in touch with your inner guidance.
Yoga asanas for Ajna: Plow pose, Downward Dog and Lotus pose
Crystals to balance Ajna: Lapis Lazuli, Labradorite and Opal
Aromatherapy for Ajna: Frankincense, Basil and Almond Blossom
When we fully connect with the power from within the Ajna, we retain mental clarity and are able to see beyond the mind and all its desires, longings, worries, fears and judgment. We then enter into the realms of knowledge, wisdom and intuition.
The Third Eye chakra is considered the ocean of nectar in Eastern scriptures. Are you ready to swim your vast ocean to reach a state of enlightenment?