Exploring the 7 Chakras Part Six: Third Eye (Aj
The Third Eye Chakra
The Third Eye Chakra is also called Ajna. Ajna translates "to know or perceive" in Sanskrit. It is located in the middle of the forehead between the eyebrows. Its color is dark blue or indigo. The Third Eye Chakra is symbolized as a two petal lotus. Each of the petals face the other representing the union of our feminine and masculine energy coming together in a harmonious, balanced state, similar to a Yin Yang. This Chakra is the spiritual center of awareness and intuition. We can only obtain a higher level of knowledge when we step beyond our conscious mind and the hold our ego has on us. We have been conditioned to shut off our intuition constricting us from accessing a higher level of awareness. When we awaken our Third Eye and allow ourselves to use the intuitive powers we were born with, we can finally see ourselves from a higher perspective. We are able to heal and break free from the grip that past traumas and emotional wounds have had over us. Illusions and self-delusion disappear while mental clarity, inner wisdom and a higher level of awareness ensue.
The Third Eye Chakra is symbolized by two petals facing one another. This is the point where our feminine and masculine energies meet representing harmony and unity, similar to the Yin Yang. The symbol to the right also includes the Sanskrit symbol for the Mantra OM/AUM.
Qualities, Correspondences and Tools
Read through the reference guides below. The first section details qualities associated with the Third Eye Chakra, followed by information that corresponds with it. The last section lists different tools you can use to strength, balance or cleanse your Third Eye helping you to awaken your intuitive powers and ability to see things from a higher perspective.
Third Eye Chakra Reference Guide
Third Eye Chakra Qualities
Central Theme: Intuition, Perception, Fantasy
Position on the Body: Middle of the Forehead
Bodily Function: Cerebellum, Nervous System, Hormonal System, Eyes, Ears, Nose, Sinuses
Mental Level: Fantasy
Spiritual Level: Wisdom
Developmental Stage: Awareness 36-42
Strengths: Healing Energy, Self-Confidence, Intuition, Imagination
Weaknesses: Lust for Power, Over-Confidence, Irresponsibility
Physical Disorders: Headaches, Sinusitis Mental Disorders: Poor Concentration, Learning Disability, Anxiety
Third Eye Chakra Correspondence
Color: Dark Blue, Indigo
Sensory Function: Reasoning, Intuition
Phase of the Moon: Waning Moon
Ways to Cleanse/Align
Mantra: OM or KSHAM
Musical Instrument: Woodwinds
Affirmation: I open myself to my inner light
Essential Oil: Cajeput, Lemongrass, Violet
Precious Stones: Blue Sapphire, Opal, Blue Tourmaline
Herb: St. John's Wort, Spruce, Eyebright
Spice: Bay Leaf
Bach Flowers: Crab Apple, Vine, Walnut
In addition to the above, there are many different healing crystals that work to open the Third Eye Chakra. Each crystal listed below are also connected to the Third Eye. Imbalances in this Chakra can be remedied by using the tools referenced above or by wearing dark blue or indigo colors including jewelry. Allow yourself to break from the grip of ego and the painful traumas of your past to a newfound awareness and access to inner wisdom and knowledge as your Third Eye guides you on your path towards enlightenment.
This concludes Part Six of our Seven Part Series, Exploring the 7 Chakras. We encourage you to be patient and have compassion for yourself as you work with the Third Eye Chakra. Meditation is key to awakening the Third Eye. It is in meditation that we get a glimpse of what is possible when we align ourselves with a higher level of consciousness. Trust your gut and the energy you feel and slow down if you become overwhelmed. Awakening your intuitive powers can be intimidating and even scary at times, but if you go slow and have patience with yourself you will hear your intuition guiding you and know everything is exactly as it should be. If you have any questions or something isn't clear feel free to post in the comment section or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Govinda, K. (2004). A handbook of chakra healing: spiritual practice for health, harmony, and inner peace. Old Saybrook, CT: Konecky & Konecky.