The Third Eye Chakra transcends time. It is located in the brain, at the brow, above the base of the nose.
The gift of this chakra is seeing - both inner and outer worlds.
The energy of this chakra allows us to experience clear thought as well as gifts of spiritual contemplation and self reflection.
Through the gift of seeing we can internalize the outer world and with symbolic language we can externalize the inner world.
The energy of Ajna allows us to access our inner guidance that comes from the depths of our being. It allows us to cut through illusion and to access deeper truths - to see beyond the mind, beyond the words.
The “way of the third eye” is seeing everything as it is from a point of “witness” or “observer”, or from simply being mindful - moment by moment.
It means examining self-limiting ideas and developing wisdom that comes from a perspective that transcends the duality of good or bad, black or white. It means seeing and helping others to see the deeper meanings of the situations in their lives.
Sixth chakra is holistic in nature. When this chakra is fully activated, both hemispheres of the brain function in synchrony. The right hemisphere’s creativity and synthetic thinking is integrated and balanced with left hemisphere’s logical and analytical thinking.
The Third Eye is not only the seat of wisdom, but also a seat of conscience. This is where you not only see what is going on, but you also know what it means. This is where your sense of justice and your ethics originate.
When your third eye is open, you not only see but you also understand.
Third Eye Chakra at a glance:
Sanskrit name: Ajna - To perceive, to command
Element: All elements combined, light
Shape: Five pointed star
Petals of the lotus: Two
Seed sound: Aum (Om)
Vowel sound: Mmmm
Rights: To see
Endocrine gland: Pituitary gland
Physical association: Eyes, base of skull, brow
Psychological function: Intuition, imagination
Identity: Archetypal identity
Developmental stage: Adolescence
Plane: Plane of austerity, home of the blessed
Planets: Saturn, moon
Deity: Hakini Shakti, Shiva
Mythological Animal: Hawk
Sense organ: Mind
Predominant sense: Neutral
Herb: Almond blossom
Sephira: Binah, Chokmah
Third Eye Chakra Affirmations
- I am in touch with my inner guidance.
- I listen to my deepest wisdom.
- I seek to understand and to learn from my life experiences.
- I am wise, intuitive, and connected with my inner guide.
- I nurture my spirit.
- I listen to the wisdom of elders.
- I trust my intuition.
- I forgive the past and learn what was there for me to learn.
- I forgive myself.
- I love and accept myself.
- I know that all is well in my world.
- I am connected with the wisdom of the universe.
- I am open to inspiration and bliss.
- My life moves effortlessly.
- I am at peace.
- I am the source of my truth and my love.
Third Eye Chakra Stones and Their Meanings
There are several healing stones with different properties that you can work with. Here is a brief listing of some crystals commonly used to heal and open the Third Eye Chakra. (Remember all healing stones have their own vibrational energy frequency, so find the stone that best suits the frequency of the Third Eye.) Listed is the name, color, type of stone, and crystal meaning/purpose of each:
- Amethyst — Purple (varying shades from light to dark) — Precious — Used to open, stimulate, and balance. Amethyst is a healing stone that offers wisdom, healing, and protection from harm.
- Moldavite — Dark green — Semi-precious — Used to cleanse, stimulate, and balance. Not only can Moldavite clear negativity it can restore balance to the entire chakra system. It is good for promoting a new perspective and enhancing dreams and dream recall.
- Purple Fluorite — Purple — Semi-precious — Used to stimulate and balance. This stone dispels negativity while promoting intuition and mental clarity and focus.
- Black Obsidian — Black — Semi-precious — Used to stimulate and balance. Obsidian is good for expelling negativity and chakra blockages while helping enhance emotional control.
Popularly known as the third eye, Ajna is located in the center of the head or brow, and is usually represented in colour indigo. It’s the seat of wisdom and insight. It helps to keep things in perspective.
Feed it with: Dark bluish fruits like blue berries,
black berries, raspberries help to keep the chakra centred. Wine and
grape juice, along with spices like poppy seeds are considered perfect
for the chakra.
Signs Of An Overactive Third Eye Chakra
A common sign of hyperactivity in the third eye chakra is overindulging in a fantasy world while losing touch with reality. Another symptomatic manifestation is being overly concerned or fearful about the phantasmagorical visions passing before your mind’s eye. These are common symptoms when the third eye is opening without having enough overall balance and support from the lower chakras.
When the Third Eye is balanced you see everything clearly. You
function and make decisions with a sense of neutrality; meaning you are
concerned, but not attached, to any single outcome. Highly focused, you
can make the distinction between reality and dreams (or imagination).
When the third eye is in overdrive, so to speak, the constant flow of thoughts can be mentally exhausting.You may feel intimidated by having to make decisions that would normally be quite simple. That indecisiveness is oftentimes influenced by clouded judgement, lack of focus, and an inability to distinguish what is real — all signs your sixth chakra needs to be balanced.
Physical manifestations of an overactive third eye chakra include:
- vision problems
- sinus issues
Additional non-physical signs of an overactive third eye chakra include:
- being judgmental
- mental fog
- feeling overwhelmed
- paranoia and/or delusions
Awakening the third eye
Mindful breathing can calm the mind and, in turn, cleanse and open the Third Eye. Being conscious of your breathing not only allows for cleansing, but also balances the chakra system.
Add Third Eye Color
Associated with the color indigo, which is a combination of deepest blue and violet, the Third Eye chakra governs… Introduce blue and purple hues to your home and office decor. Surrounding yourself with subtle indigo tones can help heal the sixth chakra and boost energy flow. Add precious or semi-precious blue- and/or purple-stone jewelry to your wardrobe.
Practice third eye meditation
Of all the exercises you can do for the sixth chakra, those that require you to actually engage the Third Eye are the best.
Visualizing and meditating on the color blue or purple can help
activate the sixth chakra. For instance, sit comfortably and with eyes
closed, visualize a blue (or purple) ball of energy in the area of your
Third Eye. Simply concentrating on and holding that image is enough to
activate the sixth chakra. Concentrating on this image can not only open
up the energy center, but it helps dispel imbalance and heal the
The Third Eye is crucial in dreaming and dream recall. Engage and activate your Third Eye chakra by keeping a dream journal.
Work your theta brainwaves
It could be useful to learn how to activate and maintain theta and alpha brainwaves. These foster frontal lobe activity and prepare your third eye and brain to be more receptive.
Add some scent
Introduce essential oils to your home, bath, and body. Subtle fragrances can work wonders for opening, cleansing, and balancing the body’s chakras. To help heal and activate your sixth chakra, consider trying one or a combination of these essential oils:
- Roman or German Chamomile
Eat (and Drink) Fruits and Veggies
Consuming beverages and foods with natural blue and purple hues can help bolster positive energy flow through the Third Eye chakra. Drink dark fruit juices, such as grape and blackberry. Consider adding the following fruits and vegetables to your grocery list:
- black currants
- rainbow chard
Yoga for the third eye chakra
To open and strengthen the Ajna chakra, give these yoga poses a try:
- Hero (Virasana)
- Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)
- Child’s Pose (Balasana)
- Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
- Supported Shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana)