Oct 21, 2019

The Third Eye

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The 6th Chakra, otherwise known as Ajna, or the third eye is located at the third eye (forehead between the eyebrows). Ajna’s color is indigo, element is light, and bija seed sound is Om.

The essence of the 6th chakra is sight and seeing, both physically and intuitively. It is related to our ability to perceive.

Traumas or life experiences that can impact this chakra are a disconnect between what you are seeing and what you are being told, living in violent environments (war zones, domestic violence, etc.) and having your intuition invalidated. 

The shadow of Ajna is illusion or the inability to see things as they actually are. 

The location of Ajna is between and above the eyes. The body parts most impacted by this chakra are the eyes, brain, pituitary gland and pineal glands, lymphatic and endocrine systems. 

Physical issues that can arise with an Ajna imbalance are poor vision and/or blindness, headaches, sinusitis, brain tumors, learning disabilities, anxiety and/or depression, and stroke.

In the mental/emotional body an imbalance in the direction of excess often times looks like hallucinations, delusions, obsessions, difficulty concentrating and finding focus, fuzzy thinking and confusion, intellectual stagnation, aimlessness, nightmares. 

On the other hand, a deficiency in the third eye chakra can lead to insensitivity, poor vision, poor memory, inability to see the future, lack of imagination, denial, black and white or dualistic thinking, and difficulty visualizing a new or better way. You struggle to find meaning in this life. 

What immediately comes to mind for me when I think of the 6th chakra is unconscious bias. We all have it. It is impossilbe not to. Each of us has a lens through which we see the world. That lens is created and clouded by layers and layers of conditioning (our family, religion, education, socio-economic status...our culture as a whole) and that conditioning leads us to see the world with a limited perspective, even more so if our social location is in close proximity to power and privilege.

Over the past two decades I have tried to commit myself to learning and seeing the world through broader perspectives. I was raised fairly sheltered in a safe, Christian, middle-class home...but with parents who always encouraged me to question. And so through travel (and living in many places), education, my spiritual practice, reading and studying critical race theory, gender studies and feminist theory, and my work in social services, education and yoga my lens has changed, how I see the world has changed. And this is what is so empowering. We CAN change the way we see the world. 

Tips and Tools to Heal the 6th Chakra:

Work with a trained therapist: Art therapy. Memory work. Hypnosis. Guided visualization and past life regression therapy. 

Self-care practices:

  • Create Visual Art
  • Aromatherapy: cajeput, lemongrass and violet.
    • Diffuse 
    • Self-massage the forehead
  • Eye pillows
  • Take breaks from the computer. Look at the horizon
  • Eye Exercises
  • Keep a dream journal
  • Meditation
  • Pay attention to the signs around you (coincidences and serendipitous occurrences)
  • Learn. Read spiritual and intellectual literature from both Eastern and Western traditions.
  • Study different spiritual paths
  • Bhavana (visualization)
  • Read and watch fantasy genres

Yoga Poses and Pranayama: 

  • Bridge pose
  • Full wheel
  • Cat/Cow
  • Cow face arms
  • Warrior Three
  • Humble Warrior
  • Wide-legged forward fold
  • Ardha Uttanasana (half lift in forward fold)
  • Sun salutes with eyes closed
  • Humming Bee Breath (Brahmari)
  • Locust and half locust
  • Child’s pose
  • Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana)
  • Seated Meditation (Thumbs to third eye center)
  • Seated forward folds

Mantra:

  • I have the right to see and be seen
  • I am clear and focused
  • I am in touch with my inner light
  • I trust me intuition

Why balance your 6th chakra? 

When the third eye chakra is balanced we feel intellectually present. We are focused and have a clear vision of what we want our life to be like. Our imagination guides us and we can tune into our intuition...and trust it. We have the ability to think clearly, trust our inner wisdom and have a healthy detachment from worldly goods. We can see beyond the material world. 


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