Updated: Mar 6, 2021
Your intuition is the inner knowing we all have within us. You may have known who was calling before you checked your phone or had this urge to go and talk to someone and found out you had this amazing connection with them or knew they same people. You may find you know what someone is going to say before they say it. You are able to see patterns and understanding cause and affect. Our intuition guides us all the time with almost a six sense and one of the best ways to connect with your intuition is to open your third eye chakra. You maybe asking yourself, "What is a chakra?"
The chakras were first discovered in India thousands of years ago. The word chakra in Sanskrit essentially means “spinning disc”. Chakras are energy wheels within your body. There are seven main chakras: root chakra, sacral chakra, solar plexus charka, heart chakra, throat chakra, third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. They are separate yet connected to the physical and energetic body. These spinning discs support and process energy that flow through you.
Each chakra is associated with different aspects of your life and self, they keep us in balance and aligned. When a chakra is blocked and there are many reasons why a chakra can be blocked, these discs are no long spinning at a healthy capacity. Below gives you a better understanding of the third eye chakra, what it looks like when it is blocked and how to open it and connect with your intuition.
Third Eye Chakra (Ajna)
Energy Type: Feminine
Animal: Black Antelope
The third eye chakra allows you to unlock your intuition, the higher vibration of truth, knowledge and wisdom. The colour associated with the third eye chakra is indigo and is located in your pituitary gland. The third eye helps you to see cause and effect on a grand scale and assists in creating a gateway to higher consciousness.
The third eye chakra symbol consists of two petals that intersect in the middle. The two petals represent the moon and sun. It highlights the unification of duality. The symbol characterizes the two sides of the same coin and the all-seeing knowledge carried within you.
Is your third eye chakra in balance?
When your third eye chakra is in balance you are able to see the bigger picture. You are able to decipher higher causality within the world. You are able to see the subtle underlying desires of others. You are able to move in alignment with the universal energies and see the signs that are aligning within your life.
Do you have an overactive third eye chakra?
You may have an overactive third eye chakra if you find it hard separating fantasy from reality or constantly daydreaming. You may be overly judgmental or critical of others. Lastly, you may feel overwhelmed or constantly anxious.
Do you have a blocked third eye chakra?
When you have a blocked third eye chakra, you are easily misled or manipulated by others. You may find it hard to trust your intuition when your third eye is blocked. You may also find it hard to see the bigger picture and understand cause and effect on a larger scale.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself about the third eye chakra:
Are you able to trust your intuition?
Do you know things without being told?
Are you able to understand people’s motives?
Are you patient?
Do you come up with creative solutions?
Is your intuition usually right?
Are you able to see the big picture?
Are you able to make decisions easily?
Do you know what you want in life?
Are you able to see the synchronicities of underlying cause and effect?
If you answered, “Yes” to most of these questions then you most likely have a healthy third eye chakra. If you are unsure and perhaps answered, “No” to the majority of these questions, then you may have some work to do on opening your third eye chakra.
What are the physical symptoms?
Some of the physical symptoms that may arise from a blocked third eye are nausea, insomnia, headaches, sinus issues or vision problems.
How do you clear a blocked third eye chakra?
Diets and Detox: Changing your diet can help to cleanse and harness the power of the third eye chakra. Ideally, being vegan or vegetarian would help immensely to open your third eye. However, not everyone can or wants to go to these levels. Some simple ways to help clear your third eye chakra is by reducing or eliminating your intake of red meat. Red meat dulls your senses for your third eye chakra. Eating organic foods helps to cleanse your third eye by removing pesticides and antibiotics in your diet. Removing alcohol and THC will help to unblock your third eye chakra. Fluoride is harmful for your third eye and studies have shown that it calcifies your pineal gland. This is where your third eye chakra is located. Check if fluoride is in your city’s water systems. Most North American cities do still have fluoride in their water systems. There are reverse osmosis water filtrations that you can hook up to your sink and filter out fluoride in the water to help decalcify your pineal gland.
Patience: The ability to slow down during your day and be in the moment is truly a virtue. When you take the time to be in your space, you are able to observe subtle changes in your environment. Patience helps to open the third eye chakra because when you are in the moment, you are able to see the bigger picture. You are able to witness cause and effect in a deep manner and it becomes easier to follow your intuition. It is when we are rushing around, frustrated and taking things personally, we miss opportunities. Patience also allows you to become less influenced by your external environment and start to see things for what they truly are, which are reflections of our own beliefs and perceptions.
Ignorance: This sounds like an odd way to open a chakra but I assure you it is probably one of the best ways to open your third eye. Most of the time we go through life thinking we have all the answers. When in fact, there is quite a lot we don’t know or understand. When we are able to accept this concept and start to question why we react a certain way instead of assuming, then we are able to change our old beliefs and habits. We become open to possibilities that are beyond our comprehension. When we humble ourselves and accept that perhaps we don’t know that much in our world, we can start to have child-like eyes and see things in wonder instead of with preconceived ideas that will create a veil between you and the truth.
Focus: In our age of electronics and constantly being pulled into different directions, advertisements, apps, social platforms, etc. this has taken a toll on our ability to focus our mind. Our attention span has been decreasing over the years and it is become increasingly hard to focus. For us to be able to harness the power of the third eye chakra and clear blockages, we need to start focusing our attention. Dharana is an ancient form of yoga to help concentrate the mind. Focus your attention on a single object and when you are ready, close your eyes and picture that object in your mind. Try this approach on different objects and build up the length of time you can hold the visualization in your mind without distractions. Be patient and kind to yourself as you start the process, it will get easier with time. Your ability to hold a single object within your mind will help to build up your attention span and focus. This is a foundational technique to help open up your third eye.
Yoga for Third Eye Chakra
Yoga can play an important role in helping to strengthen chakras. As with meditating, yoga helps to calm your mind and open up your body through breathing. The following yoga practices focus on opening the third eye chakra:
· Baddha Virabhadrasana (Humble warrior pose)
· Parivrtta Anjaneyasana (Revolved lunge pose)
· Salabhasana (Locust pose)
· Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide-legged forward fold)
· Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (Alternating nostril breathing)
The energetic life force of crystals can be your ally in assisting with opening chakras. Crystals associated with the third eye chakra help you to open up higher consciousness, psychic abilities including clairvoyance and clairaudient channels to connect with your intuition, higher self and higher realms. The crystals below are associated with the third eye chakra and can assist in removing blockages.
Amethyst: Is known as the Stone of Spirituality. It helps to clear blockages in the third eye and open your intuition. This crystal promotes well-being by reducing stress and anxiety.
Herkimer Diamond: Are one of the most powerful quartz crystals. They are double terminated quartz used for healing, dream work and vision work. This crystal assists in helping to open the third eye chakra and to boost clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities.
Blue Kyanite: Assists in opening the third eye chakra, enhance psychic abilities, and helps you to speak your personal truth.
In my experience, breathwork has been very beneficial for healing the chakras. Conscious connected breath is an active breathing technique. It over oxygenates the body to start releasing stagnant energy that could be in your body for years lying dormant. It helps energy to flow throughout the body. It has been used to help with ailments within the body. By setting your intention to open third eye chakra, you can start to release preconceived ideas, resentment, and open up the blockages that have been covering your vision. Be open to experience and wash away anything that no longer serves you.
Combining meditation with visualization is a powerful way to open your chakras. The more your imagination can use its creative imagery to paint a world of possibilities, the more you become fully immersed in the meditation. Listen to the free guided audio meditation to assist in opening your third eye chakra.
“I can see things for what they truly are.”
“I can see past my own illusions and perceptions.”
“My imagination paints my reality.”
“My third eye chakra shows me the truth.”
“I see the truth with my third eye.”
“I am one with the universe”
“I am greater than my own perceptions and beliefs.”
“My life moves with purpose”
“I am in tune with all of creation.”
“I am present in this moment and connected to the energetic life force.”
Each chakra has its own unique way of opening and is different depending on the person. Some sensations from your third eye chakra opening may include pressure between your eyes, it may feel like there is a nickel pressing between your eyes and turning or you may see a spinning wheel or vortex in your vision.