Ajna

6th Chakra: Intuition

The Sixth Sense

No it's not Haley Joel Osment's ability to see dead people, lol, but yours and my ability to know things we seemingly can not know.

In short, intuition is our sixth sense.

Associated with higher levels of consciousness, the Ajna chakra is housed between the eyebrows and is connected to the pineal gland. Part of the endocrine system, the pineal gland is located in the middle of the brain, just under the posterior portion of the corpus collosum.  This tiny gland senses light and produces melatonin, a serotonin-derived hormone, which helps regulate your circadian rhythm ,the roughly 24-hour cycle of biological activities associated with natural periods of light and darkness.  (Emerson, 1998)

The term "opening the third eye" is in reference to the ability to perceive communications sent from our higher selves which show us the clear path forward on our spiritual path as we pursue growth.
Like music that drowns out a conversation, an over active ego blots out any wisdom intuition might have to offer. Intuition is a soft spoken gentle voice that can only be appreciated when we are listening closely.

We must be quiet and still.  A task easier said than done for most of us.  But don't worry stillness is a quality or skill that can be learned.
To cultivate stillness and thus the ability to hear this quiet voice, meditation is very helpful.

Just as working out regularly builds physical strength, the regular practice of meditation builds our mental strength and quiets the ego. While we cannot predict the future, an open 3rd eye can provide us with the ability to intuitively perceive the right path for ourselves regardless of the difficulty or gravity of the choices we might face.

Like anything in yoga there is no "right" way to open the third eye.  Instead there are multiple paths and suggested protocols by those who have come before.

Most traditions suggest that you develop grounding and the capacity needed to uphold the insights of higher consciousness by first harmonizing the 1st 4 chakras first.  By opening up these channels your energy is free flowing and optimal for doing the work of opening the third eye.  But regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey if you feel ready and want to nurture your higher self there are a few methods that you may like to pursue.  

Firstly, because the body and mind are a seamless single organism it can be helpful first detoxify and support the body by supplementing your diet.  While there is no empirical data to support the claim, the following following foods are suggested to be useful in purifying the pineal gland.
  • raw cacao
  • goji berries
  • garlic
  • lemon
  • watermelon
  • star anise
  • honey
  • coconut oil
  • hemp seeds
  • cilantro
  • ginseng
  • vitamin D3
In addition, certain essential oils are considered a dynamic tool for healing and opening the third eye.
  • jasmine
  • lemon (some photosensitivity can develop when using citrus oil.  Avoid prolonged sun exposure post application)
  • sandalwood
Crystals are also believed to demonstrate healing potential especially when combined with meditation.  Placing a crystal that is in the purple, indigo, or violet color palette just above your brow is helpful when cultivating second sight or intuition.  Some types of crystals that fall into this category are:
  • amethyst
  • purple sapphire
  • purple violet tourmaline
  • rhodonite
  • sodalite
And last but certainly not least, meditation provides an open avenue to the 3rd eye.  During meditation the brain transitions in frequency and begins to emit higher frequency energy which activates the pineal gland.  Chanting can also be helpful when done in conjunction with meditation as the chants resonate with the tetrahedron bone in the nose and stimulates the pineal gland as well.  

Above all these practices create a state of awareness, removing negative energies or blockages within channels through which your life force flows, and results in the cultivation of intuition or the 3rd eye.  There is no right or wrong way to practice nor is there a right or wrong path.  There is your path and your method.  As long as your practice is an enthusiastic one free of striving you will be successful.

Namaste