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The Third Eye: Meaning, Activating, Balancing

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

The term “third eye” varies by the community in specific meaning but the general meaning across communities refers to a literal or metaphorical sensory organ that allows one to “see” beyond the normally defined five senses into the realm of the psychic.

What is the Third Eye?

The third eye is connected to the sixth chakra, ajna, and the pineal gland. It’s located in the center of the forehead, just above the eyes, with the corresponding chakra behind it.

The sixth chakra, represented by the color indigo, is associated with intuition and vision. It consists of ninety-six rotating petals that transform into a swirling vortex when the third eye opens.

Opening the third eye allows us to see beyond physical forms and tap into intuition and clairvoyance. Intuition is distinct from instinct, as it involves grasping things without relying on logical thinking. It combines instinct, intellect, and its own inherent wisdom. Activating the sixth chakra awakens this faculty, which is dormant in many of us.

The third eye is also known as the central eye of Shiva or the eye of Horus. It is believed to both receive and transmit information, enabling perception of inner planes, thought forms, and entities not usually visible. Ajna, its headquarters, emerges from the union of our physical eyes, allowing us to see beyond appearances and develop qualities like intuition and concentration, leading to increased self-awareness.

Focusing on this point during meditation can facilitate the development of the third eye, according to some authors.

LocationPositioned between and slightly above the eyebrows
ChakraSixth Chakra (Ajna)
ElementLight and Space
ColorIndigo or Deep Purple
SymbolOften depicted as an eye or a mystical symbol
Sanskrit NameAjna (meaning “command” or “perceive”)
Endocrine GlandThe Pineal Gland
IntuitionAssociated with intuition, inner knowing, and higher perception
ClairvoyanceLinked to clairvoyance, the ability to see beyond the physical realm
Table 1: Third Eye Associations

In Different Cultures

For those who engage in Eastern practices, the term third eye refers to the third eye or brow chakra, the Ajna, which is located between the eyebrows.

This third eye, which connects humans to spirit and their higher selves, is strengthened through meditation and used in conjunction with the other chakras to bring a healthy balance into practitioners’ lives.

Others use the term “third eye” without reference to the chakra system instead of referencing second sight and referencing the third eye as the physical or metaphorical organ via which second sight and other sorts of psychic awareness are made possible.

The third eye is often associated with the pineal gland which regulates sleep patterns and other biological cycles through the production of melatonin and other hormones.

The Science Behind the Third Eye

Also known as the “third eye,” the pineal gland (or epiphysis) is an endocrine gland situated in the center of the brain. It is considered the seat of the Spirit and is responsible for producing a unique molecule called DMT.

The pineal gland’s existence has been recognized since ancient times, with Galen being among the first to describe it, likening its shape to that of a small pine cone (hence the name).

When fully developed, the pineal gland is only slightly larger than a hazelnut. In the fetus, it becomes visible from the seventh week, believed by the Tibetan tradition to coincide with the soul’s migration into the body.

Functions of the Pineal Gland

One of the most crucial biological functions of the pineal gland is the production of melatonin, a neurotransmitter hormone that regulates the circadian rhythm, governing sleep and wakefulness stages.

Illustration of the human brain showing the Cerebral Cortex, the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus, the Optic Chiasm, the Hypothalamus and the Pineal Gland

Melatonin is synthesized from tryptophan and serotonin, the latter being a neurotransmitter involved in regulating body temperature, hunger/satiety, and mood. It is often referred to as “the hormone of happiness.”

Recent studies highlight the role of melatonin in protecting the pineal gland, which, in turn, is closely related to our lifespan. Thus, a healthy pineal gland may contribute to a longer life.

The Pineal Gland and DMT

The pineal gland is even more fascinating due to its production of DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), also known as “the God molecule.” DMT plays a significant role in connecting the body with the Spirit.

Scientific studies reveal that the pineal gland naturally secretes substantial amounts of DMT during birth, death, and near-death experiences. This indicates that DMT serves as a “bridge” between the physical body and the spiritual realm.

In certain individuals, the pineal gland secretes sufficient DMT during sleep, facilitating extraordinary experiences like lucid dreams or astral travel.

In essence, the pineal gland allows us to connect with the invisible world, the realm of the Spirit. This knowledge is well-known to shamans, as evident in rituals involving Ayahuasca, a plant-based infusion containing DMT, used in shamanic ceremonies to induce altered states of consciousness.

Activating and Balancing the Third Eye

To open your Third Eye, start by setting your intent for this phase of your life. Take deliberate actions to achieve this goal.

The actions to take vary for each individual, and there is no one-size-fits-all technique. Seeking guidance from a teacher is essential.

Methods like hypnosis, self-hypnosis, meditation, mantras, and prayers can be powerful tools. Kundalini yoga, particularly techniques focused on the pineal gland, can also be effective.

Freeing yourself from ego traps, belief systems, and conditionings that lower your vibratory rate is equally important.

Lastly, be patient and enjoy every step of the journey. Rushing forward prematurely may hinder your progress.

MeditationRegular meditation practice can help to open and activate the third eye, enhancing inner perception.
VisualizationVisualizing an indigo light or an eye at the center of the forehead can activate the third eye chakra.
Crystals and GemstonesCertain crystals like amethyst, lapis lazuli, and azurite are believed to stimulate the third eye.
Essential OilsAromatherapy using oils like frankincense, sandalwood, or clary sage may aid in third eye activation.
Yoga and PranayamaSpecific yoga postures and breathwork techniques can support the opening of the third eye chakra.
AffirmationsRepeating positive affirmations related to intuition and spiritual perception can be beneficial.
MindfulnessPracticing mindfulness and staying present can help in developing heightened awareness.
Table 2: Third Eye Activation Techniques

Benefits of Awakening the Third Eye

The third eye serves as the seat of consciousness, enabling us to see beyond the surface of matter and perceive deeper meanings connected to our soul and physical experiences.

Scientific findings and enlightened masters’ testimonies reveal that the third eye can capture not only electromagnetic waves in our dimension (3rd dimension) but also those from the thinnest dimensions of the Universe.

Channeling messages from deceased souls, having visions of future events, and perceiving auras are manifestations of the third eye’s faculties, operating on different dimensional planes with distinct time and space characteristics.

Balancing the “invisible eye” is crucial, as an imbalance may lead to mental confusion and negative emotions, hindering one’s ability to transcend life’s challenges and understand their inner faculties.

The third eye also acts as a communication bridge with the soul, providing insights, advice, premonitions, synchronicities, and awareness to make appropriate choices and fulfill one’s incarnation mission.

Misconceptions and Controversies

Exercises to open the third eye abound online, but caution is necessary when working with subtle energies. It’s essential to investigate the sources and be careful with exercises that promise quick and easy results.

Working with these energies demands constancy, authenticity, and trust, and it’s best to seek guidance from trusted teachers.

Spiritual and psychological growth require time and dedication, and practices involving the psyche should not be taken lightly. Many individuals have regretted attempting exercises for opening the Third Eye and awakening the Kundalini without proper knowledge and awareness.

Some practices have caused harm, emphasizing the importance of informed exploration and education.

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