Welcome back for the second-to-last piece in the Chakra Series! For those of you who have been keeping up with this series, hopefully you’ve also been doing work to clear your lower chakras. If so, you will be in a wonderful place to read all about the third eye chakra—our center of intuition.
Intuition is crucial in our lives. It is the voice inside us that helps us make the right decisions for ourselves—the gut feeling we get in certain situations. When we are able to fully trust this “sixth sense,” it’s not uncommon to begin experiencing simple miracles in our everyday lives, and we embark on a journey to living our true purpose. Read on to learn about the chakra that governs this sense!
The Third Eye Chakra
Let’s remember that chakras are essentially swirling centers of energy within our bodies that mark the convergence of the physical and spiritual aspects of our beings, and that each chakra carries its own particular energy and purpose.
The third eye chakra (ajna) is located right between the eyebrows, at the third eye, and it shines with a radiant indigo light. It leads us to listen to the inner voice that guides us, and it sees that which cannot be physically seen. When it’s open, we may be able to have experiences such as clairvoyance, telepathy, lucid dreaming, and visualization.
Signs of Blockage
Like any other chakra, the third eye chakra runs the risk of becoming imbalanced or even blocked if it’s not given its chance to shine.
Signs of an imbalanced third eye chakra may include:
Headaches, dizziness, blindness, brain lesions, depression, anxiety, and addiction.
It’s also important to note that, if the other chakras in your body are blocked or imbalanced, this one could suffer as a result. This is why it’s so important to work on all the chakras, from the root chakra, moving upward.
Unblocking the Third Eye Chakra
If you have read my previous articles about the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, or even the more general article I wrote about all the chakras, there is no doubt you know that meditation is one of my favorite ways to balance my chakras. While meditating, I like to envision the bright lights of all the chakras along my spine radiating and enveloping me. It’s an exercise that always leaves me feeling energized yet peaceful, and it most definitely clears the blockages I may have.
To balance the third eye chakra during meditation, you will first want to sit or lie down in a comfortable position, with your eyes closed and your palms facing up (having your palms face up symbolizes that you are receptive to the wisdom and healing energy of the Universe). Once comfortable, it may be good to take a few deep, cleansing breaths to clear your mind and settle into a peaceful state. Then, begin to focus on your inhalations and exhalations. Let your breathing be gentle, like the gentleness of mist rising above a lake in the coolness of morning. You do not want your breathing to feel forced. When you are ready, start to envision a bright, absolutely radiant, indigo light forming in the area right between your eyebrows. Watch as the light grows to fill your whole body with great intensity. Breathe as you envision this light, and know that as you watch it, it is healing you, clearing any blockages that may exist, and making you whole. Do this for as long as you need to, as often as you need to.
At the risk of sounding repetitive in my articles, affirmations are a powerful tool for healing and clearing energy blockages. As I mentioned in the root chakra article, I’ve done a craft before in which I wrote a variety of affirmations on little slips of paper, put them all into a jar, and pulled them out and read them whenever I needed a little pick-me-up. Amazingly, however, affirmations are not only good for making us feel better about ourselves; they actually have the power to help us balance our chakras!
Here are some powerful affirmations to help heal the third eye chakra:
I am intuitive, and I trust my intuition. It is safe for me to follow the guidance I receive. My thoughts are peaceful and calm. I know my own voice. I have a healthy mind. I listen to my inner voice. I easily hear the voice within me. I have unlimited possibilities. I am my spiritual truth.
Obviously these affirmations can be used whenever you feel it’s necessary, but reciting some or all of them first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening can be particularly effective.
I believe I’ve mentioned that I have some experience with crystals (but not a ton) and that I’m definitely looking to learn more about them. I recently picked up a book about them, although I have yet to actually use any crystals for healing purposes. Anyway, it is generally held that crystals do have wonderful healing properties that are based on vibrational frequencies and their ability to transmit energy. In general, chakras can be balanced by finding crystals that match them in color, and either by wearing the crystals or simply keeping them around.
Look for these crystals to help balance the third eye chakra:
Amethyst, fluorite, lapis lazuli, quartz, sapphire, azurite, celestite, and blue aventurine.
It amazes me how the earth provides us with everything we need to live, heal, and thrive. The food we eat has a huge impact on how our physical and spiritual bodies function. This may seem like common sense, but it doesn’t seem to stop people (including myself) from eating way too much junk food sometimes. If we can actually be mindful of the food we put into our bodies, there is an entire world of healing that can take place, leaving us feeling more energetic and alive than ever before. Even chakras can be balanced or unblocked by eating certain foods.
Try to consume more of these foods to help unblock the third eye chakra:
Figs, grapes, raisins, blackberries, prunes, eggplant, purple cabbage, purple kale, purple potatoes, purple carrots, and purple asparagus.
I’m beginning to really enjoy my experience with aromatherapy. Although I have yet to try using pure essential oils, I do have a bubble bath with the essential oils of spearmint and eucalyptus mixed in, and I feel quite relaxed and refreshed every time I use it. During these past few weeks of healing myself, I have taken quite a few bubble baths, and the wonderful aromas have definitely played a role in healing my mind, body, and spirit. If you have experience with aromatherapy/essential oils, I would love to hear about it in the comments.
Look for these essential oils to help heal the third eye chakra:
Rosemary, cypress, sandalwood, patchouli, angelic root, bay laurel, frankincense, marjoram, clary sage, and juniper.
Yoga, as I’ve said many times before (and will say a few more times before this chakra series is over) is a wonderful practice for opening up blocked chakras. In my own personal experience, yoga has been one of the practices that leaves me feeling healed (or at least improved) almost instantly. There have been times when I have been on my yoga mat, doing certain poses, and suddenly, I feel a release of energy, almost as if I need to cry. I’m pretty sure this is a semi-common experience that is a sign of energy flowing and chakras being unblocked. If you’ve never done yoga before, I highly recommend finding a high-quality instructor (which is, in my opinion, one with a soothing voice whose class has a certain type of “flow”) and doing it! Or at least trying it. See if it can work for you.
Try these poses to unblock the third eye chakra:
Downward facing dog pose, thunderbolt pose, and child’s pose.
There are so many ways to unblock our chakras, and the third eye chakra is no different. It is so important to be able to trust our intuition. It is the guiding voice within us that leads us to a life of truth and authenticity, and it is trustworthy. Hopefully, by engaging in some of these practices for healing and clearing our third eye chakra, we can begin (or continue) to see that.