While all of the body's chakras are important, the health of the Third Eye, or Ajna chakra is particularly vital. One of the key purposes of the chakras is to provide a sound and useful link between the conscious mind and the natural world, and the Ajna chakra is where the flow of energy interacts with your consciousness.
Why The 6th Chakra Needs To Be Open
Your Third Eye chakra is responsible for the link between your mind and the outer world. The energy from the Third Eye allows us to cut through illusion and to access deeper truths - to see beyond the mind and beyond the words.
This makes it extremely important to maintain a healthy and balanced Ajna chakra even if you're not actively seeking enlightenment or spiritual harmony. A healthy 6th chakra promotes intuition, pattern recognition, learning skills, and memory.
The Third Eye chakra is called "Ajna" in Sanskrit, and it's the sixth of the body's seven major chakras. It is located on your forehead, in between and slightly above your eyebrows. On a physical level, this chakra is associated with some extremely important organs, most especially the brain and the eyes. It also keeps the sinuses healthy.
Signs Of Blockage / Imbalance In The Third Eye Chakra
On the mental and spiritual plain, problems with your Ajna chakra translate into problems perceiving the interconnectedness of the world and your place in it. The walls between your inner world and the "real world" start to seem very high. You may find it difficult to apply your intuition, trust your inner voice, recall important facts, or learn new skills.
The sixth chakra can also cause trouble if it's driven to over activity by an imbalance among your other chakras. This situation tends to cause you to be judgmental, dismissive, and inward-focused. In extreme cases, a hyperactive Third Eye chakra can even cause delusions and disconnections with reality.
On the physical side of things, problems with the Ajna chakra can accompany a range of diseases both mild and serious. Everything from headaches and dizziness to blindness and brain lesions can be associated with an unhealthy Ajna chakra / brow chakra. A closed Third Eye is also frequently seen in the company of depression and addictive behavior.
Balancing The Ajna Chakra
As with all of the major chakras, the Ajna chakra can only function properly when it's part of a fully operational and balanced chain. With that being said, there is a particular affinity between the Third Eye chakra and the crown chakra, and concentrating on the latter will often help open and balance the former.
You can add some additional steps, habits, and gemstones to your meditation work and your lifestyle in general to help keep your Ajna chakra open and balanced. Below are a few suggestions:
Meditation For The Third Eye Chakra
Meditation sessions designed to focus on the Third Eye can be highly effective at healing imbalances and restoring full function of the chakra. All of the usual steps should be taken - sit comfortably, visualize the proper color (in this case indigo or deep blue), keep your breathing deep and steady.
To maintain your focus and get energy flowing directly to the 6th chakra, use the appropriate mudra (gesture) when you meditate. There are many options, but the classic one is to bring your hands together in front of your breast area. Touch the fingertips of your middle fingers together and point them away from you. Touch your thumb tips and point them towards you. Fold the rest of your fingers to point back at your chest with their knuckles touching.
If you incorporate yoga into your meditation work, concentrate on doing more shoulder stands and forward bends to direct positive energy to the Ajna chakra. The child's pose is also especially helpful.
Chakra Stones and Gems
Stones, crystals, and gems that share the same coloration, energy properties, and mental affinities as the Ajna chakra can make potent assistants in your effort to balance this energy center. Take a few of the stones from this list and set them up in your meditation space. You don’t need to concentrate on them if you find it interferes with your preferred techniques; simply having them in proximity to you can help a great deal.
Good stones for the Ajna chakra include: lapis lazuli, aquamarine, moonstone, amethyst, purple fluorite, and clear quartz crystal. Some less-common but effective choices include: blue aventurine, Iolite, ulexite, blue tourmaline, and sugilite.
Work with Color
As noted above, the color most commonly associated with the sixth chakra is indigo or deep blue. You can encourage yourself to be mindful of the chakra and enhance the positive energy around you by associating with these shades as much as possible. Clothing, decorations, and candles with a deep blue color will all help you pay more attention to the Third Eye chakra.
This chromatic power extends to foods as well. Natural fruits and vegetables with blue colors are very healthy for the Ajna chakra. Examples include plums, eggplant, blueberries, and purple cabbage. You can also help the Third Eye by eating so-called "brain foods" that deliver plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Certain scents will help draw your attention and healing energy to the Ajna chakra. Use incense and essential oils drawn from the following plants: sandalwood, juniper, rosemary, clary sage, vetiver, and frankincense. If you use essential oils in direct application, (i.e. anointing the chakra directly) make sure you dilute them with a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation.
Keeping all of your chakras in balance can sometimes be a challenge. If you find that you experience the sort of mental and physical troubles associated with an unbalanced Ajna chakra, hopefully the suggestions provided here can help you overcome them. Keeping the Third Eye open is an extremely important part of living a balanced and connected life.