According to ancient yogic traditions, the body and its subtle energies are governed by the Chakra System.
That includes 7 major energy vortexes – Chakras – which are associated and energetically connected to important organs, glands, and nerve bundles in your body.
Lets explore the sixth of the seven main chakras in your body, commonly known as the Third Eye chakra.
What is the Third Eye Chakra?
Known also as the Ajna Chakra, the Third Eye Chakra is associated with your intuition, your supreme knowledge, and inner wisdom.
It allows you to see beyond vision, hear beyond sound, and exist beyond the present physical realm.
It is often referred to as the “sixth sense”, the element that helps you to discover the cosmic and universal energy. This energy goes beyond judgment and past experiences.
The Ajna Chakra is also deeply connected to the ability to imagine and visualise, and the ability to invite other realities and dimensions into our understanding.
Understanding the Third Eye Chakra and its functions
The Sanskrit word “Ajna” is roughly translated as “command”, “beyond wisdom” and “perceive” in English.
It resonates with our subconscious energy which enables the discovery and connection with the Brahman, or ultimate reality.
We associate the Ajna Chakra with the element of light, and with illumination. This light is a representation of the wisdom that is innate in you, which lightens your path.
Once you can connect with this “inner vision” you’ll be able to experience the world and reality with heightened awareness and consciousness of your true self.
To understand the energy of the Third Eye Chakra, begin by trying to perceive your life as a journey with no desires.
A path which is simply to be lived and explored without judgment, or the necessity to cling on to physical belongings, your own life included.
It is a spiritual path in which the ego is subsumed, and the only thing that remains is the energy of existence.
To be sure, this is a very deeply spiritual path that is not meant for everyone – and that’s fine. You should decide for yourself to what extent you wish to discover any aspect of this world and life.
To understand your Third Eye Chakra, be open to the possibility that you have all the answers you need inside of you.
It is a deep understanding that can come only with the regular practice of spiritual exercises.
Ajna Chakra Symbol & Color
The Third Eye Chakra is represented by the color indigo or dark blue. This shade is connected to the energy of the inner wisdom and supreme knowledge within you, as well as outside of your body.
Indigo is the color that brings clarity, and transformation movements in the other chakras and frees your thoughts and self-expression.
Where is the Third Eye Chakra located?
The Third Eye Chakra is located in between the eyebrows, in the center of the head. Focusing often on this area in meditation or relaxation practices can give you insight into the Ajna Chakra and its energy levels.
When the energy flows freely and strongly, our physical, mental, and emotional health is in balance.
Whenever there is a blockage, we’ll notice health problems connected to the head area and experience low emotional and mental states.
This sixth chakra is represented by the OM symbol placed above an inverted triangle, which is centered inside a circle between two petals of the lotus flower.
The Ajna Chakra symbol is strongly connected to your inner wisdom, your search for enlightenment, and higher knowledge.
Balanced Ajna Energy
To see if this chakra is balanced, you first have to understand what does the Third Chakra do for your inner self.
Its function is to guide you through your purpose in life with compassion by connecting you to your higher self.
Signs of a balanced Ajna Chakra:
- You can listen to your intuition.
- You trust the higher energy and what comes into your life.
- You move through life with clarity and self-awareness.
- You experience emotional balance.
- You trust your inner wisdom.
- Your decisions are harmonious and calm.
- You feel open and receptive.
- You are not judgmental.
- You understand things and explore perspectives beyond the realm of your five senses.
Blocked Ajna Energy
By and by, this sixth chakra may go through periods of blockage, which is to be expected in this modern society of ours which is constantly moving at a break-neck pace, disconnecting us from nature and our true selves.
Signs of a blocked Ajna Chakra:
- Loss of connection with your intuition.
- Being indecisive.
- Having difficulties knowing how you feel and what you need.
- A sense of feeling burnt-out and empty.
- Having nightmares and sleep issues.
- Having headaches and eye pain.
- Being stuck in a lifestyle that does not resonate with your true self.
- Constantly not having time for yourself.
- Having a narrow vision and not being able to look beyond your thinking.
- Experiencing depression, anxiety, and mental fog.
The way to pull yourself out of the rut is, first and foremost recognizing the symptoms of imbalance in your Ajna Chakra.
Your desire for how you want to live your life is rooted in you. Allowing this wisdom to flow freely is a truly worthwhile spiritual practice.
What We Summarize
The Third Eye Chakra is the center of your intuition, inner wisdom, and knowledge.
It is associated with the ability to be your true selves, to listen to your nature, and to follow the path meant for you. Listening to your inner guide is not always easy in this modern time filled with distractions.
However we know that the first step to discovering your true self is by learning and gently allowing new teachings to enter your perception.
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