The Third Eye Chakra: Ajna

The Third Eye Chakra: Ajna


Is your third eye chakra out of balance? Discover how to open and balance your third eye chakra with these four simple techniques.

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.

This energy center is a gateway to your inner worlds and higher consciousness, so it’s associated with intuition, psychic abilities, and divine wisdom.

In other words, it allows you to cut through illusion and access deeper truths.

If you want to deepen your intuition and elevate your spiritual life, here’s what you need to know:

Let’s find out how you can open this spiritual energy center and keep it healthy and balanced.

Why the 6th Chakra Needs to Be Open

Your third eye chakra is responsible for linking your mind and the outer world. The energy from the third eye allows us to access deeper truths.

When your third eye chakra is open and balanced, you perceive things from a higher perspective without losing your connection with reality.

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 sixth chakra promotes intuition, pattern recognition, learning skills, and memory.

On a physical level, this chakra is associated with some vital organs, most especially the brain and the eyes. It also keeps the sinuses healthy.

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Signs of Blockage or 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 from 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.

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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 the 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), and keep your breathing deep and steady.

To maintain your focus and get the energy flowing directly to the sixth 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 deep blue colors 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.

Try aromatherapy

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 with 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.

Written by
Irina Yugay