March 15, 2021, Publisher: Breath Hub
Hidden between our eyebrows is the key to creating the mindset that will allow us to attain the life we envision. A cornerstone in the spiritual journey of humans, the third eye points to something beyond the daily world we perceive through our five senses and the ordinary inner experiences we live through our feelings and thoughts.
The mystery surrounding the third eye is unveiling with each passing day. The third eye is the instrument we need to discover our real potential and turn that potential into our reality.
Dating back to ancient civilisations, the third eye was first illustrated by the Sumerians with a pinecone symbol. It was seen as the door to the higher levels of consciousness in Greece, Egypt, India, China, and ancient civilisations in America. It is the key concept of many spiritual teachings. Also symbolised as “the all-seeing eye”, the third eye is assumed to unlock wisdom and enlightenment.
The third eye is the sixth chakra – the Ajna chakra, meaning “command” in Sanskrit. Located between our eyebrows, the Ajna chakra not only regulates the first five chakras but also is critical in activating the crown chakra. Two of them together serve as a door to higher self and cosmic consciousness.
An essential element in mythology, art, and philosophies of ancient civilisations, the third eye has been explored for the past few centuries by science. Based on findings, we are witnessing the physical equivalent of a spiritual narrative.
In 1886, experts in microanatomy discovered a surprising similarity between a small gland called the “pineal gland”, named after its resemblance to pinecones, and the third eye. Located behind our eyes, right at the geometrical centre of our brain, the pineal gland is the only part of the brain with no symmetrical counterpart. It is defined as a primitive third eye by many scientists today.
The pineal gland secretes melatonin, which has an active role in many physiological processes such as regulating sleep patterns, strengthening the immune system, and cell regeneration. It’s also where serotonin, the happiness hormone, is synthesised. Another hormone secreted by the pineal gland is DMT. Known as the “spirit molecule” and found in many plants and animals, DMT also leads to many psychedelic experiences such as deep spirituality, clairvoyance, and astral travel.
The third eye – or the Ajna chakra – becomes more meaningful when associated with its biological equivalent, the pineal gland. Compared to other chakras, the inter-connectedness here is more evident. Therefore, the health of the pineal gland is directly related to how the Ajna chakra functions — and vice versa.
Third eye activation is a personal experience, but there are some basic points we can touch upon. Ajna chakra is about cognition; it is directly linked to the concepts of seeing through the mind’s eye, understanding and enlightenment. When activated, it increases the power of awareness and intuition, clears our inner vision, and provides us with a holistic vision about ourselves and the world that is not visible to the physical eye. Our empathy increases, our aura is strengthened, and we experience a sense of unity in our relationship with the world.
Activating our third eye not only enhances our consciousness but also creates the psychological and neurological changes needed to realise the life we want to have. Neuroscience confirms that the stronger our third eye, the better our chances to realise our vision about the future. With an activated third eye and “active visualisation” during deep meditation, we can turn the potential reality into actual reality.
Ancient scholars and modern-day scientists agree that all things in the universe are comprised of vibration. Depending on our mental state, our brain also emits frequencies at different wavelengths. Activation of the third eye is observed at lower frequencies and the highest frequencies. In this activated state, the limits of the ego disappear, the feeling of the physical body weakens, the consciousness expands and deepens, and we find the cosmic synchronisation of vibration that we need to turn our dreams into reality.
Let’s take a closer look at brain waves to understand this phenomenon.
When the third eye is active, a combination of various brainwaves – from high delta to low beta – is observed. It is even possible to observe high gamma frequencies in some people. Moreover, the frequencies of the right and left brain are synchronised.
This phenomenon that pushes us to reach higher states of awareness and consciousness was explained by the American psychologist Abraham Maslow in the 1940s. He states: “When two sides of the cortex are balanced at the same brainwave frequency, we experience a high state of consciousness. This creates a glowing feeling of prosperity, higher awareness, natural psychic abilities, enhanced intuition and wisdom, unusually clear senses, and the feeling of reaching beyond the physical body.”
The vision created by our third eye is perceived as reality by our brain. This interaction is like an invitation, or a command, for the vision to become a reality in our lives. We broadcast in the frequency of the vision to our outer world. We synchronise with that moment and draw it from the potential – or quantum – field to ourselves.
The idea of everything we dream of becoming a reality may sound crazy at first glance, but this illusion disappears when we define what “everything” is. When our third eye is awakened, our connection to the whole strengthens; we reach visions that align with our ego and real identity. We can think of this as our raison d'être. This discovery about ourselves carries us towards the levels of consciousness needed to realise our real potential. After that, we can experience our power with regular and careful practice and make discoveries on our journey to “know ourselves”.
There are many effective methods for third eye activation. Meditation and breathwork yield great results and make up the backbone of the practice. Kundalini yoga, acupressure, and acupuncture are also helpful methods that come to mind. Practising the pranayama, or yogic breathing, exercise Nada Shodhana is also very effective when used together with visualisation.
The ‘aum’ mantra is directly linked with the third eye and using ‘kalesvara mudra’ during the practice makes it even more effective. Exercises related to visualisation methods, focusing, deep relaxation, and presence also help with the activation of the third eye.