The Chakra System
It is known that every living being on this planet, even the planet itself, is comprised of energy. Chakras are associated with specific parts of our body, but they are not “physical entities” per se. They can be described as the crossroads of the material and the immaterial and pertain to the body, mind and spirit altogether.
In the chakra system, there are 7 main chakras locate in select spots on the mid-line of our torso that allows energy to flow. The first chakra starts at the bottom of the torso and the last, the top of the head. The chakras on the lower part of our body represents our intellectual side, while the ones located on the upper part of our body represents our mental side. All in all, they govern our psychological properties.
Each chakra is associated with different elements, colors, foods, mudras, healing stones, essential oils, asanas (poses) and more. Ideally, each one of our chakras would be open and work together harmoniously giving us balance. By working together, they would give a balance of feelings and thinking. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as life throws so many twists at us.
Some chakras are blocked or aren’t open enough (under-active) and can have adverse effects on our mental and even physical state. When this happens, other chakras must compensate for the under-active chakras causing them to be overactive, which can have adverse effects on us too. When this happens, they need to be healed and balanced.
In order, the 7 main chakras are, the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. This article will explain a little more in depth about the third eye chakra.
The Third Eye Chakra “Anja”
Color: Violet or White
Location: On the forehead between the eyes
Mantra/sound: OM or AUM
Element: Light- the combination of all elements in their purest form
Animal: Owl, Eagle
Representation: The third eye chakra represents our ability to focus on and see the big picture. It enables us to have insight and visualization.
Signs of Imbalance
There are different ways to tell if your third eye chakra is out of balance. Being out of balance could mean that it is under-active or overactive. These could be both mental issues or physical issues.
Symptoms of Imbalance
When your third eye chakra is under-active, you aren’t very good at thinking for yourself and may tend to rely on authorities. You may be rigid in your thinking, relying on beliefs too much. Also, you can get confused very easily. When you third eye chakra is overactive, you may live in a world of fantasy too much and day dream often. You may have excessive hallucinations as well.
Physical signs of imbalance of the third eye chakra can include headaches, blurred vision, sinus issues and hearing loss. Emotional signs of imbalance can include moodiness, issues with self-reflection, can’t face your fears or can be judgmental. You can be very forgetful and may lack common sense.
When the third eye chakra is balanced, you can feel clear and focused. You can determine the difference between reality and fantasy and can be open to receiving wisdom and insight. You will have common sense and clear memory.
Healing and Balancing the Third Eye Chakra
When you have realized your third eye chakra is out of balance, there are measures you can take to balance it back out; open or close an over or under active third eye chakra. Here are some things you can do to balance and heal your third eye chakra.
Healing Stones or Crystals
Healing stones and healing crystals have been used for centuries. They have been believed to aid in the healing process of the chakras by healing the body, mind and spirit. These stones and crystals can be worn as jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets or can simply be held or placed in a prominent area.
Below is a list of healing stones and crystals that can be used to heal and balance the third eye chakra.
• Lapis lazuli
• Blue quartz
• Purple fluorite
Aromatherapy has also been used for centuries. It includes using essential oils for healing properties. These aromas can be inhaled through sprays, candles, incense or wax cubes, ingested through teas or applied topically through massage oils, lotions or body butters. Taking baths with bath salts containing essential oils are also beneficial.
When used, the aromas can have healing properties to fight all different kinds of ailments and mental issues such as depression, stress or anxiety. Essential oils that can be used in balancing or healing your third eye chakra include the following.
• Bay Laurel
• Clary Sage
Food for the Third Eye Chakra
Purple food is best when healing and balancing the third eye chakra. Examples of these include the following:
• Purple grapes
• Purple kale
• Purple cabbage
• Purple carrots
Herbs for the Third Eye Chakra
• Gotu kola
Meditation is about relaxing and refusing to get caught up in everyday anxieties. Meditation is a practice where you use techniques such as mindfulness or focusing your mind on a particular thought, object or activity. It is used to train attention and awareness and to achieve a mentally clear or emotionally calm and stable state.
When meditating for the third eye chakra, imagine your third eye chakra as a ball of yellow light glowing in your abdomen. With each breath, imagine yellow light entering your body and going straight to this area, making it glow even brighter. As your third eye begins to radiate, your confidence and personal power will become stronger. Visualize this for at least 3-5 minutes before opening your eyes. Sit for a few minutes before continuing with your day.
Mudras are symbolic hand gestures used in Hindu and Buddhist ceremonies. Some mudras can involve the entire body, but most are performed by the hands and fingers. There are hundreds of mudras that are used to help channel your body’s energy flow. Mudras are often used in correlation with meditation.
An easy mudra for the third eye chakra is the Kalesvara mudra. To do this, Put the first and second knuckles of each finger together. Reach your thumbs down and press the pads together forming a heart with your two hands. Straighten your middle fingers and touch the tips together, pointing away from your body.
Asanas are most commonly known as a seated posture used for meditation. Now, in yoga, the term is used for any physical posture of Hatha yoga. In yoga, it helps to keep the physical body healthy and is important for spiritual development. Asanas can increase discipline and concentration, have a range of emotional and energetic benefits, and ready the mind for meditation.
A simple asana for the third eye chakra is the Ardha Uttanasans or the half standing forward bend. Begin in Standing Forward Fold (Uttanasana), with your hands or fingertips on the floor at the side of each foot. You can also rest your hands on your shins or press your palms into yoga blocks at the sides of your feet. Inhale as you raise the front of your torso away from your thighs, straightening your elbows.
Lift your collarbones and sternum away from the floor. Reach the crown of your head forward and your tailbone behind you. You can bend your knees slightly to help straighten the torso and spine. Press your fingertips or palms into the floor, to help lift and straighten your torso. Lift your head slightly and gaze forward without compressing the neck. Your torso should be straight. If your back rounds, bend your knees or place your hands higher until your spine is straight.
Engage your quadriceps (the front thigh muscles) and draw them up toward the ceiling. Do not lock your knees; keep them slightly bent. Bring your weight to the balls of your feet. Keep your hips aligned over your ankles. Slightly lift and lengthen your torso with each inhalation. Hold the pose for up to one minute. Exhale as you release into Uttanasana. Repeat 5-10 times.
Affirmations refer to the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. It allows you to have a positive mental attitude towards daily stresses in our lives and that we will achieve success in anything.
Affirmations can be repeated to ourselves out loud or in our thoughts. Through repetition, our minds take these affirmations and make it part of our identity, positive or negative. It is important to state affirmations in positive and in present time.
Positive affirmations for the third eye chakra would include some of the following phrases:
• I am intuitive
• I trust my intuition
• I am my higher truths
• I am clear
• My thoughts are calm and peaceful
• I have a healthy mind
• I have a creative imagination
• I hear my inner voice
• I am my spiritual truth
Listening to music in the note of A or listening to nature sounds can be very beneficial to healing and balancing the third eye chakra. Other music such as binaural beats and solfeggio frequencies also help for this chakra. There are many resources online that are geared to healing and balancing the third eye chakra.
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