by Kara-Leah Grant
Many people may think the concept of the third eye is metaphorical, or even mythical.
But all of the concepts explained through yoga, including chakra and maya kosha (the five bodies) are experiential.
That is, as you practice yoga, you actually experience the reality that these concepts explain.
After all – how do you think these ideas come about in the first place? They weren’t made up, or imagined. Yogis experienced them in their practice and then described the reality they were living in.
So, some background on the third eye: Located in the middle of our forehead, about where the pituitary gland is, the third eye is in the centre of our sixth chakra (anja chakra). Many yoga practices focus on opening this eye, so we can ‘see’. To see means to become aware of the vast amounts of information available to us that don’t necessarily come through our other five senses. Those who can use their third eye are sometimes called “seers” or simply… “see-ers”.
The third eye is the seat of visions, of clairvoyance, of higher consciousness.
I have been working with a series of pranayama and meditation for sometime now that directly works on opening the third eye – Third Eye opening and balancing class published by Anmol Mehta on his wonderful yoga and meditation website.
So does it work?
Well… yes. It does. But it’s very important to remember that anja chakra is the sixth chakra – it comes after, in particular, the heart chakra. If your heart is not yet open… and you leap directly into attempting to open your third eye, your intentions and motivations for achieving this opening may not be heart-centred. And that can lead to complications. Yoga is a powerful practice, it has very real and dynamic changes on our perception and experience of reality.
Suddenly finding yourself with an open third eye and no awareness or ability to be able to process the vast amounts of information or the nature of the way your perception of reality has changed can be disorientating to say the least, and madness to say the most
So when my reader asked this question, I wanted to meditate on how to answer his query fully. As a teacher, I was mindful of my responsibility to not pass information along until a student is ready – something nigh on impossible given the nature of the internet! Anyone can literally find anything, regardless of whether they are ready to process it or not, and apply it willy nilly in their lives… and I’m sure I’ve done this myself.
The following words came as a direct answer to that question.
How Do I Open my Third Eye?
Why do you wish to open the third eye?
It is already open, it is just that you see through it not.
Yes, the eye never closes, but you do not look.
You are blinded.
So you can not ‘open’ the eye in this way that you talk.
Instead, seek to open your heart.
For it is in the opening of the heart that we release all attachment to the follies and beliefs that cloud our vision and make us unable to see.
Know too that the third eye is real.
You can feel it.
You can see through it.
It is as the ocean is.
The third eye is not an abstract concept.
No, it is real.
And it matters not if you believe or don’t believe.
We do not care.
That you seek to open it means you are open to knowing.
That you think you have any influence over it means you do not yet understand that all is as it is and you can’t ‘do’ anything.
No, better to surrender all notions of activating your third eye and bring your attention into your heart.
For when your heart is open, you connect with fellow humans, and surely this is more important that whether you can see, or not see?
Why do we tell you to open your heart?
Because you have the power to close your heart, to restrict the flow of energy that comes from Source and connects you to all that is…
And, therefore, you have the power to open it up.
So first, open your heart.
And then, you will see.
Because when you open your heart, you connect with the energetic life force of the Universe, you connect with all consciousness.
This connections flows through your body, your mind, your soul, your heart.
From this place of connection, you can drop all limiting beliefs and drop your limited perspective of separateness.
And then you see
Is not the third eye now open?