Located in between the brows, the third eye chakra or ajna is the sixth of your seven chakras. The Sanskrit name translates to “perceiving” or “command”, which is a fitting name for this chakra, as the third eye chakra is responsible for how you perceive the world.
The energy of the third eye chakra starts in-between your brows, just above the bridge of your nose. This chakra is responsible for the link between your mind and the outer world, embodying your ability to see both the inner and outer worlds. This allows you to experience clear thought and self-reflection.
Your sixth chakra is motivated by knowledge, reflection, and intuition. The third eye chakra symbolizes your connection to wisdom and insight, allowing you to access the inner guidance that comes from deep within your being. This enables you to cut through illusion and access deeper truths.
The gift of your sixth chakra is the ability to be mindful and live in the present moment. Your third eye chakra is the center of your intuition and wisdom, allowing you to open your mind to deeper understandings and expand your intuition. When your third eye chakra is balanced, it gives you the ability to self-reflect and to not only see the world but understand it.
Key Characteristics of the Third Eye Chakra
Wisdom — Your third eye chakra is your center of wisdom and knowledge. It allows you to open your mind to deeper understandings.
Intuition — This chakra is instrumental in perceiving the subtle qualities of reality. It allows you to open up to intuitive sensibility and inner perception.
Self-Reflection— The third eye chakra is responsible for your ability to self-examine and self-reflect.
Vision— Your third eye chakra is the link between your mind and the physical world. It enables you to internalize the outer world and reflect within.
Logic & Creativity— Your third eye chakra gives you the ability to integrate your creativity and logical thinking.
Third Eye Chakra Imbalance
The chakra system distributes the flow of prana or energy throughout your subtle body. Stress, illness, emotional upset, or conflict all can cause blockages or imbalance in your chakra system. All of the seven chakras are interconnected; when one chakra experiences a blockage or imbalance, it affects all the others. This disruption of energy can cause your mind, body, and spirit to suffer.
When the third eye chakra is imbalanced, it can cause emotional and physical stress. If you are working toward developing a deeper understanding of your world and expanding your intuition, it is important that you open and balance your third eye chakra.
Underactive Third Eye Chakra — When a chakra is underactive, it means that the chakra is experiencing a blockage or is not distributing the flow of energy. When your third eye chakra is underactive, it can affect your overall wellbeing.
When your third eye chakra is blocked or underactive, it can negatively affect your ability to concentrate, process information, or keep cool under pressure. When the third eye chakra becomes blocked, it can often cause you to be fearful of the unknown.
Signs of an underactive third eye chakra:
Lack of Concentration
Fearful of the Unknown
Lack of Intuition
Unable to Self-Reflect
Unable to See Past Illusions
Disconnected From the Universe
Overactive Third Eye Chakra — When a chakra is overactive, it means that the chakra is distributing too much energy. It is working in overdrive and bringing imbalance to the chakra. When your third eye chakra is overactive, it affects your overall wellbeing.
If your third eye chakra is overactive, you may be experiencing an overindulgence in your imagination and excessive daydreaming. When the third eye chakra is in overdrive, it can cause you to feel overwhelmed and mentally exhausted. You may experience indecisiveness and clouded judgment.
Signs of an overactive third eye chakra:
Lack of Clarity in Thoughts
How to Balance Your Third Eye Chakra
Chakra balancing is the process of restoring the harmonious and balanced flow of prana or energy throughout the body. Your chakras are in constant fluctuation. Practicing chakra balancing and aligning is a regular and sometimes daily activity to explore. But how do you balance your third eye chakra?
Open up to Wisdom — Opening yourself up to new ideas and understanding can help restore the harmonious flow of energy in your third eye chakra. This wisdom can come from others, or you can dive into your own insight and inner knowledge. Try reading new books with different perspectives, and take time to journal your own thoughts.
Get Outside — The third eye chakra is highly influenced by the element of light. This is not limited to light from the sun, but the light from the stars and the moon as well. Getting outside on sunny days or in the evenings of full moons can help restore balance to your third eye chakra.
Physical Activity— Yoga is a paramount tool in bringing balance to your third eye chakra. Yoga poses for the third eye chakra should focus on inversions to help bring balance to your third eye chakra. Below are specific yoga poses and movements to connect you to the energy of the third eye chakra.
Downward-Facing Dog | Adho Mukha Svanasana
Child’s Pose | Balasana
Supported shoulder stand | Salamba Sarvangasana
Hero | Virasana
Meditation — Meditation plays an important role in restoring balance to your chakras. Chakra meditation techniques are similar to traditional meditation techniques but focus on a specific area of the body. Below is a simple meditation technique to aid in balancing your third eye chakra.
Sit with your shoulders back and spine straight. Relax your muscles as you close your eyes and breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth.
Focus your attention on the location of your third eye chakra: in between your brows.
Since the third eye chakra is tied to the color of indigo, imagine an indigo glow at the center of your brows, slowly expanding throughout your forehead, making the whole area warm and relaxed. Rest in this sensation for 3-5 minutes.
When you are ready, slowly open your eyes. You may follow with positive affirmations.
Affirmations — Positive Affirmations are a positive way to heal negative programming that can be embedded in your subtle body. When balancing your third eye chakra, practice saying these phrases to yourself:
I am in touch with my inner guidance
I am wise, knowledgeable, and intuitive
I trust my intuition
I am open to inspiration and bliss
I am a connected to the wisdom of the universe
Aromatherapy and Herbs — Aromatherapy and Natural Herbs can be a powerful and simple tool to use while restoring balance to your third eye chakra. Use essential oils and natural herbs that promote clarity and balance. Our Herbal Smokes are designed to aid in restoring balance to your third eye chakra.
Crystal Healing — Each chakra is influenced by unique stones and their energetic properties. The third eye chakra is highly influenced by amethyst. When balancing your third eye chakra, meditate with amethyst, carry the stone with you, or wear jewelry with amethyst to let the energetic properties help restore balance to the chakra.