The 6th Chakra (Ajna)

Chakras are funnel shaped cones that run from the center line of the body out approximately 2 inches from the body between 4 – 6 inches in diameter. I call them tiny tornadoes which spin in a clockwise direction. Chakra comes from the Sanskrit word meaning wheel or disc.

Chakras are areas of highest density of energy and therefore the easiest place to exchange energy with the outside world. We have 8 major chakras that run up the main center line of the body. We have more however they do not reside within the physical body. And we have over 200 minor chakras in the body. So saying that they exchange energy with the outside world is a understatement. This energy exchange is what gives you that psychic sense of your surroundings, while the flow of this energy is directly affected by your thoughts, emotions, health and state of mind.

The chakra that we are focusing primarily on for this blog is the 3rd eye or better known as Ajna. While our two eyes see the physical world, the third eye is believed to reveal insights about the future. The third eye chakra connects us to our inside intuitions, it gives us the ability to communicate with the world and help us receive messages for the past and future.

The third eye or brow is represented by the colour indigo (purple blue) and is located just above the physical eyes in the center of the brows. It is associated with the mind, ideas, thoughts, dreams, intuition and psychic abilities. The third eye is located directly at the center of the pineal gland. The pineal gland creates melatonin which is the hormone responsible for wake and sleep patterns and photoperiodic functions.

Melatonin is responsible for many things in the body related to emotional states, and is considered a powerful anti-oxidant as well as being used for prevention of cancer, protecting the brain against strokes, neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s as well as wards off illnesses such as depression.

If the third eye becomes unbalanced, we may feel bombarded with our own thoughts, unable to process them, effectively and may feel stuck in an emotional and intellectual rut. We lose our sense of intuition, making our judgment clouded and causing us to make poor decisions. With a blocked third-eye chakra, we become closed to new ideas and fall of the path of our true identity.

Common psychological symptoms of an unbalanced third-eye chakra includes:

  • Headaches and migraines,
  • nightmares,
  • seizures,
  • neurological disorders,
  • personality disorders and neuroses,
  • learning difficulties,
  • hallucinations

Common physical symptoms of an unbalanced third-eye include:

  • eye problems,
  • ear problems,
  • hearing difficulties,
  • spinal conditions,
  • scalp/hair issues

How to Balance Ajna

Just like any of the spiritual chakras, Ajna is best balanced through meditation. Balancing and opening the third-eye promotes, clarity, inspiration, and innovation. It allows us to follow our dreams and enhances our innate psychic abilities and spiritual connections. A balanced third-eye chakra helps us process the timeline of our own lives, enabling us to learn from our past, be present in the now, and see and achieve our future. Dream interpretation becomes easier, intuitions are stronger and clearer, and we feel a deeper connection to the universal plan of our lives. This sense of being “guided” opens up doors or possibilities to reaching our goals. Its important to wear or carry crystals to heal the third-eye and maintain its positive energy flow.

Often, new meditators will report having a tingling feeling in the third eye or equate it to a headache. A tingling or pulsating sensation around the area of the third eye during or after meditation is a sign that you are opening this blocked chakra.

Kundalini Yoga is a wonderful way to open the third chakra. As this practice focuses on aligning and balancing all the chakras within the system, its also nice to focus directly on one at a time as well. With meditation being a strong component of the Kundalini practice, the third eye is being worked on at different times and at all different levels, physical, spiritual, and emotional.  Look for a class at Prem or the Hive to attend.

I am holding a 6th chakra workshop Saturday July 9th at  The Hive. Come experience different foods, colours, essential oils and teas that stimulate an opening of your intuitive center.

Many Blessings,

Angela Baldwin

The Secret’s in the Eye – Day Retreat with Angela Baldwin and Cheryl Millet takes place on Saturday, July 9th!

You do not want to miss this eye-opening presentation.