The getting of wisdom – the third eye

Kathy Krugerharmony, meditation, yoga16 Comments

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I may or may not be very wise, but I reckon there’s only one place to find wisdom – inside yourself. If you’re looking anywhere else you’re going to be disappointed.

We don’t get wise through reading bookings (any more than from consulting fortune cookies), as I wrote about last week when I was grappling with our son’s ‘diagnosis’ of delayed learning.

What we do is bring our knowledge and life experience with us as we look inward to rediscover what we already know. All external learning and life lessons are only as valuable as our capacity to internalize them.

Looking inward – using our third eye, or the energy of the 6th chakra (Ajna), means rediscovering the wisdom of intuition that we were born with. This is the sixth post in my series on our chakra energy system. I hesitated in writing it, worrying that wisdom was the pre-requisite for postulating about our third eye – but hey, I figure I’m as wise as the next person who looks inside themself for answers.

So where to start?

 

We understand the third eye through exercising it.

Close you eyes, slow your breathing, and focus on the spot in the middle of your eyebrows. Imagine it is actually an eye, a portal looking inward to your soul. Spend at least thirty seconds just getting in touch with that sensation.

Go on, do it now!

Now open your eyes – what did you see? What did you feel? Maybe nothing. Maybe the colour purple, which is associated with the third eye – our sixth sense.

I see the colour purple quite a lot when I meditate, when I close my eyes at the end of a yoga practice and in snatches of quiet, eyes-closed moments throughout the day. It feels like wisdom is there, somewhere, but it can feel elusive.

I get the feeling of looking back, as if I already know something and just need to combine that inner knowing with my sense observations of the current situation in order to be perceptive and make good decisions. I feel like it is my third eye that helps me reflect, that provides distance between my thoughts and actions and injects imagination into my ideas.

The third eye Chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, which is the size of a pea and located just behind the middle of the forehead. The pituitary gland prompts the proper growth of glands and organs and regulates sexual development. It is considered to be the ‘seat of the mind’ or reason.

The third eye, along with the seventh chakra at the crown of the head, is also associated with the pineal gland, an endocrine gland in our brain that produces melatonin, which helps regulate sleep and dreaming.

Aside from the Hindu/yoga concept of chakras, the third eye is also recognized in Taoism and other philosophical traditions. French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes believed the pineal gland to be the “principal seat of the soul” and viewed it as the third eye.

When the third eye Chakra is balanced we experience high mental ability, we are able to separate between reality and imagination and best combine logic and emotion. We gain clarity and insight. A healthy third eye encourages intuition, empathy, imagination, creativity and trust in ourselves.

A closed or blocked sixth chakra will keep you stuck in analytical, busy, churn mode, which is exhausting and stressful.

Physically a blocked third eye will manifest in frequent headaches, upper/frontal sinus conditions, neurological disorders, disorders of the eyes or ears and disorders of the outer brain.

The third eye is associated with psychic abilities and even if you don’t believe in ‘mumbo-jumbo’, meditating with focus on the third eye area can have real benefits in bringing you in touch with your own inner wisdom.

We can all be more genuinely reflective in our busy lives (rumination isn’t good) and focusing on breath, sound vibration (the ‘mmmm’ sound will connect you to your third eye), as well as doing free-writing and certain yoga postures will help you balance your sixth chakra. This article might help.

So that’s it – all the wisdom I can offer on the third eye, along with some beautiful purple flowers to meditate on. You’re welcome. (and if you want to check out the other posts in my chakra series – 1st (or root chakra), 2nd (of sexual chakra), 3rd chakra (solar plexus), 4th (heart) chakra, 5th (throat) chakra.

Linking up with Essentially Jess for another IBOT (lovely to meet you Jess last week on the Goldie).

Tell me, is your third eye all-seeing? What do you wish it would see? (Image credit)

Namaste sign off_edited-1Kathy X

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16 Comments on “The getting of wisdom – the third eye”

  1. Deborah

    Love this post Kathy. I don’t think my third eye is all-seeing but I do think I look within for inspiration, ideas and wisdom. I see it as trusting my own instincts or something like that I think. I listened to a podcast once and the person talked about living intuitively. I loved that notion and think it’s actually something I’ve started doing, but could still do better.

    Deb

    1. Kathy Kruger

      I wonder whether our intuition gets better as we get older if we are open to it. To my mind it is about combining our instincts (based on our life experience) with our knowledge (based on our life experience) and then trusting ourself and that inner knowing. Always a work in progress.

  2. Bec @ The Plumbette

    I tried this and all I could see was a lion. I have no idea what that means. I definitely know that I am imbalanced and I need to stop the noise in my mind and stop pressuring myself to do so much. I love that your blog just got me to sit for a moment to close my eyes and focus on the spot between my eyebrows.
    When it comes to gaining wisdom, I’ve always asked God and He has given me unusual messages that have always turned out better than I could have figured out on my own. I ask God for wisdom on a daily basis. The problem I have been having spiritually is I have been too busy to actually sit and meditate and I know it would really help me. Thank you for reminding me of this Kathy, even though our beliefs are somewhat different. I love that we can always learn something from each other. xx

    1. Kathy Kruger

      Hi Bec – glad you got that quiet moment. Maybe a lion is a symbol for bravery! I believe that when I meditate I am looking inside for God’s wisdom, without it being a prayer for something specific. I think if you keep asking God for wisdom you’ll find it when you need it – but finding some quiet, reflective time certainly helps.

  3. Renee Wilson

    Yes! I forgot about this. We used to do this in pre-natal yoga and I really enjoyed it and was successful in getting that colour and sensation. I will have try it again.

  4. Tegan Churchill

    I think that sometimes I look inward too much. I find it easy to become caught in my own bubble while the rest of the world moves around me. Then I get lost and left behind. I’d like to be able to work on moving past that and realise that it’s not all scary to look outwards too.

  5. Kathy Kruger

    That’s the danger Tegan – I know I can be prone to too much introspection. I guess the key is finding your inner wisdom and confidence and then taking it out to face the world. If we spend all our introspection time judging ourselves and making excuses as to why we can’t face the world, then we are never going to put our best foot forward. X

  6. Lizzing Lightly

    Hi Kathy, I find that I get a white light when I feel that I am able to really empty my mind and be still after a yoga practice. Do you think that might be reflecting something related to this chakra? I will have to check out the other posts in this series. Thanks, I really enjoyed it, Liz

  7. Min@WriteoftheMiddle

    I look inwards all the time but lately I get stuck in the analyzing phase, never moving on to the doing and trusting myself phase. I think all my chakras are blocked! I need a chakra unblockerer! I closed my eyes and imagined my 3rd eye in the middle of my forehead. Usually when I do this I see lights and colours. This time – there was only black. Oh dear!

  8. Blah Blah Magazine

    Wow, I love, love, love this line – “I reckon there’s only one place to find wisdom – inside yourself. If you’re looking anywhere else you’re going to be disappointed.” Thank you x

  9. Caz @ Home Heart Haven

    Love this Kathy. I definitely need to spend more time doing this as it brings up fear for me – perhaps a disconnect between the head and the heart.
    I’ve been down a long road with early intervention and other therapies with my little man. Trust your heart, give him whatever you think he needs and he will flourish. He is still the same gorgeous imp he was before the interview xx

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