Ajna (third eye chakra) is located on the forehead, in between the eyebrows.
In the first chakra, we discover our physical self; in the second we work with our emotional identity; in the third our ego is now developed; the fourth, we now have to take our egoic identity and interact with the rest of the physical world around us as well as develop our social identity. In the fifth chakra, we grow and find our unique creative self. Now, in the sixth, we move even higher into the ethereal realm, seeing the bigger picture of life. It is here we begin to find our archetypal identity and how we are connected to the greater patterns and archetypal forces of nature. By understanding these how these forces operate, we begin to gain a better understanding of our own life/ We can learn to navigate and work with these fundamental patterns in a conscious way. The only way to truly know the self, we have to see our relation to the other. Ajna helps us identify and understand our self, by seeing the greater pattern of life, and how we are connected to it.
Ajna gives us the ability to see, that is why it is often referred to as the third eye. Self reflection is a huge aspect of this chakra. We need to learn to look inside of ourselves, because that is how we can learn about the world around us. Here we bring the ego self into union with the spirit self. Before Ajna opens, we see through a dualistic perception of self (conscious mind, intellect, ego) and higher self (intuitive mind, spirit). When we are able to open Ajna fully, these images merge becoming one. As we merge with Spirit, we become Spirit within ourselves to realize our full potential.
Illusion is the shadow side of this chakra. This center is all about learning to see past our own illusions, and learn to experience reality as it truly is, and not just our projections of it. When we carry a certain image within our mind, the story we tell ourselves about something or someone starts to becomes our reality and that is what we experience. Ajna teaches us to have a discerning mind, so we can learn to watch the feedback loop that is happening between ourselves and our reality. Ajna teaches us to decipher if the experience we are having is reality as it truly is, or an illusion of ours.
The Sanskrit meaning can be interpreted as to perceive as well as to command. In the third eye, we are receiving information from our external environment and it is through this center we have the power to command and create our inner vision. It is the seat of our conscious imagination. When we come from out heart center, from our truth, we can envision our life from that place of love. This is how we become the conscious co-creators of our own life. Hence this is why Ajna houses the abilities of clairvoyance and intuition.
In Kundalini, the Nadis Ida and Pingala come together in Ajna. As theses two energy centers merge (represented by two petals in the symbol of Ajna), we begin to see the end of duality. Only then can we discover the relationship in all things and give life deeper meaning.
Some great Kundalini Yoga poses to activate Ajna are Guru Pranam and Uttanasana.
Another great way to meditate and work with the third eye is by the practice of Trataka. A form of meditation that involves concentrating at a single point, like a candle flame. This helps improve eye function, focus and concentration. It also helps to activate the third eye and stimulate the pineal gland.
Essential Oils scents that can be used during meditation or daily activities to help open Ajna: Clary Sage, Frankincense, Palo Santo, Bay Laurel, and Carrot Seed.
Written by: Inner Mandala Medicine