Have you had a gut feeling about something? Some people call it intuition, some call it a sixth sense, but regardless of it's name, this power is something that we all possess as humans. Whether or not we use it is a completely different story. Our world, for most people, is experienced through the five senses; taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing. We've come to trust and rely on these very senses to get us through day to day. However if you only use your five senses, you are truly limiting your ability to think, see and understand beyond them.
The sixth chakra in the energy sequence is Ajna, or the Third Eye Chakra. Unlike the previous five chakras, the sixth chakra is not connected to the spinal cord. This chakra is located in the space in between your eyebrows and it encompasses the eyes, head, pituitary glands and the lower parts of the brain. Though invisible this chakra is very powerful, as it is known as the center of intuition. This area also controls some of the highest mental functions such as memory, recollection, intuition, unconsciousness as well as consciousness. However more than 50 percent of this chakra's true capacity is actually used, reason being that most of us are not accustomed to using the skill of intuitive thinking.
The Sanskrit term, Ajna, breaks down to mean 'perceive' or 'to command', it can also mean 'beyond wisdom', and it ultimately leads one to inner knowledge and understanding that can certainly guide you only if you allow it to do so. The Third Eye Chakra is not only known to be the seat of wisdom but one of consciousness, this is where your sense of justice and ethics originate. The symbol for this chakra is a five pointed star with two main petals, which represent the two primary fields of energy and it's representative element is the mind. The color of Ajna is indigo or a royal blue which is known to be the color of wisdom and deep inner knowing. The color acts a bridge, between the left and right hemispheres (of the brain), between heaven and earth, it is also a color of deep change. It allows for one to transform the energies of the lower chakras into higher spiritual vibrations.
Balance vs. Imbalance
A healthy sixth chakra promotes memory, advanced skill in learning, pattern recognition, and strong intuition. It can even enable a level of clairvoyance, telepathy, expanded imagination, lucid dreaming and visualization. However on the contrary, when the Ajna chakra is blocked it can translate into problems perceiving the world and your place in it. Generally speaking one can experience difficulty in applying your intuition, recalling important facts, learning new skills and trusting your inner voice. Just like the chakras before, there are two sides to the imbalance of this energy. An overactive chakra can make it very difficult to concentrate, one can also experience judgmental behavior, become dismissive and some extreme cases can cause one to have hallucinations. With an underactive sixth chakra, one can also find difficulty in concentration and recalling certain details. In addition a deficiency can make you indecisive, procrastinate, and become very fearful of the unknown. In a physical aspect, other issues can arise such high blood pressure, anxiety, migraines, sciatica, insomnia and depression.
There are a variety of methods to bring alignment to this energy. Like all the other chakras, meditation is one of the best ways to balance the Ajna chakra. When meditating to heal this chakra you may feel a tingling around the third eye area or even a slight headache, this is a sign that the block is being opened. Along with visual meditation (visualize the color associated with the chakra, in this case indigo) there are certain asanas that can certainly help with opening up the Ajna. Child's Pose (Balasana) with the forehead pressed to the mat or a yoga block is a great pose for not only resting but also opening the chakra. Dolphin Pose is another pose that is certainly helpful as well as the Shoulder Stand. Breathing exercises are also helpful in aligning the Third Eye Chakra. Brahmari or bee breath is suggested as an effective Pranayama technique; to accomplish bring both hands to your face, placing the two middle fingers over each eyelid, allowing the index fingers to rest on the eyebrows and the pinky fingers under the cheekbones. Close your ears with the thumbs, take a deep inhale and exhale the word AUM, with strong emphasis on the M sound creating a buzzing sound like a bee. Do this technique for about two to three minutes, repeating as needed. It is also said that certain scent and aromas can help draw attention and healing to the sixth chakra. Using incense and essential oils drawn from plants such as sandalwood, juniper, rosemary, clary sage, and frankincense are suggested for aromatherapy. Certain stones, crystals and gems can be essential in balancing this energy center as well. Stones that are said to be good with Ajna healing are aquamarine, moonstone, amethyst, clear quartz crystal, and lapis lazuli. Lastly, another effective method is chanting; the mantra for the Third Eye Chakra is SHAM. Using any one of these methods
should bring healing and openness to the otherwise closed and blocked Ajna Chakra
Intuitiveness and clarity of mind is one of the most vital aspects of life that there is. Yet there are so many people who are closed off to this ideology. The detriment of this lack can be felt on all levels, in your body, your mind and especially your spirit. Coming to a place of understanding can help you deal with the tribulations of life with a sort of peace and serenity that's needed. It's true what they say, 'free your mind and the rest will follow.'