What can you see with your real eyes?By Linda Emslie on 3 May 2017
Moving up the spectrum of light, at energy centre number six in your rainbow body, you arrive at the ethereal and mysterious Third Eye Chakra.
When I visualise colour for this chakra I see a deep indigo shot through with silver like a star-shine, midnight sky. For me, this is a place of magic as we tap into the skills of a higher realm and learn how to pierce illusion so that we can “see in Truth”. Learning the lessons of the third eye chakra brings us that much closer to all there is.
Of course, there can be no discussion of the third eye without reference to the “seat of the soul”, the pineal gland. It has been traditionally held that the pineal gland is the centre for clairvoyance, the place of psychic sight that extends beyond the physical. And the link to seeing continues with the discovery of photoreceptors in the pineal gland. Rather than providing information for sight, however, these receptors are involved with the pineal gland’s role in regulating sleep through the production of melatonin, and so register the cycles between dark and light.
So it’s not surprising that the Third Eye Chakra is also the place of dreams. The act of dreaming is a powerful way your subconscious communicates to your conscious. We often process problems or learnings via our dreams.
The pineal gland is also involved in the production of a substance called dimethyltryptamine (DMT), also known as the “spirit molecule”. It is suggested that this substance causes psychedelic states through the pineal gland, reinforcing the notion of this being the home of psychic vision and receiver of information transmitted during periods of altered states.
The element associated with the Third Eye Chakra is Light, which enables you to see, to self- reflect, to truly pierce the shadows. Through this centre you learn to connect with your intuition and bring all the information you receive together to deepen and expand your wisdom.
The Sanskrit name for this chakra is Ajna, which translates as “to perceive” and “to command”. The relevance of the name becomes clear as you begin to understand that your thoughts, words, emotions and visions actually shape the world around you. So the centre for seeing in truth enables you to gather more information to see yourself in truth and to reflect that truth outwards so that the world around you comes to support that inner, essence of you.
Some of the signs that indicate this chakra is out of balance can include:
- Inability to discern the truth in the information received via intuition – unclear and ungrounded.
- On the other hand, cynical, closed-mindedness and unable to accept that information can be received in different ways.
- Lack of dreams, or at the other extreme, having nightmares.
- Physical challenges such as
- Ear problems, nose problems
- Bleeding or receding gums, teeth problems
- Lack of memory
As with the other chakras, there is an element of growth and development associated with the Third Eye Chakra, and it equates to the developmental stage of children aged around 12 years. At this point in a child’s life they start looking for ways to fit in by adopting an archetypal identity, such as “teacher’s pet”, “rebel”, “tomboy”. The trick is to work with archetypal energies for opportunities to practise being in different realities, rather than getting stuck in less useful and expansive expressions such as stereotypes.
The Third Eye Chakra is where we truly start to experience a sense of belonging to something greater. Where we start going through our process of self-realisation.