What is the Ajna or Third-Eye Chakra?
The Third-Eye Chakra, also called the Ajna Chakra, is one of 7 chakras. It is the center of perception, consciousness and intuition. It is pronounced as ‘Agya Chakra’ and is the focal point of concentration during asana or meditation practices.
The Third Eye Chakra is located between the eyebrows, at the center of your head. While the two physical eyes see the past and the present, the third eye reveals insight into the future. This chakra establishes a connection with the external world through inner vision. Focusing on the third eye motivates us to move beyond the worldly desire and distractions. When the Ajna Chakra is awakened, it increases consciousness and transcends to a higher realm.
The Characteristics of Ajna Chakra
The Colour of Ajna Chakra
Ajna Chakra is the sixth energy center of all the seven chakras. The balance of this chakra is freedom of thought and expression. The color that reflects its concept is indigo. The almost dark blue hues or royal blue is associated with night. It also opens the door to the Divine. Indigo is the color of wisdom and inner knowledge. It brings clarity to all the five senses in the body. The color Indigo encourages the transformation of energies from the lower chakras into higher spiritual vibrations.
The Third-Eye Chakra Symbol
The Ajna symbol is an OM positioned over an inverted triangle that is seated within a circle between two lotus petals. This symbol contains two elements associated with wisdom: the upside-down triangle and the lotus flower. It strongly supports the concept of supreme intelligence and spiritual enlightenment. It channels the energy towards universal knowledge and is a gateway to higher consciousness.
Signs of an Ajna Chakra Imbalance
The increasing desire for material things disconnects us from our true Self. There is impatience, expectations, burdens of the past, and many more negative thoughts that block our vision. This distance from spirituality blurs our intuition and imbalances Ajna Chakra. Other aspects that manifest are indecisiveness, confusion, lack of focus and purpose, or depression. The struggle to reach your goals becomes even more difficult with self-doubt and narrow mindedness.
An overactive Ajna Chakra is not that common since physical reality is dominating in a modern lifestyle. However, in unique circumstances, an overactive Third-Eye Chakra results in overwhelming feelings. The psychic activities increase with instances of paranormal experiences. This can also lead to hallucinations and complete dissociation from the real world.
The physical symptoms of an imbalanced third eye chakra affect the neurons of the brain with problems like:
- Eye problems
- Brain disorders
- Endocrine imbalance
- Disorders in pituitary and pineal gland, hypothalamus
How to Heal the Ajna Chakra
Balancing the chakras requires patience and a high level of awareness. With the Third-Eye Chakra, a balanced state improves the physical and the spiritual. The intuition becomes strong as it is easier to listen to the inner wisdom. Equal importance is given to emotions as well as logic to make correct decisions in life.
A person with an overactive Ajna Chakra should spend more time with nature. It calms the overwhelming energies of the mind. Connecting to earth activates the basic instinct of grounded-ness in human beings. Likewise, an underactive Ajna Chakra could be brought to focus by practicing meditation in a peaceful space. Channelizing the energies is a skill that improves with practice. Maintaining a journal of thought patterns is also a good habit to increase awareness.
Yoga Techniques to Stimulate the Ajna Chakra
Improving inner awareness by opening the Third Eye Chakra transforms life. It is a spiritual practice more than a physical one. A complete focus while practicing these yoga asanas activates the energy of Third Eye Chakra and develops a strong intuitive quality.
Headstand || Shirshasana - The best way to activate the Ajna Chakra is the Headstand. Practicing this asana daily is beneficial for improved brain function and all sensory organs in the head. This asana stimulates and regulates all the bodily systems. It also helps to counter the problems of menopause.
Breathing & the Ajna Chakra
The simplest and effective way to activate the Ajna Chakra is through breathing consciously. Sit in a comfortable meditative pose with your spine elongated. Close your eyes and focus all your energies on your third eye. Bring your attention to breathing while inhaling and imagine a positive light entering the Third-Eye Chakra. In the same way, while exhaling, let all the negative thoughts away from you and let the whole body relax. Continue this process for 5 to 10 minutes.
Seed Mantra Chanting
Another way to activate Ajna Chakra is to concentrate on the location of the chakra and chant the seed mantra of - Om. Sit in a comfortable meditative posture with the spine elongated. Chant mentally the Beeja mantra 'Om' slowly with full awareness. Continue the chanting and concentration on the chakra as long as you are comfortable. You can repeat the chanting from 5 minutes to 15 minutes.
Affirmations for Third Eye Chakra
- I have clarity in my thoughts.
- Ego doesn’t cloud my thinking.
- I am open to my inner wisdom.
- I can manifest my vision.
The powers of the Third-Eye Chakra are infused with supreme knowledge and wisdom. Ajna Chakra balances the physical and spiritual qualities and brings harmony to the body and mind. Connecting with your Ajna Chakra can be practiced daily. Awakening the Ajna Chakra brings new opportunities, peace, and fulfillment in life.