Balancing the Third Eye Chakra
I am going to share something very personal with you because I think it will help illustrate why working the third eye or Brow Chakra is so important. When I was younger, I used to think every ailment that I got was going to be my last. I ran from doctor to doctor seeking answers to every little strange ache and pain that cropped up in my life. I also was afraid of everything– thunderstorms and earthquakes to name two of the big ones. For me, it was a lack of knowledge, discernment and life wisdom that kept me imbalanced. I had plenty of creativity and imagination (lol). I had a lot of work to do to develop faith in my inner wisdom. Often work on the 6th Chakra comes with age, but some people are born wise or life hits them hard early in life, so they are faced with many big issues that can lead to development of this intuitive sense. According to www.multidimension.com, the brow chakra and the crown chakra are interconnected with two parts of the brain. “The pituitary gland is called the ‘seat of the mind’ with the frontal lobe regulating emotional thoughts such as poetry and music, and the anterior lobe regulating concrete thought and intellectual concepts. On the other hand, the pineal gland is known as the ‘seat of illumination, intuition and cosmic consciousness’. The pineal gland is to the pituitary gland what intuition is to reason.” If this Chakra is out of balance, physically you might be experiencing head aches, eye aches or be unable to sleep or have nightmares.
The following is an excerpt from the class I teach on the third eye chakra. I encourage my students to try one of several doTERRA essential oil blends– clary sage to reduce anxiety and brain fog or Frankincense to increase higher mental powers. Start in child’s pose –making sure to have your fists or a block touching the brow between your eyes. From there move into a downward dog, placing a block so that your forehead is touching something. Use blocks during the forward fold before coming up to standing. Do several sun salutations– the first couple with your eyes open and then close your eyes to rely on your intuition to guide you through the sequence. During the balance work, we call upon the eagle again. The eagle, as well as other birds of prey, have amazing vision. They soar above everything and can see the tapestry of our lives. Without this eagle eye, our lives look like the underside of a tapestry– a mesh of threads going every which way. We work through several other poses from a seated position– all with our head touching a block. The simple act of touching a body part you are attempting to activate draws both your attention and energy there. Then meditate on the third eye by looking at a candle or closing the eyes completely and visualize a 5-pointed star with each point representing aspects of our higher brain functions. I had one of my students report back to me that after we worked the third eye chakra, she had a dream that her mother was in the room with her giving her a hug. She said it was not spooky, rather very comforting.
The fire staring practice is done first by softening your focus and staring at the flame as long as you can without blinking. Follow that with gently closing your eyes and noticing any visions or images that crop up. Try to allow thoughts and images to pass by as if they are clouds in the sky. If you are an auditory learner, hum the following seed sound— Aum, Aum, Aum. I invite my students to select a throat chakra affirmation to become their mantra as they leave the class. Maybe one of them will speak to you.
I wish you health and joy in your day. Namaste, Andrea
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