There’s so much mystique around the idea of the third eye chakra and psychic abilities, so for me it really helped to simplify the concepts associated with this chakra into ones I can get my head around, like intellect, intuition and imagination.
Ajna in Sanskrit means “command” or “see.” This chakra is visualised at the centre of the forehead, in between the brows and just above the brow line.
Ajna is the junction of the three main nadis or energy channels – ida, pingala and sushumna – that run alonside your spine. This is where all your subtle energy channels unite, making it a very powerful centre to meditate upon.
The traditional element associated with the sixth chakra is called mahat, meaning supreme, the culmination of all the elements into one.
This element is often perceived as light, without which the third eye would be unable to ‘see’ or perceive things.
So let’s chant and meditate on our third eye.
Play the video to begin. (Set your alarm for 5-10 minutes, or up to 20 minutes if you like.)
Sit in a comfortable cross legged position. You may also sit on a chair or lean against a wall for this meditation.
Elongate your spine upwards, lengthen your neck and subtly bring your chin back and in. This will align the spine with the back of your head.
To begin, take 5 deep, slow breaths though your nose.
Keeping your head still, use your eyes to look up at an imaginary point in the middle of your forehead, just above the eyebrows. This eye position is called shambhavi yoga mudra. Close your eyes while holding this mudra. Do not strain excessively.
Rest your hands in any comfortable position, you can place them on your knees.
Try to remain as still as possible.
Now inhale deeply and begin to chant in a soft, slow, steady voice the manta OM (pronounced AUM).
One chant of OM (AUM) Mantra should last for the entire exhalation. It’s a long “Oh,” followed by a semi-long “Mmmm” during each exhalation.
Once all the air has been expelled, inhale fully again and begin to chant the mantra once more.
Visualize the OM sound coming from a point in the middle of the forehead just above the eyebrows and emanating throughout your entire body.
Continue for the duration of the meditation. If your eyes tire from shambhavi yoga mudra release the mudra but continue to chant the OM (AUM) mantra as above. Reapply the mudra again when ready.
Once you have completed the meditation, rub the palms of your hands together and then place them on your eyes as you open them slowly. This will relax and comfort your eye muscles.
Take a few minutes to ground and centre yourself. Be aware of the presence of your intuitive mind as you go about your day.
Hari om tat sat. Namaste. Blessings.
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