The third eye chakra is the seat of our intuition, and it governs the pineal gland, which is responsible for regulating the sleep/wake cycle. If you struggle with insomnia or if you’re an empath who struggles with overwhelm, the tips in today’s lecture might help!
LENGTH: 13 MINUTES
Today we’ll be talking about the third eye chakra, ajna chakra.
The physical seat of this chakra is the pineal gland, which is located deep in the center of the brain. The gland itself is often referred to as the third eye because of the way it responds to light, even if the eyes are closed. This responsiveness is what encourages the gland to produce the hormone melatonin, which is responsible for regulating the sleep/wake cycle.
On a more esoteric level, this chakra is the seat of our intuition.
Intuition is something talked about in the spiritual community a lot. We say things like “honor your intuition” “follow your intuition” and even outside the spiritual community people will say things like “listen to your gut.” When what they really mean is listen to your intuition. So we all know there’s this inner wisdom, this inner GPS we should be listening to, but what is it exactly? And how do we connect to it?
In my experience, intuition usually presents itself alongside a feeling of peace. Intuitive messages never come wrapped in fear or panic. It is an inner knowing that feels like peace. It is an urge to follow a certain path that feels good and natural. There is no resistance to something if it is intuitive.
Intuition is consciousness and every cell in our bodies is infused with it. I have heard so many stories from chronic illness warriors who have told me that they just knew what was wrong before they went to the doctor and had it confirmed by tests. We are so much more aware and so much more wise than we think we are. But we disconnect from this wisdom when the world around us tells us we’re wrong. We live in a culture that is obsessed with information and the logical mind, which is more of a masculine energy. Which isn’t bad but it is out of balance. We need to reawaken the feminine energy of the intuitive mind in order to rediscover that balance between the two.
Some people are naturally more intuitive than others, but this doesn’t mean they’re more special or that they have superpowers. We all have access to this. And we can all train ourselves to be more intuitive. Before we talk about that, let’s look at some signs of an underactive third eye chakra and an overactive third eye chakra.
So, if you have an underactive third eye chakra.
It’s a bit like running on autopilot. People with an underactive third eye aren’t fully awake. They’re a bit disconnected. Not in touch with their intuitive nature. Their divine nature.
Overly logical. More concerned with the physical.
Overactive lower chakras because that energy needs to go somewhere.
May also experience a lack of dream recall.
Overactive third eye chakra:
These are usually the empaths with poor boundaries.
Highly intuitive but just like people with an underactive third eye, they may also lack awareness and a connection to that intuitive nature. So they’re getting all of these intuitive messages but they’re overwhelmed by it and don’t know how to make sense of the information they’re receiving, which leads to overthinking and overprocessing—so you’re up in your head a lot and not so much present in the physical body.
Underactive lower chakras
Nightmares or Night terrors
Any kind of third eye dysfunction can create insomnia or circadian rhythm dysfunction. Because the pineal gland, which produces the sleepy hormone melatonin, gets thrown off.
yoga nidra—can help with dream recall
supported shoulder stand—pineal gland
third eye massage
It becomes much easier to connect with your intuition when you learn to connect to your emotions. Our emotions are our internal guidance system. Our inner GPS. They tell us when something is right or wrong for us. When something is intuitive, when something is in alignment with our highest soul’s purpose, it will feel like peace. It feels like an exhale. There is no resistance.
Some ways to get more in touch with your emotions would be:
Listening to music with mindfulness
Any of the practices suggested in the sacral chakra and heart chakra lectures
And I’m also going to link to a meditation practice that guides you through the process of connecting with your emotions. So check the lecture blog post for that.
Being more in tune with your emotions, being more mindful and present and aware is naturally going to heighten your intuitive abilities. But it’s not enough to just be aware of them. We must also validate them and honor them. Our emotions never exist for no reason. They are messengers, and in my experience, they are always on point. So this is a practice of cultivating self trust. And the more you practice, the easier and more natural it will become.
Balancing foods for Ajna Chakra:
dark purple grapes
the third eye is associated with the color indigo, so any dark blue or purple foods will be balancing for this chakra.
high frequency foods such as fruits with a high water content.
Having a handful of nuts or seeds at bedtime may help promote melatonin production
Third eye (pineal gland) can become calcified as a result of all the contaminants in our environment. One of the ways we can detoxify is by consuming zeolites. These little guys go in and trap toxins so that they can be safely removed from the body without intense detox symptoms. The brand of zeolite spray I use is called Coseva TRS. Since I have been taking TRS I sleep so much better. I have always been a vivid dreamer, but my dreams are clearer and easier to remember when I wake up now. I will leave a link to this product as well, and if you’d like to ask me questions about it, I’d be happy to answer them.
Before I go, I’d like to invite you to chant the bija mantra for this chakra which is OM, which I’m sure you’ve heard before. The third eye chakra is not associated with any physical element and is very spiritual in nature, so of course it would be associated with the sound Om, which is the primordial sound of creation. The sound of the universe.
So you can join me or just listen. And we’ll chant it three times.
Begin by sitting up tall and letting the hands rest comfortably in the lap. Take a deep breath in. And out. And now breathe in for the chant.
Om. Om. Om.
Thank you so much for practicing with me today. If you have any questions or comments you’d like to share, please head over to the private facebook group. And I will talk to you again soon. Namaste.