How to Do Third Eye Meditation?
The psychic energy center – Ajna Chakra has a significant interest through the ages in spirituality and psychic practices where the people look for the practical techniques to open their third eye. When dealing with this chakra, there is a clear distinction between opening and balancing the third eye where most of the information on the internet fails to present clearly and mislead the readers. I have briefed the distinction here below.
What is Third Eye?
This is not a physical organ but exists as an astral entity in the forehead region between the two eyebrows as per yoga. In theology, it is also considered as the pineal gland which is a photosensitive organ present inside the body.
As I mentioned, the subtle body is the astral resemblance of the physical body and this chakra has a physical coordination with the pituitary gland. (See Unlocking the Mysteries of Astral Body) This is noted as the sixth level psychic energy center among the Kundalini chakras.
This eye does not deal with the external vision, but the internal vision and awareness. Nowadays, people who practice meditation are interested to know more about it or to learn the techniques of third eye meditation.
Here, the third eye meditation is not distinct from the regular form of kundalini meditation and is involved within it. I am not sure about the efficacy of the other third eye meditation techniques that are not involving the kundalini energy. (See How to Practice Kundalini Meditation?)
It is said in such practices that forcefully invoking the pressure in the third eye might cause premature temporary kundalini arousal resulting in the kundalini syndrome. Hence, the aspirants are cautioned in such practices.
Activating Ajna Chakra
There is a misconception that the third eye can be opened without the kundalini awakening. It is not true because the third eye gets opened only due to the kundalini arousal. So, the various methods of awakening the kundalini energy are meant to open this chakra. (Read also How to Safely Awaken the Kundalini Energy?)
All the major and minor chakras except the Sahasrara chakra are active for everyone. But its presence cannot be experienced directly in the case of ordinary people. The activeness means the role of these chakras in one’s daily activities. When there is a disturbance in the ordinary activeness of this third eye chakra, it is said to be blocked or unbalanced. And, the third eye meditation techniques that are not directly involved with the kundalini are determined to balance it. (Read also How to Balance your Chakras?)
After kundalini awakening, the activeness of these chakras has a different meaning as it is in the next level of development and these chakras can be felt directly. This is a significant chakra in the shaktipat transmission where mostly the aspirants are initiated through the Ajna Chakra, whereby it gets opened instantaneously. Shaktipat is considered as the safest and fastest approach to open this chakra.
Third Eye Meditation Techniques
Sit in the padmasana or siddhasa posture with the eyes positioned in such a way that it is always pointed towards the nose tip (not necessary to look at the nose tip). (Read also Why is Padmasana the Best Posture for Meditation?)
Concentrate the mind by focusing on the third eye (Ajna Chakra). Within seconds or minutes (for beginners) this psychic center becomes sensible and a pleasurable sensation will be felt as I mentioned in the book ‘Why Kundalini Meditation So Special?’
The chanting of the mantras or uttering the name of the Gods can be averted and just simply focus on the chakra and sensation.
After a while, the sensation will be present even without much concentration but won’t be intense when compared with a good concentration.( Read also 5 Ways of Concentration of Mind Naturally)
Various thoughts arise in the meditator interrupting the concentration of the mind where it is not an easy process to hold the mind in one point for a long time. Initially, the thoughts cannot be shielded completely in meditation where it arises consequently, yet it can be controlled. The meditation can be continued for 20 to 30 minutes. (See How to Control Thoughts during Meditation?)
After few years of practice, while in meditation, I see the third eye as a spinning radiant sun in my forehead. This mysterious experience has a significant attribute that it makes one slowly addict to it as because man’s inherent ability is obviously addicted to pleasures and happiness. The reality is that this addiction is not only confined to such spiritual experiences but the whole of kundalini.
Power of Third Eye Meditation
One of the significant qualities of the third eye for those who have opened it is that it gets spontaneously active in different life conditions, it might be while traveling in a vehicle, walking, eating or when one is in deep sleep. When this chakra is opened, it monitors the aspirant 24/7 leading to the spiritual progress.
Its prime focus is to control the mind and divert it inward. With the power of this chakra, the unwanted emotions will get eradicated one by one leading to a calm state of mind and higher mental perception. This center also has an important role in telepathy and ESP. (Read also Is Telepathy a Psychic Power?)
The psychic powers (siddhis) get developed in the aspirant when this third eye becomes powerful that nature itself obeys his command where ‘ajna’ literally means command in Sanskrit.
These all qualities place the third eye in a virtuous position and in few religions this chakra along with other major chakras are devoted with sandal paste, sacred ash, and vermillion or sanctified in that regions.