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Third-Eye Chakra

I see

Sight. Pure Reality. Intuition. Insight.

Ajna, which translates to “to command” or “to perceive,” is often viewed as the controlling hub for all the other chakras and systems within the body.

Positioned directly in the middle of your forehead, this chakra governs intuition, your life’s direction, and your sense of purpose. Physically, it supports the upper frontal sinuses, eyes, and the brain’s outer layers. It is connected with inner vision or clairvoyance, a harmonious balance of mind and body, and intuition, and is linked to the pineal gland, which oversees the body’s biorhythms, such as our sleep and wake cycles. A well-balanced third eye chakra enables us to have clear sight, concentrate effectively, trust our intuition, and maintain an enthusiasm for learning and continual growth.

The circle in its symbol represents Shiva, signifying the divine masculine, while the triangle is a representation of Shakti, symbolizing the divine feminine. The two petals correspond to the sun and moon, as well as the Ida and Pingala Nadis. Moreover, the symbol’s two petals and the circle are indicative of the three gunas or states of being. These include rajas, symbolized by one petal representing fire or activity, tamas, symbolized by the other petal representing water or inertia, and sattva, symbolized by the circle for balance, peace, or light.

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Characteristics of the 

Third-Eye Chakra

When the Third Eye Chakra is open and balanced, an individual feels in tune with their intuition and is more aware of the world around them in a deeper, more spiritual sense. They can easily visualize and manifest their goals. Conversely, when it’s blocked or imbalanced, one might feel lost, disconnected from intuition, and overly analytical.

Characteristics of a balanced 

Third-Eye Chakra


  • Strong intuition and memory
  • Vivid dreams and imagination
  • Clear thinking and learning enthusiasm
  • Clairvoyance and clairaudience
  • Ability to concentrate and focus
  • Balanced mind and body
  • Spiritual perception and access to mystical states
  • Ability to see the divinity in all beings and things
  • Telepathy and astral travel abilities















Characteristics of an Imbalanced

Third-Eye Chakra


An imbalanced Third Eye Chakra can lead to headaches and vision problems. Mentally, there might be difficulty concentrating, while emotionally, one might feel disconnected from intuition. Spiritually, there could be a feeling of disconnection from the universe.

Physical Symptoms:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Vision problems or eye issues
  • Sinusitis
  • Hearing issues
  • Hormonal imbalances or endocrine system dysfunctions
  • Sleep disorders like insomnia

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety or excessive worry
  • Fear of the unknown or of the future
  • Being either overly cynical or overly gullible

Mental Symptoms:

  • Lack of clarity or focus
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
  • Over-analyzing or overthinking
  • Indecisiveness

Spiritual Symptoms:

  • Feeling disconnected from one’s intuition or inner guidance
  • Lack of insight or personal vision
  • Difficulties in recognizing the greater patterns in life
  • Over-reliance on external validation rather than inner knowing
  • Closed off to experiences of psychic nature or spiritual visions.

Remember, the chakras interrelate with each other, so imbalances in one can sometimes affect or be affected by another It’s important to look holistically when trying to identify and address imbalances.

Associated With:

The Third Eye Chakra is linked to your self-awareness, intuition, insight, inner wisdom, clarity, psychic abilities, visualization, perception, and your sense of reality.

Chakra Development:

The development of this chakra primarily affects ages 8 to 14 years, although it can be impacted at any life stage.

When Balanced:

When the Third-Eye Chakra is in balance: You display intuition, perception, good memory, imagination, and the ability to think symbolically and visualize. Dream recall is also strong.

When Underactive:

When the Third-Eye Chakra is underactive or deficient: You might face insensitivity, poor memory, inability to visualize, difficulty imagining and foreseeing the future, along with weak dream recall and denial.

When Overactive:

When the Third-Eye Chakra is overactive or excessive: You could experience hallucinations, delusions, obsessions, difficulties in concentration, and nightmares.

Causes of Blocks:

Blockage in the Third Eye Chakra can arise from an array of fears and reluctances. Fears of sound, discipline, making realistic judgements, and acknowledging the truth can inhibit the optimal functioning of this chakra. An individual might fear sound in the context of ignoring inner voices that guide intuition, while fear of discipline could be due to the perceived restrictiveness of personal structure. Moreover, an unwillingness to face uncomfortable truths, including self-reflection and accepting one’s realities, can hinder personal growth and impede clear perception, leading to a blockage in the Third Eye Chakra.

Chakra Traumas:

Third Eye Chakra traumas include exposure to disturbing visuals or frightening settings, being belittled or dismissed for intuitive or psychic experiences, observing parental inconsistency or hypocrisy, lacking support for psychic sensitivities, and harboring fear of one’s own visions or capabilities.

To learn more about open, closed, and blocked Chakra states, check out our Chakra Overview post: Understanding the Chakra System: A Comprehensive Overview.

Third-Eye Chakra

Healing Strategies:

  • Don indigo-colored clothing.
  • Honor your intuition.
  • Employ sound healing or toning tools.
  • Practice theta therapies such as Reiki, restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, and relaxing music.
  • Gently tap your third eye while repeating affirmations such as “I awaken my inner vision” or “I am clairvoyant.”
  • Practice visualization, spend time in sunlight or use light therapy, seek new perspectives, and try balance poses in yoga.
  • Engage in artistic activities, enjoy purple foods, and consume Cacao.

Chakra Healing Affirmations

  • “I see”
  • “I perceive”
  • “I honor my intuition”
  • “My inner guidance is trustworthy”
  • “I am clairvoyant”
  • “My imagination is vibrant and strong”
  • “I see others and myself with love-filled eyes”
  • “My body and mind are in perfect harmony”
  • “I embrace my power”
  • “I trust my intuition”
  • “I see everything with clarity”
  • “I can manifest my vision”
  • “I am insightful and intuitive”
  • “I heed my inner wisdom”

Chakra Healing Crystals/Stones:

Sodalite, Lapis Lazull, Lepidolite, Labradorite, Purple Fluorite, Iolite, Amethyst, Azurite, Apophyllite, Kunzite, Moldavite

Chakra Healing Essential Oils:

Rosemary, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Clary Sage, Juniper, Thyme, Pine, Bay Laurel, Marjoram, Lavender, Chamomile

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