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The Third Eye Chakra: Unlocking the 6th Chakra

The Third Eye Chakra: Unlocking the 6th Chakra

Do you ever feel like you’re not seeing the whole picture? That you’re missing something? It could be because your Third Eye Chakra is blocked.

The Third Eye Chakra is the center of intuition and psychic abilities. People who are spiritually awake, or have a high degree of awareness, will often possess an active Third Eye Chakra.

In this article we cover everything you need to know about the Third Eye Chakra, and the different tools you can use for Third Eye Chakra healing.

Third Eye Chakra Summary

  • Sanskrit name: Ajna Chakra
  • Location: Centre of the forehead
  • Chakra Color: Indigo
  • Chakra Element: Light
  • Chakra Symbol: Inverted triangle within a circle surrounded by a two-petaled lotus
  • Frequency: 852 hz
  • Zodiac: Cancer
  • Energy: Feminine
  • Signs of a balanced Third Eye Chakra: Intuition, imagination, psychic abilities and inner wisdom
  • Signs of an imbalanced Third Eye Chakra: Lack of imagination, lack of focus, difficulty trusting or listening to your intuition, and physical symptoms such as blurred vision and problems sleeping.

Read on to learn more about your Ajna Chakra!

What is the Third Eye Chakra?

It can also be referred to as the Sixth Chakra, Ajna Chakra, or Brow Chakra. It is associated with the color indigo and is symbolized by a lotus flower.

This chakra is connected to our pineal gland, which is responsible for regulating our sleep-wake cycles, or in other words our circadian rhythm. It governs our natural sleep/wake cycle, so when our Ajna is in balance, we are able to sleep soundly and wake up feeling refreshed and energized.

When this chakra is in balance, we have a healthy relationship with our intuition and can tap into spiritual insights.

The Third Eye Chakra is connected to our:

  • Intuition and imagination
  • Self-knowledge and perception
  • Mental clarity and wisdom
  • Psychic ability and spiritual awareness

The Third Eye Chakra is connected to our deepest thoughts and emotions, which can make it one of the more difficult chakras to access and work on. 

The Ajna is often seen as one of the spiritual chakras, along with the Crown Chakra, and it is often referred to as our sixth sense. It is associated with the element of light, which is not surprising when you consider that the Third Eye Chakra acts as the light for our intuition and inner truth.

Working on opening this chakra will help us better understand ourselves, our emotions, and path in life.

Signs of a Balanced Third Eye or Ajna

The Sixth Chakra is the pathway to intuitive insight and spiritual growth, allowing you to see the world in a different light.

Signs that the Third Eye is open and balanced include:

  • Good concentration and focus
  • Good memory
  • Good decision-making skills
  • Good imagination
  • Good visualization skills
  • Restful sleeping patterns
  • Strong intuition and psychic abilities (the Third Eye plays a crucial role in astral projection)
  • A sense of peace and calm

Where is the Third Eye Chakra Located?

In the yogic and tantric traditions, the Ajna Chakra is said to be located in the center of your forehead, right above the bridge of your nose.

It is associated with the pituitary and pineal glands, which are responsible for producing hormones that regulate the human body’s growth and metabolism.

It is the sixth of the seven primary chakras in the body:

chakra body map
Seven primary chakras and their locations

What Causes an Overactive Third Eye Chakra?

When the Third Eye Chakra is overactive, it can cause us to see things that are not really there or to have hallucinations. We may also become overly obsessed with spiritual matters and have difficulty focusing on the here and now.

A blocked or imbalanced Third Eye Chakra can cause you to become self-conscious, paranoid, or feel lost.

There can be many different factors that contribute to an overactive Third Eye Chakra. Some possible causes include:

  • Being stressed or working too hard
  • Being overly focused on the material world
  • Not trusting your intuition or inner guidance
  • Being closed-minded or inflexible in your thinking
  • Being excessively self-critical or self-judgmental
  • Being excessively worried or anxious
  • Fears or phobias that limit your ability to think clearly
  • Not getting enough rest or sleep

Signs of an Overactive Third Eye Chakra

Overactive Third Eye Chakra symptoms can vary from person to person but they can often include:

  • Headaches or migraines
  • Insomnia or sleep disorders
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Nervousness or paranoia
  • Eye problems such as blurred vision or pressure behind the eyes
  • Overactive imagination
  • Lack of focus
  • Compulsive behavior
  • Nightmares
  • Paranoia or seeing things that are not there
  • Difficulty with decision-making (as a result of an overactive intuition)
  • Fear of being alone or the unknown
  • Trouble trusting yourself and others
Third Eye Chakra Symbol v2
Third Eye Chakra Symbol

Symptoms of a Third Eye Chakra Opening

When the Ajna chakra is open and functioning properly, you’ll experience mental clarity and focus. You will also find yourself being more intuitive, and able to trust your instincts

A Third Eye Chakra awakening can cause confusion at first as it opens up your psychic abilities, but this usually subsides as you become more comfortable with this chakra.

When you first begin to meditate or concentrate on this chakra, you can also feel light-headed or faint for no apparent reason. 

When your Third Eye Chakra starts to open, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Increased intuition and foresight
  • Lucid and vivid dreams
  • Increased synchronicity in your life
  • An urge to seek a higher life purpose
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Pressure in the head and behind the eyes
  • A heightened sense of self

How to Balance Your Third Eye Chakra

There are many ways to remove negative energy and increase the flow of energy to and from your Third Eye Chakra.

I’ve listed some popular techniques below but don’t forget that you can combine these different approaches. For example you could use crystals during a meditation practice or you could burn a chakra candle while performing Third Eye yoga poses.

Third Eye Chakra Guided Meditation

Meditation has proven scientific benefits for your mental and physical health, including reducing inflammation in the body, improving sleep and reducing anxiety. But meditation can also be a powerful tool for chakra balancing.

There are lots of different ways to practice meditation, including candle gazing and visualization. For Third Eye meditation it’s best to focus your session around your Third Eye and use affirmations to tap into your inner guide.

If you’re new to meditating, why not follow along with our 10 Minute Third Eye Chakra Guided Meditation:

Crystals for the Third Eye Chakra

There are a number of Third Eye Chakra crystals that you can use to balance this energy center, including:

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is used to create a relaxed environment by helping the mind to become silent and calm. It is a very soothing stone that can be used in many different ways, including in chakra jewelry and aura healing. It also helps with anxiety and stress relief.


Sodalite is used to enhance psychic abilities for the wearer and others around them. It is a very calming stone that works well with the Third Eye Chakra as it helps open the mind to new information while also providing a calming environment.


Fluorite is a powerful Third Eye Chakra stone as it helps balance your emotional feelings and energy levels. If you are currently struggling with focus or concentration, then Fluorite can help to address these issues and make focusing on your goals easier.

Check out our top 10 best places to buy chakra stones online

Third Eye Chakra Mudras

Mudras are specific hand gestures that help to focus and balance the energy in the body. You will often find them used during yoga to direct energy to different parts of the body.

Three popular Third Eye Chakra mudras are:

1. Shambhavi Mudra

This mudra is also known as the “gyana mudra.” The index finger and the thumb touch to form a circle while the other three fingers remain extended. This mudra for the Third Eye Chakra helps you to focus and concentrate on the present moment.

2. Nasagra Mudra

In this mudra, the index finger and the thumb touch at the tips to form a circle. The other three fingers remain extended and pointing straight ahead. This mudra promotes mental clarity and peace.

3. Bhumisparsha Mudra

Also known as the “earth witness mudra,” in this gesture, the hand is placed with the palm facing down and the thumb and index finger touching. The other three fingers remain extended. This mudra helps us to connect with our true nature and find inner peace.

Yoga Poses for the Third Eye Chakra

There are several Third Eye Chakra yoga poses, including many simple ones that you can practice in your own home. A lot of these poses involve stretching out the neck and upper body to release tension from this area.

Here are some different yoga asanas and what they do:

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

The Bhujangasana (also known as the Cobra) is a very simple yoga posture with many different uses. It is one of the best yoga poses for balancing the Third Eye Chakra as it helps to open up your mind and help you focus on new ideas, creativity, and concentration.

Cobra pose

Stressed Hand To Ear “P-Yoga”

This pose is aimed at improving your concentration level so when done correctly it can be a very effective way of balancing your Third Eye Chakra. You should ensure that you hold this pose for around two minutes to really get the benefit.

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

The Matsyasana or Fish pose is designed to increase energy, alertness and concentration, which is why it’s great for balancing the Third Eye Chakra.

Navasana (Boat Pose)

The Navasana or Boat pose is so called because of its similarity to a boat or boat in the water. It helps you to open up your spine and stimulate the Third Eye Chakra so that you can feel more relaxed and open to your intuition.

Boat yoga pose

Third Eye Chakra Essential Oils

There are a number of essential oils which can be used to heal the Third Eye Chakra. You can use aromatherapy oils in lots of different ways – from applying oils directly to your skin through massage or burning them in an oil burner – whatever works for you.

You could also burn a Third Eye Chakra candle containing one of these oils:

Blue Tansy

This oil is great for helping to balance the Third Eye Chakra as it helps relieve nervous tension, improve concentration and promote relaxation.


Lavender oil is also helpful as it helps to fight anxiety and stress while also clearing the mind.


Ginger is traditionally used to aid in concentration so it can be a very effective oil for unblocking the Third Eye Chakra.


Grapefruit oil promotes concentration and clarity of thought. It also helps to stimulate your Third Eye Chakra by making you feel more alert and open to new ideas.


Helichrysum is also used to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression while improving concentration levels, making it a great oil for the Third Eye.


Third Eye Chakra affirmations are a powerful tool for healing and balancing the mind. Affirmations are positive statements that you say out loud to help you connect with your inner guide and reprogram negative thought patterns.

Positive affirmations have been shown to reduce stress, promote a more positive outlook and help you deal with negative emotions.

To connect with your Third Eye, try affirmations such as: “I believe that my intuition will guide me in the right direction.”

third eye chakra affirmations
Third Eye chakra affirmations

Reiki Chakra Healing

Reiki is a japanese form of energy healing which involves a practitioner guiding healing life force energy towards different parts of your body. In reiki chakra, the reiki master will focus on your chakra centers to break down stagnant energy and rebalance your chakras.

For example for the Third Eye, the reiki positions would be focused around your forehead, where the Third Eye Chakra can be found. Although reiki usually involves a reiki master, you can practice it at home using our guide to reiki chakra healing

Sound Healing

Sound healing uses sound frequencies to balance the body and support wellbeing. Each of the chakras has a vibrational frequency and musical note which can re-energize it to get it moving in harmony again.

The Third Eye Chakra is associated with the frequency 852Hz and the musical note A.

The Third Eye Chakra frequency is 852Hz.

Using instruments such as singing bowls or tuning forks which are turned to these frequencies can help to reset an underactive Throat Chakra. You can even use your own voice by chanting chakra mantras.

If you would like some more chakra healing techniques, check out our 20 ways to heal your chakras guide.


When the going gets tough, it is often our Third Eye Chakra which guides us through to the other side.

The Third Eye Chakra is a very important energy center as it connects our physical body with our mind and spirit, enabling all three elements to communicate effectively.

A well-balanced Third Eye Chakra rests on our ability to see ourselves clearly. When you can understand and connect with your emotions, you will begin to experience your truth. A truth that will allow you to clearly see what needs working on in your own life and how you need to change to become a better person.

The Third Eye Chakra is one of the hardest chakras to balance, but with patience and knowledge, you will be able to balance your Third Eye Chakra and open up new opportunities in your life.

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  • Clare Smith

    Hi, I’m Clare – writer and publisher of Chakra Practice. I’m a certified chakra energy healer and a philosophy major. I love researching and writing about everything to do with chakras, including trying out new crystals, candles, essential oils – anything that can help me in my practice.

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