What is the third eye?
- Ajna Chakra?
- The Eye of Horus?
- The all-seeing eye on the dollar bill?
- The Pineal gland?
- That orifice from which Shiva lets loose the submarine fire?
There is some need to read beyond this dialectical culture of ours to try and intuit the meaning of these metaphors we use to express dimensions that can’t always be expressed logically.
We humans operate with a variety of energies, intelligences and faculties of mind. We sense. We employ will and deploy intention. We analyze, imagine and intuit. We know and need and desire. We are psycho-physical creatures with the added dimensions of emotion and something we vaguely refer to as the spiritual. And everything we see of ourselves, is viewed with an inner eye as opposed to the physical eye which obviously cannot be used to view a thought.
The third eye is an inner eye. It is the eye which one will use during the latter limbs of Patanjali’s Ashtangha. It is the eye employed during the Buddhist’s jhana. It is the eye which intuits the Yogi’s Gyana. This inner eye is a Great Witness and operates in many dimensions in a lot of different ways.
How do you open your third eye? It’s already open.
More applicable questions might be:
- How do I raise my emotional intelligence quotient?
- How do I train my intuition?
- How do I distinguish between imagination, inspiration, prescience and memory?
- How do I use the inner sight to navigate the 5 sheaths of physical existence as is described in the yogic kosha system (if you’re doing that).
- What roles does the inner eye play during meditation?
- What objective operations can the inner eye be employed for?
There are many relevant questions a curious seeker after self-knowledge and self-realization might ask. Yours is a good one. Let me return the question and I invite you to engage me in the comments if I’ve resonated with you.
What is it that YOU want to do with an open 3rd eye? What does it mean to YOU to have that energy activated?
How do I know that it has opened?
Close your eyes. Visualize anything. Could you do it? That’s one way.
One might be tempted to invoke neurology and put the onus of mind associations squarely with the occipital and parietal lobes of the brain. And still there is what looks like a picture in your mind’s eye of that image your visualizing.
Eyes open or closed, it doesn’t matter. Recall a feeling. Try to feel it again. There are a number of variables at play here. The mind’s eye is only one.
Again one might be tempted to lay the responsibility on the limbic system, the place between the brain stem and the two cerebral hemispheres that includes the amygdala, the hypothalamus, and the hippocampus. But what is it that is doing the recognizing of the current operation?
What is it used for? Well, besides what I have already written, now we get to talk about real magic and alignment with the Cosmic Nature, don’t we?
…is a Jnana Yogi in the lineage of aghor-nath, direct disciple of Vinayagananda Babaji, and founder of UmaMaYA (Uma Maheshwara Yoga & Ayurveda), the legacy of Uma Maheshwar Ashram. David has an M.A. in Semiotics and Ph.D.(c) in Eastern Philosophy and works in learning and development as a coach and mentor. He lives in Japan with his family and devotes his time to exploration of the human condition, in order to develop science-based tools, programs and products that help humans reach their fullest potential by delivering optimal body/mind health, abundance and joy.