The Sixth Chakra
The sixth chakra, also considered the third eye, is located between the eyebrows on the forehead. It is primarily linked to the pituitary gland and is associated with the face, eyes, ears, nose, parts of the brain and the central nervous system. Represented by the 96 petalled lotus, it encompasses all senses and vibrates in the color of indigo. It is also said to interlace shades of yellow and violet, depending on which aspect of knowledge is being accessed. If a more rational, mental thought is radiating, a yellow hue will ensue within the indigo, whereas if the thought harkens from a more intuitive, spiritual cognizance (ESP), then violet will run through the indigo. The third eye energy not only pulsates at the brow, but also opens to the back of the head at the base of the occiput where the spine meets the skull. It is believed that the pituitary organizes the flow of energy through the front chakra and the pineal gland influences the posterior energy flow. These two glands are considered the control centers for the entire endocrine system, harmonizing and balancing hormones, monitoring fight/flight responses, controlling body temperature and regulating growth.
The energy of the third eye leads us to wisdom and the realization that we create our own reality. It is through the reasoning mind that we understand what motivates us to do things, but it is our deep awareness of our inner truth that drives us to create what the Divine self desires us to actualize. The brain runs our physical body but the mind controls the energy body, and because of that, our thoughts create energy, which then become manifestation. Any thought that we have can lead to fruition of that thought, be it negative or positive, so it is up to the sixth chakra to encourage the mind to only produce conscious thought. Though conscious thought we can create a positive, harmonious life, led by our intuitive self, guided by spirit. Many unconscious thoughts and actions are motivated by fears and beliefs imprinted on us by external sources (like parents, friends etc.) These people may have our best interests in mind, but often it is their lessons and experiences that they thrust on us, expecting us to follow. Their fears and mores become our paths and we no longer are guided by our inner spirits and voices, but instead find ourselves dancing to their tunes. This unconscious behavior causes imbalance and self-deception. The sixth chakra conscious mind is usurped by brain function and all connection to our inner self is subjugated. We begin to operate on other people’s old belief patterns rather than establish instinctual perceptions and observational qualities of our own. The ability to detach from miasmic patternings and see what is being done from a fear space rather than from an open connection is the third eye’s forte. It allows us to understand the truth and not the illusion, the faith and not the fear, the wisdom and not the delusion.
When the third eye chakra is imbalanced, various disease processes are capable to manifesting. Remember that thought creates energy, creates manifestation. If you don’t like what you see, or you don’t want to see something, the possible manifestation of that thought process could be sties, poor eyesight or blindness. Likewise, if you desire not to hear, you may manifest deafness or ringing in the ears. Not wanting to know something may create learning difficulties, not wanting to stand up for yourself may cause spinal dysfunctioning, etc. Brain tumors, stroke, neurological challenges, headaches and migraines can all be from imbalances in the third eye chakra.
Essential oils that support the third eye are ones that carry the highest energetic frequency. Oils used in meditation and spiritual rituals all help to open the third eye and bring us closer to conscious thought. Some of these oils are frankincense, rose, neroli, elemi, rose, jasmine, melissa, lavender and sandalwood. Each oil, on its own, will radiate a specific vibration, but when two or more are mixed, a new higher frequency will ensue, as if each oil raises the resonance of the other oil, lifting the blend to a whole new realm. It’s fun to play with blending oils for meditation, because each different blend will stimulate the limbic system and the pituitary gland in a different way, creating a very unique meditation each time.
Essential oils can play a big role for physical manifestations of third eye dysfunctionings. Oils that help eye problems like sties or conjunctivitis are tea tree, lavender, clary sage, geranium, lemon, chamomile and rose. Adding essential oils to a bowl of steaming water and deeply inhaling the steam can help sinus infections and sinusitis. Oils recommended for steam inhalations are eucalyptus, tea tree, cajuput, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, pine, and sandalwood. These oils can also be added to water in a neti pot and poured through the nasal cavity, but a very dilute solution must be used, as the oils are very concentrated and could burn the tender mucosal tissue. Headaches and migraines can be related to a stressed and tense third eye chakra. Common essential oils for headaches are lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, jasmine, peppermint, hyssop, melissa, chamomile, marjoram and rosemary. A cool compress with essential oils added can be laid on the forehead and over the eyes to reduce the heat and tension of tight inter-cranial membranes. Lavender can also be rubbed directly on the temples to soothe and de-stress the restrictive membranes.
In this time of opening to the Ascension process, we are all developing greater third eye awareness. Our intuitive skills are heightening, our perceptual understanding is deepening and our state of consciousness is expanding. We are releasing the old belief systems and developing new, original mind expansions that will help us hold the new energy frequencies that are currently encircling the planet. By trusting and following our third eye guidance we will create a reality of peace and harmony with our inner selves and those around us. Our conscious state of expanded awareness will hold a high frequency of wisdom and love and we will truly know our truth.
To listen to a guided visualization on the 6th chakra, click here