Exploring The Concept of “The Third Eye”

Since the beginning of recorded history, we have heard rumblings about a “third eye.” This legend extends to major world religions today, as well as to civilizations as ancient as Egypt. It is described as humanity’s ability to contact, interact with, and even control higher levels of consciousness or being. Normally, these would be closed off to us, but the idea is that it takes work, practice, and discipline to truly reap the benefits of this vision. It seems natural that human beings, confined by so many physical limitations (being three dimensional, having bodies unsuitable for light speed travel, lacking the speed or strength of other animals, etc.) would hone into what humanity has always presented as its prize asset — connection with a deeper self, and a higher plane.

In Christianity, the “third eye” concept is somewhat outsourced to the figure of the Holy Spirit, but no less important. The idea is that where human intuition fails, the Holy Spirit can pick up the slack and guide you through making decisions in your daily life (not unlike Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio.) The renowned philosopher Descartes thought that the pineal gland was the source of all thought.

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A Cambodian Shiva head showing the third eye.

The most famous example of a third eye comes from Hinduism, most of whose gods are depicted with an actual third eye on their foreheads.

The body’s chakras are often depicted in Kundlini by a winged staff encircled by two snakes, or a Caduceus as it is known in Greek mythology. The snakes meet at the Ajna chakra, where the pineal and pituitary glands are located. This chakra is known as the source of consciousness, with Ajna translating to command or guidance. — Gaia.com

Theorizing about the third eye has become a pet project for conspiracists and scientists, mystics and academics alike. In pop culture, you can see it in the proliferation of the Hollywood myth that humans only use ten percent of their brains (Limitless (2011), Lucy (2014), Phenomenon (1996)), meaning that there is untold power in that untapped space. Even though neurologically speaking, the idea is inaccurate, it shows humanity’s unending interest in reaching that higher plane. The third eye is just one iteration of the idea that humans can transcend the physical with concentration and meditation.

However, for all the attention that yogic traditions give to training and opening your third eye, it can be difficult and might not be right for you. If the enlightenment of an open third eye means you cannot balance what you see, it might be outright dangerous.

The biggest risk generally is falling into delusion. Once your third eye is open, it’s a natural sense that your mind will use. You must then make the choice to train yourself with awareness to balance what you see. — Psychic Source

Like almost anything else, opening your third eye can be a rewarding experience, but is not free from consequences. However, some of the benefits are to die for, like increased foresight and a feeling of gradual and continual change. If you’re looking to make a change in your life, opening your third eye can be the right step for you, but if you can’t handle the consequences, it’s best to skip altogether.

Lastly, if you’re still interested in opening that third eye, here are some helpful tips from Power of Positivity:

  • Meditate.
  • Stay away from sugar and dairy as much as possible.
  • Meditate outside, naturally, sitting on the grass or natural ground.
  • Be mindful of our senses.
  • Drink more water.
  • Walk in nature for not less than half an hour every day.
  • Display and wear indigo and purple.
  • Let go of limiting beliefs.
  • Do aesthetic activities: Make visual art, drawing, coloring, working with memory, photography, hypnosis, and even some daydreaming

This 2019, you can reward yourself by letting go of limiting beliefs and opening the power of your third eye, allowing you to see into a spiritual realm usually reserved for spiritual geniuses. Good luck!

For more, check out this clip from Ancient Aliens below:

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