Third Eye Thoughts
Did you know there is a link between your intuition and your health? It’s not something that is so far off, but actually, closer to your inside. It’s all related to your third eye.
The third eye is a metaphysical energy center located between your eyebrows. However, on a physical level, it is correlated with your pineal gland, a small pinecone-shaped gland that rests in the back of the brain. This gland is light sensitive and helps release chemicals such as melatonin which helps regulate our circadian rhythm telling us when to sleep and wake daily.
People throughout time have long since attempted to define spiritual experiences of awakening and transcendence and systems such as yoga and various forms of meditation have also produced outlines to achieve enlightenment or enlightened states of being. Throughout history, an emphasis has been placed on this eyebrow center of energy known as the third eye, and it hasn’t been until recent times that it has been connected to the activity of the pineal gland.
When the pineal gland excretes more melatonin in the brain, there are more visions in dreams. This occurs naturally when the sun goes down and you begin to feel tired- this is caused by melatonin being produced in the brain. The same happens when you meditate for long periods with your eyes closed in a dark space. Visions can occur or feelings of spiritual awakening. It is due in part to the photosensitivity of the pineal gland and your exposure to darkness over a prolonged period.
This means you are hardwired to be a spiritual being!
You can experience increased intuition and insight with just a little practice.
Health and the Third Eye
However, the health of the pineal gland must also be considered. The gland can become calcified, which is often seen due to fluoride, particularly in the drinking water systems. When it becomes clogged up, it can then affect the productivity of the gland and thus in turn cause disturbances in the sleep/wake cycle such as insomnia, lethargy, etc. In addition to eliminating fluoride from your diet, you can also incorporate cleansing foods as well as yogic techniques such as candle gazing to sharpen the third eye center.
The third eye is known as a bridge from the outer, external world as we know it to the internal world of the unknown. Ancient sages and mystics believed this area of the body to be the space for ascension and enlightenment through the brain/body. It was called the “seat of the soul” by French philosopher Descartes, although science has mostly discarded his sentiments. However, now that it has been proven that melatonin is in part regulated by the pineal gland, it does lend credibility to the fact that increased melatonin production can produce transcendent or mystical experiences during a waking state such as meditation through its function as a psychotropic chemical.
A Step Towards Self-Realization
When you can use this powerful energetic center, it can teach you to trust in your divine nature and understand your role in the big picture of life. This is one of the first steps to self-realization and living in alignment so that your thoughts, words, action, and choices are harmonized. This state of being lends itself to a more personal peaceful existence and also contributes to the peace of the planet.
If you feel a lack of purpose in your life, or suffer from headaches, indecisiveness, confusion, or paranoia, your third eye could be possibly be misfunctioning.
So how can you get in touch with your third? Here are 4 ways below to keep your third eye happy and healthy!
4 Tips for Third Eye Health
1) Eat Clean
Treat your body and mind like the temple it is- like the temple it was designed to be! A balanced and healthy diet is essential for this. Also, to prevent or reverse calcification of the pineal gland, superfoods like spirulina and chlorophyll provide nutrients for support and detoxification.
2) Start Meditating
Meditating is in and there’s a good reason for it. Most people have a hard time slowing down and its effects begin to cause stress, which is the root of disease. Meditation helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the rest and digest system. This helps the body recover and live in a state of harmony instead of stress.
There are many techniques you can try in the beginning to start meditating. One of the easiest ways is to just set aside some time each morning to sit quietly with yourself and follow your breath. Even if it’s only for 5-10 minutes per day, you will begin to see the benefits right away!
3) Try Candle Gazing
Candle gazing is an ancient yogic technique to purify the third eye center. Learning to focus is one of the steps that precede true meditative absorption and this technique uses the physical gaze as the means. In most meditations, there is a subject (you) and an object (in this case, the candle flame but could also be a mantra, the breath, etc.). This subject and object focus is representative of the dualistic world we live in that we seek to transcend through enlightenment. When you go deep into meditation, you become less aware of the object you are focused on so it is like the subject and object merge. This represents unity or oneness.
To practice candle gazing, sit with a lit candle at eye distance or below in a room with still air (no fans or wind). Focus on the flame for 1-3 minutes without blinking and then close your eyes while you hold the image of the flame steady in your third eye area.
4) Wear Moonstone
Everything in existence emits frequency and you can tune yourself to sync up with different frequencies. This is why often going into nature feels very soothing after being in a city. Moonstone is a beautiful milky white stone you can use to connect to your third eye. Wear it as jewelry or find crystals you can collect to place around your house. Put them near your bed or try placing them under your pillow. You can even lay down and place one on your third eye!
Remember to be patient with yourself as you try these practices. The results will come gradually over time and there is no race to the finish line. With continued practice, you may eventually begin to feel a deeper sense of interconnectedness to all of life, less ego identification, heightened senses, increased intuition and insight abilities, and more.