Chakra 2: Ajna or Third-eye.
Ajna is also known as a guru or third - eye chakra and it means ‘perception’. It is associated with the power of thought, imagination, abstract ideas, and controls the entire personality of an individual. Speaking about the petals, it consists of 96 petals and has two divisions- each consisting of 48 petals. According to Hindu tradition, it is the sixth primary chakra in the body.
This energy wheel controls, energizes the pituitary gland, the endocrine glands, and the brain. You will be amazed to know that it even energizes your right eye and ear. Your Mooladhara is even influenced by this chakra hence it is responsible for the health of your skin. This single chakra directs and controls the other major chakras.
Ajna chakra is a part of the brain and there are ways to make this chakra powerful. How? By practicing meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices. Trust me, once you have activated your chakra you can achieve a hell lot of benefits. As per Hindu tradition, it signifies the subconscious mind which is directly linked to brahman and once it gets activated, a person gets the ability to listen and connect with inner consciousness or we can say that one can predict the future. This guru chakra helps you to receive messages from the past and the future. A well-balanced Ajna displays charisma, keeps you calm, and displays clarity of judgment and if it’s blocked you might have to face problems like disharmony, aggression, stubbornness along physical ailments like eyes and nose problems, headache, and blood circulation issues in the brain. A person with a balanced Ajna can easily listen to its intuition and act on it with confidence. That person doesn’t have to carry negative features like ego and can easily accept the person the way he or she is.
Why Third Eye Gets Blocked?
Third Eye can be blocked by ego, rigidity, pride, and way too much seriousness. This imbalance will make, you live in an illusionary world. Blocked Third Eye gives birth to fear within a person due to which he doesn’t accept new and challenging projects as he fears failure. You will be surprised to know that person with a blocked chakra is highly obsessed with perfection. A certain person has an aggressive, rigid attitude, controlling, and manipulative behavior to an extent.
That’s the reason why,
Balancing your chakra is most especially your eye energy wheel i.e. neither it should be underactive, nor overactive neither imbalanced. The Imbalanced guru chakra can cause headaches, migraines, dizziness, confusion, eye and sinus issues, and focus issues. A person gets disconnected from a higher dimension.
When it gets underactive, you start losing your concentration, you are unable to self-reflect and see past illusions, and get disconnected from the universe as well.
When it gets imbalanced, a person starts getting stressed on a physical as well as an emotional level. If it’s overactive that means chakra is distributing too much energy which can even affect your overall well-being. A person with an overactive third eye becomes extremely analytical, anxious, mentally overwhelmed, and lacks clarity of thoughts as well.
The best way to balance it is through yoga, meditation, and aromatherapy.
First yoga, which is there on our list of “Trataka or Candle gazing”. To begin with, sit on a yoga mat in comfortable clothes and most importantly sitting comfortably. After that burn a candle and place it in front of you at a distance where you can gaze at the flame with an upright head and neck. Try to concentrate on the flame till the time your eyes start watering and then let your eyelids almost close. Once you have closed your eyelids, start focusing on the afterglow that remains. That afterglow will look like a small purple or red dot dancing across the darkness of your closed eyelids. Do this Kriya for two to three minutes and then relax.
Candle gazing helps you to connect with the energy of the Third Eye Chakra by stimulating your two eyes and empowering a secret government of the center utilizing the picture of a moving fire.
Balsana is the second yoga posture that is highly recommended for balancing your imbalanced Ajna energy wheel. To begin with, sit on a yoga mat, adjust your feet to rest under your hips, and bring your hips close to your heels. After that slowly and slowly start bringing your forehead downwards and connect to the earth or to the stacked surface of your hands. Either extend your hands forward or rest your arms by your sides. Take several and deep breaths, up to two minutes, and return to an upright position when complete.
In case your knees or the highest points of your feet battle with this posture, bring a moving cover behind your knees or underneath the highest points of your lower leg joints. Raise your head on a square or a pad. Child pose or Balasana creates a light pressure and energize your Third Eye Chakra.
For doing Prasarita Padottanasana you need to stand and spread your legs as far as you comfortably can and face the long edge of your mat. After that start inhaling and either hold a belt or towel behind your back. You can even interlace your fingers behind you as shown below. Then exhale and hinge forward from your hips. For the next step, you will be needing a block, a stack of books, or the surface of a chair or sofa because you have to bring your forehead in contact with any object.
The most important thing in yoga is to do the postures in a relaxed way instead of straining your legs, hand or back.
Hold this posture for two minutes and then come back by bending your knees and extending your spine long to rise to stand with an elongated back.
Child pose provides you a powerful shift for your perception as this inverted posture brings your head below your heart.
Nadi Shodhana Pranayama
Before starting Nadi Shodhana pick a comfortable seat and start taking natural breaths. Once you feel you are ready to proceed, take your right hand, let your index finger rest and keep your middle finger on your forehead at your Ajna. Let your thumb lay on your correct nostril. Rest your ring finger and little finger to your left side nostril. Square your correct nostril with your thumb and breathe in through your left nostril.
Next, obstruct your left nostril and discharge your thumb to breathe out through your correct nostril. Exchange this example of breathing from left to right and afterward option to left 10 to multiple times. To close the training, take three to four neutral and natural breaths through the two nostrils.
Nadi Shodhana Pranayama is a powerful breathing technique that brings balance to the right and left hemispheres of your brain by harmonizing the energy flowing toward the “rational” left brain and the “intuitive” right brain.
AUM (Ajna Bija Mantra)
Another way of energizing your energy wheel is through mediation and that too on the sounds of AUM (pronounced AH-OH-M). You can either chant the mantra silently or loud or can mediate on its vibration but for best results, we would recommend you to chant this sound as loud as possible while taking your attention on the space between your eyebrows. As you start practicing this session more than, gradually your consciousness will start moving into higher and higher states.
Though it might sound strange, yes, essential oils have the power to channelize all the energy that the chakras provide us with. For different energy wheels, different oils are considered hence pick accordingly the one. If we talk about the essential oil for the guru energy wheel, Rosemary is what should be considered. This essential oil has the power of opening a sleeping third eye, whereas your German chamomile will help you to stabilize and focus this visionary energy wheel. For a clear and balanced third guru energy wheel, Frankincense or sandalwood are good choices.
Other than that, this oil has aromatherapy benefits that promote better focus, concentration, and overall mood. Therapeutic grade, 100% pure Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus Officinalis) when used in massage oil, ease the feeling of muscle pain and tension. It even boosts your memory, concentration, and focus.
So go and try the one which you feel is your cup of tea and let me know how was your experience. Till the time, stay tuned, stay curious, and keep reading.