Is your third eye chakra blocked? Unblocking your third eye, also known as pineal gland or Ajna chakra, allows you to tune into your intuition and connect with the divine realm.
What is the third eye?
Mystics and spiritual practitioners have long considered the third eye or the pineal gland to be the gateway to universal connection. Every ancient culture across the globe has mentioned the significance of the third in attaining spiritual fulfillment. According to the Ancient Egyptians, the placement of the pineal gland, situated between your eyebrows, mirrors the location of the Eye of Horus. Moreover, according to Ayurvedic philosophy, the Ajna chakra or the sixth chakra represents our third eye.
Naturopathic doctor and holistic coach Erica Matluck explains “The third eye is an energetic center, or chakra. Though it is not an actual physical structure, it is associated with the pineal and pituitary glands on the brain and located on the forehead between the brows.” It is believed that the third eye leads to higher levels of intuition, concentration, foresight, clarity, imagination and extra-sensory perception.
Erica adds “It gives us the ability to see beyond what is physically present in the moment. Seers and psychics typically have highly developed third eye chakras.”
Understanding the pineal gland
Your third eye or pineal gland is a small gland in the brain shaped like a pea. It is a conical mass of tissue situated in the vertebrate brain close to the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus gland. From a medical perspective, it’s function is still unclear. However, research indicates that it generates and regulates certain hormones, like melatonin. Melatonin helps to regulate sleep patterns and protect against various cardiovascular issues according to a 2016 study.
When exposed to light, our third eye becomes activated and performs several functions in the body related to regulating our biorhythm. Along with the hypothalamus gland, this pear-shaped organ helps to control our hunger, thirst, sexual desire and our aging process. One study describes the human pineal gland as “an extremely active neuroendocrine transducer. Environmental light acts through the retina and entrains the pineal gland’s circadian rhythms by way of the hypothalamus and sympathetic nervous system… this tiny gland is considered to be the “regulator of regulators” and important in general homeostasis.”
However, the third eye or the sixth chakra plays a much larger role to play than simply taking care of our health and wellness.
When your third eye is blocked
A blocked third eye can make you feel lost in life, lose touch with your intuition and become spiritually stagnant. Your perception becomes negatively skewed and you start becoming increasingly anxious and afraid about your past and future.
“When your third eye is open, you’ll experience clear insight, open-mindedness, intellectual balance, and a strong connection to your intuition or inner wisdom,” explains Aletheia Luna, writer, and co-founder of Lonerwolf. She adds that when your third eye is constricted, you will “struggle with narrow-mindedness, overthinking, insomnia, suffocating beliefs, lack of purpose, depression, and an inability to connect with your Soul.”
A blocked pineal gland can also lead to feelings of disengagement in life. It can make you lose your sense of purpose, feel exhausted, and hopelessly stuck in the daily grind. “A blocked third eye chakra can seriously affect your motivation and zest for life, which will lower the vibration of all your other chakras. A third eye chakra blockage can make it difficult to see the meaning in life, and feel grateful for the experiences that you have during your time here,” explains the Power of Positivity.
When this chakra is blocked, you will feel a lot more confused, pessimistic, jealous, and uncertain. Moreover, it can also affect your physical well-being as the third eye chakra governs various neurological functions like regulating sleep, metabolic function, and preventing infections. This can lead to becoming ill frequently, having high blood pressure, and experiencing insomnia.
Signs of third eye blockage
When your pineal gland is blocked, “you may struggle to have faith in your broader purpose. So, you may feel there’s no point to what you’re doing, or feel it is insignificant. You might also be struck by your inability to make decisions. Some people describe this as a feeling of psychological paralysis,” writes Law of Attraction expert Katherine Hurst.
So how can you know if your third eye is blocked? Here are a few signs that will help you find out:
- Lack of clarity
- Feeling monotonous, bored and trapped
- Unable to have a broader vision in life
- Indulging in fantasies and illusions to escape reality
- Unable to connect with spiritual self
- Anxiety and depression
- Delusions and paranoia
- Having nightmares
- Poor immune system
- Migraines and seizures
- Sinusitis and sciatica
- High blood pressure
If you can identify with all or most of these signs, then it is imperative that you clear the blockage so that you can tune into your higher self and live a better, more purposeful life.
Read also: What Are Chakras? A Quick and Easy Guide
How to open your third eye or pineal gland
Here’s how you can start to unblock this energy center and open your third eye:
1. Practice third eye meditation
Meditate on your third eye or Ajna chakra. You can do this by practicing transcendental meditation or mindfulness meditation by yourself. Meditation can help significantly when attempting to unblock your third eye. Holistic coach Erica Matluck says “Focus your attention on the point between the brows in meditation, and simply observe what images or thoughts arise.” By becoming increasingly aware of your thoughts and emotions, you will be able to open more spiritual space within you.
2. Do breathing exercises
Breathing is one of the simplest ways to increase your awareness and bring your attention to the present moment. Intentional breathing exercises can help you a lot in opening your pineal gland. Erica adds “There are many kinds of breath work, but holotropic breath work is particularly well-suited to opening your sixth chakra.”
3. Practice Yoga
Kundalini yoga can be especially helpful if you want to unleash your third eye and enhance your spiritual and psychic abilities. Kundalini yoga is a form of intense and highly spiritual yoga that can lead to opening of the third eye. However, make sure you focus on particular kriyas. “When you practice Kundalini yoga, choose kriyas that focus on the pituitary or pineal glands,” explains Erica Matluck.
However, you may choose to practice other simpler types of Yoga as well. Katherine Hurst writes “Yoga can also be helpful when learning how to balance your chakras. Third eye yoga poses include the child pose and the eagle pose. You can find pictures and videos that will guide you through these straightforward positions. You may notice 3rd eye chakra opening symptoms soon after”
4. Eat a nutritious diet
If you are hooked to takeouts and junk food then there’s a good chance you might not be able to unblock your third eye. Following a strict nutritious diet is one of the best ways to open your pineal gland and chakra alignment. International yoga specialist and plant-based health coach Claire Grieve explains “Your food choices govern your energy. Adding an array of purple foods, such as blackberries, blueberries, grapes, eggplant, purple kale, purple sweet potatoes, and purple cabbage into your diet will boost and balance your third eye.”
Consume a lot of fruits, vegetables and whole foods. Eliminate packaged foods from your diet and eat foods like whole grains, nuts, legumes, raw apple cider vinegar, goji berries, spirulina, raw cacao, dark chocolate, chlorella, cilantro and chlorophyll. You should also add vitamin D, omega-3 rich foods, and naturally purple foods like purple cabbage, eggplant, blueberries, red grapes and blackberries to your diet. “Your diet is important because it directly influences your energy levels, hormones, and therefore feelings and thoughts,” explains Aletheia Luna.