Updated: Oct 11, 2021
What do you think when you hear the word 'intuition'? Have your views been tarnished by overuse and less-than-professional associations? That slightly shady 1990's tarot card reader at your local markets? If so, I have a perspective you might find interesting.
In my corporate role in 2016, I was working with Professors from Deakin University and discovered that amateurs who are open-minded and passionate about a subject, consuming information often and from a wide range of sources, have a tendency to make more accurate judgments than people who are qualified experts in their field. This is because experts are tempted over time to rest on their laurels with dated knowledge and view new information through the theoretical frameworks of their training.
Ouch - but interesting, right?
This combination of curious creativity from the right side of the brain and data inputs from the left side of the brain means intuition has at least one foot in the earthly realm of the subconscious.
It also aligns directly with how the Third Eye is conceptualised in Yogic tradition, according to which this chakra is:
the sixth primary chakra on the body
located slightly above the middle of your brow
associated with the Pineal gland inside your brain
associated with Indigo or dark blue,
It represents imagination, self-awareness, thought, and the balancing of your internal perceptions - your emotions and inner dialogue - with the broader reality, the facts (and fictions) we encounter outside of ourselves. Despite the stereotypes, intuition has a practical aspect, and is as much about making judgments informed by observable facts and pattern recognition, as it is about mysticism.
Does that make it less sexy? Well maybe a little, but on the other hand, the implication is that intuition is something we really can all develop rather than being the domain of a special gifted few. Furthermore, considering how you relate to this chakra can offer new insights into how you're operating in the world and what you can focus on for growth.
So how do you know if your Third Eye is in a healthy state? Well, physically, your brain, eyes and sinuses will be healthy; you'll be able to learn quickly and your memory recall will be good. You'll have good pattern recognition skills with the ability to 'read between the lines'. You'll be able to think rationally during emotional situations (there's that balance of left and right brain use), and to self-regulate.
On the other hand, if things are a bit jammed up for you in this area here are some of the signs you might observe:
Inability to perceive beyond what is immediately obvious
Missing key signals from other people or the Universe - feeling that you think differently to the rest of the world
Rarely feeling creative or unable to imagine things in detail
Having difficulty seeing the 'bigger picture'
Dependency on external things - food, money, relationships, sex - in an effort to feel happy
You're an overthinker, lost in your thoughts and paralysed by analysis
You're overly emotional, or overly logical/rational
Stubbornness, having rigid views about the world, and being closed-minded, OR
Lacking in focus, overly flexible, and indecisive
Suffering from headaches, migraines, eye problems, and sleep disturbances.
Can you relate to many of these symptoms?
If so, it will probably help you to take up one, two, or all three of the following :)
Meditation. Almost all kinds of meditation will be beneficial here to help calm and clear the mind of clutter and reconnect with your inner intelligence. Particularly useful for the Third Eye is to meditate on 'seeing' with your mind's eye the colour indigo, imagining it resting between your eyebrows. It's also useful to ponder on the fact that your intelligence - who you are - is more than just your thoughts. If you'd like to try a guided meditation, I like this one by Brett Larkin Yoga at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC0pRCed39Q
Meditation takes practice so be patient with yourself and remember the first goal is not an out-of-body experience but to develop stillness, concentration, and awareness.
Crystals are useful aids to a meditation process, and you may find it helpful to put your attention on a particular crystal as a way to minimise distractions. Crystals that are linked with the Third Eye chakra include Lapis Lazuli, Sodalite, Azurite, Fluorite, Iolite, and Amethyst, and wearing one of these on your body can help keep you mindful, over time, of your goal to improve the health of your Third Eye chakra. If you're looking to purchase a Third Eye jewel, you may like to check out what's in store here at Luminous.
Aromatherapy - it's hard to go past essential oils for a quick and easy way to give yourself a lift physically and energetically, and the Third Eye is not immune! High-quality essential oils of Frankincense, Lavender, and Juniper (among others) complement this chakra, supporting a sense of stillness, peace, and clarity of thought. Incorporate a drop or two into your meditation practice and notice how the scents help move you into a more sacred space for cultivating awareness. My favourite Australian source for top-shelf and affordable essential oils is Essentially Oil'd, tell Penny I sent you :)
I hope this inspires you into a different perspective on intuition, a new interest in the Third Eye chakra, and to take one or two steps to nurture yourself in this area. If you try some of these techniques out, let me know how you go!
Looking for more chakra information? Head back to the Blog main page where you'll find discussion on each of the body's primary chakra centres along with effective and beautiful ways to work with them.