Category Archives: Chakras

Third-eye chakra: seeing with the mind of G*d


If you already have a well-tuned sixth chakra, you might as well close this window because you already know what I’m going to say. That’s a little joke. Ha ha.

Need catching up? Visit any of these previous entries in The Rainbow Within Chakra Series

1st: Root chakra
2nd: Sacral chakra
3rd: Solar plexus chakra
4th: Heart chakra
5th: Throat chakra
6th: Third-eye chakra
7th: Crown chakra

I love this painting, don’t you? The color is so rich. There’s an ethereal quality of floating over the earth (the material) and of also being immaterial. The head lifted from the physical body to the heavens signifies, to me, the meeting of our mental body with the Divine mind. I am taken in by the imagery.
If you’ve ever found yourself staring at someone’s unibrow (or your own), you’re also looking in the area of the sixth chakra. Odd to think of a unibrow looking back at you.


Do any of these apply to you?

  • I fill my time with busy-ness and prefer it to stillness.
  • I have beliefs that no longer work for me and I’d like to let go of them, but I don’t know how.
  • I don’t really rely on my intuition. If I even have any.
  • I am afraid of change.

The Third Eye Chakra is the home of intuition, insight, wisdom, clairvoyance, truth, imagination, and the ability to visualize. Its Sanskrit word is ajna, meaning to perceive or to command. This energy wheel influences the brain and nervous system, the eyes, ears and nose, and the pineal and pituitary glands.

Here are some indications that you’ve got an imbalance in your Third Eye Chakra.

Emotional and mental:


  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Closed to new ideas, and ideas by others
  • Difficulty with emotional intelligence
  • Inability to learn from experience (like Benjamin Franklin’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results).
  • Physical symptoms associated with imbalance:

  • Brain tumor or stroke
  • Neurological imbalances
  • Blindness or deafness
  • Spinal difficulties
  • Learning disabilities
  • The color is indigo. Like a velvety dark sky after dusk and before the deepest dark of the night. (It’s said that “indigo children” are born with wide open 6th chakras.)
    The seed sound is “OM.” You know, the sound New Agers take a lot of teasing about. Om is a good chanting phoneme for opening and activating your Third Eye Chakra.
    The verb is “I see.”
    The associated endocrine gland is the pituitary.
    The Third Eye Chakra has to do with releasing perceptions that aren’t true and seeing what is True and timeless.

    Christian Sacrament: Ordination. To receive the grace to make sacred your path of service. Buddhists call this “Right Livelihood.”
    Jewish Sefirot: Binah, and Hokhmah. The duality of the feminine and masculine energies of G*d. Binah is the energy of the Divine mother, symbolizing compassion. Hokhmah is the energy of wisdom (the Divine masculine), symbolizing the contact point between the Divine mind and personal thoughts.
    Healing thought: Seek only Truth.

    Clairvoyance. Clairaudience. Clairsentience. Seeing Truth. Hearing one’s inner voice (which is, in fact, Divine). Knowing with certainty.


    To what degree do you experience these?

    I exercise clairsentience in small things. Like which route to take home. The timing to pitch an article idea to an editor. Where my car keys are.

    And this inner knowing has also been there for me in the bigger things. There was the time I heeded the voice when it told me to accompany a friend to a comedy improv show. That night I was captivated by this blue-eyed, intelligently humored performer, whom I asked to meet and who now is called “Daddy” by my children. There was the time I trusted my voice, going against “common sense,” when it said I’d be better off if I quit my job in academia. I did, and we’re somehow not destitute. I followed this guidance in choosing our adoption agency, the necessary route to our two children. And often I can see what blocks my clients in their quest to adopt a child.

    But much of the time I don’t stop and listen. I don’t always notice my inner vision, and I don’t make room for that knowing.

    Why? It takes time. It takes space, and it takes stillness. DOing is easy, but BEing, not so much. And it’s during the BEing that the Divine mind can reach us.

    So here are some ways to clear and activate your Third Eye Chakra.

    • Meditate. Even 5 minutes is beneficial.
    • Practice yoga. This helps you get into your body (and out of your head) for a time, and be present with your breathing.
    • The more you follow your guidance, the more you’ll get guidance. So begin following it in the small things (whether to go straight or turn right), then the bigger things (what to do about your career or your “quest,” whatever that may be).
    • Practice freewrite journaling.
    • Walk a labyrinth.
    • Just before going to sleep, focus on the internal space between your eyes. See what images appear, what thoughts come up.
    • Ask G*d/the Divine/the Universe to give you guidance. Simply asking opens the channel.
    • Whatever your problems are, depersonalize them. In other words, see them as opportunities for you to become whole rather than as punishment, karma, injustice, justice, or bad luck.
    • With intention (“I intend to clear my third eye”), grab at the space in front of your forehead as if you were clearing a cobweb. Maybe, metaphorically, you are.

    It’s late now, and I’m off to get some shut-eye. Hopefully, a triple dose (another little joke. haha.)

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    This post researched, in part,
    from Anatomy of the Spirit , by Caroline Myss, PhD.

    The paintings for this series were created by Lisa Brown-Olsen. Her work is featured at Green Mountain Yoga. Check out GMY’s online store, where you can also find chakra balancing jewelry by Mindy Arbuckle, owner of Green Mountain Yoga.

    Throat chakra: Where’s your will? In your way.

    Welcome to the realm of the Throat Chakra, the seat of your will.

    As you’ve probably guessed, the Throat Chakra is in your neck, located halfway between the notch in your collarbone on the front and your spinal bump on the back. The fifth chakra is a place of will, expression, and control.

    Need catching up? Visit any of these previous entries in The Rainbow Within Chakra Series

    1st: Root chakra
    2nd: Sacral chakra
    3rd: Solar plexus chakra
    4th: Heart chakra
    5th: Throat chakra
    6th: Third-eye chakra
    7th: Crown chakra

    Any of these apply to you?

    • People say I’m strong-willed.
    • I have no self-control when it comes to ______ (insert any addiction you might be battling, which for me was sugar).
    • I’m a bit controlling. OK, more than a bit.
    • I have trouble expressing myself honestly.
    • I need assurances of outcome before I’ll make a change.

    Emotional and mental issues of the throat chakra:

  • Addiction
  • Judgmental and critical
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Frustration with or fear about expressing yourself
  • Stubbornness
  • Overwhelming need to know why
  • Physical symptoms associated with imbalance:

  • Chronic sore throat
  • Laryngitis or pharyngitis
  • Raspy voice or little girl voice (think Betty Boop or Kristen Chenoweth)
  • TMJ
  • Thyroid problems
  • Mouth or gum sores
  • The color is blue. Like a clear sky on a winter day.
    The seed sound is “HUM” This is mentioned for those who meditate. This would be an appropriate chanting phoneme, as sound is a primeval force.
    The verb is “I speak.”
    The sense is sound.

    The associated endocrine gland is the thyroid.

    The Throat Chakra has to do with surrendering your own will to G*d or to the Divine.

    Christian Sacrament: Confession. Taking responsibility for one’s deeds and receiving the grace to cleanse yourself of negative acts of will.

    Jewish Sefirot: Gevurah, and Hesed. The left and right arms of G*d. Gevurah represents power, judgment and punishment; Hesed symbolizes the love and mercy of G*d.

    Healing thought: Surrender personal will to Divine will.

    For anytime you’re feeling that your life just isn’t what you thought it would be, here’s a powerful passage by Dr. Caroline Myss:

    As we mature, we all try to build lives according to our own will. First we separate from our parents; we establish our independence, and we seek a career. Then, inevitably, some event or crisis occurs. Perhaps an occupation does not unfold according to plan; or a marriage does not work out; or an illness develops. We find ourselves in a situation that forces us to confront the limitations of our own inner resources that prevent us from successfully completing our plans…We ponder some questions: “What am I meant to do with my life? What was my purpose in being born?” These questions set the stage for aligning our will to the Divine plan — the most profound choice we can make.

    That one choice, made in faith and trust, allows Divine authority to enter out lives and reorder our struggles into successes and our wounds into strengths. While we may or may not consciously desire to surrender our personal will to Divine authority, we are sure to encounter numerous opportunities to do so. An incentive to make that choice lied in the life stories — and life struggle — of people who experienced nothing but pain and failure until they said to God, “You take over.” Extraordinary acts of synchronicity then filled their lives, and new relationships their hearts. I have yet to meet the person who ever regretted saying to the Divine, “All yours.”

    As I research and compose this post, I can’t quite get my throat clear — a sign that I’ve got some releasing to do in my Throat Chakra. (In fact, with each post for this series, the spotlighted chakra in my own body has given me plenty of material to work with.) So here’s a rundown of the things I can check:

    • Am I holding back in speaking my truth?
    • Am I expressing judgment or criticism of someone (or myself)?
    • Have I told any lies? Obscured any truths?
    • Am I living by Divine guidance or my own fear?
    • Am I truly open to Divine guidance, or am I really trying to control G*d by saying “Guide me but stay within my comfort zone”?
    • Am I over-controlling something or someone?
    • Am I stuck on the question “Why?” for a situation?
    “Thy Will Be Done.” One of those phrases where simple easy.

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    This post researched, in part, from Anatomy of the Spirit , by Caroline Myss, PhD.

    The paintings for this series were created by Lisa Brown-Olsen. Her work is featured at Green Mountain Yoga. Check out GMY’s online store, where you can also find chakra balancing jewelry by Mindy Arbuckle, owner of Green Mountain Yoga.