CLEAR THINKING . INTUITION . INSPIRATION . DREAMING . VISUALIZATION INTELLIGENCE . MYSTICISM . UNDERSTANDING
Known as आज्ञा, the BROW Chakra, Ajna (command centre). This chakra is difficult to open due to our ego.
Location- middle of the forehead linking the eyebrows
Represented by – indigo Ajna mandala (command centre)
Petals- Ajna has two white petals, said to represent the psychic channels, Ida and Pingala, which meet here with the central Sushumna nadi (channel) before rising to the crown chakra, Sahasrara. Written upon them in white are the letters ‘Ham’ on the left petal, and ‘ksham’ on the right petal, representing Shiva and Shakti, respectively. These petals also represent the manifest and unmanifest mind, and are said by some to represent the pineal and pituitary glands.
Basic principle – Knowledge of Being
Function - Inner Vision – Without inner vision we will stumble in darkness. Ajna will balance the light and dark.
Body Parts – Cerebral hemispheres, autonomic nervous system
Sense – telepathy, intuitiveness or ESP, and other latent abilities within 85% of the brain which we don’t normally use.
Note and Mantra–The note is high A and the mantra is Om (Aum), Vowel sound – e
Astrological Signs – Cancer, Scorpio, Sagittarius/Jupiter, divinely inspired thought, higher knowledge; flashes of intuition of Aquarius/Uranus; imagination, intuition, and access to inner truths through devotion of Pisces/Neptune.
Crystals - Lapis lazuli, azurite, fluorite, sodalite, quartz crystal, sapphire and indicolite tourmaline
Element – Light, water
Related Herbs – Sandalwood (Santalum Album) and Elecampane (Inula Helenium)
Related Foods and Plants - echinacea, eggplant, ginseng
Related Aromatherapy - Gardenia, Lavender, Rosemary
Related Incense – Mugwort, Star Anise, Saffron and Acacia
Indigo relates to self responsibility – being responsible for one’s own life, responsible to oneself to follow the soul’s path and needs and trusting one’s own intuition. (the ability to see things from a ‘higher’ viewpoint rather than purely for satisfaction of the ego or one’s material comfort.). The indigo energy connects us to our unconscious self, and gives us the experience of being part of the whole universe. Strengthens intuition, imagination, psychic powers, and increases dream activity.
– highly intuitive
– clear sighted
– orderly mind
– Intellectual abilities and skills
– evaluation of conscious and unconscious insights
– receiving inspiration
– generating great acts of creativity and intuitive reasoning – emotional intelligence.
– forgiveness and compassion
Personality Traits: Intuitive, fearless, practical, idealistic, wise, and a truth seeker.
– inability to trust intuition
– scattered mind
– blinkered vision
– causes spiritual fatigue
– lack of concentration
– too sensitive
– an unwillingness to look within and excavate one`s fears
– fear of truth when one`s reason is clouded
– fear of relying on external counsel
Associated problems or Physical Dysfunctions – tension headache, migraine, visual defects, short-sightedness, long-sightedness, glaucoma, cataracts, sinus problems, ear problems, Brain tumor/hemorrhage/stroke, blindness, deafness, spinal problems, learning difficulties, seizures.
Chakra Meditation Technique to Open Third Eye
- Take a comfortable sitting posture with back straight and hands on knees. Close your eyes for a short time and then open your eyes and look forward at a fixed point, then look upward as high as possible without moving the head.
- Now, focus both eyes at eyebrow centre and concentrate. Try to suspend the thought process and meditate on Ajna chakra. It is important that the eyes converge towards eyebrow centre. If this is done in a correct manner, you will see two curved images of the eyebrow centre merging with each other at the top of the nose and forming a solid V-shaped point.
Close your eyes while holding this mudra. Do not strain excessively.
- Now inhale deeply and begin to chant in a soft, slow, steady voice the manta OM (pronounced AUM). One chant of OM (AUM) Mantra should last for the entire exhalation. Its a long “Oh”, followed by a semi long “Mmmm” during each exhalation. Once all the air has been expelled, inhale fully again and begin to chant the mantra once more.
- Visualize the OM sound coming from a point in the middle of the forehead just above the eyebrows and emanating throughout your entire body.
- Continue for the duration of the meditation. If your eyes tire from shambhavi yoga mudra release the mudra but continue to chant the OM (AUM) mantra as above. Reapply the mudra again when ready.
- Once you have completed the meditation, rub the palms of your hands together to make them warm and place them on your eyes as you open them slowly. This will relax and comfort your eye muscles.