By: Bec Robertson
To be able to ‘see’ clearly is the foundation of navigating our path through life. Many people say that there is no map or rule book when it comes to life. I disagree. The map is the vision that you can achieve by accessing third eye consciousness.
What is third eye consciousness? How do you access it? How do you apply it as a tool for development, progress and growth?
The third eye energy centre is located at the middle of the forehead, at the space right between the eyes. It is one of the many energy centres located in the energy fields that permeate our physical body and the field around us.
Third eye sight is described as a sense of ‘knowing’, intuition and ‘seeing’ with the eyes closed. I like to think of it as the ability to know without the dominating intellectual mind being in control. Because third eye sight is very powerful, we don’t need to overuse it. A gentle approach is better than a forced approach. We can’t force the third eye to open, nor can we direct the insights that come from this level of consciousness. We have to let it flow. As MC/DJ Pab says “let it flow, let it reach”.
In order to access third eye consciousness, we have to be in an open state. This means leaving the intellect, ego and overthinking behind. And entering into a creative, flowing state where images, feelings, ideas and visions arise. We don’t try to control the process, we let it rise up by tuning into the level of consciousness required.
Here is a simple practice that will start opening third eye connection. Remember that the power of the third eye is strong and intuitive. Don’t judge or contain the experience. Let it flow. You will likely experience the unexpected. That is a good thing. We don’t want to be in control of the process. It is a creative process, which means that things bubble to the surface and float away. Don’t chase them.
Third Eye Practice
- Please read the NOTE at the end of this article before you decide whether third eye practice is for you, at this time. Third eye practice is powerful and transformative. It is best to come to it when you are feeling strong and in balance.
- Find a quiet spot without distraction. No phones, loud noises or talking. Set aside at least 30 minutes for this practice. If you can do this practice immersed in nature, that will achieve the best results. However, feeling safe is an essential part of achieving the relaxation state required. Therefore, if you can’t find a suitable spot in nature, this practice will still work for you at home.
- Make yourself comfortable. Your body needs to be in a relaxed state. I prefer lying down but do what feels right for you. Above all, relaxation of the body is key. Use pillows and blankets if needed. Ensure that your body temperature is not too hot or cold.
- Darken the room or if that isn’t possible, place a cloth over your eyes. Don’t cover the nose or mouth. You must be able to breathe without straining.
- You can use a soundtrack to create the right atmosphere. I created this one but experiment with what makes YOU feel relaxed. You want to enjoy the experience, not be distracted by a soundtrack that isn’t working for you.
- Once settled, place one hand on the belly. Just over the belly button. And the other hand gently on the chest. Don’t apply any pressure, relax.
- Close your eyes, if you haven’t already.
- Breathe in and out. Don’t force the breath. If you notice that you are breathing only into your top hand (on the chest), start to direct the breath down towards the belly. Let the breath flow easily and naturally.
- Notice any areas of tension in the body, direct the breath there. Keep doing this until the body feels relaxed.
- Thoughts will come and go. The mind might start racing. None of this is important. The mind likes to be in control. It will start to panic when it realises that you are letting go. Just let the thoughts pass. They aren’t important. They will eventually start to subside, which is why a practice of at least 30 minutes is recommended. You might start to feel scared of the thoughts that are arising. Because you are in a quiet, safe space, this is when the mind will start sending you all the underlying worries. Now is not the time to latch onto that. Just let it pass.
- As the body relaxes, the breathing flows. In and out. When you breath in, imagine breathing in your own energy. As you breathe out, release any energy that isn’t yours (other people’s negativity, problems that aren’t yours to own etc). You don’t need to think about what these problems are, just use the concept as a tool to breath into your own energy and release any baggage that isn’t yours to carry.
- You will notice a shift in consciousness. This might come powerfully or it might be gradual. Either is fine. Don’t be startled. It is just a shifting of gears, a releasing of the thinking mode and entering the more creative state.
- Ideas will begin to flow. Images might appear, scenes, colours, shapes, sounds might be heard, feelings might arise. This is third eye consciousness. Don’t try to use the logical mind to interpret it. What with see with the third eye can’t be interpreted using the logical mind.
- You might have to revisit a scene or an image in your mind to capture its true essence. You may even need to ask “what does this mean?”. Remember that what you ‘see’ with the third eye is a personal reflection of your inner state. You want to approach third eye consciousness from your own interpretation, not what someone else might tell you it means. E.g If you see a turtle, don’t google ‘Turtle’ to see what this means from a spiritual perspective. Think about what a turtle represents to you or what the characteristics of a turtle mean to you.
- The third eye is all about deriving meaning not intellectual understanding. What does what you are ‘seeing’ mean to you?
- You will get a natural sense when the practice is finished. When ready, count backwards from 10 to 1 in your head and start to move the body around slowly. Move only in a gentle way that feels good for the body. Take your time.
- When you are ready, slowly bring yourself back to the physical reality. Open your eyes and look at your hands to re-adjust your consciousness. Move slowly in getting up. If lying down, rolling to one side first is a nice way of transitioning to a seated position.
- You may feel light headed and dreamy when you come back from the practice. Have a glass of water ready as re-hydrating will help. A light snack of fruit or dates is good.
- Some people like to record their reflections in a journal. I don’t. The creative mind can’t be contained by words. You will hold onto what you need and remember it when the time is right.
Note: I don’t recommend third eye practice for anyone who is suffering from anxiety, exhaustion, high stress or mental health issues. This is because the practice can be confronting or reveal things that we aren’t yet ready to face. Working with a qualified therapist or mental health practitioner who can support you is an important first step. You can then talk to them about utilising tools such as energy work to support your healing. But, it is definitely best to do this in a way where you have support and a safe space to discuss any uncomfortable feelings or thoughts that arise. Above all, you want the experience of third eye practice to be transformative, powerful and positive – not negative or distressing.