I have written many articles about the third eye chakra, and there is still so much to cover.
The third eye is our sixth major chakra which is located between the eyebrows (roughly speaking). It is represented by the color indigo and is connected to the physical pineal gland.
When this chakra opens we experience our spiritual vision, there are so many different ways this can happen which is exactly what I want to cover today.
I want to go into more detail on the different visual and sensory phenomenon that can occur. If you are looking for an article specifically about opening the third eye you can check that out here. In this post we are going to focus on the different symptoms, so without further ado!
One of the more common visual experiences when opening the third eye is to see different colors.
This can range from the indigo of the third eye itself to all colors of the rainbow. Everything is energy as the saying goes, each color holds a specific energy which can vary depending on who is viewing it and the specific context.
There isn’t one specific meaning or interpretation of seeing each color, although you can extrapolate what they mean through their connection to each chakra, but this is a good sign that this center is starting to open.
2. Seeing auras
Along with seeing color, it is common to start to see auras or energy fields when the third eye opens.
Every living being has an aura, an energy field which extends beyond the physical body. In humans, these colors reflect current moods as well as deeper strengths and wounds.
Not everyone can see auras (or do so easily), it’s much easier to feel or sense an aura than to actually see it visually, so this isn’t something to worry about if you can’t.
3. Energy in the air
You can also see energy in the air while the physical eyes are open.
With enough practice it is possible for the third eye vision to overlay onto our physical reality, this can also happen when an important visual or message needs to come through.
Energy can manifest as little pinpricks of white light that float around people, plants, or just hang in the air. This energy that permeates all of existence goes by many different names – prana, chi, ki, life-force.
4. Pressure between the eyebrows
This is not so much a visual phenomenon as a sensory one. It is common to feel pressure between the eyebrows or experience headaches when the third eye is opening. This symptom should subside over time.
You can also feel energy moving in the forehead area, or at times feel as if someone suddenly slapped your third eye.
5. Seeing behind closed eyelids
When our third eye is opening or a little more balanced it’s possible to see from behind closed eyelids.
I’ve had this experience many times, where I am meditating with my eyes closed and suddenly see the room in front of me illuminated.
6. Faces & images
This is a common visual experience with the third eye at night times. It is said that midnight to 3am are the ‘witching hours’, a time where the veil between physical and spiritual is the thinnest.
I’m not sure how true this is, but there is certainly a cultural expectation that can make us more aware of the spiritual during these times, hence the apparent increase in paranormal activity.
7. The 4th dimension & astral plane
Another unusual experience that can happen through the third eye is seeing the 4th dimension or astral plane (depending on what term you want to use).
This can look like seeing a dark sky (in your third eye) that is filled with stars. The astral plane or 4th dimension is filled with different astral beings too which we can eventually perceive.
Piggybacking off of the last one, sometimes we can see ‘vortexes’ that look similar black holes. It is possible to perform astral projection through the third eye, where we feel our consciousness travel through a portal or vortex and come out the other side.
9. Wider perspective
The most basic function of the third eye is to open us up to wider perspectives on life. The third eye opens us up to our intuition, wider intelligence, the Universe at large.
10. Spiritual visions
Finally the third eye can bring on spiritual visions; you might call these premonitions.
Similar to how you might visualize a positive or negative outcome and see imagery flash through the mind, the third eye can pick up on different paths and possibilities for you.
Working with the third eye is no game. It might sound cool to be able to see all of these things and it can feel that way at times, but opening up our vision must be done with a clear intention.
I talk about the dangers of opening the third eye because I think this is such an important spiritual organ, that doesn’t get the respect it deserves in modern spirituality circles.
When we open our third eye we must understand that we might see things that we aren’t expecting or don’t want to. Often when the third eye is opened we’ll tune into our shadow (unconscious) and see things that will unnerve or frighten us. This isn’t because our consciousness wants to scare us per say, but because we have an unintegrated shadow.
The shadow contains all of our negative habits, beliefs, inclinations. When we come to spiritual awareness it’s imperative to work on our shadow so that we can see things clearly. So that what we are looking at isn’t being distorted by fears, biases, mental limitations etc.
When working with the third eye it’s important to have a good grounding in the lower chakras too, so that we have a solid foundation.
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