Third Eye Chakra Meaning and 12 Ways to Balance your Sixth Chakra

Third eye chakra is the spiritual center of the body that is strongly related to concentration and consciousness. The two most important energy channels (nadis) are Ida and Pingala, and their union symbolizes the new level to which duality can rise with the help of meditation. These two main energy channels which travel through the chakras and connect them, meet and conclude in the sixth chakra area.

Third Eye Chakra Symbol, Color and Meaning
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Why You Need to Balance Your Third Eye Chakra?

If you are facing the following problems, it might be that your heart chakra is out of balance:

  • insensitivity
  • loneliness
  • dysfunctional relationships
  • heart and chest problems
  • low or high blood pressure
  • respiratory problems


Weak immune system and indigestion problems are a clear sign of imbalance in the third chakra. In contemporary world many people suffer from under-active or over-active solar plexus chakra.

Regular exercise, especially yoga and meditation, can help you bring your chakras into balance. Focusing on activities which strengthen your third chakra can make a big difference in your personal growth and physical fitness.

Third Eye Chakra Symbol overexposed over Symbol of Flower of Life.

Third Eye Chakra Symbol

The brow chakra is depicted as a two-petalled rosette. The two petals represent the two main nadis, Ida and Pingala. Each leaf contains a letter -   हं “ham,” representing Shiva (cosmic consciousness), and क्षं “ksham,” representing Shakti (life force), and together they signal the ultimate union of the two.

An important symbol of the sixth chakra is Shakti Hakini, an androgynous deity, in which the female and male principles are equally represented. The brow chakra represents many dual principles, but it also signals the necessity of transcending these dualities.

Did you know:

An over-active brow chakra with weak grounding can lead a person to think he is literally 'loosing his mind'. People with very active sixth sense are not so rare, unfortunately not all learn to control and nourish their abilities.

The Meaning of Third Eye Chakra

Ajna represents the connection to the spiritual world and as such enables both intuitive insight, and the command of reality which you can achieve as soon as you transcend the dual understanding of the world and can calm your thoughts.

Within this superior presence, you can develop telepathic abilities that can manifest as the premonitions of what is to happen or as intuitive perceptions of other people.

These spiritual phenomena are commonly connected to the sixth chakra activity.

Another strength of a well developed and balanced Brow chakra is self-cognizance. The Third Eye experiences can be described as moments of enlightenment or as moments when our eyes are truly opened. The sixth chakra connects our awareness of the world around us, and our “sixth sense” perceptions and acts as a command center of our psyche.

The brow chakra color is dark blue or indigo, which symbolizes wisdom, inner peace, intuition and spiritual awareness. It is very cerebral in its nature and somewhat detached from emotions. In the absence of emotional turmoil, it is easier to have a wider perspective, reach a higher understanding, and deeper knowledge.

The Impact of the Sixth Chakra on Your Health

Since the functioning of the “third eye” impacts some of the endocrine glands, tasked with regulating the hormonal balance, you must not overlook the brow chakra’s importance for the overall health.

Third Eye Chakra Health Problems

Imbalanced sixth chakra reflects mainly in spiritual and psychological disorders, primarily as frustrations, anxieties, phobias, feelings of aimlessness and meaninglessness, and in having troubles concentrating.

But where there are mental issues, the physical problems follow suit. Headaches, migraines, or sensory organs’ impediments point to brow chakra issues.

A severely weakened Ajna can cause severe mental illnesses, which bear physical consequences as well. Holistic medicine believes that various forms of depression stem from “third eye” not functioning properly.

An overly active sixth chakra can also cause serious issues, such as hallucinations and schizophrenia.

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Physical Manifestations of Imbalanced Third Eye Chakra

If you:

  • suffer from frequent headaches or even migraines,
  • endure frequent sinus infections,
  • have hormonal issues,
  • have trouble with your eyesight,
  • are hard of hearing or have other auditory issues,
  • have a nervous system disorder,
  • have been diagnosed with a mental disorder,

you should address your brow chakra and commit to a regime of exercises, meditation, and other techniques that could help you restore balance to your sixth chakra.

Ajna Chakra and Spiritual Development

The sixth chakra is connected to perception and understanding so an imbalance of the brow chakra might manifest as an inability to distinguish between what is truly important in life and what is just everyday debris.

Problems with priorities may arise that give way to the inability to choose a correct path in life or make sound decisions.

The same goes for the lack of perspective that keeps one bogged down, waddling through insignificant details while the big picture remains elusive. The lack of a big picture is similar to traveling through life without a roadmap.

Brow chakra problems reflect in the inability to detach oneself from one’s emotions to the degree necessary for accurately perceiving and evaluating situations in life. The result can be a skewed image of reality that leads to wrong responses.

A significant imbalance in the brow chakra can manifest as delusional disorders, which require medical treatment.

Woman With Imbalanced Brow Chakra looking at Herself in Broken Mirror.

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Psychological Manifestations of Imbalanced Third Eye Chakra

If you:

  • have difficulty assuming responsibility,
  • find it hard to accept new ideas or opinions different from your own,
  • lack imagination,
  • feel like you are not in charge of your thoughts,
  • have trouble concentrating or retaining information,
  • cannot seem to find meaning in life,
  • feel you cannot access your intuition,
  • have trouble imagining your goals in life,
  • are haunted by fears, anxieties, or depressive moods,

you need to address the imbalance of your brow chakra to overcome these issues.

Signs of a Healthy Sixth Chakra

The heart chakra enables and stimulates the ability to connect with others. A healthy fourth chakra helps people to form relationships marked by tolerance and acceptance while both sides present the ability to maintain a healthy distance.

  • tolerance,
  • nonconditioning
  • empathy,
  • compassion,
  • persistence

are the signs of a healthy and balanced third chakra.

Healthy Fourth Chakra

The Benefits of an Active and Well Balanced Sixth Chakra

A well developed and well-balanced sixth chakra is your ticket into the world of imagination, mental images, and even visions. A strong brow chakra stimulates the formation of images and visualizations and enables the abstract aims to come alive. It also helps you envision your life, which is a necessary prerequisite for planning your future efficiently.

When you invest some effort into balancing your brow chakra, you can expect to see improvement in the health and perceptive power of your sensory organs. Their function is not limited solely to transmitting the outside stimuli but also includes the quality of perceived input. When the nerve impulses reach the brain, a healthy brow chakra assists in making sense of them by clearing the perception, sorting the significant from the insignificant, adjusting the perspective, and forming knowledge and understanding.

A balanced Ajna helps establish a connection between intuitive knowledge and your mentality. One of the aims of working on your brow chakra is to achieve the experience of mystical unity, beyond good and evil, and beyond any such dualism. An active and healthy sixth chakra will make you more confident in letting intuition guide your perception. This will allow you to avoid many an earthly mistake and glaze over insignificant fleeting occurrences of the here and now, while keeping in line with the pure, calm thought process accompanying the view of the big picture.

According to Patanjali yoga, Ajna benefits from yoga, which allows the peace of thinking to fill the chakra. In the silence of thought the energy of the sixth chakra can be applied to resolving the duality between the opposing principles – the sun and the moon, the male and the female, the right and the left hemisphere of the brain – and to reaching reconciliation. The balance between reason and intuition is established, and thus an awareness of inner peace is within your grasp.

Woman With Balanced Third Eye Chakra

You will be more at peace with yourself and the world around you as your healthy sixth chakra will help you deal with the increased sensory confusion of the modern world. You will be able to develop an ability to retreat into thought and process the whirlwind of information which surrounds you. You will find your mood and mental health improve significantly, once you restore balance to your brow chakra.

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9 Techniques to Activate and Balance Your Third Eye Chakra

Third Eye Chakra Healing


Things you can do today to heal your third eye chakra:

  1. Take up regular night walks, gaze at the starlit sky, and feel the peace, silence, and power of the nighttime.
  2. Exercise your imagination by reading books. Read fantasy novels and fairytales to stimulate your brow chakra.
  3. When you are picking out new clothing items or accessories, opt for indigo or dark blue colored ones. Apply the same color scheme to your apartment and pick furniture, accessories, accents, linens in the dark blue or indigo.
  4. Benefit from the mystical Eastern and Western wisdom and read the works of Buddha, Laozi, Epicurus, Seneca, and Schopenhauer.
  5. Keep a dream journal. As soon as you wake up, make a quick bullet point list of everything you manage to remember from your dream. These impressions will remain in written form and will imprint in your memory. Your imagination will come to life.
  6. Repeating the sound “aye” helps stimulate the brow chakra. Sit up straight, take a deep breath and upon exhale say “aye.” Repeat this exercise for five minutes.
  7. Take one of the following herbal extracts before your three main meals: European crab apple, walnut, or grapevine. You are not supposed to mix these extract so stick with the one you choose.
  8. Essential oils of violet, lemongrass, and cajuput also have a stimulative effect on the sixth chakra. Put three to four drops of the chosen essential oil in the diffuser, add them to your body lotion or add eight drops to your bath. You may also apply the essential oil to the center of your forehead and massage it in for it to have a direct effect on the sixth chakra.
  9. Relax and slowly repeat one of the following affirmations every day, especially before going to bed, at least ten times:
    - I open myself to my inner light.
    - I know that deep down I carry the answers to all questions.
    - I am establishing a connection with my intuition and imagination.

3 Techniques and Yoga Exercises to Open The Third Eye Chakra

1. Third Eye Chakra Yoga Pose: Balasana

Assume the “sleeping child” pose: Sit on your heels. Slowly lower your upper body down and let your forehead touch the floor. Your arms should be on the ground, besides your body, palms facing up. Take a couple of deep breaths while concentrating on your forehead. Slowly raise yourself up, almost one vertebra at a time, until you sit up straight. Tilt your head, gently rest it against the back of your neck, open your eyes and look up for a couple of seconds. Repeat this exercise three times.

Third Eye Chakra Yoga Pose: Woman exercising Yoga in Balanasana Pose.
Third chakra yoga pose: Balanasana is a yoga position for bringing energy and balancing your third eye chakra.

2. Third Eye Chakra Mudra

Sit on the floor in an upright position. The middle fingers of both hands should be straight, pointing up, tips touching. The tips of your thumbs should touch as well as the thumbs are directed towards your chest. The rest of the fingers should be clenched and touching at the second knuckle. Take a deep breath through your nose and as you exhale repeat the mantra “ksham.” Repeat the whole sequence seven times as you keep concentrating on your brow chakra.

3. Meditational Harmonization of Brow Chakra

Lie down on your back and close your eyes. Gently place your left palm on your forehead and put your right hand over your left hand. The position of your arms should be natural and follow the natural line of your forearms. Your arms will end up being placed diagonally to each other. Your hands should be resting softly on the forehead. Relax, breathe deeply and imagine you are drawing in life energy with each breath and directing it to your forehead upon each exhale. Imagine the energy to be of an intense dark blue color, at first shining through your hands and then radiating through your entire body. Maintain this position for seven breaths. At the end of the exercise place your arms on the floor beside your body and enjoy the relaxing benefits of the meditation for a while longer. This practice will make it significantly easier for you to reach other plains of consciousness but do not try to force the process. Until all the chakras are in harmonious balance, do not attempt to focus on the brow chakra.

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Sixth Chakra Meaning and Aspects:

Third Eye Chakra Location

Location in the body: on the forehead, between the eyebrows, at the bridge of the nose

Common names: brow chakra, sixth chakra, third eye chakra, Ajna

Name meaning: ajna comes from Sanskrit and translates to “knowledge”

Corresponding gland: pituitary gland


Pituitary Gland shown in the Brain of 3d Render of a Woman Head.
Pituitary gland, associated with the sixth chakra, is the gland which controls growth, blood pressure, sex organs functions, functioning of thyroid gland, metabolism, and some functions of other body organs.

Color: dark blue, indigo blue

Mantra: OM, KSHAM

Number of petals: two petals, each containing one of the following Sanskrit letters हं ham, and क्षं ksham

Corresponding deities: Shiva, Shakti, Hakini

Animal Symbols: /

Element: All

 Symbol: upside-down triangle

Sound: Aye

Frequency: 426.7 Hz

Corresponding sense: sixth sense, extrasensory perception, second sight

Corresponding natural phenomena: night sky, stars

Planet: Uranus

Planet Uranus
Uranus is the sixth planet from the Sun. Interesting, less known fact about Uranus is that it has a tilted rotational axis, meaning that its north and south poles are where most other planets have their equators.

Key themes: intuition, wisdom, stability, immediate perception, fantasy

Affected body parts: cerebellum, eyes, face, ears, nose, nasal cavity, endocrine system, nervous system

Positive spiritual aspects: self-esteem, creative energy, intuition, enlightenment, healing energy, the power of imagination, openness to new ideas, control over one’s thoughts, mutual interconnectedness of souls

Negative spiritual aspects: self-absorbedness, self-aggrandizement, coveting, desire to dominate, irresponsibility

Physical signs pointing to an abnormal functioning of the Brow Chakra: headaches, hearing problems, eye problems, myopia, hearing impairment, nasal cavity inflammation, diseases of the nervous system

Mental issues pointing to an abnormal functioning of the Brow Chakra: problems with concentrating and learning, wandering thoughts, fears, lack of meaning concerns, constant obsessive search for meaning, superstition, mental confusion