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8 Ways to Unblock Your Third Eye Chakra for Wellbeing

Shirodhara, an Ayurvedic healing technique. Oil dripping on the female forehead to clear third eye chakra


A properly functioning pineal gland (aka third eye chakra) is synonymous with good health and wellbeing. Here are 8 ways to decalcify, unblock, and activate it.

Located in the centermost area of the brain, nuzzled in between the two hemispheres, lies the magnificent pineal gland— known as the third eye chakra, or ajna chakra in the Hindu system. This tiny pinecone-shaped endocrine gland (aka the mind’s eye, the all-seeing eye, the seat of consciousness, and the gateway to the soul) is the stuff of myth, magic, and legend. It is a “stargate” or pathway between the physical and metaphysical dimensions.

The pineal gland produces and secretes melatonin, a serotonin-derived hormone responsible for regulating the body’s biorhythms, including, for example, our sleep-wake cycles. It also works in congruence with the hypothalamus gland, which directs the body’s hunger and thirst, sexual desire, and aging process.

But as many wisdom traditions believe, when performing at its ultimate capacity, the pineal gland releases important biochemicals such as dimethyltryptamine (DMT), aka the spirit molecule, which is a prime catalyst for higher states of consciousness, intuition, and even possibly the experience of universal consciousness (otherwise known as enlightenment).

A properly functioning pineal gland is synonymous with good health and wellbeing, while calcification (the buildup of calcium phosphate crystals) and deterioration of the pineal gland could be health hazards.

Having a blocked third eye (or calcified pineal gland), then, can wreak havoc on your wellbeing—from anxiety, depression, pessimism, and a tendency to overanalyze to confusion, delusions, paranoia, and an impaired perception of reality, to even being linked to neurological disorders.

Here are seven tips for decalcifying and activating the third eye.

Give processed foods the boot. Foods with additives, preservatives, chemicals, and pesticides are all risk factors for both calcification and premature aging. That goes for GMO foods as well. Always opt for organic, living, plant-based foods.

Ditch the shades. Our eyes need indirect sunlight exposure to function properly. The pineal gland, on dissection, reveals the presence of a photoreceptor, like the ones our two seeing eyes are equipped with—hence the alias the third eye. The pineal gland’s photoreceptor is actually activated by light reflected from the retina, so don’t be afraid of the sun’s brilliance at all costs, and don’t be fanatic about sunglasses.

Try sungazing. To venture a step further down the rabbit hole of experimentation, sungazing is an ancient technique believed to improve health and even induce such states as heightened clairvoyance and the ability to subsist without food or water. But bear in mind that only certain times of day—specific stages of sunrise and sunset—are recommended for sungazing. So don’t go staring at the sun at high noon and expect to attain superhuman powers.

Embrace darkness. The third eye is activated not only by the sun, but also by darkness—complete darkness. So make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible during your dreamtime. Even the small light of an alarm clock or cellphone can be disruptive to the production of melatonin, the hormone associated with sleep regulation.

Crystal work. Placing a crystal over the third eye while lying down is said to work wonders on activating it. Crystals with indigo and violet hues are recommended, and clear quartz will always help to amplify their properties. Some good options include amethyst, lapis lazuli, iolite, moldavite, sodalite, moonstone, and many more. Leave the stone between your eyebrows during meditation for 15 to 30 minutes.

Third eye meditation. Drawing your eyes up toward the third eye, softly place your awareness on that center. Next, imagine being able to see out through the third eye (between the eyebrows). This concept alone will have you seeing the world in a new light.

Khechari Mudra. While not for everyone (Yogananda recommends Khechari Mudra only to a very select group of his disciples.), if attempted, this should only be tried under the supervision of an advanced Kriya yoga teacher. The tip of the tongue is placed on the roof of the mouth, all the way to the soft palate. Some yoga gurus teach stretching the tongue further back to touch the uvula, and even up into the nasal cavity. The aim of this mudra is nothing less than the attainment of deep states of spiritual consciousness that may even reach samadhi (a profound state of deep rest). Again, by itself, without the right attitude, proper technique, devotion and spiritual attunement, this mudra would amount to little more than a tongue trick.

Try natural remedies. Each of these is associated with pineal gland stimulation: Gotu kola, boron, alfalfa sprouts, parsley, oregano oil, sea moss, neem oil, blue-green algae, spirulina, coconut oil, walnuts, chlorophyll rich foods, beets, apple cider vinegar, lemon water, MSM, turmeric, ginseng, and bentonite clay.

Use essentials oils. The nose is a direct gateway to the brain and the pineal gland. To stimulate the olfactory passage to spiritual states of awareness, try sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh, clary sage, helichrysum, pine, pink lotus, and mugwort.

Change your lightbulbs. Fluorescent lightbulbs are both harmful to health and hard on the eyes. Replace them whenever possible with full-spectrum lightbulbs, which are more consistent with natural light. Full-spectrum lighting is often used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and sleep disorders via light boxes that mimic natural sunlight. Not all full-spectrum bulbs are the same, however, so do some research on which ones to choose.

Practice Kundalini yoga. Specific movements are designed to raise the Kundalini energy, which rests coiled at the base of the spine. Activating Kundalini essentially attunes our bodies to connect the cosmic energy with the physical body and root it to Earth. This serpentine energy flows upward, activating the 33 vertebrae points until it reaches the pineal gland and crown chakra. The same energy illuminates the third eye. Activate your Kundalini, and you’ll be gazing through your third eye into the truth of existence, into the universe itself.

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Bess O'Connor

Bess O’Connor, a certified ayurvedic and holistic health practitioner who explores the heart of health at the core of alternative medicine, massage therapy, conscious movement, nutrition, meditation, and other healing traditions.

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