The Third Eye Chakra Symbol & Its Spiritual Meaning

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Third Eye chakra symbol

One of the seven major chakras is the third eye chakra (Ajna chakra in Sanskrit). The third eye exists at the center of your intuition, psychic senses, and how you obtain wisdom.  It is your portal to step beyond duality and take control of your reality. 

You can see physically and spiritually clearly when the third eye chakra is balanced. You’ll also have a strong sense of intuition and can rely on your instincts. When the third eye is balanced, you are also more open to new ideas and perspectives. 

You may experience headaches, blurred vision, or fatigue if the third eye chakra is out of balance. You may experience feelings of “spacing out” or being disconnected from reality. Also, you might find it challenging to focus on something for an extended period of time. 

In this article, you’ll learn about what this powerful symbol represents and how it can empower your life. 

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Key points

  • The third eye symbol is located in the middle of the forehead between the brows. 
  • This chakra is associated with psychic abilities and the ability to see beyond the illusions of reality. 
  • When your third eye is blocked, you can experience intensiveness, problems with your vision, and being stuck in a conspiracy. 

The color associated with the chakra of the third eye 

The third eye chakra is located between the brow chakra. It is situated between the brows on the forehead. 

Indigo is the color associated with the third eye chakra. Indigo is a deep blue color associated with wisdom and intuition. The third eye chakra governs our ability to see clearly and make sound decisions. 

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The third eye chakra symbol

The meaning of the symbol of the Ajna Chakra

The symbol of the third eye chakra depicts an eye surrounded by an inverted triangle. This is symbolic of seeing beyond the duality of reality and understanding that there are more than two sides to any issue. The triangle also represents the ability to reach higher states of consciousness, while the eye symbolizes clear insight and vision. 

The Anja chakra is depicted as an eye at the center of a lotus flower. There is a triangle at the center of the eye, which symbolizes the union of the mind, body, and soul

The lotus flower has only two petals, which hold great spiritual significance. Two represents separation, and the triangle center represents wholeness(read more about the spiritual connection of the lotus flower and chakras).

One interpretation is that the two petals symbolize the manifested and unmanifested aspects of the mind, or the conscious mind and the subconscious mind. When these two forces are balanced, you gain greater awareness and a heightened sense of intuition. 

The two petals also represent the nadis, which are channels within the body which energy flows through. Idas and Pingala are two nadis that are associated with the third eye, which combines two streams of energy, forming a single stream of consciousness that travels up into the crown. 

The third eye chakra symbol is often associated with Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. In Hinduism, Shiva is said to be the originator of the third eye and its power – the ability to see beyond physical reality.

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The seven chakra symbols

The element linked to the third eye chakra 

The element of light is associated with the third eye chakra, and its energy assists us in seeing clearly both physically and spiritually. 

The third eye chakra can assist you in distinguishing between truth and illusion

If you want to gain clarity and wisdom, opening your third eye chakra can help. It serves as the hub of consciousness, perception, and intuition. This energy center can be found in the center of your forehead, just above your brows. It is associated with intuition, insight, and psychic abilities. 

A blocked third eye can cause issues with your sight, both physically and metaphorically. You may have difficulty distinguishing between truth and illusion. 

Third Eye Chakra Symbol

It may also be difficult for you to trust your intuition or follow your gut instinct. Fortunately, there are numerous methods for opening and balancing your third eye chakra

Yoga and meditation are two well-known techniques. Try visualizations or affirmations as well. Wear purple or use crystals like amethyst or sodalite if you want something more physical. 

The third eye chakra is located where the left and right hemispheres of the brain converge, and it is related to finding a balance between our creative and analytical minds. The mind’s eye is the spiritual body. Clear seeing, or clairvoyance, happens through this chakra

The Third Eye is occasionally referred to as “the seed of the soul.” It’s the place where a deeper universal understanding meets our capacity to see within ourselves and others.

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Meditation is associated with the third eye

The third eye has long been associated with meditation and the mystical world. It is thought to be the seat of your spiritual consciousness, as well as the source of your intuition and a higher level of comprehension. 

When you meditate, your third eye is said to open, allowing you to connect to a higher power, or something outside of yourself, gaining insight and clarity over your life. The pineal gland, a small, pea-sized gland located in the center of your brain, is also linked to the third eye. 

Melatonin, which regulates your sleep cycle, is produced by this gland. It is thought that when you meditate, you stimulate your pineal gland and increase its production of melatonin, which can help you relax and fall asleep faster. 

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Chakra meditation

What can cause a third eye chakra blockage? 

A variety of factors can cause a blockage in the third eye chakra. Stress, anxiety, worry, doubt, and fear are some of the most common causes. 

You may focus on the negative aspects of your life when you are stressed, anxious, or afraid. When you experience these emotions, they can cause a blockage in the third eye chakra

This is because our emotions impair our ability to see clearly. This can make it difficult to notice the good things going on around you. Other aspects that manifest are indecisiveness, confusion, lack of focus and purpose, or depression. 

If you are having difficulty seeing clearly, it could be due to a blockage in your third eye chakra. There are several ways to clear this chakra and improve your vision. One method is to practice meditation on a regular basis. 

Overactive third-eye chakra

When your third eye chakra is overactive, you may experience signs of being overly analytical and abstract. You might also have vivid dreams that are hard to interpret or nightmares. 

Excessive daydreaming can be a sign of an overactive third-eye chakra as well. You could also find yourself feeling lost in a sea of information, unable to discern what is true and what is false.

In severe cases, this can also lead to hallucinations and complete dissociation from the real world. 

If your third eye chakra is overactive, you can try calming activities such as yoga or meditation. You can also practice grounding exercises like walking barefoot on the earth (also see post chakras of the earth) or breathing deeply and slowly. Wear dark blue clothing or keep a piece of amethyst on your person to help balance your energy (we have some more information about chakras balancing and what clothing to use). 

By recognizing the signs of an overactive third eye chakra and performing simple exercises, you can help bring it back into balance. When this energy center is in balance, you will have a clear vision and enhanced intuition.  You will also be better able to trust yourself and your decisions. By balancing your third eye chakra, you can gain insight and clarity about yourself and the world around you. 

Some people explain the spiritual meaning of eye twitching with an overactive third eye chakra.

Underactive third-eye chakra

When your third eye chakra is underactive, you may have difficulty seeing the bigger picture. You may be unable to trust your own intuition or make decisions based on your inner knowing. You can also have trouble discerning truth from fiction and reality from illusion. 

To help balance an underactive third eye chakra, practice yoga postures that stimulate your forehead and temples. You can also try wearing indigo clothing, using blue crystals like lapis lazuli or sodalite, or meditating on the Ajna mantra.

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The third eye chakra and mental health

The third eye chakra is closely linked to mental health. The chakras have been linked to mental health by some people, but this idea isn’t accepted in mainstream science. However, focusing on the third eye chakra can be beneficial even if its effects aren’t scientifically proven. 

The idea of the third eye has been discussed in parapsychology, the study of a mental phenomenon that cannot be explained. It’s believed this area acts as a doorway for spiritual communication, including telepathy, clairvoyance, lucid dreaming, astral projection and aura perception

How to unblock your third eye

There are numerous ways to heal your third eye chakra. Among these techniques are: 

1. Meditation is a great way to clear your mind and focus on your third eye chakra. Close your eyes and sit in a comfortable position. 

Consider imagining a bright, white light shining on your third eye chakra (also consider a light therapy for chakras). Allow the light to fill your entire being as you focus on it. You can also try chakra candles.

2. Yoga is another excellent method for healing your third eye chakra. There are numerous yoga poses that can assist in opening and balancing this chakra

Try some of the following poses: Child’s Pose, Camel Pose, Seated Forward Bend, or Fish Pose all options. 

3. Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy can also help to heal the third eye chakra

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Your intuition is governed by the third eye chakra 

There are numerous misconceptions about the third eye chakra. For starters, the third eye chakra is about more than just intuition. 

It is also about our ability to see clearly and make decisions based on that knowledge. The third eye is often associated with light and illumination. 

This chakra assists us in seeing things objectively and not being swayed by our emotions or the opinions of others. We can trust our instincts and make decisions based on what we know to be true if our third eye chakra is balanced. 

Psychic abilities are associated with the third eye chakra

Everyone has innate psychic abilities within them.  The third eye is linked to psychic abilities (for instance clairvoyance) and is in charge of our ability to see beyond the physical world. 

This chakra is in charge of our intuitive abilities and ability to see into the future. 

A balanced third eye allows you to be able to fully utilize your psychic abilities. We can use our intuition to make decisions that are in our best interests. We can also see past the physical world and into the spiritual realm.

Check out this video for more information on the Third Eye Chakra.


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Author: Richard Alois
Richard, a London-based spiritual explorer and daytime marketer, invites fellow seekers to join him on a journey of discovery through his website, With engaging articles and thought-provoking discussions, Richard's inclusive approach transcends borders, uniting people in the quest for wisdom, inner peace, and self-understanding.

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