"I had made up my mind to find that for which I was searching even if it required the remainder of my life. After innumerable failures I finally uncovered the principle for which I was searching, and I was astounded at its simplicity ... Another discovery which came out of my investigation was the fact that when a man gives his order to produce a definite result and stands by that order it seems to have the effect of giving him what might be termed a second sight which enables him to see right through ordinary problems. What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it. – Alexander Graham Bell
I love this quote by Alexander Graham Bell on the power and practical use of the Third Eye and what happens -- when one dips into the Ocular Well -- that ineffable place of infinite knowledge that stretches not only before us; but also all the wisdom of antiquity that lies in anticipation for us to tug at the edges of this gift of knowing and open the ideas and thoughts that await us. The gifts that follow, not only enrich ones personal life but have a tendency to touch and benefit many. The following are a few ideas on how to enrich and grow this energy and how to stay 'fully determined' and not quit until you find what you are looking for
What is the Third Eye?
The pineal gland is a pea-sized gland shaped like a pine cone, located in the vertebrate brain near the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Also known as the third eye, it is a revered tool of seers and mystics and considered to be the organ of supreme universal connection. Its significance appears in every ancient culture throughout the world. For example, in Ayurvedic philosophy, the third eye is represented by the Ajna chakra and in Ancient Egypt, the symbol of the Eye of Horus mirrors the placement of the pineal gland in the profile of the human head. The third eye is connected to clarity, concentration, imagination and intuition.
The Third Eye in Biology
The pineal gland represents the third eye in biology, which produces melatonin. Melatonin controls circadian rhythms and reproductive hormones. This makes the pineal a master regulator of time, affecting not only our sleep patterns but also our sexual maturation. Melatonin also affects our stress and ability to adapt to a changing world. This third eye activates when exposed to light, and has a number of biological functions in controlling the biorhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland which directs the body’s thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our aging process.
Significance of the Third Eye
Developing the third eye is the doorway to all things psychic—telepathy, clairvoyance, lucid dreaming and astral projection. The illusion of separation between self and spirit dissolves when the third eye connection is cultivated. Metaphysical ways of being are connected to the third eye, such as how to be awake within the dream, to walk between realities and surpass the limitations of humanity.
Why You Should Awaken Your Third Eye
A blocked third eye or Ajna chakra is said to lead to confusion, uncertainty, cynicism, lack of purpose and pessimism. Through an open and vibrant third eye, the highest source of ethereal energy may enter. While the physical eyes perceive the physical world, the third eye sees the true world — a unified whole with an unyielding connection to spirit. A list of the benefits and abilities the third eye brings include clarity, concentration, perspicuity, bliss, intuition, decisiveness and insight. The third eye has been linked to lucid dreaming, astral projection, quality of sleep, enhanced imagination and aura viewing.
How Does Calcification Occur?
The calcification of the pineal gland is common if the third eye is not being used or an unhealthy diet and life style lacking in vital life force (prana) is prevalent. Calcification is the build up of calcium phosphate crystals in various parts of the body. This process is compounded by the toxins in everyday life such as: hormones, additives, sugars and artificial sweeteners. Radiation from cell phone use and electric and magnetic fields may have negative impacts on the pineal gland as well.
Assignment: Celebrate the Third Eye
Start your activation practice simply by sending gratitude to your third eye for your innate intuitive abilities and your connection to nature through the circadian rhythms that the pineal gland governs. Try spending 10 minutes each day consciously activating your third eye through meditation, chanting, prayer, dance, yoga, essential oil and flower essence use.
Five Ways to Awaken Third Eye
Through decalcification and activation, reclaim your path to ecstatic bliss and union with source:
Supplement Your Diet
The list of supplements that support and detoxify the third eye is long and includes raw cacao, goji berries, garlic, lemons, watermelon, star anise, honey, coconut oil, hemp seeds, cilantro, seaweed, honey, chlorella, spirulina, blue-green algae, raw apple cider vinegar, ginseng, Vitamin D3, bentonite clay and chlorophyll are all ingredients that aide purification of the pineal gland.
Use Essentials Oils
Essential oils are dynamic tools for healing and opening the pineal gland and facilitate states of spiritual awareness including; Lemon, Sandalwood and Jasmine. Essential oils may be inhaled directly, added to body oil, bath, or used in a diffuser.
I recommend blending 6 drops of any of the essential oils listed below (singularly or in conjunction) with 1 tsp safflower oil and applying directly to your 3rd eye (while intoning Shreem or Om) or, use our Ocular Well Aromatherapy Blend or Ajna Mister
Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)
+ Element: All of the elements
+ Stimulates: All of the chakras, but especially the second and sixth
+ Key Vibrations: Sensitivity, nonordinary senses, refinement
In Vedic thought this oil promotes psychic ability that makes the mind open and insightful. Traditionally this chakra aromatherapy oil has been used for making the mind sensitive to the frequency of mantras, so it can be of benefit for a chanting or prayer practice. It also has a refining quality.
Lemon (Citrus limon)
+ Element: Fire in association with the third chakra; prabhava* in relation to the sixth chakra.
+ Stimulates: Third chakra; sixth chakra
+ Key Vibrations in association with the third chakra: Deep purification, versatility, clarity of mind
This electrifying essential oil is very stimulating; it helps organize the mind and brings concentration, boundless energy, and freshness of thought. If you are struggling with mental fatigue that leads to mental blocks and inner turmoil, this chakra scent offers relief. It can also be helpful for overcoming feelings of bitterness or hypersensitivity and for the individual who has lost their sense of humor.
Key vibrations in relation to the sixth chakra: Light, awareness, illumination
This chakra oil has the ability to bathe the pineal gland with light, helping to awaken latent gifts of the third eye. It offers the gift of connecting the mental body to intuition, creating mental versatility and an expanded thought process, while simultaneously helping the mind organize the influx of new information so you do not become overwhelmed with all the new information flowing in.
* This Sanskrit word translates to mean “special quality.” Plants (that essential oils are distilled from) occasionally rise above the general schemata for understanding their behavior and have specific qualities that transcend thought, displaying uniqueness beyond any general rules. Lemon falls into this category.
Sandalwood (Santalum album)
+ Element: Prabhava
+ Stimulates: Sixth chakra
+ Key Vibrations: Enlightenment, meditation, connection
This wise chakra oil brings an inner awareness and a sense of ease engaging with higher consciousness, which is helpful for insights into blockages on your spiritual path, whether internal or external, and allows a gentle processing at your deepest levels. Ultimately sandalwood helps break down illusions, helping you align with your most authentic self. This is an excellent oil for meditation, spiritual practice, and healers.
The sun is a great source of power. Gaze gently at the sun during the first few minutes of sunrise and last few minutes of sunset to boost your pineal gland.
Meditate and Chant
Meditation activates the pineal gland through vibration and intention: consider visualizing the decalcification of the pineal gland, as its sacred nature is illuminated and directly connected to source. Chanting causes the tetrahedron bone in the nose to resonate, which causes stimulation of the pineal gland. Considering chanting “Om,” also known as the sound of the universe, 108 times each day. Or "Shreem" that holds the vibration of joy, abundance, and beauty. End either mantra with Namah meaning “I open my individuality to its true universality.” These mantra cultivate a feeling of appreciation and gratitude for the abundance of life energy expressing itself through you.
Collaborate With Crystals
Crystals are influential allies in the quest to awaken the third eye. Use crystals and gemstones in the purple, indigo and violet color palette. This color palette serves to awaken, balance, align and nurture the third eye. Try amethyst, purple sapphire, purple violet tourmaline, rhodonite and sodalite. Place the crystal or gemstone between and slightly above the brow during meditation.
Let Your Intuition Shine
Once you begin working with your third eye, you will begin to receive guidance messages and visions. Strive to have the courage to follow through on what your intuition offers and your third eye strength will only grow.