The sixth chakra is possibly the most well known of all: the third eye. It sits between the eyes, in the middle of the forehead. It represents clarity of the mind. A major cause of imbalance in this chakra is to cling to a rigid, controlling mindset. That resistance to spontaneity separates you from a curious perspective.
In Sanskrit, this energy center is known as Ajna, “to command.” I think of it as the command center. This is the chakra that provides thoughtful insights and directions. Its instruction are clean and untethered. They lack a dramatic overtone. All the valuable knowledge in my life that is worth listening to and responding to comes from this center.
When fortified, this wisdom is easily distinguishable from the false messages of the ego. One of the easiest ways I tell them apart is to ask the question, “Is this a demand or a command?” The ego’s demands become easily identifiable. Demands have a selfish agenda, whereas commands have a pure purpose and beneficial outcome for all.
The power and clarity of the sixth chakra can be difficult to access in times of danger and heartbreak. When my familiar reality changed forever as a child, my sixth chakra shut down in an effort to protect me from reoccurring pain. As I grew into adulthood, I yearned to find a way to control the events of my life, and my own reactions, and to protect myself against further heartache, but my sixth chakra wasn’t ready to guide me. When I found self care, I began to heal. Meditation, yoga, and chanting helped set this peaceful course. Gentle practices and quiet moments of reflection polished the lens of my Ajna chakra so that I could see the world clearly again.
Life keeps rolling on, bringing delight and devastation, continually, and the only real choice we have is to learn strengthening practices that help us navigate our way through it. The best compass is a healthy sixth chakra.
Please remember that all practice recommendations are offered with the understanding that you and your healing team know what’s best for you. If any of these offerings feel like they would compromise your well-being, do not do them. Thank you for always checking in with your life first.
Sixth Chakra Meditation
You may find this simple exercise helpful when you’re out running errands or traveling on a journey with multiple route options, as I do. Ask yourself, “Which would be the best route for me to take home?” Accept the answer that pops into your head first without judgment or doubt. Simply act. At first, you may feel uncomfortable, because, like me, your busy ego might want to add doubt to the situation, but hold firm to your inspired course of action. When overriding demands spring up, let them go. Soon, other instincts will begin to pop into your mind, instructions sent from the sixth chakra to guide you in a safer, better, or more interesting way, not just out driving, but in all activities of life. Embrace this. Be one with the messages of the sixth chakra, and don’t be afraid to ask and be curious about what shows up.
Sixth Chakra Asana
Child’s pose is a beautiful opportunity to place your third eye on the earth and stimulate your connection to the universe. Sitting on your feet, widen your knees as far out as possible, and bring your feet to touch in the center. Bow yourself down to the ground, or take a block and place your third eye point down. Your arms can be overhead on the floor, or by your side, palms up. Rest in this position and breathe the Long Deep Breath.
Sixth Chakra Meal
Try Vickie Howe’s Eggplant Dip from Chakra Boosters for a delicious snack that will support this thinking chakra.
Image via Christine Brallier.