Your brow chakra, more commonly known as the third eye chakra, or the “Ajna” in Sanskrit, is the seat of your intuition. It is the sixth chakra out of seven, moving from your root up through your body, second to last before the crown chakra.
When your brow chakra is blocked, your intuition is blocked, and you feel headachy, lethargic, limited, and listless. When your brow chakra is clear, you feel tuned in, tapped in, and turned on, ready to take on the world. Hence, the reason you want to stay clear as much as possible. Keeping your brow chakra clear involves a multi-faceted process, and it can include some really useful brown chakra stones as focal points.
Blocked Third Eye Chakra
In the spiritual world, we associate the third eye chakra with intuition, your perception, and your spiritual awareness.
When you hear people talk about having a “sixth sense” that is the brow chakra. You just know.
Here’s the thing a lot of people both do not realize and do not talk about: every single one of us has a third eye chakra. We all have the ability to tap into divine wisdom and intuit our way forward. When you notice someone exceptionally good at reading universal signs or acting as a medium for the universe, speaking to spirits and reading energy, that is someone who is tapped into their third eye.
Anyone who feels completely disconnected, like they have no intuition or guidance, and they feel out of sync with the spiritual world is simply blocked.
Here’s another thing to remember: no one can block your third eye but you. If you feel disconnected from the universe, it is often because you are too focused on your ego, on the material world, and on things outside of yourself.
Side Note on the Pineal Gland: The pineal gland is a gland located precisely where we locate the third eye chakra. Biologically, the pineal gland is responsible for the production of melatonin, which is connected to your circadian rhythms and reproductive hormones.
Essentially, the pineal gland ensures you sleep, dream, and create. So it makes sense that the third eye chakra is related to your intuition and perception.
A Clear Channel
The goal in unblocking your brow chakra is to become a clear channel for the universe. Why? The universe, source energy, God, whatever you want to call it, in the spiritual world, is an energy of only love, light, and good things. The universe is constantly rooting for, and only wants what you want, and can see things way better than we can. With a big, huge, omniscient perspective, the universe can provide pathways and doorways we cannot even imagine that will get us what we desire.
All we have to do is open up and listen.
Now you see why it is important to be a clear channel? Open up that third eye and listen!
How to Unblock Your Brow Chakra
As with everything else in the spiritual and self-development world, unblocking your brow chakra is a process. It is an ongoing process that never ends. You first learn how to tap into your intuition, and then you get better and better at it. It is essential to stay personally aware of your blocks and limitations so that you can be mindful of keeping your brow chakra open. You can follow this step by step process every time you feel blocked. At the end, you will find a list of the top five most useful brow chakra stones.
Check Your Ego
The first, and most important step in the process to gaining mental clarity is to check your ego. For some people reading this, your ego is pissed that I even dared to tell you to check your ego. Any blocks you have are in place because your ego put them there. Your ego is powerful, and it is essential to your human existence, but it should not be the driving force of your life.
We need our egos to protect us. They tell us what is socially acceptable and what is safe. They create the narratives around our childhoods, and they draw conclusions and create fear, all to protect us.
We must be both grateful for the work our egos are trying to do and also remind our egos that we, our spirit selves, are the ones in charge.
As Elizabeth Gilbert says in her book Big Magic, the ego (fear) can have a seat in the car, but it does not get to drive.
When your ego is driving, your third eye chakra is fully blocked. Likewise, when you check your ego, you allow your third eye chakra to open up, and you can hear the universe.
Suspicion, superstition, lack of belief, will all stand in the way of communication channels between you and the universe. If you have been raised to be irreligious or naturally suspicious of anything “woo woo,” it can be challenging to release those blocks.
It has been helpful for me, a witch deeply grounded in what is real and what can be proven, to remember that science begins with an idea, not evidence, and that we find evidence through experimentation. At some point, all scientists must suspend disbelief and get super curious.
You must allow yourself to live in a “what if?” space.
When you can do that, you can begin to hear the whispers of the universe. Magic appears to just happen for you, and you can say “oh I never imagined it would work out this way.”
Follow Your Yes. Don’t Run from Your No.
This step is tricky because so many of us are fear based, without even realizing it. We don’t do this or that other thing because we are afraid of what might happen. Remember, spirit is all love and light, but ego can be dark and negative, and we need to address both aspects of our humanity. We are both fully human and fully divine.
So, when you focus your thoughts, when you make a decision, when you make a judgement, try to follow the most positive thought process. It can actually result in the same action; just be sure the place it comes from is positive.
For example, eat healthy because you want to be healthy, not because you are afraid of getting sick.
Have boundaries in your relationships because they make you stronger, not because you are afraid of getting hurt.
Anything in life can be shifted to a positive, yes direction. Focus on your yes, and spirit guides you toward more yes.
Spirit, the universe, God, Source, will never send you omens, dark clouds, warnings, or cautions. That is all ego. That is purely human. Spirit says “over here!”
Once you’ve done that very basic work, sit down every single day to meditate. Many options exist for how to meditate, and I have practiced a few. I prefer sitting in silence for at least ten minutes every single morning before I start my day and simply clearing my thoughts.
When thoughts enter my mind as I meditate, I simply follow Pema Chodron’s advice to tell myself “thinking” and let the thoughts go right back out. No judgement or shame is helpful to this process. Just say “oh I’m thinking” and clear your thoughts once more.
I recently heard someone say “prayer is asking the universe and meditation is listening for the answer.”
I love that idea. Meditation is tapping into your brow chakra and saying “okay universe, what have you got for me.”
To that end, you can use the following five brow chakra stones, alone or in combination, to help you focus on listening to your intuition.
Top 5 Brow Chakra Stones
Amethyst is a great stone for awakening. It is calming and clearing, and paves the path for rest and good sleep, all of which contribute to clarity during meditation and throughout the day.
- Lapis Lazuli
I love the lapis lazuli for its awareness properties. It allows you to tap into your openness and honesty. A great stone to have when you are doing ego work.
- Black Obsidian
The black obsidian stone is good for grounding and stabilizing. Use this one when you want strength to get through a difficult self-development process.
Citrine can balance the black obsidian with its sunny, light elements. It can help remind you that it is all doom and gloom, even when you are doing shadow work.
- Clear Quartz
I keep clear quartz on hand whenever I am doing any personal and spiritual work, alone or with other stones. It amplifies the energy I work with and allows me to see it all clearly.
You’ve Got This!
Keep in mind through all of your spiritual work that healing is not linear and that you will do the work and then backslide. You will fall and fail and that you can always rise again. We are perfectly imperfect in our humanness, and as you begin your journey toward clearing your third eye, a lot of darkness may come up.
You’ve got this. And you are not alone.
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