The Anja Chakra: 10 Transformative Ways to Open Your Third Eye
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Color: Indigo Aura
Location: Inbetween the eyes, pineal gland, pituitary gland
Spiritual aspects: sixth sense & intuition
The Anja, or ‘Third Eye Chakra’ is the sixth chakra in the chakra system. Located directly above and between your eyebrows, this chakra brings about emotional balance, insight, and intuition.
Those who lack a connection to this energy center often experience a lack of insight and intuition and can become highly emotional. The third eye chakra is often symbolized by a downward-facing triangle emitting indigo chakra energy.
When connected to our sense of intuition, we are able to recognize our dreams, our goals, and our aspirations.
Where Is the Ajna Chakra?
Anja is supposedly linked to our third eye. In spiritual beliefs, this mystical area is located in the center of the forehead and is said to be the seat of the soul, related to conscious perception as well as being our center of intuition.
In modern times, new age thought has connected the third eye to the pineal gland, a small pine cone gland located in our brains just behind the eyes.
The pineal gland is responsible for releasing a hormone called melatonin that regulates our sleeping and waking cycle, known as ‘the circadian rhythms’.
What Happens When Ajna Chakra Opens?
Through a combination of spiritual practices and living consciously, the third eye chakra can be revealed, helping us connect deeper to our intuition, gaining greater fulfilment in life, both spiritually and physically.
Those who say they have experienced opening their third eye claim they have increased psychic abilities, mystical experiences, improved brain function and creativity.
How Do You Heal Ajna Chakra?
To open your third eye, there are a variety of healing practices that can be incorporated into your daily life to increase your spiritual connection and bring your Anja chakra into alignment.
What causes a chakra imbalance can vary, therefore so can the way you should bring it back. Below is a selection of meditations, yoga asanas, affirmation and lifestyle choices you can try to aid you in opening your third eye. Listen to your intuition and choose what seems right for you.
Third Eye Chakra Meditation
Meditation and spiritual contemplation are probably the most common practices used to open the Ajna chakra.
In meditation, you use breath and relaxation techniques to calm and center yourself before entering a deeper state of awareness. During this time, you focus on your mind, body and emotions and surrender the thoughts that are distracting you.
Sound therapy is a form of meditation where your mind focuses on relaxing and energy-boosting sound waves designed to aid in putting you in a meditative state.
These sounds could be created from chanting, singing bowls or Solfeggio frequencies, a type of musical therapy that uses two different frequencies to create relaxing and healing waves.
When done on a regular basis, sound therapy can balance your
energy centers as well as improve your quality of sleep.
Try this Mindfulness of Sound practice to see if this is right for you.
Mantra meditation is also commonly used to help open the chakras. Each chakra has its corresponding ‘seed mantra’ that resonates at the same frequency as its chakra. The third eye and crown chakra are the only two chakras that share a seed syllable, ‘OM.
This form of meditation is practised by repeating the mantra ‘Om’ in your mind.
Listen to how the mantra is pronounced below ‘aum’ and start practising for 3-6 minutes. Once you become more comfortable with the practice, try to increase it to 10 – 15 minutes.
A mudra is a hand position you adopt whilst meditating that activates certain energies. To perform the Anja mudra put both your hands in front of the lower part of your breast and touch the tips of your two middle fingers together whilst your other fingers are bent at the first joint.
Third Eye Yoga Poses
If you practice yoga, these asanas can be added to your routine to help open your Anja chakra.
The following asanas help open your body and stimulate the Third Eye Chakra.
Third Eye Chakra Stone
Lapis Lazuli is a chakra stone that connects you with your spiritual self. The stone helps you to discover and manifest your dreams in physical reality.
Covering your third eye with Lapis Lazuli helps you access your third eye and opens it with ease.
Anja Chakra Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat in your mind to help remove negative thoughts and feelings about yourself.
Below are a few Anja chakra specific affirmations that help you connect to your intuition and discover the truths of who you really are.
I trust my intuition.
I can see everything I need to see
I allow my inner wisdom to guide me
I am wise, and I seek answers to my questions.
Other Ways to Open Anja
Alternatively, you can always make lifestyle choices that help open any of the chakras. For example, when making food choices at the supermarket, look for purple food like goji berries, raw cacao and blueberries. Avoid processed sugar, white refined flour and red meat.
Some crystals and healing stones are thoughts to affect the third eye positively. For example, third eye chakra stones include Sodalite, Azurite, Kyanite and Turquoise.
MindEasy founder & meditation teacher
Griff Williams is an accredited meditation teacher and founder of MindEasy. He spent 12 years working as a London firefighter before changing paths to pursue building MindEasy. He received his diploma in meditation teaching from The British School of Meditation.