Sixth Chakra Meditation

"Here the seed of immortality bursts forth, like an autumn moon. One who meditates on Ajna can extract the milk of Reality from the concoction that is the world phenomena" - Shiv Samhita

Sixth chakra meditation focuses on the Ajna or third eye chakra, the chakra of perception, imagination and visualization.

It is the seat of our inner voice or conscience as well as our "sixth" sense. That is why, it is often referred to as the psychic chakra.

Ajna in Sanskrit means "command" or "summon." Ajna chakra is located at the centre of the forehead, in-between the brows and just above the brow line.

It is at the junction of the three nadis or energy channels - ida, pingala and sushumna - thus making it a particularly important chakra.  

Another not so well-known name for the chakra is jnana-padma or 'knowledge-lotus.' It bestows upon you the wisdom to act rationally and without judgment and it helps you "see" and plan for the future.  

The traditional element associated with the sixth chakra is called mahat, meaning supreme, a culmination of all the elements into one. But it is easier to think of the associated element as 'Light,' without which the 'third eye' would be unable to 'see' or perceive things. 

The color of the chakra is Indigo while a lotus with only two petals symbolizes the chakra.  

Ajna chakra controls the eyes, nose, pituitary gland, pineal gland and the base of your skull. An unbalanced chakra could lead to headaches, nasal congestion, vision problems, sinus infection, poor memory and even insomnia.

Lack of imagination and intuition result in poor decision making and self-deception. On the other hand, overactive imagination due to an overloaded chakra can lead to hallucinations, disconnection from reality and psychosis. 'Living in your head' can be a serious problem indeed.

The following sixth chakra meditations will help you activate and balance your third eye chakra, which many yogis believe to be the easiest chakra to rouse. 

Awaken the Ajna Chakra

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Visualize a deep-indigo luminous chakra spinning slowly at the centre of your forehead 
  • Imagine indigo light from the chakra filling up your head 
  • Now visualize a beam of indigo light shooting down from the chakra to the lower five chakras - vishuddha, anahata, manipura, swadhishthana and mooladhara chakras
  • Imagine the light filling up your entire body with a radiant energy
  • Meditate for 20-30 minutes

OM or AUM Meditation

The beej sound or mantra of the Ajna chakra is the primordial sound, OM. Chanting OM helps activate the chakra.

  • Sit comfortably in your normal meditation posture
  • Prop the image at the top of this page in front of you, slightly below eye level
  • With half-closed eyes, gaze at the two white petals symbolizing Shiv (passive energy) and Shakti (active energy)
  • Look at the image of ardhnarishwar (half man-half woman) signifying the masculine and the feminine co-existing within us
  • Start chanting OM silently 
  • Meditate for 20 to 30 minutes

Tratak Meditation    

  • Light a candle and place it some 3 feet away in front of you at eye level
  • Begin meditation by steadily gazing at the flame without blinking
  • Hold your gaze for 2 minutes then gently close your eyes
  • Now see the flame with your mind's eye to strengthen the chakra. Do this for a couple of minutes  
  • Open your eyes to gaze at the flame again. This time do it for longer than 2 minutes, for as long as it feels comfortable
  • Close your eyes and see the flame with your mind's eye for 8-10 minutes
  • Progressively increase the amount of time you spend gazing at the candle
  • You can substitute the candle flame with another image, something that stands out from its background and is easy to focus upon

Tratak meditation promotes intense concentration and at the physical level, aids cleansing of the eyes, tear ducts and sinuses.

Sixth chakra meditation not only activates the Ajna or psychic chakra, but also encourages balance in the lower chakras. 

Listening to guided instructions, as provided in third eye chakra guided meditation, can be an easier way of doing sixth chakra meditation.

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