This is the sixth article in the series I’m writing on chakras.
In this article, I’m going to talk about how you can tell if your third eye chakra is out of balance and I offer some resources, suggestions and lifestyle changes for fixing any imbalances.
First of All, What’s the Relevance of Chakras in our Daily Lives?
Is it just some high-level, esoteric concept that has no relevance to the person on the street?
Actually, for those of who seek to improve our lives and grow as people and as spiritual beings, it’s a very useful framework for bringing balance and tracking our spiritual evolution. By reading the chakras, we can gain more insight into our strengths and challenges in life, and seen through this spiritual framework, we can also take steps to remedy imbalances and become happier and healthier!
All About the Third Eye Chakra
The third eye chakra is located between the eyebrows, and is associated with the colour violet.
This chakra is the centre of our intuition, perceptions, imagination, and intellect. It is where we see ourselves, other people, and the world clearly and with accuracy. So the third eye chakra is the lens that we use to see the world, the beliefs that we hold about ourselves and others, and how we use the power of our insight and clarity to help us to move forward in our lives.
It is also where we envision, dream and strategize for what we want to create.
When the Third Eye Chakra Is In Balance…
When this chakra is in balance, we enjoy a state of mental clarity, and are easily able to concentrate, memorise, analyse, and understand. We are perceptive and willing to face up to the truth, no matter how ugly or inconvenient it may be. We are able to intuitively read between the lines, and trust our intuitive senses. We have an accurate self-image, and are able to see the positive things about ourselves, as well as our faults.
We are willing to exercise our discernment and question the beliefs that have been handed down to us, and decide whether or not those beliefs are truly ours. Rather than listening to outside authorities and taking their word for it, we are able to tune in to our inner authority, the part of us that decides what is true for us, and live according to our own beliefs.
Intellectually speaking, we understand that truth is relative. We are able to put ourselves in the shoes of another person, and see from another’s perspective, although this does not necessarily mean that we change our own.
When the Third Eye Chakra is Out of Balance…
The central challenge of the third eye chakra is this:
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ― Anaïs Nin
We all see life through our own lens, and sometimes that lens can be clouded because of our own self-deceptions, and false beliefs that others have taught us. The challenge of the third eye chakra is to gain awareness and to see situations and problems with objectivity, so that we may move forward with more insight and a fresh perception.
When this chakra is out of balance, it can manifest as:
- Religious narrow-mindedness: a belief that there is only one ‘right’ spiritual path for everyone
- Overactive clairvoyance: being unable to ‘switch off’ one’s celestial sight
- Too much subjectivity: being absorbed in one’s inner life to the exclusion of everything else
- Narcissism and a grandiose self-image
- Too much intellectualising; and the inability to experience the emotional or spiritual side of life
- Caring more about appearances and ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ than about what really lies under the surface
- Too much thinking, not enough action
- Intellectual inflexibility: an unwillingness to see something from another person’s point of view; a need to be right; ‘black and white’ thinking
- Being a Pollyanna: refusing to acknowledge negativity; rejecting one’s ‘shadow’
- Believing that other people have a more negative view of us than they really do; having a self-image that does not align with reality
Reasons for Third Eye Chakra Imbalances and Blockages
Denial; Inability to Face the Truth
“It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are without any self-deception or illusion that a light will develop out of events by which the path to success may be recognized.” ― I Ching
The third eye chakra is adversely affected when there is something in our lives that we refuse to see. Sometimes there might be something so awful happening right under our noses that we can’t face up to it. When we can’t see the truth of past situations and relationships, this creates issues for the third eye chakra and our insight in the present.
The more willing we are to face up to the truth in our lives, the stronger the third eye chakra will be.
Ideally, for the third eye chakra to be in balance, our search for truth will go beyond dogma or rigid teachings received from an outside authority. When we are unable to search for our own truth, and adhere blindly to someone else’s, this creates a kind of blindness at the third eye chakra, such that we are unable to discover and use our own lens through which to see life independently.
Those who have been subjected to emotional or psychological abuse often have blockages at the third eye chakra. Emotional and psychological abuse usually has a component of making another person believe that their perceptions are incorrect (called invalidation and gaslighting). The aim of this abuse is to undermine another person’s trust in their intuition, mind, and perceptions so that they are easier to control. Such abuse can create a blockage at the third eye chakra. This is essentially a misalignment with reality, in which the person views themselves as less competent at making decisions, or able to see the truth of a situation than they really are.
When a person is addicted to alcohol or drugs, they are regularly accessing the astral realm using their drug of choice to create that connection. It is an artificial connection, but it opens up the third eye chakra nonetheless. Used regularly, the drug will create an overactive third eye chakra, to the detriment of the lower chakras.
Root Chakra Weakness
Often an overactive third eye chakra can be the result of a wound in the root chakra databanks relating to safety and security.
People who grew up in an unsafe environment, experiencing abuse, neglect and trauma may have an overactive third eye chakra.
This is because the child requires extra parenting, and learns to receive it from spiritual sources. The child will also learn to dissociate (i.e. exit the body energetically) during trauma or abuse, and regularly leaving one’s body in this way over time will result in developing a sensitivity to the planes that lie beyond the physical. This can create a problem with grounding.
Below are some suggestions to bolster the third eye chakra, if a person has an underactive third eye chakra (note that this is rare for people who are interested in spirituality):
- Every Sunday night, practise envisioning the week that you want to have. Write it down.
- Look for new details that you have never noticed before – in your workplace and the public places that you habitually visit
- Indulge in some daydreaming
- Practise putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and seeing a situation from another person’s point of view
- Open up your intuitive abilities
- Do Byron Katie’s ‘The Work’ (thework.com)
- Follow the suggestions given for strengthening the root chakra
- Address the underlying reasons for the lower chakra weakness
For those who are interested in rebalancing their energy system, I offer a Chakra Meditation kit which teaches you to read, heal, open, clear out and rebalance your entire chakra system. It’s a do–it–yourself guide that includes an audio meditation, eBook and a discount on the Intuitive Awakening course.
Is your third eye chakra in balance?
Related articles on other chakras:
- The Root Chakra
- The Sacral Chakra
- The Solar Plexus Chakra
- The Heart Chakra
- The Throat Chakra
- The Crown Chakra