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The pineal gland is known in many cultures as the 3rd eye because it is the gateway to enhanced perception. It’s a small gland the size of a pea that is mid-brain in line with the forehead. Indian tradition calls this the sixth of seven Chakras. In Egyptian tradition, it is The Eye of Horus and The All-Seeing Eye (1).
The pineal gland is dormant in the average person. Many ancient cultures reasoned that most people are born with this glad dormant or inactive. It allows time for a person to mature and become grounded. A certain level of grounding is necessary before opening higher realms of perception. Many ancient cultures required people to prove they were ready to activate this portal. Pre-learning assessments can be valuable tools to ensure readiness to learn.
Opening And Closing The Third Eye
This subject generates a lot of questions. When you seek answers about how to open or close it, you will find conflicting information. It’s a good idea to conduct your own research. Weigh the answers you get with the credibility of the source.
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You are here because you are curious about opening and closing the third eye chakra. Some are born with this center already open. We call these individuals “gifted” and natural “shaman.” They talk about other worlds that many people can’t see.
The dominant culture views these gifted individuals as a threat. It brands them as heretics, witches, or sorcerers and persecutes them with the culture’s approval. The Church actively sought them out under the Inquisition. In later times, the culture used sanatoriums and insane asylums.
Answers About The Third Eye
If you want another perspective on what to expect if you open this portal of perception, try reading Carlos Castaneda’s works (3). They sell his books as a fictional account of his Toltec tradition training. However, if you open this sensory receptor, you can expect perceptual changes similar to those in the works of Mr. Castaneda. You need not use psychotropic additives, which he outlines. These are exercises that use breath and intention. When you are ready, follow this link.
The French Philosopher Rene Descartes (2) believed the pineal gland to be “the seat of the soul” where mind and body met. It is essential to understand that you will see, hear, taste, and feel and otherwise experience reality differently if you open this portal. You will need to learn to filter your experience and share your perceptions of reality.
What happens if I open this portal?
Opening this portal has both intended and unintended consequences. It involves the expansion of awareness and perception, both inward and outward. This portal also unlocks the full potential of your spiritual gifts. So, prepare before you attempt to open this door.
Enhances Perception Inwardly and Outwardly
If you open the third eye chakra, it will affect perception and awareness, both inward and outward. The inward aspect will affect memories and emotions. It also affects any spiritual gifts you may have. Outwardly, it affects perception through the senses.
It affects everyone differently. We advise that you investigate your spiritual gifts before opening this portal. If you are taking mood suppressants, consult your prescribing physician first. Opening this portal is likely to push past your medication’s emotional boundaries. It opens your heart, expanding your emotional sensitivity, empathy, and social awareness.
If you have strong religious beliefs, this process will probably conflict with your ideas about spiritual reality. Western mythology does not stand up to the revelations within this portal. Before you do any activation exercises, use the process we call comparative analysis. Comparative Analysis is a scientifically based method of comparative religious study. It will help you identify any potential sources of conflict.
Unintended Side Effects
There are several unintentional side effects. So, be sure you are ready, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Opening this portal enhances all spiritual gifts. If you have spiritual gifts that you don’t know about, this will open those doors of perception. If you are clairvoyant, Empath, or something else, it is better to find out beforehand. Opening this sensory portal can cause what some refer to as hallucinations.
If you have a natural inclination to do what some call astral projection, this will enhance your control over this state. It will increase your intuitive awareness and what some call their sixth sense. Ensure you are ready for these enhancements before you attempt any activation exercises.
The danger lies in not being ready. Think of it like skydiving. You would not jump out of the airplane and then try to learn how to put on your parachute. Be safe. Learn about yourself first. Learn about the default settings of your personality and instincts. Ensure you are grounded and know about the spiritual gifts in your DNA.
Preparing to Open The Third Eye Chakra
Opening this portal is not for the beginner. It’s not something for those just b on their spiritual journey. For a list of all recommended spiritual practices to help you prepare, follow this link. Here are our minimum requirements for activating this portal:
It’s best to have a solid grounding experience with the 4th state of pure consciousness. It is also beneficial to have experience with several forms of seated and moving meditation. See our own Blended Learning Process, which consists of the practice of Japa, Transcendental Meditation Technique, or similar meditation technique. You should practice this type of meditation for at least six months before attempting the 3rd eye activation processes.
If you are beginning your inner journey, learn the basic mindfulness meditation techniques. Similarly, the tree grounding exercise is another excellent technique that also will help you feel grounded and normalize this energy.
Practicing the Shamanic Journey weekly for a year is also helpful but is not a substitute for grounding in pure consciousness. Lucid dreaming techniques help expand awareness and bring any spiritual gifts to light. Enhancing your observational skills is also an excellent way to uncover your spiritual gifts. You don’t want to discover your spiritual gifts by accident.
Personality and Instinctual Awareness
Additionally, knowledge of your personality and instinctual stack will help you understand how opening your perception will affect you. The Enneagram Personality profile uses a questionnaire to outline your default settings. You need to know how opening this portal will affect your personality and instinctual mechanisms. Any of the techniques to raise your vibration will also help you prepare for this expansion of perception.
You should be in good mental and physical health. Postpone activation if you are dealing with serious personal, physical, or mental issues. Wait until you are ready to learn.
How do I open The Third Eye Chakra?
If you believe you are ready to open the portal and follow the link to the two-part activation exercise. Be sure you are ready. You must have a well-established meditation practice where you reach the transcendent state. It’s also essential to be in good general health. See above, “How should I prepare to open this portal.”
Don’t take the preparation aspect lightly. Attempting to open this perception level when you are not ready can lead to several negative consequences.
Benefits of Opening this Portal of Perception
Once the third eye is open, you may find it much easier to meditate and connect with the transcendent. If you already practice Japa or Transcendental Meditation, your sessions will be more profound. It will enhance your experience of seated and moving mindfulness meditation. Daydreaming will take on additional levels of clarity. Some people call these visions.
It can enhance your ability to remember dreams and engage in lucid dreaming practices.
This portal will also open your Heart Chakra, which is a doorway to the “virtues of the spirit.” Shamans talk about being able to see with their hearts. So your conscience will come front and center. You can no longer ignore injustice and discrimination. You will see through the veil of groupthink manipulation tactics that hold people hostage, to biased and prejudiced religious ideologies. Here are some other things you could expect:
- Enhanced ability for lucid dreaming
- Memory retention increases along with learning ability
- A marked increase in intuition
- Increased creativity
- If you have psychic or similar abilities, these will become stronger
- Spiritual gifts will be more accessible
- Clairvoyance (psychic vision) may open
- Clairaudience (psychic hearing) potentially opens
- Clairsentience (psychic feeling/touching) has the potential to open
- Your body may go through discomfort for several days to adapt
Methods to Open the 3rd Eye?
We don’t recommend using Reiki, Crystals, or any religious ceremony. These latter are indirect methods with their list of unwanted side effects. If you are ready, use a direct approach with fewer known side effects.
Closing The Third Eye?
Sorry, contrary to what you hear, you can’t close this portal once it is open. The passage of time may slowly deteriorate this level of awareness, but some changes are permanent. That’s why you need to be sure you want to open this portal.
Here’s the issue. You can’t unsee something once you’ve seen it. You cannot ignore it and hope that it will go away. So, if you’ve opened this portal, you will need to cope with the fact that your heart will be more open and vulnerable. You will have more empathy. It’s one of the answers about the third eye that people may not want to hear. Sorry.
As mentioned above, it also opens your heart. Your conscience grows along with your awareness, and you may feel the need to involve yourself in some positive world-building activity. You may find the need to help some disadvantaged groups of people. You may feel the calling to support some aspect of environmental activism. These are often life-changing calls, and you should not ignore them.
Closing my third eye is the second most asked question. Be sure you are ready and you want what is likely to happen.
What the Third-Eye is not
It is not the evil eye. The evil eye is the superstition surrounding those who can supposedly curse with a glance.
It is not the sixth sense, but opening this portal will enhance this ability if you have it. Many animals exhibit this ability. They sense when someone is watching or stalking them, even when they cannot detect them with their physical senses.
It is not evil, even though some religions teach it is. It’s because it provides answers that organized religion cannot. It opens a whole different realm of perception that can change the way you think and value reality. This portal of perception is a threat mainly to the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. So, it is not a religion.
Side Effects of Opening the 3rd Eye
When you open this portal, some people experience headaches similar to a migraine, sometimes lasting several hours. So be ready. Only use exercises to open this portal when you can rest. The severity of the side effects will depend on how atrophied/calcified your pineal gland is.
After a headache or pressure in the forehead, you may wake up one morning with a slight throbbing or tingling sensation in your forehead; it may feel like a goosebump. The feeling may be very intense. You may experience pulsing or throbbing in the forehead throughout the day, and you may “hear” sounds coming from within your head, such as light popping or crackling sensations.
Some time afterward, you will probably also begin to experience energy flowing or blowing through the Third-Eye Chakra, similar if not identical to those who practice Kundalini Yoda. You may experience energy coming front to back or back to front. This sensation can be intense, but you soon find that you can control this flow.
There are physiological events you may experience after opening up this portal. And this is an excellent sign your pineal gland is awakening, functioning, and alive. Be ready. Remember, closing my third eye isn’t a viable option.
Now you get to learn a fresh way of looking at the world. You will see beautiful things that you’ve missed in the past and will see ugly things, injustice, and inequity as well. So this may change the course of your life. This awareness will have a profound and lasting impact on your life. It will affect everyone in your circle of influence.
We hope these answers about the third eye chakra will help you make informed decisions about this subject. If you have other questions, please contact us, and we will do our best to answer or provide resources.
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(1) The Eye of Horus and the All-Seeing Eye, Wikipedia
(2) Rene Descartes, Wikipedia
(3) Carlos Castaneda, Wikipedia
(4) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia