Have you ever heard that there is a “third eye” buried deep inside your brain? Modern medical science suggests that a complete structure of a non-functional human eye exists in the front section of our pineal gland. But is it really? And what is the significance of this mysterious organ of higher vision?
What is the Third Eye?
The pineal gland is a pea-sized gland shaped like a pine cone, located in the vertebrate brain near the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Also known as the third eye, it is a revered tool of seers and mystics and considered to be the organ of supreme universal connection. Its significance appears in every ancient culture throughout the world. For example, in Ayurvedic philosophy, the third eye is represented by the Ajna chakra and in Ancient Egypt, the symbol of the Eye of Horus mirrors the placement of the pineal gland in the profile of the human head. The third eye is connected to clarity, concentration, imagination and intuition.
What scientists have discovered about it?
As unbelievable as it may sound, modern research-based studies have in fact uncovered some evidence that could prove the claims of the ancients.
Scientists have discovered a “non-functional” eye with a structure similar to the external eyes—equipped with retinal tissues and cells that act as light receptors—in our pineal gland. In 1919, Frederick Tilney and Luther Fiske Warren wrote that the similarities of the pineal gland’s structure to a human eye suggested the organ was formed to be light-sensitive and probably possesses other visual capabilities.
Also, the third eye’s existence in certain animals has been well established in the field of zoology. Many reptiles and birds have been shown to have a third eye, which correlates to the pineal gland and does not see in the same way as the physical eyes but instead senses light and heat. Moreover, the human pineal gland has been found to have light receptors and to produce melatonin, a substance whose release is determined by the amount of light the body receives.
The Third Eye in religion
In various religious traditions the third eye is associated with clairvoyance, out-of-body experiences, visions, and precognition. People who have developed their third eye are known as “seers”.
Hinduism and Buddhism use the third eye as symbolism of enlightenment. It is referred to as “the eye of knowledge” in Indian tradition. East Asian and Indian iconography show the third eye as a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities and other enlightened beings. Hindus place a “tilak” between the eyebrows as a representation of the third eye.
Why we need awaken the Third Eye
A blocked third eye or Ajna chakra is said to lead to confusion, uncertainty, cynicism, jealousy and pessimism. Through an open and vibrant third eye, the highest source of ethereal energy may enter. While the physical eyes perceive the physical world, the third eye sees the true world — a unified whole with an unyielding connection to spirit.
How to open your Third Eye
Foster the silence of the mind, whether it’s through meditation, just sitting calmly in nature, or being absorbed in your favorite art or sport practice.
Use essential oils
Many essential oils stimulate the pineal gland and facilitate states of spiritual awareness, including lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, parsley and pine. Essential oils may be inhaled directly, added to body oil, burned in a diffuser and added to bathwater.
Practice Third Eye meditation
Meditation activates the pineal gland through intention: consider visualizing the decalcification of the pineal gland, as its sacred nature is illuminated and directly connected to source. Visualizing and meditating on the colour blue or purple can help activate the sixth chakra.
Change your diet
Consider adding the following items to your grocery list: raw cacao, goji berries, garlic, lemons, watermelon, bananas, honey, coconut oil, hemp seeds, cilantro, seaweed, honey, chlorella, spirulina, blue-green algae.
Collaborate with crystals
Crystals are influential allies in the quest to awaken the third eye. Use crystals and gemstones in the purple, indigo and violet colour palette. This colour palette serves to awaken, balance, align and nurture the third eye. Try amethyst, purple sapphire, purple violet tourmaline, rhodonite and sodalite. Place the crystal or gemstone between and slightly above the brow during meditation.