You probably heard of the
remarkable third eye that has been said to give psychic abilities. With
its fame came a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings. What I am
trying to do is to clarify these misconceptions and misunderstanding,
teach you what it is and how to develop it. Overall, I want this article
to give people the truth of the third eye.
Western occult and New Age
have recently identified the mystical third eye to the Ajna chakra not
found in the original Tantrika system. It has also been identified to the
The original Tantrika system
mentions the Ajna chakra as having two petals (maybe because it is located
between our two eyes). It is said to be white in color and means 'command'
in the sense of spiritual guidance. Once you open this chakra you will
have the power to command and order - whatsoever you say will happen,
whatsoever you desire will happen.
The recent version of the Ajna
chakra from Western occult and New Age means intuition, imagination and
will give you psychic perception accurate interpretation, imagination,
clear seeing, etc. The color is indigo. This and other such concepts are
not found in the original Tantrika system.
Western occult and New Age
also mentions that the third eye is the pineal gland. The pineal gland is
about 8-mm x 5-mm or about the size of a grain of rice and is located deep
in the center of the brain aligned between our eyes. its discovery was
late in time due to its size. Scientist do not understand exactly what its
function may be, but do agree that it is affected by light through
secreting a chemical called melatonin.
It is clearly understandable
the association made of the 'magical' third eye, the Ajna chakra, and the
Pineal gland (Note that many recent articles have made mistakes in
mentioning the Pituitary gland. This confusion is due more to the location
of these glands and the likeness of the name. These authors really mean
the Pineal gland). In the case of the Ajna chakra, religions have
mentioned its location between the eyes, eyebrows, or at the center of the
forehead and its association to light, which is why a lot of current
meditation techniques involves focusing on the third eye while imagining a
ball of bright light. These orthodox religion mentions that the activation
of this chakra causes perfect knowledge, ultimate life, and is the elixir
of immortality and spiritual light.
Western occult and New Age
association of the third eye was also influenced from studies of the
Pineal gland. Galen was the first to mention it to the West in the second
century. He believed it to be a valve that regulated thought. Eighteenth
century French scientist and philosopher Rene Descartes said that it was
the chief interpreter of vision and mentions it as the seat of the human
soul. Nils HolmgrenIn, a Swedish anatomist, was probably the first to name
the Pineal gland as a 'third eye' when in 1918, he discovered cells that
looked very much like cone cells of a retinal nature in the tip of the
gland of frogs and dogfish sharks. Note that his meaning of the third eye
is not the same as the Western occult or New Age.
Recent discoveries in animals
have found that the Pineal gland effects day/night cycles, navigation, and
in the case of the Western Fence Lizard, contains a photoreceptive element
scientist called a 'third eye' that protrudes at the top of the head.
I believe that all of these
common denominators have made the Western occult and New Age believe that
the Ajna chakra, Pineal gland, and the magical third eye is the same
thing, even though, they may not be.
Finally, the main reason for
these associations, especially to out-of-body experiences, is the ability
to see with your eyes closed. Many people, when napping, are able to see
their rooms with their eyes closed. In the cataleptic state of an
out-of-body experience, people could feel their eyes closed, but are able
to see the room they are sleeping in, as though, they were seeing it with
their physical eyes. My personal experiences have confirmed this to me. I
am able to see between and above my eyebrows with my physical eyes closed
during an out-of-body experience.
Well, what are the
capabilities of this third eye and how do we develop it? Later on, I will
give you detailed instructions on how to perform the third eye focus
technique exactly as instructed by the Yogis.
Many texts have claimed
shifting of consciousness when the third eye is focused upon. Hypnotists
usually induce hypnosis to a subject by having them look up at a shiny
object, not only because it causes eye fatigue, but also because it causes
the mind to accept suggestions easier. Yogis believe that concentrating on
the third eye causes psychic powers for this same reason.
The power from the third eye
focus technique comes from the ability to make a subject focus on a single
thought. It is a powerful focus of the subconscious making the technique
the easiest way to make your mind accept your most wanted desires. It is
like a magnet, in which, once focused upon, all of your mental suggestions
become sucked in by your subconscious.
The third eye is a direct
doorway to your subconscious and that is why the Yogis believe that, out
of all the meditation methods, the third eye focus technique is the best
way to calm the scattered mind. These are the reasons I use it in the
It has made it extremely easy
for my students and I to control a stressful mind. When focusing on the
third eye, you easily loose awareness of your physical body. All of your
trespassing thoughts dissipate and single-minded concentration on a
The Yogis deeply believe that,
once the Ajna chakra is opened through focusing upon, the powers of astral
projection and dream control are achieved. They do not focus on the third
eye chakra for these reasons, though, but to reach enlightenment.
The people that have tried the
third eye focus technique in the SUNEYE Methods say that they notice an
increase of clarity in their thoughts, as if their subconscious mind
accepted every suggestion they inputted. When they stopped using it, their
OBEs and LDs began to decrease. Mark tried the technique and realized how
it focused his
"By concentrating on my third
eye, I found that no other thoughts entered my head. Except, those of "I
will induce a lucid dream", "I will induce an OOBE" and small clips of
what it would be like to go to the place where I saw a couple of shooting
stars when I had gone out the night before... I fell asleep quite quickly
compared to other nights this week."
Djey noticed immediate results
using this technique in her meditation:
"Adding Joe Russa's "third eye
focus technique" to my usual formulas of cycles-through the chakras and
meditation, had immediate results. First night/morning experienced clear
hypnagogic images, pale green and then a very sharp colorful landscape...
Practice "third-eye concentration" again for about five minutes and soon
felt gentle vibrations and buzzing in ears."
Jagan and I became really good
friends during his training. He told me that his out-of-body experiences
and lucid dreams were very blurred. I told him to try the third eye focus
technique during his OBEs and LDs and see if it makes a difference:
"My scenery is not that bright
during my OBEs. Last night I sat down on the floor during the OBE and
meditated on my third eye. From then on, the scenery became vivid. Maybe
that is what I have to do for some time before I continue with the rest of
Method 1: With your eyes open,
touch the center of your forehead with your finger. Try to look up at the
spot where your fingertip makes contact with your forehead as best as you
can. You will notice that looking at the point of contact is impossible,
but this is how you want your eyes to be positioned.
Do not tense your facial
muscles or wrinkle your forehead. Your eyes need to look up as best as
possible towards your fingertip, but your surrounding eye and facial
muscles should stay completely relaxed. Now, close your eyes while keeping
that position. Keep practicing until you can roll-up your eyes as far as
you can, with them closed, while keeping your face relaxed. Remember that
you have to do this technique correctly every time or it will lose its
Method 2: With your eyes open,
place the tip of your finger between your eyebrows just above the eyes.
Move the tip of your finger perpendicularly away from your face 3 inches
(use a ruler to help you estimate the length). Now, try to look at the tip
of your finger as clearly as you can. This is the position you want your
eyes to be in when you close them. While keeping sight of your fingertip,
close your eyes.
Method 3: Create the
imagination (visualization) of a golden sun or flame between the eyebrows.
Method 4: Do method 2 while
facing the sun on a bright day.
Motivation is the key - once
you start doing the third eye focus technique for the sake of it - and not
being motivated - the power it can give you will diminish.
The third eye technique will
make you use your eye muscles like you have probably never used before.
You might not get it correct the first time, but once you have exercised
those muscles, the technique will make focusing on a thought extremely
easy. Slight headaches usually are associated after using this technique,
but they diminish after the second or third time.
Another person that have tried
our SUNEYE Methods had problems doing the third eye technique her first
time. Clairity soon realized that it became a lot easier the second time
"I went back to my couch, put
my earplugs in, dimmed the light a little and did the third eye technique
for 5 minutes. I find that what seems to work for me is stating
"everything is a dream" and "I am dreaming" as I focus on my third eye.
BTW, I can now roll my eyes to my third eye and hold them there until I
decide to stop (I could only do this for less than a minute when I first
started this technique)."
by Joe Russa