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How to Open Your Third Eye
The single most important thing you can do when you’re practising magic of any kind, whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned veteran of years, is learning to open and see through your third eye.
More significantly, descriptions of the third eye all point to the same place – the location of an incredibly important gland that’s entirely responsible for the production of mind and sleep altering hormones. The pineal gland.
The position of the pineal gland is right at the base of the skull, and at the centre of the mind. Not only is this key centre of the brain responsible for major functions based around awareness and feeling, as you go deeper towards the centre of the brain you get closer to more primal, ancient parts.
This means that this section of the brain was probably one of the first parts to develop.
There’s more than that, though. The reason we call this the third eye is because once you’ve opened and mastered using it, you’ll be able to use it as you’re in gnosis to visualize images with incredible detail.
This is hugely important. We’re visual creatures, so the vast majority of our processing power is devoted to sight… and when we can accurately visualize what we want, our ability to focus our will on it and the likelihood of us achieving it is massively improved.
Why is this important?
Before you can manifest something into reality, you have to be able to imagine it first.
It’s literally impossible to bring something into the world – no matter what it is – if you can’t first imagine what it is.
And once you’ve got the tools to imagine the world in perfect clarity, then breaking things down and beginning to understand them also becomes so much easier.
On top of this, once you’ve awakened this part of your mind again, you’re going to find yourself with a much greater intuitive sense.
You’ll learn faster and have a greater retention of information, and some people have even reported a greater sense of creativity. You’re going to sleep better, which obviously helps everything, and this is all without going into the potential extra sensory benefits which come with deep practice.
It’s this ability to manifest thought forms into visual reality that’s regarded as the mark of a true magician. When you’re capable of doing this, you can move beyond tools. You won’t need to rely on anything outside yourself when you’re looking for greater awareness any more.
If opening the third eye is so beneficial, why doesn’t everyone do it?
Simple. The modern world is actually the complete antithesis of third eye awareness.
Because the world we live in is constantly bombarding us with stimuli, it kills our intuition and never gives the mind the space it needs to stretch out and develop beyond the five basic senses.
Thankfully, this damage can be undone. Just as someone can learn to kill their third eye with overstimulation, with regular practice you can open it right up again.
The process is simple to explain, but hard to execute. Let’s break it down into steps…
Opening Your Third Eye: The Process
Step One: Quiet the Mind
The single important thing before you begin to open the third eye is to make sure that you’re capable of achieving the state of gnosis. We’ve covered how to achieve gnosis in this article.
When you’re focusing and quieting the mind, you give your mind the space to focus on what’s important and really feel the work you’re doing.
The practice of opening the third eye is centred around meditation, so if you aren’t comfortable with meditating for long stretches of time you’re going to find it difficult to follow the exercises (and it’s going to be that much harder to get the results you’re looking for.)
Around 15 minutes at a time is a good starting point. You might (and probably will) end up spending much more time sitting and following the exercises, especially once you start to see results.
Remember, this is a lifetime pursuit. Although you’re excited to move forwards, you’ve got to follow the process step by step.
Step Two: Open Your Third Eye
Once you’re comfortably dropping into and out of gnosis, you’re ready to move on.
Assume your meditation position, breathe normally, and clear your mind. If any thoughts enter your head, ignore them and gently move past them, and focus your attention on your breathing.
As you focus on your breath, bring your attention to the area between your eyebrows and at the top of your nose. As you become more aware of this area, imagine this area opening up and become more active.
For some people, the idea of imagining their third eye comes as a wave or ball of radiant light at the centre of the forehead, between the eyebrows. Other people are aware of a second set of lips at the point of the third eye. Either way, as you breathe, imagine and begin to feel the breath flowing in and out of this point on your head.
Eventually, you will start to feel a tingling or a pressure in this area. This is good! This is because you’re flooding the area with blood, opening up blood vessels and neural pathways that have probably laid dormant for quite some time. Your body is smart, and it responds to what you focus on.
In fact, studies have shown that the brain is like a muscle, and the areas you practice with grow and thrive, as well as the significant fact that mental visualization and focus can have major effects on the processes of the body.
With regular practice, it’s entirely possible to be aware of this tingling throughout the entire day, because it was always there. You just weren’t aware of it yet.
Perform this meditative practice every day, for at least 15 minutes. More is better, but try not to overdo it and burn out. If you start to get tired or stressed, take a break and come back to it another time.
Don’t Look Up!
Some less reputable sources say you should roll the eyes up or look upwards as you perform these exercises. We’re here to tell you that it’s not necessary, for several very important reasons…
First off, there’s the eye strain issue. You should be performing this meditative practice every day, and over a long period, it’s entirely possible to overstrain and damage your eyes (and no matter how open your third eye is, that’s not going to do you any good if your regular eyes don’t stop you from walking into walls…)
Second, you’re trying to open your awareness by opening your third eye. Whilst opening the third eye can lead to huge changes in how you see the world, whilst you’re performing the practice you aren’t using your eyes, so they don’t need to do anything. In fact, if you’re mentally trying to keep your eyes in a particular place, it can pull focus away from what’s important.
Lastly, when you’re trying to open the third eye you’re trying to avoid seeing things visibly. You’re looking for the feeling of awareness rather than the physical embodiment. The best way to describe it is when you’re in a public place and know someone is watching you without looking at them. This feeling is what we’re going for.
Step Three: Good Vibrations
If you’ve ever tried throat singing or repeating a mantra, this next step will feel familiar.
Start humming, and as you hum, ‘push’ the noise down into your throat. If you’ve never done this it will take a bit of experimentation, but you’re looking for a constant, resonant hum that makes your voice box (and probably your whole throat) vibrate.
Once you hit the right frequency, you’ll know, as you’ll be able to feel it deep in your neck, and also in the area we’ve been focusing on, between your eyes.
What we’re doing here is vibrating at the correct frequency to resonate the nerve clusters in our bodies. These nerve clusters function as energy centres, and the voicebox, or larynx, is a key energy point, (Chakra, Sephirot, Circuit, etc.)
By creating the right resonant frequency in our bodies we can open up the channels and create a direct link between them.
Once you’ve linked these two nerve clusters together you’ll start to become aware of a third one, right in the centre of your head, right next to where you’ll find the third eye.
This is key! As soon as you’ve become aware of this new energy centre, you’re going to want to alter your humming until you can feel it open up and connect to your third eye.
Once you’re comfortably resonating with this part of your mind, as you meditate, imagine your breath now flows through this energy centre deep inside your head, instead of the point at the centre of your forehead.
If you do this correctly, you’re going to supercharge your third eye, almost to the point of oversensitivity the first couple of times you do it. Don’t worry. This is entirely normal.
Step Four: Awareness without Sight
Like we said earlier, the key to seeing with the third eye is feeling the sensation, not relying on external information.
You need to get comfortable feeling the sensations of the third eye and teaching your mind to make sense of them before you can start to use its inputs alongside your normal vision.
The easiest way of doing this is to actually do it.
Go to a natural area. (Living things are easier for our bodies to feel the presence of. Have you ever been in a park and known there was an animal around but not known where it was, only to be proven right when it came running out of the bushes when you got closer? That’s the same principle.)
Sit or lay down and get comfortable, but don’t relax. Your posture should be the same as if you’re meditating. Shut your eyes, focus on your breathing, then open your third eye, following the above steps if you need to.
Once your eye is open, start to cast your awareness around you, and feel the shape of the world you’re living in. When you first start doing this, don’t try to focus too heavily on individual things or look for precise details. Just feel where everything is and how it relates to the position of everything else and yourself.
Remember, we’re innately capable of doing this, which is why we get flashes of insight and deep feelings every now and then… but it’s something that’s taught out of us at a young age.
Step Five: Seeing what you want to See
Once you’ve mastered feeling the world around you without your regular sight, it’s time to move it up a notch.
Now you need to teach your third eye to visualize and project what it feels into reality. This is going to feel pretty weird at first, and it’s the single hardest step in the process. Some people get this innately and learn how to do it fast, but others take weeks or months to learn this.
First, meditate and open the third eye. You’re probably getting pretty good at this step by now, so this should feel good.
Again, this is incredibly hard. Some people won’t even be able to visualize anything when they start. Other people will hover for ages at this stage, easily visualizing a circle that wavers and moves and just can’t stay put!
Keep putting in the work, every day, and this will come. Don’t get frustrated. Anger and frustration will block the good work you’re doing here.
Once this is set, add an equilateral triangle around the square, with the square sitting on the bottom edge of the triangle.
Finally, once you’re comfortable with all the previous steps, add a last circle around the triangle.
Practice Opening Your Third Eye
That’s the whole process. It looks incredibly simple, but the real test is in the doing.
Once you’re able to call up this image at will, you can be sure that your third eye is open, under your control and responding to your will. At that point, feel free to experiment. You can begin to construct different images with your new sight – flex the muscles so to speak.
It’s at this point that your third eye will start to apply its own images on top of your regular vision, and you’ll start to see with it without having to force it or apply any effort.
Now, you’re going to struggle with this. Everybody does at one point or another. It’s an incredibly difficult process.
But that’s fine. Keep going. Everyone starts somewhere, and some people are more naturally adept and in touch with this side of themselves.
No matter where you are or how hard you find this, everyone has it in them to learn to use their third eye. All it takes is practice and dedication, and you will achieve what you want.
It’s important to practice regularly, and as often as you can. The earlier you start, the quicker you’ll reach your goal.