In meditation, the "third eye" is often used as a concentration point. This is the area between and a bit above the eyebrows. In the East it is common to see a bindi, or a small dot worn in the center of the forehead, as a symbol of this special energy point or chakra. The third eye can also be referred to as the spiritual eye or Christ center.
Anatomically, the third eye relates to what is known as the pineal gland. I read something really interesting in The Energy Codes, by Sue Morter, referring to the physiology of the pineal gland:
"The pineal gland contains light receptor cells called rods and cones, which are similar to those found in our eyes. Part of its function may be to "see" and receive the high-frequency, subtle, invisible energy of the inner world, whereas our eyes receive and transmit the visible light energy. In other words, this is the home of your inner or sixth sense."
I find it incredibly interesting that the part of the brain associated with the third eye structurally contains rods and cones similar to those found in the physical eyes! As individuals get more in tune with their third eye, concentrating on that center to bring more energy to it, it naturally begins to awaken. Where we put our attention - be that parts of the body, thoughts, aspirations, or other things - is where we send our energy. As the third eye awakens, intuition develops. The ability to have a sense about people and situations and receive inner guidance gets stronger.
Sometimes this intuitive ability is accompanied by visions. By their nature, these visions are personal and unable to be seen by others who may be in the same physical space. It's interesting then that there is a cellular correlation between the eyes we use to see the external world around us and the spiritual eye. Does our anatomy support the ability to have visions as the spiritual eye awakens?
There is so much we don't know about the brain; science is learning more all the time, but there is a vast amount still unknown. So I love hearing the things that science is beginning to discover which back up what yogis have been experiencing for centuries. Yogis - mystics of every stripe, in fact - long ago discovered a correlation between an energetic awakening at the point between the eyebrows and an ability to receive visions. It's exciting to consider that our anatomy may be set up facilitate deeper experiences relating to our inner awakening.
I am an Ananda® certified meditation teacher. I am passionate about meditation and embrace a yogic lifestyle for greater wellness physically, spiritually, and emotionally.
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