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Journey to Wisdom: The Ajna (Third Eye) Chakra

by Beth

“Wisdom begins in wonder, ” are the wise names of Socrates, and we would do well to take them to heart as we continue our journey through the chakras. “Thats part” 7 in the sequence. The last pole focused on Vishuddha( Throat) Chakra and the importance of finding your articulate. This pole will be examining Ajna( Third Eye) Chakra and the journey to wisdom.

The first time I suffered wonder was during a family vacation in Maine. I was twelve years old. We were hiking with friends on Mt Megunticook. When we got to the top and inspected out over the energize landscape, I was in awe and lost all sense of meter, infinite, spirit, and my twelve-year old-time ego-I. I have never forgotten it. I’d like to think that that moment planted the insight seed that my yoga expedition has irrigated and nourished, opening me up to receive those “ah-ha! ” minutes of intuitive wisdom that inform and direct our lives in positive and productive ways.The element connected to Ajna Chakra is glowing and/ or a slight sense of space. The organs related to this chakra are the eyes and the pineal and pituitary glands. This chakra is located between the eyebrows and is often referred to as the’ third eye.’ So it’s not surprising that the meaning of Ajna is’ to comprehend, ’ and the central issues are intuition, self-reflection, and insight, which has contributed to deep self-knowledge and wisdom. Now we make the information and lessons learned from the lower five chakras and move our consciousness forward to recognize our intrinsic wholeness.We do this by witnessing our lives–all of it–the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly–with pity and without sense( view Waking the Witness ). When we set an intention to tap into the deeper facets of the intellect, we can uncover the reasons for our core ideologies, garbs, and interactions with the outside. What a wonder! However, this cannot be forced. It must be invited and promoted. In Eastern Body, Western Mind, Anodea Judith says, “Intuition is a leap toward wholeness from fragmentation. Intuition is the unconscious recognition of pattern.”This will require surrender, something that many of us who slew heavily in reasoning and rationality may find difficult. But there is good reason to begin and continue the journey. As we’ see’ and understand ourselves more clearly, we’ll be able to’ see’ others and the world we live in more clearly and find ourselves responding to what we encounter appropriately and productively.One tool recommended for this stage on our pilgrimage through the chakras is meditation. You can read more about the what’s, why’s and how’s of reflection in Nina’s excellent post Meditation and Equanimity. My suggestions for practise include campaign, accumulation, and mudra.Movement: Shaking MeditationRuth Dennison, my first, and most significant meditation teacher, taught that movement before sitting reflection is helpful. On many mornings, I do an asana practice and on others, I shake. Shaking Meditation is typically done standing, but it can also be easily done set in a chair. It will enliven their own bodies, increase oxygen positions in the bloodstream, activate the parasympathetic nervous system( the residue and digest surface of your nervous system ), and help with mental focus.Stand with your feet about shoulders-width apart. Bend your knees slightly and begin to shake your legs. Move the hum up into your torso.Next shake your wrists and then move the shaking up your weapons to your shoulders. Invite your honcho to join the party if that feels comfortable.Feel free to raise your arms or stoop forward or backward.Shake your organization for three- five minutes( or more ). When done, simply stand, or sit, quietly.Feel the effects of shaking your mas and altering your energy.You can speak more about Shaking Meditation at Shaking meditation: The easiest behavior to secrete stress in five minutes.Concentration: Ajapa JapaThe formal specify for this ancient yoga meditation, Ajapa Japa, signifies,’ constant awareness.’ This technique has countless stagecoaches. This is stage one.Sit with your spine comfortably aligned. Soften your dresser and shoulders.Close your eyes or to be maintained slightly open with your gaze toward the floor. Start deep, rhythmic breathing with an awareness of the incoming and outgoing breath. Begin visualizing your incoming breath moving uphill from your bellybutton to your throat, and the outgoing breath moving downward from your throat to your navel.When your knowledge ambles, generating it back to the breath and the visualization.Practice for as long as you are comfortable.If you decide to try this and find it difficult to sense, feel, or imagine your breath, imagine the breather as an elevator. The following visualization works to introduce meditation to children. So why not for us grown ups? As you breathe in, imagine that an elevator is rising up from your belly to your throat.As you breathe out, imagine the elevator plummeting back to your belly.When your attention walks, making it back to the image of the elevator, rising and coming as you breathe in and out. Practice for as long as you are comfortable.Mudra: Jnana Mudra( Gesture of Higher Knowledge) As I senility, my asana practice is becoming gentler and my musing rehearsal is becoming stronger. At least six epoches a week, my behind will find its room to my meditation cushion where I practice for 25- 30 times. I use Jnana mudra( shown above ), which is said to awaken clear discover through the capability of witnessing and heighten concentration and the ability to discern between the limitless Self and the ego-I personality. There is a lack of contraindications. The teaches are from Joseph and Lilian Le Page’s Mudras for Healing and Transformation.Touch the tips-off of the index fingers to the tips of the digits of each hand.The thumbs and the index fingers form a round open circle.Extend the little, ring and middle paws straight out.Rest the back of the paws onto the knees or thighs.Relax the shoulders back and down, with the prickle naturally aligned.Hold the mudra for 5-10 breaths working up to five minutes if and only when you are completely comfortable.Working with the vigour of this chakra is, as with all the others, is a lifelong journey. As you explore your sixth chakra and the life lesson of seeking profundity, consider this quote from Carl Jung on Ajna Chakra: “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who watches outside, dreams; who gapes inside, awakes.”

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