This Chakra is all about INTUITION.
NAME: Ajna (to perceive and command)
LOCATION: Forehead, brow (carotid plexus)
Located up from the pharyngeal plexus at the brow or the carotid plexus, this chakra is our intuition and perception centre. As a child, we often believe what we see. For instance, we believe in the magic tricks acted out in front of us, with no doubt or question. The sixth chakra is about learning the wisdom to know that what we see isn't always what is true. This chakra is visionary; through our experiences we learn and grow and begin to SEE a bigger picture, a bigger story. It tells us that our past traumas are not our identity. They are simply a part of a story, one that has possibly spanned decades if not centuries, brought to us by our parents and upbringing, and that we are actually much bigger than our physical or social identity. Our sixth chakra is our power and insight to be able to take our story into our own hands, learning that our patterns and habits are not US, but a story that we have been bred into. We begin to SEE through our own lens of perception, which is not necessarily what is being shown in front of us. We can begin to use our visualisation, our wisdom and our power to allow us to expand and be part of a higher consciousness, which ultimately leads us to freedom.
So what would a balanced fifth chakra be?
The first chakra was the element Earth (steadiness), the second chakra was the element Water (movement), the third chakra was the element Fire (transformation), the fourth chakra was the element Air (love), the fifth Chakra was the element Sound (expression) and the sixth chakra is the element LIGHT and related to INTUITION. A person balanced in this chakra would be intuitive and perceptive. They are able to see clearly, not just visually, but internally too. They are able to use their imagination and visualise, even having good dream recall is a sign of a balanced sixth chakra. The basic mode of this chakra is "to see" and this goes far beyond our physical sight. When we close our eyes, we open our 'third eye,’ which allows us to see much deeper than the constraints and limitations around us. We can see and acknowledge a higher self WITHIN. People who are balanced here will probably find meditation to be a useful tool and have the wisdom and boundaries to keep them grounded in the real world. They have a connection to what they see outside but can still keep the connection to that deeper inner wisdom that allows them see beyond.
And what causes imbalances?
Imbalances may develop temporarily with situational challenges, or they may be chronic. A chronic imbalance can come from childhood experiences, past pain or stress, and internalised cultural values. Blockages from lower chakras WILL have a knock-on affect on the sixth chakra. For instance, if you have had a trauma which is affecting your self-confidence (third chakra) or if you are in a relationship which makes you feel unloved (fourth chakra), you may find it incredibly difficult to SEE your way through, if you are still caught up in a story, and unable to detangle yourself, then you will be less likely to have an affinity with your sixth chakra. If as a child you were told something different to what you were seeing, then you will constantly doubt your own sense of what is real. If you were brought up in a war zone, your perception of the world is going to be a very ugly one compared to if you were brought up in a stable and loving community. Everyone's perception of what is real will cause deficiency and excess in this chakra; our job now is to AWAKEN.
What happens when we are deficient?
When we are deficient in this chakra, we often don't want to SEE what is going on. We don't really want to shed light on the situation, for fear of the truth. This is then often linked with bad memory, poor vision, difficulty seeing or visualising the future. People who are deficient in the sixth chakra often don't use their imagination, they shy away from "AN OPEN MIND", from expanding their vision and questioning what they see. They feel safer maintaining a polarised view of things, one true and only right way, which often causes denial and insensitivity. You may have this in some areas and not others. For instance, when choosing food perhaps you may know a little about factory farming or processed foods but you would rather stay ignorant. By choosing not to see, we stay in a lesser consciousness, where we don't even have to think about the process it took for our nice packet of meat to get to the supermarket. Again, this idea of what we see isn't necessarily the truth.
What happens when we are excessive?
When we are excessive in this chakra, our third eye is a little out of control. We may hallucinate, have obsessions or delusions about things that may or may not be real; we are not sure. We may find difficulty concentrating as our visions and minds take us almost out of the real world. Perhaps you have nightmares a lot, headaches, vision sensitivity. This all sounds quite extreme because, well, it is. The higher we get up the chakras, the more intangible they become. You may read this and think, yes, I daydream occasionally, but this does NOT mean you have an excessive sixth chakra or that you should be worried. However, you may look at mental health in a slightly different light? When we see ourselves as in and out of balance, rather than as having things that are fundamentally wrong with us, then we may begin to raise our consciousness.
So what can we do to help balance deficiency?
Watch different films, documentaries, go to the theatre, see art
Allow a different stimulus into your life. If you constantly do the same thing, day in day out then of course your intuition and perception don't get a workout! And remember, even if you don't enjoy something, everything we take in allows us to grow, we have reasons to bring up a discussion about art, theatre, what we have seen and these discussions help us to open our perception, open our minds to see a bigger picture.
With eyes closed, sit for a few minutes everyday and imagine you threw all of your thoughts at a big white canvas, allow yourself this time to not have to "KNOW" but instead just to SEE what you throw at this canvas, it can be a fun exercise. Visualise yourself throwing anything at this canvas, like a brain dump to allow you to open your mind a little, create more space to see new things.
If you find visualising difficult then do it physically. No one has to see. Get a notebook, get a big piece of paper or anything in between and allow yourself to make a mess!! Most of us don't do art because we think we are no good or that there’s no point. The point is to make a mind dump on the paper, and enjoy it. Don't overthink it. Be like a kid!!
If you have a bad memory, then start recalling things in a journal, in your day, or even just once a week. Jot down what you do remember and you'll start opening up that memory channel again. But remember when we start opening our memories, sometimes painful ones come flooding back, instead of denying them, breathe through them — throw them at the canvas, give them space to have THEIR space and if you feel you need to really work more with this then get a counsellor.
What can we do to balance excess?
Depending on how excessive you are, you may need to seek help, either psychotherapy, or even simply joining some art therapy classes.
Again, art here is good, it means you get out of your inner vision a little and let it out into the physical world. Draw what you see, draw your dreams, allow them not to stay and worry or overtake you but instead make them something you can physically see and maybe it will all seem a little less intense.
Instead of sitting in meditation alone and not realising that an hour has gone by, join a group or listen to a guided mediation to allow you some safe boundaries. These safely bring you back out of a meditative state and perhaps you can then talk about the experience, especially if you are in a group situation.
Remember that you have a very powerful skill of visualisation and if used in the right way you can really set yourself up to achieve some amazing things! Visualise yourself achieving that 10km run, doing a double Psycle class, having that successful meeting or the confidence to ask someone out on a date and guess what — you'll manifest it. Trust it!
Make sure you don't go off into your own world too much, thinking that people don't 'get' you. Be with others, you'll be surprised at what other people's dreams are, and what a fascinating topic that is. Get talking and if you are in a group, keep with the conversation, no day dreaming!!
Remember that we are ALL imbalanced in someway, and this is also what makes us unique. Embrace your imperfections and learn to love them, explore them, and perhaps you'll open to things you never thought possible. If we see ourselves with imbalances rather than flaws we begin to see that we can actually become more balanced and that we are constantly growing, learning, changing, in this wonderful whacky world. Remember we are in it together!