Where does the term third eye come from?

Third Eye

The Third eye, also known under the term "Inner Eye", is a mystical-esoteric term. This means a supposedly invisible eye that is supposed to have a perception that goes beyond normal vision. In certain Dharma-related spiritual traditions, such as Hinduism, the third eye is also called the third eye chakra or Ajna chakra. In theosophy it is equated with the pineal gland. The third eye also stands for the gate through which one can enter inner worlds and spaces of higher consciousness.

In New Age terminology, the third eye often symbolizes the state of enlightenment. There, mental images and visions should also be evoked, which can have profoundly spiritual or psychological meaning for everyone. Religious visions and clairvoyance are often associated with the third eye. The third eye is also connected to the ability to perceive chakras and auras, to have premonitions or to undertake out-of-body experiences (astral wandering, soul journey). People with an open third eye are sometimes referred to as seers.

In Hinduism, it is said that the third eye is located in the center of the forehead, a little above the eyebrows. It is a Kshetra, i.e. a field of radiation from the Ajna or frontal chakra, which sits in the middle of the head. In other faiths, such as theosophy, it is believed that the pineal gland is meant by the third eye. The belief is based on the theory that in the distant past people actually had a third eye on the back of their head that they could use both physically and spiritually. In the course of time it has withered due to evolution, sunk inward and has developed into what we now call the "pineal gland".

Dr. Rick Strassman has stated in his theory that the pineal gland, which is highly sensitive to light, is responsible for the production and excretion of a substance known as DMT (dimethyltryptamine). In his view, large amounts of this entheogen would likely be released during the process of childbirth and death.

In the religions

In Taoism and many other traditional Chinese beliefs such as the Chan (a sister of the Zen school), the third eye is trained as in a training course by directing the attention focus to the point between the eyebrows with the eyelids closed. Often the body is brought into different Qigong positions. The aim of this exercise is for every student to bring themselves into resonance with the "vibration" of the cosmos and thus to get a solid, healthy basis from which even higher levels of meditation can be reached.

Taoism teaches that the third eye, also called the "spiritual eye", sits in the middle between the two physical eyes and extends to the middle of the forehead once it is open. It is also stated that the third eye is one of the main energy centers in the human body. It lies exactly where the sixth chakra is and is part of the main meridian, the energy line, which separates the right and left halves of the body.

According to the Christian teachings of contemporary Father Richard Rohr, the idea of ​​the third eye is supposed to be a metaphor for non-dualistic thinking, which enables Christian esotericists and mystics to gain knowledge. In Rohr's view, both eyes are used by the esoteric; the first eye, which enables vision through sensory input, and the second eye, which serves for rationality, meditation and reflection.

"But they know very well that knowledge does not always go hand in hand with deeper cognition, or that mere informational data, however precise they may be, does not immediately mean a change in consciousness and that one should not be confused with the other "is based on this way of thinking, builds on those first two eyes and goes even further." Rohr calls this level of knowledge Christ thinking.

According to the teachings of the neo-Gnostic Samuel Aun Weor, the third eye is mentioned several times symbolically as well as functionally in the "Revelation of John" 3: 7-13 (Bible, New Testament). In his view, the apostle actually describes in this prophetic book the awakening of the Kundalini serpent in the spine, and its ascent with three and a half rotations through the seven chakras.

Supporters of the theosophist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky claim that the third eye is actually the partially dormant pineal gland, which is located between the two halves of the brain.

Different species of lower vertebrate animals, such as some reptiles and amphibians, actually have a vertex eye, also called a parietal eye. It is an upwardly directed, central third eye on the parietal bone of the skull, which in original vertebrates serves as a light sense organ for the perception of differences in brightness, which is essential for the regulation of the biorhythm and for orientation.

C. W. Leadbeater made the claim that the third eye could develop microscopic or telescopic sightings through an "etheric tube". Stephen Phillips suggested that through a microscopic vision of the third eye, one would be able to observe objects the size of quarks.

Brief explanation of terms

The eye of intuition is called the third eye. The third eye plays an important role in yoga. It is located between the eyebrows or in the middle of the forehead and is vertical. The third eye stands for the eye of intuition. Shiva is typically represented with the third eye, and sometimes Krishna. The red point that is applied in yoga, e.g. during pujas or the "bindi" of Indian women, symbolizes the opening of the third eye. Nowadays most Indian women do this not for religious reasons but as a decoration, but originally it was a symbol for the activation of the third eye. In yoga there are a lot of exercises for activating the third eye, starting with alternating breathing to concentrating on the third eye. There is the pendulum meditation on the third eye, certain eye movements, Tratak and many other opening exercises. Most yoga practitioners will feel their third eye after just a few yoga classes.

Videos on the topic of Ajna Chakra

Ajna Chakra Pendulum Meditation

Third eye blessing meditation

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