Can someone open the third eye?


The third eye is an energy center (third eye chakra) in our subtle body, which is characterized by intuition and its connection to spiritual, non-physical levels. By actively working with the third eye, completely new ways of perception, insight and knowledge emerge.

Through an opened third eye, or in other words through special activity in this area, you see things from a new, much broader perspective. Your conscious perception expands. It works literally like another eye, which however is not directed towards the physical, but towards "less fixed", that is, subtle levels of reality. There must be perception not necessarilybe visual in nature. The third eye sees itself as a channel of perception, the all appeals to the inner senses.

The third eye and the pineal gland

The third eye and the pineal gland are directly related to each other, with the pineal gland acting as a physical counterpart to the subtle third eye. The pineal gland is, so to speak, the physical interface of the third eye or the frontal chakra.

When people talk about opening the third eye or activating the pineal gland, they usually mean the same thing.

I see it this way: external influences (nutrition, environment, ...) have an effect on the pineal gland, and internal influences (attitude of mind, beliefs, ...) have an effect on the third eye or the frontal chakra. Ultimately, however, both interact, which makes a direct separation difficult. You could say that the pineal gland and the third eye are two different phenomena of the same thing.

In my article on decalcifying and activating the pineal gland, I mainly deal with external influences and explain how you can detoxify your pineal gland and adapt your lifestyle. In this article I would like to discuss the inner influences and the spiritual practice associated with them. However, it is advisable to look at the topic from a holistic point of view and to include all aspects.

Opening means expanding

To »open« the third eye means to expand one's own consciousness or one's own perception. Everything that expands your horizon beyond what you know "opens" your third eye.

Habits and things that can help you do this:

  • Practice loving and exploring the unknown
  • Always try to put yourself in other people's shoes and understand their point of view
  • Let go of right / wrong and black and white thinking
  • Learn something new, no matter what
  • Make art and let off steam creatively in everyday activities
  • Engage with your nightly experiences and practice lucid dreaming
  • Practice meditation, visualization, chanting, or yoga
  • Practice mindfulness and rediscover what you already know
  • Train your intuition and try to consciously receive information from your higher self (channeling)
  • Discover the vastness of silence and mental and physical relaxation
  • Deal with your shadows
  • Observe your thoughts, feelings and actions and reflect on them (e.g. by writing about them)

An open and flexible mind

As you begin to deal with your third eye, you may have experiences that you cannot explain with what you already know. A new level of experience will reveal itself, which is difficult to classify with the mind or to be understood at all. You will also have to let go of things that you hold onto. These can be past experiences, (thinking) habits, desires, people or something else. Everything you hold on holds you tight

An open and free mind that is ready to discover new things and let go of the old is therefore extremely important for the development of the third eye. Otherwise you will only get entangled in further illusions on the way and end up in dead ends.

You may know the parable of the master and his disciple. The student learned various lessons, traveled around the country and attended many schools and teachers. But at one point he stopped making progress and didn't know what to do next. He heard from a master and decided to visit him. When the disciple got to Master's house, he told him about his situation and asked if he could help him.

Then the master gave the student a full glass of water and poured another glass into it so that it overflowed and the water collected on the floor. The student looked puzzled until the master explained to him: “Your mind is like this glass of water - nothing fits into it anymore. You are full of knowledge, belief, prejudice and habits that you will not learn anything from me. Come back when you've poured out old things to take in new things. "

This open and free awareness is essential for opening the third eye. It means questioning conditioned habits, beliefs and thought constructs and ultimately letting them go. So you can empty your glass and make room for something new.

By recognizing and questioning your current truths and habits (thinking, feeling, acting), you can acquire an open and flexible mindset.

Open the third eye: the meditation techniques

If you want to open and activate your third eye, spiritual practice is essential. Any form of meditation is suitable for this; be it sitting meditation with closed eyes, meditation while walking in nature or creative activities.

In addition, I have tried various exercises and techniques that aim in particular to open the third eye and release the energy in the third eye chakra. The following techniques are my favorites and some of them can be combined very well with each other.

1. Turn your eyes upwards

In Kundalini Yoga, in addition to body positions (asanas), finger positions (mudras) and general behavior, different perspectives are used to activate certain chakras and areas of the body. The gaze upwards is assigned to the third eye chakra. Although, or perhaps because of, this exercise is so simple, it has an amazing effect.

Find a quiet place and take your usual meditation position. You can also lie down or do this exercise in bed in the evening. Now close your eyes and direct your gaze upwards, to the point between your eyebrows. Be careful not to cramp your eyes. Stay loose and relax.

Now shift your attention to the visual impressions in front of your inner eyes while maintaining this line of sight. After some time and deeper relaxation, you may begin to see colors and shapes, maybe even pictures that briefly flash and then disappear again. Just observe these impressions. Let them come and go and don't try to influence them.

If you only see blackness, it doesn't matter. Just watch it and immerse yourself in it. Little by little you will realize that this too is changing, moving and has a structure. Maybe it's a lot of little dots, maybe a couple of big circles, maybe a mixture of both. Whatever it is, the more you practice this exercise and discover your inner visuality, the more it will reveal itself and the more exciting it will be. This exercise is a good start, especially for people who naturally find it more difficult to visualize (like me, for example).

Even in everyday life and with your eyes open, you can use the look up to stimulate the opening of your third eye. Don't overdo it, however, and don't ignore your body image. Only do it for as long as it feels good.

2. The perception of "empty" space

Meditation on the "empty" space is very effective for training seeing with the third eye. You not only develop awareness of this »certain view«, you also learn to deal with new visual impressions.

To do this, resume your normal meditation position and relax by following your breath with your eyes closed. Once you have reached a calm state, you open your eyes and look into the empty space in front of you. Let your eyes rest loosely in the eye socket and avoid any tension in your (facial) muscles.

When doing this exercise in a room, make sure that your attention is not on the wall, but on the room between you and the wall is directed. This exercise also works wonderfully with a view of the sky or nature.

At first, it can be difficult to find a reference point in empty space. If this is the case for you, use an object of your choice as an aid. In principle, it can be anything: a sheet of paper with your favorite number or letter, a (not too complex) picture, a personal item, a flower or something similar. This item will help you focus your attention on something outside. As soon as you progress with it, you can try it without an item.

During this exercise, make sure that you don't focus on a specific point. Keep your eyes loose and relaxed so that your gaze wanders and the background is slightly out of focus.

This meditation exercise is part of my morning meditation and has helped me in many ways. After a long time in this state, you notice that the apparently empty space in front of you is not empty at all. It is full of pulsating energy and movement - which can lead to interesting experiences and stimulate the third eye accordingly.

3. Visualize and feel

When visualizing, certain imaginary ideas cause changes in the body and mind. Visualization is mainly used in self-healing and is therefore also a great aid to decalcify the pineal gland and open the third eye.

The visualization as well as the feeling technique can be applied to the forehead area (slightly above the middle of the eyebrows) and to the pineal gland (in the brain). I myself like to use both areas and occasionally combine them with one another.

The visualization technology

  • Take a position in which you feel comfortable. It doesn't matter whether you sit or lie down.
  • Now relax by closing your eyes and consciously following your breath. Leave all everyday problems behind.
  • Once you are calm and relaxed, shift your attention to one of the areas mentioned above. Give yourself some time to do this until you can feel it clearly. Then visualize bright energy in the form of a shining ball of light in the selected area. Concentrate completely on the glowing ball and feel its power. Perceive it with as many senses as possible and fully immerse yourself in it.

During this exercise, pressure may build up in your head, which gradually increases. This pressure comes from mobilizing the energy, which is why you shouldn't overdo it. Stop doing the exercise as soon as the pressure becomes uncomfortable or you feel like it.

Feeling the pineal gland

The great thing about the Feel Technique is that you can always use it as it is really all about feeling the area you want. To do this, put your attention into your head and feel the pineal gland in the middle of your brain. Maintain this light awareness so that you can feel it all the time.

You don't have to visualize anything or be particularly strong with it - just feel it with your normal body awareness.

Simply by feeling and paying attention to the pineal gland, it is stimulated and thus releases energy.

4. The Chartres Tablets

Meditation with the Grail Tablets from Chartres is similar to perceiving empty space, as here we also work with visual perception. In contrast to looking into empty space, however, we have an aid here: the Chartres tablets.

They are made up of six geometric panels with the same area - two rectangular, two square and two round. The same shapes are arranged side by side in different colors - one in blue and one in red. It is best to print them out using the Google image search to meditate with. You can also do your first attempts with your mobile phone / PC / tablet.

Meditation consists of setting up (or holding) the blackboard in front of you and looking at it with a cross-eyed look (similar to peripheral vision). The distance between you and the boards depends on the size of the boards. I printed them out very small (see picture) and hold them about 20cm in front of my eyes.

So now hold the boards in front of your face and look into the middle of the boards. Relax your eyes so that your vision becomes unfocused and "soft". By relaxed “squinting” on the boards, a third virtual board row is created in the middle of the real one. Take a close look at the new row of tablets and continue to relax your eyes.

The new three panels will initially fluctuate back and forth between the colors red and blue. As soon as the blackboards have leveled off in a purple hue, your two halves of the brain are in harmony with each other - they are now in sync, similar to listening to binaural beats.

This synchronization creates a strong relaxation, which helps you to go into deeper meditative states. Let your intuition guide you how to proceed. You can continue to meditate with the tablets, close your eyes, or continue to perceive the empty space. Visualization techniques are also easier in this state. Make your gut decisions.

I printed out the boards myself and laminated them so that I can take them with me anywhere (in my pocket).

My first experience with the third eye

The opening of the third eye or the activation of the pineal gland goes hand in hand with expanded perception, mental clarity, (self) knowledge and general insights. How exactly this expresses itself in life can be very different. For me it started with brief moments of deep insight, which eventually became more and more normal and everyday for me.

I had my first experience in 2017 on a beautiful summer evening. I just got back from exercising and was on my way to the train station to go home. Next to the train station is a shopping center that I have visited dozens of times and seen hundreds of times.

But when I saw it this time, I had to pause. I stopped intuitively, took my headphones out of my ears and looked at it closely. It was like seeing it for the first time. Not just the red brick building itself, but also the structure behind it: the shopping center, the company, the products, the logistics, the advertising, the people, the consumption. It's hard to explain - and probably even harder to understand - but it was suddenly all clear and precise. As if someone had taken a filter that I had on my eyes all my life.

The second time I experienced this condition, I passed a man on the street who was smoking a cigarette. As an ex-smoker and through smoking friends, cigarettes have always been something more or less normal for me. But when I saw this man dragging his cigarette, I saw for the first time what smoking actually means. I saw self-destruction, caused by deep dissatisfaction, doubt, suffering, compulsion and fear ... a sad, but also very exciting realization.

Addition: Some time has now passed and a lot has changed. The states of consciousness just described, into which I previously had only an involuntary, brief glimpse, have become normal and can be influenced. The depth and possible expansion of consciousness seems to be almost infinite.

Perception in everyday life

To get an idea of ​​what such a change of perspective feels like: Imagine you came to earth for the first time from another planet / another world and were walking through a city. What would you see How would our society and culture appear to you? What would you see in our way of life? What would you see in people drinking and smoking? How would you see advertising, shops and consumption? What would education, religion and politics be for you?

Maybe you understand what I mean. By being free of conditioning, assumptions, and beliefs about this world, you would see it for what it is - completely impartial. Your perception would not be blinded by past experiences, but new and real.

The expanded perception does not only refer to the fact that you see the old with new eyes, but also to the fact that you see “new”. I deliberately do not want to go into this too much, but nevertheless briefly mention it.

The light actually visible to us humans moves in a wave range between 380 and 740 nanometers. However, it seems to me that the perceptible electromagnetic spectrum can be expanded through spiritual practice and consciousness work.

What I mean by that: there is a lot to discover.What is known to us, physical, is only a fraction of what really exists. Everyone has to find out for themselves what lies behind this.

Written by

Valentin Voigt

Hey My name is Valentin and I love to explore the depths of consciousness, ask spiritual questions and develop holistically. On Back2Spirit I share my knowledge, insights and experiences with you in order to provide you with the most helpful impulses for your path. You can find more about me here.