By Anmol Mehta
The most important chakra to open first when you take up a kundalini meditation practice is the Third Eye Chakra. The Third Eye is also called the Ajan Chakra and is the sear of wisdom, intuition and psychic powers. The reason for focusing on opening this center first is so that inner guidance starts to flow and thus, help you with the rest of your spiritual practice and evolution.
There are many excellent meditation techniques for opening the Third Eye and in this article I would like to introduce you to three of them. These three techniques have been successfully used for centuries to open and balance the third eye and thus, extract the benefits that such activation produces.
1. AUM Mantra Chanting:
The first meditation technique for opening the third eye is the AUM mantra meditation. This method exploits the use of the seed sound to open a particular center. The seed sound of the Ajna Chakra is the sound AUM. Chanting this sound directly influences the center and causes it to activate and open.
To practice this technique sit up straight close your eyes and being to chant out loud the sound AUM. Make a long sound "OOOOOOOOOOOOO" and finish with a shorter "MMMMMM". In addition to chanting this mantra, keep your attention fixed on the center of your forehead. This is location of the third eye and attending to this region will further enhance the effectiveness of this mediation.
2. Silver Hammer Tapping.
Another powerful method for opening the third eye, is be using the silver hammer technique. In this meditation, you will again use the power of attention by focusing on the center of the forehead, and will couple with the following breathing pattern.
For this meditation, break up your inhalation into sixteen tiny sniffs, and with each sniff visualize a small silver hammer tapping the center of your forehead. Keep the sniffs very small so you can do sixteen to complete one inhalation. After you complete the inhalation, exhale in one breath and then repeat the pattern.
The number sixteen is associated with the center so it is important to control your breathing to allow for sixteen sniffs.
3. Alternate Nostril Breathing:
A third technique which can be used to activate this center is the method of alternate nostril breathing. To this meditation, following the breathing pattern below.
Close your right nostril and breathe in long, deep and slow through the left nostril. Also visualize the breath traveling in a straight line from the nostril to the center of the forehead. Then close the left nostril and exhale slowly through the right, this time visualizing the air leaving from the center of the forehead and out the nostril. Keeping the left nostril closed, now inhale through the right and then close the right and exhale through the left. All the time doing the visualization as well.
You can start with ten rounds initially and then build up from there. This is a very powerful technique and you should not overdo it initially. Make sure you are not doing more that you can handle comfortably at any time.
So there you have three time tested, potent techniques for opening the all important third eye chakra. Once this center is open you will have the power to see the unseen and know the unknown.
Anmol Mehta is a modern Yoga & Meditation master. His massive Free Guided Meditation website offers the ultimate Guided Meditation Techniques and Free Online Yoga Exercise Videos.