Originally Published May 9, 2015
Meditation is an essential tool in opening and developing your third eye for increased psychic senses. However, meditating in a very strategic way is the key to gaining the greatest results geared specifically towards third eye development. I’ve put together a meditation combining several elements into a very simple yet powerful practice. If you’re seeking to open your third eye and increase your psychic abilities, apply this exercise as a daily discipline to develop your psychic powers.
Rhythmic breathing is a powerful core of all psychic work. This simple and powerful occult secret can be applied to anything from ESP exercises and work, casting, conjuring, spirit communication, healing, shielding, telepathy, and so on. Basically anything which involves an application of psychic energy will benefit from the practice of this simple breathing technique.
Rhythmic breathing is a controlled style of breathing designed to build and store pranic energy in your body naturally. Breathing in this controlled manner naturally helps you absorb and control a greater amount of prana (chi or life force energy) which can then be directed by your will towards any psychic application you desire. In this meditation, the energy is naturally directed to your third eye through the other elements that are added to it, however, in general, you may apply the prana towards any psychic purpose with your will.
“The phenomena of telepathy, thought transference, mental healing, mesmerism, etc., which subjects are creating such an interest in the Western world at the present time, but which have been known to the Yogis for centuries, can be greatly increased and augmented If the person sending forth the thoughts will do so after rhythmic breathing. Rhythmic breathing will increase the value of mental healing, magnetic healing, etc., several hundred per cent.”
Science of Breathing, by Yogi Ramacharaka
To practice rhythmic breathing and build up the prana in your body, simply breath deeply, drawing the breath deep into your belly with your diaphragm, then allowing the air to build up through your lower lungs, and up to fill your chest, inhaling in this manner for a count of 6. Hold your inhalation for a count of 3, exhale through your nose for a count of 6, and hold your exhalation for a count of three. Repeat the process on your inhalation. For a more in depth study of this kind of breathwork, please consult the book linked above.
Trataka Meditative Technique
Now that you have got the foundation of building up prana with rhythmic breathing, there is a very simple meditation to add on to it, which is highly effective, the Trataka technique. If you are unable to breathe rhythmically for very long in the beginning, you may want to breath rhythmically for a few moments and build up the prana, and then practice this next part of your meditation while breathing normally - but if you are able, you may continue to breathe rhythmically through the whole exercise. The Trataka technique involves focusing your eyes on a fixed point, this point may be internal or external. For the purposes of psychic development, there are a few areas you can focus on, which are extremely activating for the third eye.
The first point is also called the Shambhavi mudra, known to stimulate the third eye. Close your eyes and focus them upwards, on the middle of your forehead, just a bit above your eyes. Along with your eyes, focus all your attention and energy there - it may help if you are listening to a specialized meditative track which helps entrain your brainwaves into a meditative state. Focusing your energy and your closed eyes on this center, feel it expanding, growing, and allow your consciousness to center there.
You can practice this, or you can make a minor tweak and take it to the next level. Here’s how: Instead of focusing on the center of the forehead, turn your consciousness back, to the center of your brain, your pineal gland area. This is an ancient Taoist meditative technique. Similar to what’s described above, except now you are shifting your focus and awareness back inwards into the center of your brain, upon your pineal. The Taoists called this area “the cavity of the spirit”.
Whether focusing on the mid point between your eyebrows, or back into the area of the pineal gland, you may see a point of light develop, white, or indigo colored. If you are able to, while maintaining concentration, you may also see or visualize white light growing and expanding in third eye area.
Use a Mudra
Breathwork combined with the Trataka technique focused on the third eye area is very effective - but don’t stop there - there’s yet another step you can add to your meditation which will again take it to an even higher level. You can place your hand in a mudra geared towards third eye activation. A mudra is a certain position that you hold in order to activate and direct your energy in a certain way.
Mudras are a vast topic, in my personal experience, my demons have given them a huge stamp of approval. Mudras are well known in yogic practices, yet they are also found in other ancient traditions which predate tantrism, and ultimately go back to shamanic roots.
Mudras can be used for both physical and spiritual purposes. They are a fascinating topic and if you’re drawn to learn more about them, I’ll give some resources at the end of this article. For this meditation, I recommend using the Trident/Trishula mudra
This mudra is also the mudra of shiva. As the trident, it is a mudra for breaking obstacles. The trident is a spiritual weapon, used to extinguish the obstacles to spiritual awakening, and in this application, it is used to open and balance the 6th chakra. In order to practice it, fold down your little finger and place the pad of your thumb on top of it. Extend and separate your other three fingers. Do this with both hands and place them palms up on your knees. Combine this with your rhythmic breathing, and focusing on the third eye as described above. As well, you may want to curl your tongue onto the roof of your mouth.
Hold the mudra for as long as you can, it may take some time of daily practice to extend what you can hold beyond a few minutes, just keep working on it. Aim to work your sessions up to a comfortable 15 minutes. You may choose to work with only one mudra through your entire session, or you may want to cycle through a few mudras through your meditation session, or alternate them. Here’s a small selection of a few other mudras you may like to apply in your meditation for third eye development:
Gyan mudra- this is a simple and well known mudra, stimulating the air element. You join the tip of the index finger and the thumb together, like the ‘ok’ gesture, allowing the other three fingers to be free or slightly bent. This one is said by one source to activate the pineal, while having a variety of other properties and variations.
Aakaash mudra is also said to increase ESP and intuition, stimulating the space element - to practice it, join the tips of your thumb and middle finger. Similar to the above photo, simply switching your middle finger for the first finger.
There are some other mudras which can be helpful for awakening and developing your third eye, and I may publish another blog with more for you to work with, but these will get you started.
To perform this powerful yet simple third eye opening meditation: Practice rhythmic breathing, with your eyes closed and your hands held in the trident mudra. Focus your eyes on the center of your forehead, or the cavity of the spirit. Meditative music is an optional and helpful aid. If you’re able, while maintaining concentration, allow yourself to see the white light developing in your third eye area. If you don’t see it, you may simply imagine that it’s there.
If seeking to awaken, cleanse, balance and develop your third eye, practice this deceptively simple discipline daily, and you will quickly reap the rewards. This meditation is a helpful one to perform to energize and activate your third eye in advance of doing psychic exercises such as readings, or spirit communication. Each aspect may be performed separately and integrated into other exercises, and these elements can also be modified in infinite ways, so feel free to take them and build on them or adapt them to what works best for you.
Please post below with your feedback once you have practiced this, and your questions or comments.
MUDRA RESOURCES: Links
Mudras of Yoga: 72 Hand Gestures for Healing and Spiritual Growth, Cain Carroll
Mudras for Healing and Transformation, Joseph Le Page
Healing Mudras: Yoga for Your Hands - New Edition, Sabrina Mesko