How Do You Open Your Third Eye? 13 Best Ways

It’s perfectly natural to go through phases where you feel disconnected from your intuitive guidance. So how do you open your third eye you’re feeling blocked? Today we’re answering that question. These are the best methods to open your third eye, quickly and safely.

What Is The Third Eye Chakra

The third eye chakra, or Ajna in Sanskrit, is your 6th chakra. It’s represented by the color indigo and is located at the center of the forehead, between your physical eyes.

You can think of your third eye as your psychic antennae.

In other words, it’s the reason you “just know” when your best friend is going to call, or why you decide at the last minute to change your route driving home.

You, like all humans, have a sixth sense that’s just as real as your sense of sight, smell, or touch. 

illustration of 3rd eye in chakra system
You have seven main chakras. The third eye is represented by the indigo orb at the forehead.

In addition to intuitive ability, your third eye chakra is also responsible for your sense of clarity and inspiration.

So when your third eye chakra is open, you can easily see the truth of situations, and allow yourself to follow your impulses. Life gets much easier when you heal your third eye chakra blockages! 

The most important thing to know is that you truly do have intuitive ability – we all do. So while the third eye chakra can become blocked, it can easily become unblocked when you know how to go about it.

Your sixth sense is a natural human sense, just like physical sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. 

Everything is energy, so when you receive intuitive information you’re just picking up on non-physical energy. An open third eye chakra affords us the wisdom to find the lessons in every situation, even when things don’t go our way. 

Third Eye Chakra Meaning

Let’s start with the basic characteristics of the 3rd eye:

  • Sanskrit Name: Ajna

  • Number: 6 of 7

  • Color: Indigo

  • Location: Center of forehead

  • Body Parts: Endocrine system, pituitary gland, eyes, nose, sinuses

  • Themes: Intuition, vision, insight, wisdom, sixth sense

  • Element: Ether/Light

  • Musical Note: E

  • Planet: Neptune, Jupiter

  • Astrology: Pisces, Sagittarius

  • Mantra: Om, pronounced OH-M

  • Symbol: Downward facing triangle inside a two-petaled lotus

third eye chakra symbol
The third eye chakra symbol is a two petaled lotus enveloping an inverted triangle. It looks a bit like an eye, don’t you think?

How Do You Know Your Third Eye Is Blocked?

Is your third eye chakra blocked? Ask yourself these questions in order to find out:

  • Do I acknowledge my inner truth detector?
  • Am I in touch with my feelings?
  • When something doesn’t go my way, do I need a logical explanation or trust that it wasn’t meant to be?
  • Am I afraid of succeeding?
  • Can I trust my gut?
  • Do I set my sights too low because my desires seem out of reach?
  • Am I overly attached to material belongings?
  • Do I approach situations with a healthy balance of logic and emotion?
  • Am I a good judge of character?
  • Do I tend to repeat the same make mistakes?
  • Am I open minded?

Emotional Signs of a Blocked Third Eye Chakra

When your 3rd eye chakra is blocked or out of balance, you will feel:

  • confused
  • unclear how to handle situations
  • out of touch with emotions
  • unable to see the bigger picture
  • unaware of other people’s energy
  • afraid or doubtful of your own success
  • illusions

Physical Signs of a Blocked Third Eye

Unprocessed emotions can build up over time and cause physical discomfort. A blocked 3rd eye can result in the following:

  • headaches or migraines
  • clogged sinuses
  • issues with vision
  • nightmares or poor sleep 

How Do You Know Your Third Eye Is Open?

When your 3rd eye chakra is in balance, you will experience more of the following:

  • clarity
  • eagerness to grow and expand
  • intuitive insights
  • inspired and creative  
  • in touch with your emotions
  • aware of others’ motives and feelings
  • psychic phenomena
  • honor your personal truth
  • in the flow of your life 
  • process unwanted emotions with greater ease 
  • telepathy

How to Open the Third Eye Chakra

You can think of your third eye as your psychic antenna, picking up on subtle truths all around you. Your emotions play a huge role in your intuitive guidance.

So it’s important to honor your feelings as you set out on this journey. This doesn’t mean you have to experience everyone else’s emotions – that would torture!

But you do need to be open to the gentle feelings you pick up. When you acknowledge what your feelings are telling you, you can release them.

Here are the 13 best ways to open the third eye chakra. Pick a few of your favorites and let me know how you do!

1. Ask for Signs

To start opening your third eye, ask your spirit team or higher self (whatever Source you identify with) for signs and then document what you notice in a journal. As a result, you’ll begin to prove to yourself that you are receiving real messages.

The most common mistake people make is asking for a sign, and then brushing off the answers they receive. Remember, to be intuitive you must accept there’s more to life than what you pick up with your 5 senses.

So when you get those intuitive nudges, acknowledge them, say thank you, and write them down. The more you do this, the more messages you’ll begin to notice.

hand holding a single feather
Your spirit team will send you signs in the form of feathers, coins, rainbows, animal visitors, and music. What signs have you been noticing lately?

2. Trust Yourself

Have you ever been deceived, and then after the fact thought, “I knew it!”. Well yes you did know it because that was your intuition at work. You sensed something was amiss before you had physical proof. 

First of all, don’t beat yourself up because hindsight is always 20/20. But you can use that situation now to understand how you receive intuitive hits.

Did you get a physical feeling in your stomach?

Did you have a dream?

Or perhaps you just had a knowing that you couldn’t explain.

This information is valuable in understanding how your intuitive guidance comes through.

3. Practice Honesty

It’s important to practice honesty in all forms for third eye chakra opening. This includes being honost with yourself about your own feelings, as well as speaking the truth to others (which is the sign of a balanced throat chakra).

The gift of intuition really boils down to knowing the truth when you sense it, and then taking inspired action. 

If you’re confused and feel you aren’t tapping into your 3rd eye guidance, take a step back and ask yourself what the truth of the situation is. As you make it a practice to seek clarity with an open heart, your third eye chakra will open more.

4. Assess Your Lower Chakras

It takes confidence and self love to trust your guidance, especially if you can’t rationalize it. So a balanced 3rd eye is affected by the solar plexus chakra and heart chakra.

You may want to look at the assessment questions in these posts, to see if you have any healing opportunities in those areas.

Your chakras work together as a system, so it’s difficult to open higher chakras, like the 3rd eye, when your lower energy centers are out of balance.

5. Third Eye Chakra Healing Stones

Your third eye will readily respond to crystals and stones. Crystals take millions of years to form in the earth, and hold ancient wisdom.

Look for purple stones to help balance the third eye chakra. You can place them directly on the forehead during meditation, under a pillow at bedtime, or carry them with you. Do as you feel guided. 

Here are some of the best stones for the third eye chakra:

  • Amethyst is a protective stone that activates psychic ability
  • Lepidolite helps with emotional healing so you can create healthy new patterns
  • Flourite stimulates the third eye and promotes healthy emotional-rational balance
  • Labradorite supports intuition and helps manifest positive changes
  • Clear quartz is an energy amplifier that will intensify other stones and clear your 6th chakra

For a deeper dive into these third eye stones, check this out next: The Best 3rd Eye Chakra Stones for Clarity + Intuition

6. Third Eye Chakra Healing Essential Oils

You can stimulate your pineal gland with essential oils, which will raise your vibration and get the energy in your third eye chakra flowing.

These are the best for the 3rd eye. Make sure you use therapeutic grade oils like these, otherwise they have no healing properties.

  • Lavender has a sweet and gentle energy to match its aroma. It helps you feel calm so you can sense your truth
  • Frankincense has been used for centuries to boost psychic ability
  • Sandalwood is deeply spiritual oil that awakens spiritual insights
  • Grapefruit awakens the third eye by stimulating the pineal gland

Note About Essential Oils: Undiluted Sandalwood and Frankincense oils are a costly natural resource, and normally run between $50-80 for a tiny bottle. If you see a cheap bottle for $10 or so, don’t buy it because it’s either adulterated or not a pure essential oil. 

One of the easist ways to get the healing benefits of these higher end oils is to go for a chakra balancing blend, like this one. It contains frankencense, but it’s a fraction of the price of buying it straight.

This is the oil I use to open my third eye. I have all of Rocky Mountain Oils chakra blends and this one is my favorite:

Rocky Mountain Oils third eye chakra oil 5ml
When in doubt about oils for your third eye chakra, reach for this 3rd eye blend. It ushers in clarity and mindfulness. Plus it smells incredible! The Ylang Ylang Complete, Lavender, Clary Sage, Pine, and Frankincense Serrata all come together beautifully to help you connect to your intuition.

7. Third Eye Chakra Healing Music

There is a musical note that vibrates at the frequency of every color in the spectrum. So you can actually listen to indigo music! 

  • Play a singing bowl 
  • Listen to classical music to reduce stress, so you can more easily notice your intuition
  • Enjoy relaxing spa music
  • Try some third eye chakra healing music on YouTube

8. Third Eye Chakra Healing Foods

Any food that are a deep blue or purple in color will support your third eye. Also, you can eat foods that help to de-calcify your pineal gland:

  • walnuts  
  • chia seeds
  • flax
  • purple potatoes
  • blackberries
  • Omega-3s
  • apple cider vinegar
  • garlic
  • raw cacao
  • beets
  • third eye chakra tea by Buddha Teas is a delicious blend of 3rd eye opening herbs

9. Third Eye Chakra Healing Affirmations

Third eye chakra a ffirmations are a great way to train yourself to reconnect with your intuitive nature. Try some of these: 30 Third Eye Chakra Affirmations to Unlock Intuition

Third eye affirmation: I see magic in  ordinary things
Third eye affirmations retrain your brain to see life through a more expansive perspective.

10. Meditation for Third Eye Chakra

Meditation is an excellent way to heal your 3rd eye chakra. Here are some options for you to explore: 

  • Sit or lie quietly. Dab a bit of third eye chakra oil on your forehead.
  • Focus on the space between your eyebrows and imagine a deep bluish purple wheel of light glowing brightly at your forehead. Hold the image for a few minutes. You may chose to play the music of  your choice during this meditation.
  • Listen to a third eye chakra healing meditation.
  • Chant ‘Om’ aloud or in the privacy of your mind

11. Yoga Poses for the Third Eye

You can use yoga to open the ajna chakra. The main idea is to get blood flowing to the pineal gland. Try some of the poses below on your own, or if you’d rather follow a flow, check out this free Third Eye Chakra Yoga Sequence

  • Child’s Pose – from a kneeling position, sit back on your knees with big toes touching. Fold over so that your forehead is touching the floor. This can be a very comforting position when you’re feeling unsafe.
  • Standing Forward Bend – stand in mountain pose, then exhale and hinge forward from the hips until your forehead is resting on your chins. It’s okay to bend the knees
  • Headstand, or if you’re a beginner, try rabbit pose
Here’s an easy one you can try right now. Close your eyes, and place prayer hands at the third eye. Breathe, and focus on the space between your eyebrows, for the length of a few breaths (or until your arms get tired!). The simple act of focusing on your third eye will stimulate it, and help it to open.

12. Third Eye Chakra Mala Beads

Purple mala beads are a wonderful way to gently reawaken your intuition.

You can wear them as jewlery to allow the crystals to raise your vibe throughout the day. Or, use them to repeat your third eye chakra affirmations.

13. Dreamwork

Do you keep a dream journal? Your spirit team loves to send you message when you’re sleeping, because your conscious, critical mind is tucked out of the way.

If you are open to the idea of connecting with your intuitive guidance during dreamtime, I strongly suggest you read this next: How To Tips for Lucid Dreaming and Dream Recall

How Long Does It Take To Open Your Third Eye?

It doesn’t need to take long at all. The key is to adopt a few of the practices above and enjoy them as part of your spiritual self care routine.

The less you try to force your third eye open, the faster you’ll get results. If you’re in the receptive mode and in the upper half of the emotional guidance scale, your third eye can literally open within minutes.


You absolutely are intuitive even if you don’t realize it yet. Opening your third eye is just a matter of recognizing how you receive messages, so you can trust your guidance and then act on it. You’ve embarked on a highly rewarding journey.

Go inward, and in very little time you’ll become attuned to how your body and brain receive information from the subtle realms.

How do you open your third eye? Leave me a comment below!

XO,  Andrea

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Andrea Scalisi

Andrea has been practicing Astrology, Numerology, and Tarot for many years. She is a certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Master in Central NY, and also holds a Masters Degree from Syracuse University. Andrea loves helping her readers bring more spiritual self-care into their lives.

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