Updated: Sep 20, 2020
Connecting with our intuition can be challenging. Many of us have been molded by our environment and media to the point where we fail to follow our gut feelings and opt for following the crowd. But when it comes to making life changing decisions it is particularly important for us to take the time and space to reconnect with our inner eye.
Over the past days I was faced with making some big life changing decisions. While the world is still struggling to cope with the COVID-19 situation and its consequences, I found myself blessed with multiple opportunities that I needed to choose from. Having finally restored my internal balance, rediscovered my inner strength and joy over the past few months, it was crucial for me to make a decision that would not throw all this work out of the window but instead would enable me to maintain it long-term while successfully working on achieving my goals.
“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.” (Billy Wilder)
The key for me became connecting with my intuition, my gut feeling, my heart. And it turned out it required a lot more work than I expected it to. Often we tend to have a strong intuition that clearly guides us in certain direction. Whether it is the direction we feel comfortable with taking or not, that’s another story! But sometimes we become disconnected and we don’t seem to be able to see the answers we are looking for clearly.
In Eastern philosophies, the Third Eye Chakra (Ajna Chakra) or the inner eye is the center of intuition, wisdom and our sixth sense. It is located between our eyebrows and it is connected directly to our brain. It is the sixth chakra and the colour that is associated with it is indigo.
Connecting with our inner eye requires opening our mind, learning to distinguish between what we believe is true and what genuinely is true. Our mind is naturally driven by fear, illusion or what we call verbalisations and patterns. These have been engraved into us by the environment we grew up in, our current circle of friends and colleagues and the media.
For example if a person is growing up in an environment where they are constantly being told that they are an under achiever and that everything they do is wrong, their mind learns to believe this is the reality and they can actually end up manifesting lack of success and low self-esteem in their adult lives.
We need to learn to move beyond these patterns, verbalisations and stereotypes, learn to detach from them while at the same time remain aware of them.
Our intuition always guides us towards the next stage of our life but listening to it often means finding the inner strength within us to overcome fear of change and/or judgment.
As Deepak Chopra says, ‘every time you embed yourself into a story, your or someone else’s, you sacrifice a piece of yourself for the story. The story is a relative experience. Every time you get captivated, embedded, trapped in a story, ask yourself: Is this story true? Are there other stories? What are the possibilities?’
If you are struggling with intuition, you are likely to have blocked or disbalanced Third Eye Chakra. This can manifest itself as fear of change, fear of criticism, fear of acknowledging the truth to ourselves, inability to sleep well, nightmares, anger, depression, headaches, etc.
On the other hand when we have a balanced, clear or open sixth chakra, we are able to understand that everything in life has a beginning and an end, that change is inevitable and the only way for us to grow and move forward. We are able to see and accept our patterns but not let them guide us. We are able to tap into our profound potential.
If you need to reconnect with your inner eye, you can achieve this through regular practice. Here are some tips for you to help you get started:
1. Meditation, guided meditation or yoga nidra focused on Third Eye Chakra or on balancing energetic fields in our body.
2. Practice observing reality around you and learn to distinguish between what’s true and what are just stories and patterns coming from your environment. The stories are not who you really are.
3. Practice trusting your intuition especially when you feel fear. Understand where the fear is coming from and only then make an informed decision.
4. Recognise the relevance of chance encounters, coincidences and synchronicities in your life. Learn to see these as signposts to guide you.
5. Practice yoga asana – any asana where the forehead is pressed down is a great one for opening the Third Eye Chakra. For example child’s pose (Balasana), dolphin pose or downward facing dog.
6. Surround yourself with indigo colour and amethyst, lapis lazuli or azurite gemstones.
Take it one step at a time - you don't need to do all of the above. Select the one/s that work best for you and practice them regularly. Consistency is key as with everything in life.