“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” Matthew 6:22
The third eye chakra is about the way we perceive God, ourselves, and others. Its element is light and its ancient name means, “to perceive and command”. It is about understanding the essence as well as the sum of all parts, rather than just a part on its own. It is here where we learn to see ourselves as God sees us, see others as God sees them, and in turn, see and understand the character and will of God. In order to see others the way God sees them, we must first learn to see ourselves the way God sees us - beautifully imperfect. The humility that results from deep, God-centered, prayer-cultivated self-examination shifts the way we see others.
When our perceptions become skewed we find ourselves in illusion - the dysfunction of the sixth chakra. It is easy for us to believe lies about ourselves, others, and most importantly, about God’s character. When we fall into the trap of believing we are better and more deserving than others, the fruit is prejudice, resentment, self-righteousness, and scarcity. Conversely, when we fall victim to believing we are worse than others, the fruit is self-pity, jealousy, fear, and shame. As we meet our Lord in the conversation of prayer, and meditate on his Word, we discover that because of His glorious and unfailing love for us we are free to see all the ugly parts of ourselves without the need to create the illusion that we are unlovable. Likewise, when we truly grasp God’s almighty power for truth and justice, we discover that we only think more highly of ourselves than we ought to because we are desperate to save ourselves, and there is no longer a need for it.
It is in the acceptance of our beautiful imperfections as well as the understanding of our need for God that we are able to see and accept the failings in others, and love them just the same. When we begin to see the world as Jesus sees it - a world where we love our enemies, go the extra mile, and pray and give in secret where only our Heavenly Father can see us, all without resentment or entitlement (Matthew 5:13-6:4) - we find the fruit of a balanced sixth chakra. And as we learn to perceive God, ourselves, and others the way He intended, we find that the veil is lifted, the darkness turns to light, and the blind see.
This post was adapted from my Holy Yoga Masters Training