Ajna, meaning “to perceive,” is also known as the third eye chakra or the eye of intuition. Ajna chakra is symbolized by a two-petalled lotus, in a light grey, silvery-white moon-like color. Traditionally on the left petal, written in the Devanagari script, is Ham and on the right petal Ksham. Ham and Ksham are the bija or seed mantras for Shiva (consciousness) and Shakti (creativity). Although in this visual interpretation the mantras have been omitted and instead there is an image of the moon on the left petal representing the ida nadi. On the right petal is an image of the sun representing the pingala nadi.
Within the lotus is a circle symbolizing the void. Within that circle is an inverted triangle, which represents Shakti. Within the triangle is a black Shiva lingam representing Shiva. Over the Shiva lingam is the symbol of Aum.
Ajna is considered to be the point at which the two nadis (energy channels), Ida and Pingala, merge becoming the center that controls all higher mental activities including intellectual, emotional, and mental intelligence, and insight.
Thus the 6th Chakra is the center of our intuition and defines our connection to our inner guidance. Issues within the Ajna Chakra can arise in the form of the inability to make decisions. The Sixth Chakra’s The principal virtue is to harness the ability to manifest your vision, your light. This will allow you to “see” things with greater clarity.
When the Ajna chakra is balanced willpower is strong, intuition is clear, and there is easy access to the higher mind that results in perfect action in life. People with a balanced Ajna chakra dedicate their lives to the pursuit of truth. An out-of-balance Ajna chakra would use the mind to cheat, lie and manipulate others. A very busy and overly intellectual mind is also an indication of an out-of-balance Ajna chakra.
Properties of 6th Chakra (Ajna)
Definition: The Sanskrit word ajna means to command. Higher knowledge and wisdom is received through Ajna chakra which then commands the mind how to act. When Ajna chakra is awakened, the mind becomes a perfect instrument through which higher awareness and knowledge can flow.
Colors: Silvery white, indigo or purple
Element: the mind.
Location: This chakra is located between the eyebrows, just above the bridge of the nose.
Balanced Qualities: Intellect, intention and intuition
Imbalanced Qualities: Confusion and lack of direction.
Main Right: To see
Physiological association: Ajna chakra is closely located to the pineal gland. The pineal gland is tucked in a groove between the two hemispheres, near the center of the brain. The pineal gland produces the hormone melatonin, a hormone that governs the sleep-wake cycle and some say it can protect against neurodegeneration. Melatonin production is abundant in early childhood and reduces significantly at the onset of puberty.
Organ of knowledge: The brain
Organ of action: Thoughts.
Trigger point: Midpoint of the eyebrows
Mantra: Aum or Om
“Ajna is the witnessing center where one becomes the detached observer of all events, including those within the body and mind. When Ajna is awakened, the meaning and significance of symbols flashes into one’s conscious perception and intuitive knowledge arises effortlessly and one becomes a ‘seer.” – Swami Satyananda
Crystals and stones possess specific vibrational and energetic qualities that have been used for thousands of years for their healing and spiritual effects. Healing stones are one of the most common tools used to activate, balance and cleanse specific chakra energy centers. To learn how to use healing chakra gemstones effectively you must pair the appropriate stone with the affected chakra.
The most powerful crystals and stones for the Ajna chakra are:
6th Chakra Mala Beads
Wearing and using gemstone mala beads is a powerful and efficient way to use healing chakra gemstones in your yoga practice and daily life. If you have a meditation altar, placing you mala on it will also help to balance and activate the space. The following mala beads contain gemstones that will be helpful to balance and activate the sixth chakra.