Just as we dream at night and our dream experiences are relative, we are also dreaming in our waking sate and our experiences are relative. In the same way that we wake up from a dream, when ajna awakens, there is also a process of waking up from this present dream we are living, and we can fully understand the relationship between cause and effect.
— Swami Satyananda Saraswati
 
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Ajna

Sanskrit – Ajna, command center

Location – behind the third eye

Element – mind

Karmendriya (action organ) – mind

Jnanendriya (sensory organ) – mind

Yantra – white winged circle

Mantra – “aum” pronounced “om”

God/Goddess – Paramshiva/Hakini

Lotus – two petalled clear lotus

Associations – Intuition, siddhis (psychic powers), connection to spiritual dimensions, manifestation, lucid dreaming

 

Intro to Ajna

In Ajna chakra, we move beyond the realm of the senses and the elements. The element, action organ, and sense organ of ajna are all considered to be the mind. At the third eye, we are transmitting information through subtle means, therefore we are no longer limited to the sense perceptions and the elements.

Ajna is where the three main nadis (energy channels) meet, they merge into one consciousness and flow up to the crown. In India, this is represented as the holy place where the three rivers meet – the Ganges, Jamuna, and Saraswati. The ego keeps us in duality, but transcendence of the ego at ajna chakra brings us into a state of oneness. When ida nadi (lunar channel) and pingala nadi (solar channel) unite at this center, the ego dissolves.

Ajna chakra is also known as the “guru chakra”. It links gurus with their disciples through the psychic realm. It is also the source of the inner guru, where you might receive transmissions and “downloads” in a state of meditation. Ajna is located at the pineal gland which produces melatonin and is responsible for regulating sleep cycles. Energetically, the pineal gland acts as a doorway to clarified vision, intuition, psychic manifestation, and spiritual pursuits. For this reason, it is known as the “eye of intuition” or “third eye” across many cultures.

As you go through your practice this week, notice intuition arise in the way your body and breath respond to people, situations, food, opportunities, etc. The intuition is not available to us when the thinking mind is active, therefore it is important to quiet the mind through meditation first. While the mind is very complex, the body is a very direct way to experience our intuition. Does your breath become shallow? Do you feel a contraction in your belly? Expansion in your heart? These somatic cues can become a road map to following your intuition.

 
 

Practice

This immersion is intended to be done for at least 5 days or in-depth up to 30 days. Do the video practice, followed by the guided meditation, then choose one of the Free Writes below. The mantra meditation can be done seated or lying down at any time.

I. Video practice

Nadi Shodhana, alternate nostril breathing technique to quiet the mind and balance vital life force.

II. Ajna Meditation

Connect with and explore ajna chakra and it’s properties.

III. Om Mantra

Evokes creative inspiration, sensuality, and flow. You can repeat the mantra aloud or internally.

Mantra “Om”

primordial sound of oneness

Meditations

Free Writes

Set a timer for 10 minutes. Try to write continuously without stopping, editing, or analyzing.

:: This week, write down your dreams every morning ::

After writing your dreams with as much detail as possible, address the following:

  • What symbols or actions were most significant? What do they represent to me?

  • How did I feel about what was happening when I was in the dream?

  • What elements were present? (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Space)

    If you do not remember your dream:

  • How did you feel upon waking, what thoughts were present? What was the quality of your sleep?

  • Within the first thirty minutes of the day, what inspiration/ideas arose? Write them down.

  • What do you currently feel unclear about? After you practice one of the meditations, journal any insights and clarity. What is this situation teaching you?