Some people believe the third eye is in fact the pineal gland, hidden at the front of the brain. Others believe it is the 6th Chakra, which is responsible for being the gateway between the physical and the spiritual realms. Perhaps interestingly, it could in fact be both. Science doesn’t know all that much about the pineal gland except that it does produce and regulate melatonin, the hormone related to sleep patterns. ( https://www.healthline.com/health/pineal-gland-function )
It’s interesting that the 3rd eye / 6th chakra has been a feature of energy spirituality for centuries / millennia whereas the pineal gland has only recently been investigated. Is it possible that science doesn’t have all the answers (yet) after all?
Nevertheless, spirituality wise, the 3rd eye / 6th Chakra is the area of intuition and is believed to be the foundation of wisdom. It sees things we cannot see in the physical realm (hence intuition) and forms a bridge between physical and spiritual.
The third eye is often associated with clairvoyance and clairaudience (communicating with the spirit world).
What Does Opening Your Third Eye Mean?
Almost everyone will have had some experience of being in a situation where an answer ‘magically’ arrives with them. Perhaps it’s a puzzling conundrum you’ve been trying to solve for a few days, only for the answer to come out of nowhere when you finally quieten the mind and relax.
In other cases complex chemical equations (i.e. Benzene) have materialised in dreams or when meditating. It’s believed that these answers have come through the third eye.
Opening your third eye means opening yourself more to your intuition. Learning to listen and feel the subtle wisdom that seems to come from nowhere. Learning to actively seek that wisdom.
Opening your third eye is akin to opening your physical eyes for the first time. It can be overwhelming. The sudden brightness can be painful. Headaches, dizziness and nausea can all be common side effects of opening your third eye just as if opening your physical eyes after a long time closed.
This is because your third eye is sensitive to different energies to your physical eyes. The energies your third eye ‘sees’ are not all of this world. Opening your third eye allows these energies to be experienced. It opens up whole new realms to be explored. Improved intuition. Answers from nowhere. Possibility of communication with spirits.
Because the third eye is a viewport to a new realm of different energies, it is believed that certain crystals – which have their own energy vibrations / signatures can help open and maintain the integrity of your third eye.
Preparing To Use Crystals For The Third Eye
Before diving in to the actual crystals that are used, it’s important to cleanse the crystals before use. This involves not just the physical soiling of the crystal with organic / inorganic matter but also to purify their energies.
Different people prefer different rituals and processes for cleansing their crystals. We’ll look at that in a separate article, but for now you can check our post entitled Introduction To Crystals for a quick guide.
Clear quartz is sometimes called the master healer. It is an all purpose stone which works to enhance, clear and awaken all your chakras.
Clear quartz helps to charge the energy of other stones and offers protection for you while you’re trying to safely awaken your 3rd eye abilities.
Quartz focuses and amplifies energy. When you are concentrating on opening your psychic abilities, clear quartz can enhance the power of your thoughts being sent to the universe.
It’s a bit like having your own microphone and amplifier for the mind. The universe will hear you and your thoughts will be answered.
Quartz is also a very powerful stone in terms of psychic protection. Wearing a clear quartz crystal can protect you from taking on the negativity of others. This is going to be one of the things you may struggle with as you open your 3rd eye. As you become more intuitive it becomes easier to pick up the intent and vibrations of others around you. Quartz can also help to protect you from negative ill will, envy and jealousy.
Lapis Lazuli has been treasured and revered for thousands of years as a stone of illumination and enlightenment. Lapis Lazuli can help to open up your third eye.
Lapis Lazuli has dark blue colours with specks of gold, and reminds us of the sky at night. The night sky, with its stars and nebulae where all is infinite, possible and incredibly beautiful. You can see from looking at the image above why Lapis Lazuli helps to open our third eye and give us full access to the universe.
The colour blue is a powerful vibration colour and the blue of the lapis lazuli helps to open the mind and aid conscious detachment from our realm. Detachment from our realm and the things in it is an important step to opening the third eye, and is often practised by Eastern religions such as the Buddhist Monks.
The Lapis Lazuli crystal helps align your energy with higher vibrations so that you can achieve your spiritual progress quicker
Lapis also enhances your dream recall and helps you connect with your spirit guides. Often dreams are messages from the spirit realm or the subconscious but we don’t always easily recall them.
Lapis Lazuli can be placed on the forehead, just between and slightly above the eyebrow line (the location of your third eye chakra) to help improve your pyschic abilities and open up your third eye.
Labradorite is a beautiful crystalline stone which features an iridescent colour that can vary widely. The colour is normally a deep blue, but sometimes due to refraction through the crystalline layers, can become lighter and more like a turquoise colour. Sometimes it can appear blue-green or even coppery red.
The ancient Inuits believed that Labradorite fell straight from the Aurora Borealis and is responsible for separating the physical world from the unseen realms around us. Labradorite was initially discovered in the Labrador region of Canada and it’s this discovery which gives it its name.
Labradorite is a highly protective and spiritual crystal which will enhance and awaken your psychic abilities while protecting your aura and shielding it from negative influences.
Most psychics are empaths. This means they feel the feelings of other people and can often take them on as their own. This is partly down to the 3rd eye being responsible for intuition and seeing things outside the physical realm around us. Taking these feelings on as our own is a bad habit and is one of the areas that psychics need to guard against.
Labradorite helps with communication to our spiritual guides and can assist the third eye to open and view and understand the Akashic record. This can also help us to investigate past lives which can help us to understand why certain things in our present life are the way they are.
Labradorite helps ease the transition of the mind through the 3rd eye and back, and provides a strong grounded return back to the physical world when you’re finished. This strong grounding is what helps us to not take the feelings of others on as our own.
Amethyst is one of my favourite crystals. It’s a fabulous purple colour and has so many fantastic properties. It’s often known as the ‘stone of spirituality’ or the ‘crystal of spirituality’. It keeps the mind calm whilst allowing the soul to awaken at the same time. Amethyst reminds us that we are one with the universe. It helps us to recognise that as we improve our spiritual abilities we can help others to do the same.
Amethyst helps to lift us to a new level in our spiritual development. It’s one of the most common crystals used with the third eye and can often be associated with the crown chakra also.
Amethyst brings balance and harmony to the third eye and contributes to clarity of the mind and psychic opening.
Amethyst is often used for issues of addiction as it helps to open the mind to the root causes behind addictive behaviours. It can often be used to help control alcoholism, drug addiction or just gluttony in general.
Amethyst, with it’s deep colour, can help relax the mind and calm the stresses of the body. This helps release the body to assist with the journey through the third eye into the other realms. Sleeping with amethyst beside the bed, or on your body can encourage astral travel and help you to remember your dreams. Amethyst does work best when it’s near the body. So wear it as jewellery, carry a piece with you or keep it next to your bedside.
Moonstone, or hecatolite, is a semi translucent white crystal with flashes of other colours. It is a highly mystical crystal, which can help develop psychic abilities that have been shut down because of fear or misunderstanding.
It’s believed this amazing stone absorbs the power of the moon, so it should be cleansed and charged in the light of the full moon.
In addition to enhancing your psychic abilities, moonstone will help protect travellers, absorb tension in the home (or help protect against road-rage in the car!), and help regulate one’s body clock. Moonstone is a gentle 3rd eye opener and spiritual awakener that can help you to accept your psychic abilities.
Sodalite is a rich crystal coloured in royal blue or purple.
Sodalite calms the mind and quietens the thoughts that keep us distracted from the peace within. Once the mind is calmed by the blue and purple of Sodalite, the white quartz veins align the mind to the higher self. Sodalite is a filtering crystal which helps to filter out the thoughts and emotions from other people, helping quiet the mind even further.
Sodalite also improve self-esteem and self-trust, as it brings about an elimination of fear and guilt. This helps to find a healthy emotional balance.
It is strong in the search for truth, as it moves the user towards the qualities of being true to yourself and standing up for what you believe in. This is a stone that will help you to bring together both logical thought and intuitive thought, finding the right balance and cooperation between your thoughts and your feelings.
Moldavite is a green crystal, first discovered in the Czech Republic in the late 1700s. Many people at the time noted that it looked unlike any other stone. Scientists today suspect that Moldavite was formed approx 14 million years ago and arrived on Earth from a spectacular asteroid crashing into us.
In this sense, Moldavite is literally out of this world. As a result of this, many people believe it provides a strong connection to the higher realms.
With this in mind, placing Moldavite on the Third-Eye can help to perfect its functioning, bringing more vivid dreams, deeper meaning to life, increased synchronicities, and even spiritual awakening.
It is believed that wearing or carrying Moldavite regularly can enhance this effect and help to keep you open to new perceptions.
With its strong connection to the two chakras of the heart and 3rd eye, Moldavite enhances the flow of energy between them and bridges the gap between intellectual and emotional understanding. This allows one to intuitively live from the heart.
Be aware though, Moldavite can often work quickly and intensely, so be sure you are ready for change and perhaps work with someone experienced in the opening of your third eye if you’re going to use Moldavite for the process.
Iolite / Cordierite
Iolite, also known as Corderite is another purple coloured crystal, although it does also appear as a blue or grey crystal at times.
The Vikings are believed to have used this gemstone to find the position of the sun on cloudy days as it can be useful in determining the polarization of light.
This feature of this crystal can also help one to better recognize the patterns in life, allowing for a release of any control issues. Iolite can also be used to bring greater mental clarity on any subject and can be helpful for students and anyone who is going through a learning process by essentially helping to guide the way.
Crystals are useful helpers in the quest to awaken, open and use the third eye.
Although there are different coloured crystals that can open the third eye, you can generally use crystals and gemstones in the purple, indigo and violet colour palette. You may have noticed that this colour is prevalent in our list above.
This purple, indigo and violet colour palette serves to awaken, balance, align and nurture the third eye.
To use the crystal to open your third eye you should place the crystal or gemstone between and slightly above the brow during meditation. Once you begin working with your third eye, you will begin to receive guidance messages and visions. Strive to have the courage to follow through on what your intuition offers and your third eye strength will go from strength to strength.
If you’re new to opening your intuition it can sometimes be wise to do so in the presence of someone who has done so before as opening your third eye can be a distressing experience. It can be filled with emotion, during, immediately afterwards and in the days that come afterwards. This is because opening your third eye opens you up to the energies that surround you. Taking those energies on for yourself can be draining, emotionally and physically and it can be good to have a guide show you how to avoid this.
Clear Quartz and Labradorite can help you to mitigate these unpleasant side effects.
There’s plenty of books and resources around for finding out more about crystals for the 3rd eye. Here’s just some of our favourites;