Do I Need to Open the Lower Chakras Before Concentrating on the Spiritual Eye?

Question

I’m new to everything, but recently I’ve been feeling this constant need, or pull towards meditation and what the third eye chakra has to offer. But being the it is the 6th chakra , do I need to open the others I’m assuming? I don’t know where to start but I’m excited and would like to.

—Tannah Triplett, United States

Answer

Dear Tannah,

You might be new, but who knows, maybe some ancient knowledge is just surfacing in you. I say this because your “constant pull” towards meditation and the third eye is an inner voice of deep wisdom.

Yogis are in fact taught to meditate and concentrate on the point between the eyebrows. It is the door to heaven, the seat of “Christ Consciousness”, of inner vision, ecstasy, and superconsciousness in the body.

In the Bhagavad Gita, a main yogic scripture, it says (6:13): “Holding the spine, neck, and head firmly erect and motionless, let the yogi focus his gaze at the starting point of the nose (nasikagram) between the two eyebrows; and let him not gaze elsewhere, but keep his gaze calmly one-pointed.”

When you meditate, first calm and interiorize your mind, heart, energy, through a good practice such as the Hong-Sau technique of Yogananda. Then, in the second part of your meditation, strongly concentrate on the spiritual eye, thinking that you are contacting God (or superconsciousness) and its qualities there. Concentrate on what you perceive in that contact. You don’t need to worry about the other chakras, whether they are open or not.

In daily life, yes, all the lower chakras are vital and necessary for your health, relationships, work, and psychology. The first five chakras represent the five elements of which nature is made. But in meditation we are trying to transcend nature, going straight to the presence of God, or superconsciousness. That’s what the third eye has to offer.

All the best,
Jayadev