Swami Kriyananda wrote in the Art and Science of Raja Yoga,

The position of the eyes suggests the general portion of the brain in which the consciousness is centered.

In particular, when the mind slips toward subconsciousness and the energy becomes centered in the lower brain, the eyes tend to look downward; when one is involved in the world, or otherwise active on the conscious level, the energy becomes centered more in the mid-brain, and the eyes tend more naturally to look straight ahead; and when one enters a state of super-consciousness, the eyes are drawn automatically to gaze upward.

The Spiritual Eye, or Christ Center is located at the point between the eyebrows. It is the seat of spiritual awakening. When all of our energy becomes centered there, enlightenment occurs.

When seen perfectly, The Spiritual Eye consists of a silvery-white five-pointed star, surrounded by a field of deep indigo blue, which in turn is framed by a ring of gold.

It is extremely important to have your eyes turned upward to the Spiritual Eye in meditation. Focusing there helps you attune to, and magnetically draw, the highest states of consciousness. (You should remember, however, that although the eyes are physically gazing at the Spiritual Eye during your practice of Hong-Sau, your concentration should be on your breath).

If you feel tension when you look at the Spiritual Eye, try this advice from Swami Kriyananda:

Raise your gaze upward – not crossing the eyes, but focusing them on a point somewhat beyond the forehead at about the distance of your thumb when you hold your arm extended above you. The height of your thumb should be level with the top of your head.

The important thing is that your attention, not your eyes, be focused on that point in the forehead. Don’t try forcibly to bring your eyes to a focus, but gaze mentally at that point, and let the Spiritual Eye draw you into Itself.

If you notice that your mind has wandered off Hong-Sau mantra, you may also notice that your eyes are no longer looking upward. When this happens, raise your eyes again and refocus them on the Spiritual Eye, and your mind, on the breath. In time, you will feel a pull of energy within the forehead, and it will become easier for you to keep your eyes focused upwards.

Once you end your practice of Hong-Sau, you should spend some time focusing on the Spiritual Eye, whether you can see the light there or visualize it.

If you see the light, calmly offer yourself into it. If you don’t see the light, pray deeply, “Reveal Thyself… Reveal Thyself.”

Even if you don’t see the light, you will feel your consciousness uplifted. In his book The New Path, Swami Kriyananda writes:

Through concentration on the spiritual eye, the consciousness gradually becomes attuned to the subtle rate of vibration of this light. At last one’s consciousness, too, takes on the quality of light.

10 Comments

  1. I used to meditate and try to see the “starry field.” Now with Hong Sau, I look for the “Spiritual Eye.” I think that I feel it/see it more than see a cartoon type drawing of it. It is “energy,” and it combines with faith, letting go of expectations, but focus combined. My teachers taught it is like you are in a dark room, prison cell per example, and there is only one little hole in the wall with light passing through. I look at that light from the hole at the about a 45 degree angle, and thus escape my prison experience and become one with the light, which pulls me out of confinement. Thank you teachers at Ananda for explaining this technique.

  2. Is the Spiritual Eye or Christ Consciousness Center the same as the so called 3rd eye, the pineal gland? Thank you for any comments.

  3. DURING THE Hong Saw Technique i feel a pull of energy at the Third eye-

    My question therefore is , after lettin go off the Hong Saw technique where should i gaze?
    Shall i keep mentally gazing on that pull of energy at my Christ Centre between the 2 eyebrows or at a point beyond them ? Please reply clearly!!

    1. Dear Rajesh, that’s good that you are experiencing that. After the Hong-Sau Technique, you can continue to keep your eyes lifted and, if you wish, to focus your attention on the energy there.

      But if you aren’t practicing other techniques like Kriya Yoga that would follow Hong-Sau, make sure that the last quarter or third of your meditation is spent in a receptive mode. In other words, focus your attention on the spiritual eye if you want, but relax into it. If you like, you can visualize a light there, filling up your entire self.

      Concentration on the spiritual eye can be very powerful. May you be blessed!

  4. Please can you tell me if the eyes should be closed or slightly open during the meditative practice. Thank you

    1. Hi Ivan, great question. Most people close them completely, but it’s true that, ideally, one would have them partially open. Here’s what Swami Kriyananda wrote in The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, in the meditation section in Step Five of the book:

      Superconsciousness is a fine line of awareness that divides consciousness from subconsciousness. The Spirit, similarly, rests forever at a point midway between all dualities. Closed eyes denote subconsciousness; open eyes, wakefulness.

      Thus, half-closed and half-open eyes, with the lower lids relaxed and slightly raised, and the upper lids relaxed and slightly lowered, denote the state of superconsciousness. If you can meditate in this position without becoming distracted by outward visual images, you will find it most helpful to do so. (Your eyelids may quiver at first, but you will find them becoming still as your mind grows calm.)

      Otherwise, practice this half-open and half-closed position for a time, and then close the eyes, keeping them focused upward. Even with the eyes closed, however, feel that their lids have simply relaxed so completely that they happen to meet.

      If you’ve read Autobiography of a Yogi, you may recognize this as being the way that Lahiri Mahasaya (the guru of Yogananda’s guru) held his eyes.

  5. Hi
    I have been doing meditation for the last 5 years. I have no clue to fix the gaze. So I started looking thorough the 3rd eye outward. I am seeing indego sky,blue light, indigo pearl, green and indigo lights sometime. Can u help me

    1. Hi Brijesh, I’m not sure if this is answering your question, but what we teach in meditation is for people to raise their eyes slightly, as if they were gazing at mountains in the distance. If your eyes naturally raise higher of their own accord, drawn by the magnetism of the energy at your spiritual eye, that is fine.

      But it should feel fairly natural and relaxed, either way.

  6. Namastey,
    i feel something moving at the middle of my forehead during meditation sometimes i feel a symmetrical line from the top of my head down to the chin.can any one tell me what exactly is this?

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