The Third Eye

So tell me again about the third eye. Does “right view” come from higher consciousness or insight? Can anyone be a see-er, or seer, to understand more than what our optical nerves can detect? Does meditation, strengthen this mental skill, or does qigong enhance our visual abilities?

“Richard Rohr says the concept of the third eye is a metaphor for non-dualistic thinking, the way the mystics see.” Third eye – Wikipedia  Rohr says there are three levels of sight: sensory input, then reason or reflection, and ultimately, the mystical gaze which builds on the first two to arrive at insight.

Or is it more biological, such as the pineal gland that resides between the two hemispheres of the brain? Something that can sense light without needing the optical nerves in our physical eyes.  Like knowing where to go and how to navigate in deep darkness.

I don’t know much about auras, or chakras, or perceptions of invisible worlds, yet there have been times I’ve “seen” things that guide me in one direction over another.  Where does our “intuition” come from?  That ability to know something “in our gut” without needing to collect facts and reason them out. 

Or am I confusing the metaphysical with just plain common sense? My wife likes to tease me when I ponder something that’s so obvious for her.  She regularly quotes from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid:  “You just keep thinkin’ Butch.  That’s what you’re good at.” I always forget to respond “I got vision and the rest of the world wears bifocals”. 🙂

P.S. Don’t look too closely or you will see the trifocals I’m wearing 🙂

1 thought on “The Third Eye

  1. mikekayla

    As I learned throughout my Reiki training, the pineal gland IS the “third eye” i.e. connecting link between Spirit and the physical world. “It is the organ of high spiritual communication, divine knowledge, and inner vision.” Simply put, it’s our direct landline to the spirit realm, which begins to weaken with the onset of puberty. I haven’t focused on Spirit for several years now, but Reiki alone proved that connection to me. (Not church.) Probably my kids too.
    Meditation, yes. It took me a while to get there to begin with, and I’ve been out of practice for so long that I’m reluctant to go back, knowing how much time and frustration it’s going to take to rebuild that relaxed state (presently I’d fall asleep first; exhaustion is not conducive). Maybe it’s because I know it’s there. If I’m sensitive enough, I’ll get the message. Or if it’s necessary enough, the message will find me, regardless. (Even back when I had three babies crying at me. : )
    I have never seen auras, but I have certainly felt–with my hands–dense energy fields. Reiki is centered on rebalancing seven basic chakras, and that energy helps guide each treatment.

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