What is the Third Eye?

The third eye is our ability to see what might be, to see potential.

Everyone has access to his or her third eye. For example, when you have a hunch and act on it, you’ve used your third eye. But that’s only the beginning. Your third eye is a sense, one you can develop to be more refined and accurate than just being a hunch.

The Third Eye is a natural part of every person. One way to think of it is as a “meta” organ that consists of your mind and all of your senses working together as a larger, more powerful sensory organ. The Third Eye is a very clever bit of natural evolution that allows you to see the patterns in your life. Even more amazing, your third eye can reveal these patterns to you by overlaying this information on top of your other senses.

As a sense, your third eye can be used in many different ways. Seers use their third eye to understand hidden connections and answer questions. Energy workers ‘feel’ the energies around them and to then consciously manipulate that energy. And every time you have empathy, you are using your third eye to touch and feel the emotions of others. Many other examples exist for how people use the Third Eye.

Seeing Through Your Third Eye

To understand how the third eye works, let’s look at how it is possible to use the Third Eye to sense and visually interpret energy around us. It’s possible to see Motion (for example a car moving), Activity (you driving the car) and Exchange of Energy (burning the gas). Add in our capacity of sensing & projecting potential (being able to predict where the car goes based on the roads and knowing the driver), in other words seeing where energy, motion and activities will flow to over time. Add all this together into an internal visual map and you have just expanded how you see Energy playing out (the results of using the car/gasoline/intention to drive you up the hill). By seeing energy as mental overlay rather than just an abstract concept, it becomes a tangible property of life that we can learn how to sense and interact with in a deeper manner.

Is it possible to really ‘see’ energy? Not directly. While our eyes can see the end results of energy in action, seeing energy directly is another thing all together. Our eyes only ‘see’ what they are designed to see, light. What our third eye does is process information and then overlay that information over our other senses in such a way we can then interpret and interact with energy in a more precise manner. In this way, we can understand where the energy is and we can ‘see’ it.

This makes sense, if you think about it. The mind has figured something out and wants to tell us. The easiest way for it to do this is to use what it already has access to: our five normal senses.

This can appear as a mystical power being able to “see” or “predict” processes, events, potentials which are not physically present. But it’s a very real and tangible skill.

Because so much depends on your ability to interpret results, there is a lot of room for mistranslation between the “facts” and what your third eye returns to you. Also, because each of us sees things differently, it can be problematic to share what we see with others. For example, when we hear the word ‘cup’, each of us may visualize a completely different cup. What one person will sense is different from another.

Of course, commonalities exist. We are human and our form, our nature help push us towards common baselines of experience. However, the unique nature of each person also ensures that each of us sees the world from a different angle.

It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that there are so many different mystical practices to explore all the different perceptions of the world we hold.

Lets use Aura’s as an example.

Consider a person who sees auras or light. Auras are in fact such an information overlay. Your brain has the ability to process visual information, but the image it creates for you is not limited to what comes from your eyes. Consider what you see on this page as you read it. You aren’t seeing black lines. You are seeing words and then concepts and ideas overlaid on top of them.

Now envision yourself looking at another person. You don’t just see what he or she is wearing. Your whole neural network, your mind and sense organs form a larger more sensitive antenna that picks up on energy and patterns before you. There are so many clues in front of you that tell you about the person’s emotional state, well-being, level of distraction, and so many other factors. Your third eye has a lot to share with you and so it puts this information into what you see by adding an aura. In reality what you are seeing is slightly different over what is happening: but your mind is always altering your experience to give you extra information to work with. If you look at the scientific research you will discover the mind is constantly editing our perception. So the third eye uses this natural mental capacity to alter our perception to add in extra data more than we realize.

Seeing auras or energy can appear as a mystical power, depending upon a person’s level of skill. But it is just that: a very real and tangible skill, one that can be taught. A person can even be taught how to view auras in a standard way.


Opening the Third Eye

Taoist and Shamanic practices have developed extensive training techniques for using and working with your third eye. It’s a real sense, but it’s a “meta” sense and it must be “used and tuned” in order to be developed fully. It isn’t something that just works out of the box from birth.

A great way to start using and tuning this sense is to connect to a power animal or learn shamanic journeying.  A shamanic practitioner can assist you through a power animal retrieval or by guiding you on a shamanic journey.

As a Taoist, I have been developing my third eye since I was five years old and had my first vision. When I shared my first vision with others, I discover immediately that most people don’t see the world in this fashion. Unfortunately, I was also persecuted by others. Being so young, I quickly learned to keep my ability to myself and explore it silently and patiently on my own terms. It’s only recently that I have opened up on this part of my Taoist practice since it’s so easily misunderstood and so many misconceptions exist about this ability.

I have spent more than 40 years exploring my third eye, reviewing materials and using my background in both Taoism and the sciences to understand it. During this time, I have developed a way to describe the third eye in terms that are acceptable to most everyone. So hence, I am now sharing it in my teachings.

Many people naturally suppress this ability, often to prevent others from making fun of them or labeling them as crazy. And, with enough suppression, any ability withers and goes away. You must use your third eye in order for it work. Also, how you use it shapes what it will be able to sense.

For all of these reasons and others, the Third Eye remains a mysterious ability.

Different cultures use many varied techniques to develop this skill. Taoists, for example, are very patient, taking decades to define and refine this ability to help them become a Sage / Seer with the extra information they can see. The nature of the interpretive aspects of this ability means experience helps improve its capabilities and accuracy. As a consequence, it is a slow process to master.

More About the Third Eye

To get a better overview of the third eye you can purchase the following Third Eye video. We are also producing audio files for direct meditation exercises.

This 45 minute general introduction to the third eye talks about:

(1) How to Develop the Third Eye
(2) What are Some Examples of the Third Eye.
(3) What is Potential?
(4) What is the Third Eye Physically?
(5) How does the Third Eye Manifest Itself?
(6) Is the Third Eye Something to Fear?
(7) More About Fear and the Third Eye.
(8) Am I Crazy?
(9) How to Express Your Third Eye Visions.
(10) Picking a Third Eye Practice and Community
(11) Can You Close Your Third Eye?
(12) Learning How to Optimize Our Visions.
(13) Can You Manifest Real Things with the Third Eye?
(14) Can You Travel to Different Worlds with the Third eye?
(15) Can I Share What I See?
(16) How to Develop Your Skills in the Third Eye.
(17) An Example of Using the Third Eye
(18) Practice Interpreting Your Visions.
(19) What is the Best Third Eye Practice.

Teaching the Third Eye

Julie and I teach others how to access the third eye, but be aware this ability isn’t rushed but rather grown into over time. Julie and I will teach you how to grow patiently and fully into this skill.

If you are interested in learning more the best place to start would be in a experiential manner. We would either assist you through a power animal retrieval or by guiding you on a shamanic journey. Each of these experiences would be a path of directly using the third eye to connect to the spiritual side of life. Spirit represents the motion and connections to everything around us.

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@Omar: The third eye has been around for as long as people been around. You haven’t discovered something new, just something modern culture tends to push to the side.

The problem with the third eye is that all too many people push it into delusion or go too far. So science rightly dismisses what gets over exaggerated.

It’s an interesting topic that has show, charlatans, charisma and truth all dancing about the teachings. Because people want the fantastic the charlatans tend to get more attention.

Dear Sir/Madam,
How we can be sure the images in our mind did not make by our minds as a mind problem .I am asking because I have meditated for a short a time during this time my third eye point started shaking , then several time before sleeping or before walking up when my eyes closed I saw unfamiliar faces , places , sometimes so vivid faces .
Please make më sure this is not a mental sickness

@Keyvan: For some people it can be very hard and confusing to tell the difference between mental sickness versus normal visioning. In fact at times it can be both.

Generally speaking when visions cause a person to harm themselves / another or a person can no longer tell the difference between the physical reality and a vision then society will see the visions as a mental sickness.

It isn’t having the vision that is a problem, it’s how a person reacts to the vision that determines if there is a problem. The trouble is in modern culture, which has no respect for most visions, often over reacts to visions. As a result many people inherit modern societies disdain for visions and then over react to their or other people’s visions to create unnecessary problems many times.

So care needs to be used as society will force “healing” upon people who need no healing. Conversely, some people will avoid getting care when they don’t realize they do have a problem.

For the most part if you are asking this question, if you can tell the difference between reality and the vision and it isn’t causing any behavior’s that creates conflict for you… well then you are probably ok.

I really like reading this paragraph. Its amazing what we could do in this world with our third eye:-)

I have tingling in my third eye area. There are no physical explanations for this as I have had x-rays and mri. Could it be my third eye?


I couldn’t say if the tingling is your third eye or not. While that is what some consider to be a sign of the third eye, more times than not it’s either some other physical effect, physiological misinterpretation or just a person pushing themselves a bit too hard.

Let me use an analogy: Do your eyes get tingling just because you use them to see? Nope, but if you push your seeing too hard you can strain your eyes which you then do feel or you can cause false symptoms to appear when pushing your sense of vision too hard (like reading in a too dim room). The third eye is similar in that respect. Which means of course as most people don’t have their third eye developed, it isn’t too hard to over strain oneself.

If you learn to use your third eye gently there are no side symptoms. As a teacher, I take people down the gentler slower path.

I spent 4 months in a break down they call it. For the first two weeks I saw and heard so many things and actually communicated with people who had passed away. I saw a valley of glowing angels, and I also saw demons. I had 2 weeks of visions of all kinds. I was so freaked out afterwards that I didn’t speak for 4 months. I’ve had break downs before but this was different, it felt like I was seeing into the spiritual whelm. Could this have been seeing with my third eye because that’s what it felt like

Am just new here, I have read books about these third eye. My question is those it work along with vision? 2 is it contrary to vision? 3 I realize that these idea can be don by individual irrespective of who you are but vision is does not work in that manners, why? 4 how does it work effectively 5 what can we do bring change to do world?. Maybe I guess we moving back to our perfections.

Can it be use to detect someone mind or thought?

Hi. I have been practicing meditation a little over a year now and it has become a main center-point in my life. I was a horrible drug addict for many years and discovered meditation in rehab and hold it to be one of the main reasons why I am still sober today. I was able to find myself and still continue to find myself each day. I center mainly in Buddhist practices but open to many other practices, it’s a journey and I’m just starting haha. In regards to the third-eye… I have witnessed various different “visions” and felt many, many different things that at this point I am chalking it up to Energy which is what I am feeling, but I don’t really understand it. I constantly feel vibrations, like a pulse, and it changes..most recently a very intense wave of, I guess energy, will flow though me and even around me during meditation..an intense shaking. No pain or anything, just very powerful…I just don’t know what it is…and I know i’m not crazy haha but I just want to understand it…. Any insight to any of this would be greatly appreciated

@Jeremy: First congratulations on keeping yourself sober, it takes great strength and patience to overcome drug abuse.

Regarding visions: The best way to initially approach visions is to treat them as stories, neither true nor false. Rather take the time to ask, what does this story teach me? Then use the ones that feel graceful to learn from. This will be a great benefit in your practice.

Regarding the vibrations and energy you feel: As you heal your body, as you work on the practices which also end up fine tuning your awareness, you will also become more attune to your body and can feel things a bit more deeply.

You have multiple choices on what to do, for instance the former abuse you experience could still be ringing a bit like a bell within your body. You might be feeling that left over echo, With this feeling you can then calm the body down, remove the energetic negative effects of the abuse more fully.

As an example I had serious food poisoning 15 years ago which almost killed me. That experience still ripples in my body. I am gently still healing from it, I can feel the damage with my deeper practice and with my qi gong and yoga, I work to heal more deeply. Healing can take longer than people realize.

No you are not crazy. You are connecting to yourself and how you connect with things around you. Work gently to balance out yourself, use those ripples as guides in smoothing out your life.

@Mankind: to answer your questions

1) No the third eye doesn’t allow a person to detect or read someone’s thoughts directly. Granted with normal and direct observation at times it isn’t hard to guess what a person is thinking, but that isn’t third eye, that is old fashion observation and experience.

2) Yes third eye works along with vision.

3) No it is not contrary to vision, they are two separate senses you use and it is up to you to sort it out.

4) How does any sense help us live effectively? In other words use the information you glean with your senses to live gracefully.

5) To bring change to world is to live more kindly, modestly and without judgment. To live with actions that promote these three simple principles of kindness, modesty and non judgement.

@Casey: Thank you very much, quite helpful.

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