What is the Third Eye?

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The third eye is the ability to see what might be: In other words the third eye is our ability to see potential.

It’s a sense and it can be developed to be more refined and accurate than only being a hunch.

The Third Eye is a natural part of every person, but it’s a “meta” organ. In other words: it consists of all the senses and mind working together as a larger more powerful sensory organ. The Third Eye is a very clever bit of natural evolution: a meta organ designed to sense, connect to patterns and then relay that data back in overlays of information on top of your other senses.

Once opened it’s a very powerful ability, powerful enough that it literally can drive people insane if not understood, accepted or developed correctly. Also due to lack of understanding more people than not mislabel, run away from the ability or take it to strange descriptions… which further muck and murk the waters of what the Third Eye truly is.

The Third Eye as a sense can be used in many different ways. It opens up our senses to patterns around us. It’s used by seers to make connections and answer questions. It’s used by energy workers to feel the energy and then manipulate that energy. It’s part of empathy where a person can touch and feel the emotions of others. Many other examples exist for how people use the Third Eye.


The Third Eye and Energy Work

Let’s look at one use. It’s possible to use the Third Eye to learn how to sense and visually interpret energy around us. This helps people work with the process of Motion, Activity and Interchange more easily and completely. Energy instead of being abstract concept then becomes a tangible property of life to work with once you learn how to sense it and interact with it.

Does a Taoist / Shaman really see energy? Not directly. Anyone can see the end results of energy in action, seeing energy directly is another thing all together. However, the Third Eye can develop the ability to 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 “see” energy.

third eye openingThis can appear as being a mystical power due to the relative nature of the skill. But it’s a very real and tangible skill.

Some people do take this and go too far, make it fantasy. So you do need to be careful with people saying they are energy workers. Another problem is the relative nature of the skill. What one energy worker will sense, is different than another energy worker. Some commonalities exist. We are human, and our form, our shape help push us towards common baselines. However, the unique experiences and nature of each person also ensures that each energy worker will see things from a different angle.

Lets use Aura’s as an example.

Some people do see an “aura” or “light”. With training many people can be taught how to view aura’s in a “standard way”.

However: it’s not what most people think it is. Your eyes only “see” what they are designed to see. But the mind can overlay additional information over each sense. Auras are such an information overlay.

The brain has the ability to process visual information, and it has the ability to use all that circuitry to pump back information in the form of visual response: which doesn’t have to be from the eyes.

Your whole neural network, your mind and sense organs form a larger more sensitive “antenna” to pick up on energy and patterns. The mind then has the problem of how to send that information back to you. It has to use what it already has access to: the 5 normal senses. For example: at times in energy work, it can send back the images for you as an “aura” to then interpret. In reality what you are seeing is slightly different than that: but it’s the best method the “third eye” has to relay the information back to you. This becomes the “aura” as the translated result.


Developing the Third Eye

Because so much of this depends on your ability to interpret the results: this creates lots of room for mis-translation between the “facts” and what your third eye returns to you. Also because we see things differently, it can be problematic to exchange the information back and forth between each other in a clear fashion. This opens up quite a bit of room for mystical practices to open up within. Some truly work, others which might vary from person to person in how they tune the 3rd Eye sense, and others such as tricksters to use for deception.

Taoist/Shamanic practice has quite a bit of training regarding how to use and work with the 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, rather than it being something that just works out of the box of birth.

As a Taoist I have been developing my third eye since I was 5 or 6 years old and had my first vision. When I shared my first vision, I discover immediately, most people don’t see the world in this fashion. Even worse, I was persecuted when sharing this ability. Being so young, I quickly learned to keep it to myself and explore it silently and patiently on my own terms. Until recently I haven’t opened up on this part of my Taoist practice, on purpose, since it’s so easily mis-understood and so many misconceptions exist about this ability.

I have spent 35 years exploring this ability, reviewing materials, and using my background in both Taoism and the sciences to understand it. I have now placed the 3rd Eye into terms which can be acceptable to most everyone. So hence, I am now sharing it in my teachings.

Many people naturally suppress this ability to prevent it from hurting them, to prevent others from making fun of them or labeling them as crazy. With enough suppression any ability goes away. The Third Eye must be used in order for it work. Also how one uses the Third Eye will shape the abilities and capabilities of what it will be able to sense. For all of these reasons and more, this why the Third Eye is such a mysterious ability.
Many different cultures use many varied techniques to develop this skill. Taoists are very patient, taking decades in order to refine and define this ability. The nature of the interpretive aspects of this ability means experience helps improve this ability and it’s a slow process to master.

Learn 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 now 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 and Energy Work

I do teach others how to access the third eye, but be aware this ability isn’t rushed but rather grown into over time. I teach others how to sort everything out and find a greater sense of self peace.

The Third Eye is not some magical power, it’s a part of our human nature which anyone with time, patience, training and acceptance of their nature can use. All too often people rush ahead and their own inner unbalance disrupts and skews the third eye ability with bad habits and false perceptions.

I offer a special Online Third Eye Course for those wishing to learn how to use their third eye in a balanced and healthy way. This course is geared to resolve fears, train a person with safe but powerful techniques and open up a path that reveals the potential of life with grace.


Regarding Third Eye Questions/Comments Below

Please read the previous comments about the third eye before posting your own new questions about the third eye. I will not re-answer a question about the third eye I have already answered several times here. There exist many pages of comments to review, which means taking a moment to digest and understand what has already been stated on the third eye. Click: Older Comments to read the oldest comments. You can also read the Third Eye FAQ for the more commonly asked questions.

Please try to be clear/direct in all third eye questions/postings so I can respond appropriately. I realize the third eye often goes beyond words to describe or use, but please take the time to edit and make your comments clear and concise.

I will delete any Third Eye comments which ask me to teach you. Just contact me directly for teaching if you want to hire me as teacher.

I will delete any Third Eye comments which are: rantings, morality/judgement statements, mention the use of drugs, medical questions, link to outside pages or aren’t respectful. Also on this page, I approach the third Eye as a natural phenomenon: Posts with religious references are removed.

I will also delete any Third Eye questions I clearly already answered in the comments or FAQ page.



493 Comments. Leave new

Casey Kochmer
August 23, 2014 1:27 am

@Padma: Work on also learning Yoga, Qi Gong or Tai Chi to help strengthen your body also.

Casey Kochmer
August 23, 2014 1:29 am

@Camille: Be careful of what people will tell you. You cannot talk to your missing brother with the third eye. You might gain insights regarding your missing brother, but the third eye won’t help you communicate with others alive or dead.

What a great website. Absolutely the most practical approach to the third eye that I have come across. I resonate with your practical approach and it feels very authentic and not coloured with extra stories and added meaning. This is very helpful for me reading what you have written and reading your comments back to people. Thank you for your insight. Much appreciated! This is helping me understand what is happening to me.

Casey Kochmer
August 27, 2014 11:56 pm

@Raven: Thank you. Producing a balanced and reasonable third eye resource has been a challenge. As a topic it’s all too easy to skip into the fantastic or fall into delusion.

It’s been an interesting experience producing these third eye pages and helping people come to terms with the third eye and energy work. The third eye has a long and respected history in Taoist tradition and teaching. We approach the topic in a very down to earth and practical manner actually.

The extra stories and fantastical visions we may get are actually very personal, and should be approached in a personal manner rather than a larger than life sharing. However, it is the fantastical aspects of the third eye which grabs the attention.

The third eye is something that I want to help people keep personal.

Ironically once you over-share the fantastical aspects A third eye experience loses meaning at a personal level and goes sideways quickly.

Dear casey,
I will be turning 16 soon. When I was little (7 or 8) I’ve had bad head-aches That start when I wake and end when I sleep, but lasts all day with (5-20 min. Breaks). does this relate any way to the third eye?
Thanks, Dustin H

Dear Dustin: Your headaches are not related to the third eye. This would be a medical question to ask a health provider about. Headaches can be very complicated and it can take a bit of work to find the proper answers. You may have to consult more than one medical expert to find a proper answer to alleviate your headache symptoms.

Be strong, headaches can be very frustrating don’t let it wear you out. Be patient and work with different types of doctor, naturopathic care or physical therapists to get different angles to possible solutions.

I see an eye or several eyes sometimes when I drift off to sleep, but only whilst listening to guided meditation (which I only tried in order to sleep better). I never knew of this third eye thing. When I see it or them it feels incredible, it’s the biggest rush off contentment and happiness, which is weird because the different eyes I see look extremely evil and have no life in them. Almost like corpses eyes, but they are alive.
Anyway I don’t look for it or look into it. I just enjoy it when it happens. Xx

It is my understanding the pineal gland is calcified in most Americans because of all the fluoride in our water, toothpaste etc.

What are your thoughts and what would your recommend to de-calcify the gland?

@Norbert: There isn’t enough data to know the true impact of fluoride to the third eye.

I wouldn’t do anything to de-calcify the gland. Since such attempts are more likely to lead you to false healers that can do more damage to you.

Instead I would be proactive in how I live to minimize fluoride.

Expand upon a healthy lifestyle, explore active practices like yoga or qi gong to keep the third eye ability healthy and meditate daily to live in a aware manner.

Given the range of issues we face today in the world and other more toxic lifestyle issues: A calcified Pineal Gland would be a very minor issue. Simply limit your fluoride.

Laura Seidenkranz
September 26, 2014 5:52 am

I’m a empath with a twist.i don’t dream much to tired lastnight i dreamed I was being circled by a ton of hummingbirds most of them red but my eyes were focused on these three pine cones could this be my third eye trying to show me something in in rem sleep?

Simply Mind Blowing..

No questions, just commenting on something I’m realizing that is not as rare and far fetched as I believed. It’s an extremely lonely road when you embark on this journey feeling alone and isolated. And yet, I sincerely believe.. And yet, I feel as if I’m only starting to awaken and exist in a sense MORE realistic. And yet, I feel like a I have more profound feeling and acceptance, liken to inner peace, and I personally thank everyone for sharing..

I’m an 44 year old black male, which is of no consequence, but to reinforce that all these barriers in this existence we embrace to separate and single out each other; forgetting we are all one when it comes to the source (I’ll leave out that meaning for now, however, in the spirit of Taoism I’m sure other people can comprehend)

Thanks, because now I can envision patience in this journey..

Casey Kochmer
October 14, 2014 5:22 am

Laura: That isn’t a simple question. I can’t answer since I would have to work with you and understand your style of using the third eye to know if you are mixing it into your dreams. The third eye can interact with dreams. However, many times a dream is just a dream. Dreams are more complicated than people realize and there exist many layers to the nature of dreams.

Ironically in our culture where it is acceptable to have a dream vision but you are crazy to have a waking vision, means many people unconsciously cover their third eye experience as a dream.

So it’s a complicated topic with many answers it turns out.

I had a dream not to long ago,i dreamed i was at a tattoo shop,and this white man was tattooing something on my chest.then he got up and disappeared. I then stood up and went to a mirror and saw what he tattooed. I saw three eyes across my chest.one on the left & right side of my chest,and 1 in the middle. Almost straight across.and this is how i ended up here.i Don’t know what it means but i would like to know if it’s related to this topic.can you help me

Casey Kochmer
October 20, 2014 8:03 am

@Santiago: Dreams are a bit more complicated topic. On average, and keep in mind I am saying on average, the two topics are separate. Working with Dreams is a whole separate process most of the time.

You can learn quite a bit from your dreams. Read this article on Dreams for an introduction and overview about dreams.

I’ve been feeling off lately. I can usually pinpoint why, but I haven’t been able to quite figure it out. I have been feeling and sensing things more strongly than I have before with slowly increasing clarity. Sometimes I feel a pressure just above the middle space above my brow reaching back into the middle of my head when I feel something particularly strong. Is a sign of something related to the third eye?

When I say feel something I mean the emotions of others and “pre and retro cognitive messages” for lack of more appropriate language, but I trust you get the gist of what I’m trying to say.

I had the same experience that Devon had regarding a slight pressure between the forehead. It also felt like deva ju. I started using binaural beats to open up my thirdeye. From there i get lucid dreams as well as sensing things that are about to happen. But my main question is does the third eye necessarily throb in the forehead as well as aid in telepathy.

Casey Kochmer
October 24, 2014 6:52 am

@Devon / Ricardo: Many people will say that pressure in the middle of the forehead is a sign of the third eye being active. Others will say it isn’t.

In part it is based on the tradition you come from also and how you are taught to feel it. In modern culture preconceptions , media and stories also add a layer of suggestion into the mix to help manifest elements of third eye awakening in familiar patterns.

Also different traditions will focus the third eye different for different impacts of how it gets used.

Know the feeling of warmth, tingling, pressure in the forehead isn’t always a tell sign either. In the end what matters is are you able to tap into feeling potential and then can you reliably re-enter that state of mind to access it again. Just having a vision or sensations are not enough to prove you are awakening the third eye. This is because visions and sensations can be induced by manner different factors.

In the end what matters is experiencing potential and then reliably using it in a manner to enhance how you flow and understand connections in life. It is all too easy to say you see something, and it is all too easy to feel an extra tingle/pressure. The true test is -> are the experiences relevant to how you live and navigate life?

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