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.

Contact us to arrange a first teaching session of exploring life with your third eye.

Casey & Julie


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hi I’m just a 13 year old girl but sometimes when a listen to a song i can hear my self sing it in my head but it isn’t a happy voice its like a very angry voice what does it mean because when i sing it out loud i sing happy but at the same time in my head I’m singing it in an angry why what does it mean? plz help me

Hello there. I am very to new to all this. I have recently decided that I am in need of healing and balance in my life and have been exploring different ways of going about this. I often feel as though it is something internally that I need to do, that only I can accomplish. I came across what’s know as the Third Eye and decided to dig a little deeper. Let me give you a little background history. When I was younger I experienced lots of very powerful thing, mostly having to do with my dreams. Most of these dreams I can still remember vividly to this day, now being the age of 17. I would have constant repeat dreams, sometimes variations of the same dream. In the dream I would do everything I could to change the destiny I already knew was coming. Awake in my dreams. I was a lucid dreamer. I got very good at it too. I quickly found out that as soon as I would begin lucid dreaming the dream would in a sense “change” or I would awaken quickly. I learned how to keep the dream going. To avoid this change. Once I got into into to my earlier teen years I fell out of balance with this. Just within this past year or so I have started coming back to balance with this. Any thoughts?

@Lily: Anger is a sign of frustration. So deeper down within you are some aspects of life which you find frustrating or you feel unheard / blocked.

So practice being heard a bit better. Practice listening to others so you can better say what you need to say in a clearer manner which they can hear.

Listen to that angry inner voice and ask why is it unheard to others? Why does it feel blocked and then sing to it songs which help it feel open and connected to life again.

I have been plagued by being able to sense things. I have been discouraged to shrug it off or not entertain it as I was raised in the church. Furthermore I have of recent had constant encounters of unexplainable shouts with my name being called and have very deep dreams. My awareness has been heightened. And as a result don’t have any one to speak too as it is causing me much stress as I don’t know what is going on.

I’m 33 years old and my abilities are starting to weaken as I get older and need to refresh them again. At a very young age I knew when things were gonna happen before they would. Down to the smallest detail. I have always been able to see peoples energies and also I have made things move on there own not meaning to when I was younger. I see and can describe people I have never meet who has passed on down to a tee. My children has also inverted some of these ability’s. I want to help them grow there ability’s also. Any help or advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

@Joanne: You are expanding out a bit in how you are seeing the world. So in expansion slow down. Take time to better understand, practice and relate to what you are sensing.

At first much of what you sense / connect to may not be anything more than noise, extra inputs the brain is sorting outing. So don’t make sense of it, it is noise you learn to sort through.

@Angie: I would recommend you and your children keeping a vision diary. Basically a dream diary that also includes day dreams, visions and insights you have during the day.

This over time will help you polish your skills by being able to better witness what you vision. The act of writing down a vision is also the act of witnessing it deeper. You can then reflect against what you see by comparing the diary over time with how life flows around you. This will help polish your interpreting skills.

Developing your third eye

Hi Casey. i posted this on the previous page. I don’t know if you saw it. Could you give me some tips on closing the third eye? Hi there, I met a spiritual woman at a fair over the last couple of days. She told me that my middle eye is always open and I needed to learn to shut it. Could that be why I feel so exhausted all the time? I tried to shut the eye in two minutes silence we had yesterday but it kept opening. I felt calmer for having done that exercise though. She also said I was surrounded by spirits – is that connected? Or should I discard that comment? I often have extremely lucid what I call waking dreams (I am asleep but almost on the edge of awakeness) where i dream of ghosts. I experience fear at first but then start to talk to them and the fear starts to dissipate. I can also enter a sort of sleep/awake state when I am awake where I feel like I’m on a higher plain. Hard to explain… Thoughts?


For your question, Refer to the Third Eye FAQ page.

In the larger sense, slow down. Relax and just take time to look into each experience. Allow yourself to sort it out. What you are experiencing is your own personal inner projections coming out to witness. You have to pause, close your eyes and sort thru it one step at a time. The challenge is putting it into perspective. Build up a personal map of what you are experiencing.

Most people don’t take the initiative to sort it out personally. Rather they rush into forcing to all mean one thing. Or people force it into perspective by getting a teacher to teach you directly their framework. There are countless third eye / visioning frameworks to learn. Or many in fear just shut it off.

Your choice is how you want to tackle it instead of being tackled by it. Most people throw the ball away rather than get tackled by their visions.

I have always known i was different, but could not figure out why. I did learn quickly that some things just weren’t “normal” about me because others never understood what i was taking about. I see people in auras, not literally, but i just get feelings about them along with what my two eyes view. I never understood these overwhelming feelings i got until i browsed different websites. I felt like i was losing my mind (bipolar, schizophrenic. ..) i actually Googled my ?s and realized those don’t apply to me. It feels great to see more information on my so called unnatural abilities. I loosely call it an ability because i have no control over it (dreams, feelings) without me knowing what it was i thought i was just emotional and overly sensitive. because of that i am unable to tell people in my circle “I’m not crazy, but i think I’m an empath!” i have a feeling that will just verify for them that i am really crazy. I came across this page because i think there is more to me than just being an empath, the dreams and just knowing without really knowing lol and now my daughter speaks of it. There is something else to this and i can’t figure it out on my own and I’m too afraid of being labeled crazy to tell people. Also the fact i am christian, and that is a whole other issue when abilites are discussed because I’m not supposed to have them and if i do I’m basically evil or going against God. How can that be if i was born with it? Didn’t he give it to me? Where can i find more ppl like me who can help guide me and possibly my daughter now?

@kim: There are a lot of people around who can help us strengthen and grow spiritually. For example, you and your daughter can do this for each other. There is also more than one approach to work with spirit and vision. While it is possible to point you to many groups, not every group will match to your needs. So, first, look for an individual or group who does not judge you and your experiences as well as gives you a good feeling. For some people, working with spirit/dreams/visions is a personal experience, looking inward and spending time in nature. For others, it helps to have a guide. A good first place to start is a local yoga or meditation center.

@Caroline: Yes, using the third eye on a regular basis can lead to physical symptoms such as tiredness or headaches if we don’t balance it out with the other energy centers in the body. There are many practices in yoga, light visualization and meditation that help us keep our energy centers, including the third eye, balanced.

From a shamanic perspective, spirit and dream worlds are as real as our waking reality. I encourage dreamers to draw or write down what you experienced in the dream. Include the date, give the dream a title and include your feelings both in the dream and upon waking. In this way, you can start to see if there is any pattern, energy, a message and/or an action that is calling to you from your dreams.

I seriously need help. Deep down I have felt something really strong. Love. Stronger than I could have possibly imagined. I know I’m destined for greater things. I have gone through which I cannot explain. I have even dimmed a light before. At the same time I feel possessed. Sometimes something is trying to convince me it is fake, all in my head. I’m so confused. It’s like something is forcing me to shut off. Advice please.

I was at a party last night talking with a new friend. As I was speaking with him I kept seeing a third eye on his forehead. I later learned he is a reiki master and. Dry into chakras and cyistals. Is what I saw about me or his personal path. Thank you!!! Sean

ive been able use the third to ever since 12 years old , like when i go out and play soccer with uncles and i would be the goalie they would kick it as hard as they can but as soon as it came close to me everything would slow down and i would see the ball clearly and i would block it & i really don’t like seeing people future honestly , it makes me sad because , some people future are bad and i do wanna tell them but i keep it to myself , so people wont think im crazy , ive been able to heal alot quicker then my friends like if it would take them 1 week to heal and it would take me 2 days to heal , any ways to get rid of the seeing people future ? it bothers me,

Are deja vus visions or related to the third eye? What are déjà vus?

I have the ability to see things which are likely to happen in the future. The details though are not clear as to how and when its gonna happen. The more I think of it, the more it happens. The events are usually attributed to my personal life- achievements in career and relationship as well as material things which I like to have personnally. How can I develop this ability?

Hi, I would like to ask you something I have recently heard some negative comments in my head as if all of my relatives, friends and to the new person I have met were throwing bad things whispered on my hear.I can actually vividly hear peoples murmur on my surroundings that cause pain on my head sometimes, I would like to know what is this because Im trying to open and explore many strategies and meditation to open my third eye and be conscious on outside world.I hope you can help me on this matter. Thanks

@Mary: Deja Vu is a complicated topic. More so than people give it credit for.

1) If you research Deja Vu you will find many different theories on what it represents. Also scientists can induce Deja Vu in certain experiments.

So on one level Deja Vu represents a sensory experience that causes a skip in a person’s perception.

Yet Deja Vu represents more than one thing.

I suspect it in part comes out of how our mind overlays information and projects out information. In this a deju Vu experience can be a blip in our mind’s perception map processing. Yet just because deja vu might often be a processing blip doesn’t mean it cannot have other purposes also. Evolution and senses are a tricky business and I suspect there can be more to the story than just a sensory double take.

It’s also possible to have a deja vu experience from a third eye experience point of view. The feeling can be used as a trigger to pause. In that pause you can then take a deeper look at what is happening and make better choices. Sometimes a double take can shift your entire life if it happens at the right moment.

@Sheena: Some people have a more auditory experience when using the third eye. Pay attention to what you hear, write it down if you can distinguish any clear words/sounds and see if their is anything with energy behind it or any patterns that emerge. From this information, is there any small action you can take? For example, there may be something coming up about your relationships that wants to be changed or purified.

Part of what you could be responding to are negative judgments. And, you may be processing them within your visions. Judgment is more powerful that many realize and you may want to read this article on how to work with judgment to help with the processing.

The pain in your head may represent more than one thing. It can be physical due to for example, allergies or stress. From a spiritual perspective, it may be an indication that you are using the third eye too much or not in balance with the other chakras.

Hi, so I had something creepy happen yesterday. I went to the casino with my father, I sat away from him at a slot machine. After pressing the buttons for what seemed like a minute or 2, I felt like a vibration where my third eye is supposed to be. It felt as if someone or something was touching it. Even now writing this comment, I feel like a slight pressure there. Well anyways after experiencing the the sense of pressure over my 3 eye, I felt someone staring at me, I kept turning around and saw nothing. I decided to look at over my shoulder out of the corner of my eye and saw a man standing there. I quickly turned around and nothing, he was gone. This happened about 3 times, until I decided to keep looking at him out of the corner of my eye. There, I saw a man with light blue jeans and a brown jacket, I couldn’t see his face, but his arms were crossed across his chest. Once I got this good look, I turned around and he was gone. What’s weird is that the whole time I had this anxious feeling, and this pressure on my third eye. About a minute later, my dad came and we left to another slot….

About 2 months ago, maybe 3, my dad and I also went to the casino, we sat at the food court. After getting our food, I picked the table, we sat for a while, then the light bulb above us started flickering. There I decided to tell my dad that a couple of days prior, I went to the gas station and the light kept flickering at the pump, but only after I had been at it for a couple of minutes. When I pulled out, I noticed that the light stopped flickering. Anyways we finished eating at the casino, I get up to throw my food away, I pass a table and the light starts flickering, I look back at the table we were sitting at, and the light is fine. I shrug it off, past walk the table we sat at and it starts flickering, I look back and the previous light is fine, I keep walking, and pass another table and the light starts flickering, I look back and the other 2 are fine. I pass the 4th table and finally nothing, no flickering. I look back at the tables and everything is normal. I then realize my dad was staring at me the whole time walking past the tables, and i have this look of awe and shock in my face but I can’t help but smile. I see him looking at me and I’m almost screaming with excitement asking if he saw the lights and he says I wasn’t paying attention to them, just you, walking back and forth. We then left……

This is as best as I could describe it, it’s weird, I know I somehow flickered the lights with my energy but I can’t explain how. But the whole time walking past the tables, I knew the lights would flicker and I knew looking back, the other lights would be fine.

Also sometimes I feel like I see blue orbs and flashes of white light. Lastly (that I can think of at the moment) if I focus my eyes on a certain thing, I feel like I can see all the particles moving really fast, like vibrating.

Has anyone else experienced anything like this? The whole casino thing freaked me out a little bit.

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