As our first installment in this series about the Energetic Baton, a sequel to our Lower Energy Center Series, we will be dealing with an unrelated topic that often confuses people trying to meditate on the energy centers.
The Third Eye is just behind the forehead, in front of the brain. Specifically, it is centered on a line in the middle of the two lobes of the brain in what is called the "spiritual valley." The Third Eye is a gate, where energy comes into and exits the body. It is important to understand the difference between a gate and an energy center. Energy centers store energy in your body; gates allow energy in and out.
Before you begin exploring the Upper Energy Center, which is very close to the Third Eye, you should practice Third Eye gate breathing. Relax your face, relax your eyes and allow them to move downward. A common mistake during this meditation is to move the eyes upward. This creates tension that will make it harder to focus.
Visualize the energy moving in through the Third Eye on the inhalations, and out on the exhalations. And be patient. As one of my teachers told me, "Do not be too quick to attempt to reopen the third eye."
Next week, the Upper Energy Center.
If you want to learn more about the Third Eye and Third Eye breathing to cool the spirit, please check out my Sunset Tai Chi book and DVD.