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Side Effects & Dangers Of Opening Your Third Eye Chakra


Opening the third eye can be a life-changing experience for many people. This act of awakening the pineal gland can lead to an expansion of synchronicity to consciousness, psychic abilities, and heightened awareness. However, it is important to note that there is a huge risk associated with this process.

The opening of the third eye can also lead to a range of short-term and long-term side effects and dangers that should be considered before attempting to open it – exposing yourself to overwhelming sensory input.

Many people have reported a heightened sense of sensitivity to lights, sounds, and other forms of stimuli. This can lead to feelings of disorientation, confusion, and even anxiety. Another short-term side effect is the possible onset of headaches or migraines. This can occur due to increased activity and the subsequent release of brain chemicals.

Long-term dangers of opening the third eye include a disruption in the balance of hormones in the body, which can affect various bodily functions. There is also a risk of developing a dependence on the heightened state of consciousness that is achieved through opening the third eye, leading to difficulties in returning to a normal state of mind. It is important to approach the process of opening the third eye with caution and to seek guidance from experienced practitioners.

So, does this mean that it is better to keep it closed? Alternatively, do the benefits outweigh the potential costs?

We’ll explore how to open your third eye and explain how to tell if it's already, along with considering the dangers of opening the third eye chakras.

As it turns out, all of these dangers can be mitigated by careful foresight. This article will suggest a range of techniques that will help you ensure that it is a source of empowerment rather than fear.

What Is Your ‘Third Eye’?

It is located on your forehead between the eyes, which ancient philosophers believed was the seat of the soul.

It allows us to intuit possible futures and make sense of our own potential, and it evolved to help us identify underlying patterns in our lives.

Vector image representing a boy with his third eye open

Everyone has a third eye, and everyone has access to it.

However, some use it more than others, and with greater intensity.

Any time that you have a gut feeling, you're drawing from the perception of it.

For example, just think about the times when you simply knew you should go to a particular place or seek contact with a particular person, even though you couldn't justify this choice with articulable logic.

It's helpful to think of the Ajna 3rd eye chakra as a unique sense organ; one that can be honed and sharpened with work.

In addition to helping you read your environment and access intuitions about the path you should follow in life, it can help you tune into particular vibrations in other people.

This means that strengthening your ability to use it not only enhances your perception but also assists you in connecting with people whose energy complements and fits with yours.

Further reading: Third Eye Chakra Healing For Beginners: How To Open Your Third Eye

Why Is The Pineal Gland called The Third Eye?

The Pineal Gland is often referred to as the “third eye” because it is a light-sensitive, pinecone-shaped gland that produces the hormone melatonin when you rest at night. Additionally, some Eastern philosophies believe that the Pineal Gland is associated with spiritual awakening and higher consciousness.

Why Is The Ajna Chakra called The Third Eye?

The Ajna, also known as the third eye is due to its association with intuition and the ability to perceive beyond the physical realm. In Hindu tradition, is believed to be a source of spiritual awakening and is symbolically depicted as a small eye in the center of the forehead. The activation of the third eye is said to grant a deep sense of clarity, heightened intuition, and an ability to perceive hidden spiritual truths.

Third Eye Awakening: How To Know If Your Third Eye Is Open

Many people often mistakenly think that they need to work on getting their third eye to open when in fact it already is.

This is largely because fear and uncertainty can prompt us to ignore what we take in with the third eye; we are often raised to discount our “hunches”.

So, how do you know if yours is open? The easiest way to answer this question is to pay attention to whether you have gut feelings, even ones that you suppress.

The more seemingly baseless intuitions you have, the more likely it is that your third eye is currently open, whether you want it to be or not.

Third Eye Opening Side Effects

In addition to causing strong gut feelings, having it open can induce a wide range of other side effects.

In particular, look out for the following:

  • A light sensation of pressure between your eyebrows. This could be similar to the sensation of someone gently pressing a finger to the skin in that area. This needn't happen when you're feeling particularly spiritual, but it is often a reminder that the spiritual dimension of life is currently relevant.
  • Starting to picture things in your mind (or even starting to dream about particular things) before they happen.
  • A sense that colors are brighter and that your environment is sharper. This allows you to take in light and details that you would otherwise miss, and this can be intense or overwhelming at first.
  • A sense of change on a fundamental level, even if you struggle to put it into words. It's common for the third eye to open because of transformative experiences, or to occur just before a period of great growth.
  • More frequent tension headaches (i.e., headaches that feel like pressure on your temples or like a band around your head). This is sometimes explained as being a result of your mind working harder than usual.

Will I Experience Any Third Eye Opening Symptoms?

Here are some possible Ajna chakra opening symptoms that could occur from opening the third eye chakra:

  • Increased psychic abilities
  • Heightened sense of awareness and perception
  • Vivid dreams or increased lucid dreaming
  • Headaches or pressure in the forehead and brow area
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • More connected to the universe or a higher power
  • Increased creativity and imagination
  • Enhanced ability to focus and concentrate
  • Increased sense of empathy and compassion
  • Heightened spiritual experiences or a sense of spiritual awakening.

It is important to note that not everyone experiences physical symptoms of third eye opening, and it is not necessary to experience all of the symptoms listed above in order to have a successful experience.

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What Causes Third Eye Chakra Blockages Or Imbalances?

It's important to be aware that you may battle to open or utilize it. In particular, blockages or imbalances can develop in the location of the third eye chakra, and it is only by dislodging these blockages that you'll be able to access the full power of your intuition.

Common causes of this sort of imbalance include exhaustion, resistance to the power of your third eye, high levels of consistent stress, and repeated emotional conflict in your life.

Remember, it's possible that it can be underactive or overactive, so be aware of different cues. If it is underactive, you may struggle to concentrate, experience anxiety, find it difficult to self-reflect and feel somehow disconnected from the people around you.

Meanwhile, if you're dealing with an overactive third eye, you may be trapped in over-analyzing your current situation, have a mentally “fogged up” mind, and repeatedly escape into daydreams rather than engaging with real life.

7 ‘Dangers’ Of Opening Your Third Eye

As you’re now aware, there are many reasons why you might want to do this and lots of ways in which you can benefit from doing so.

Of course, however, this is not without risks.

If the process is improperly managed, you can end up feeling overwhelmed and may struggle to deal with your new sense of power.

Side effects of third eye opening include the following, all of which can be effectively managed with careful planning.

1. Vivid Dreams And Nightmares

If your third eye opens when you don't expect it and you're unprepared when it comes to managing it, your sleep can be severely disrupted.

In particular, you may experience especially intense dreams and nightmares, some of which can be frightening.

You may also wake up feeling tired, and find the images from your dreams keep returning throughout the day in a way that makes it hard to concentrate or relax.

Meditating before going to bed can help you to counteract this possible reaction to third eye experiences, encouraging your mind to enter into a calm and balanced state that facilitates less erratic input from the third eye.

In addition, keeping a dream journal can help you understand the underlying themes from dreams and nightmares, and your third eye will typically stop overloading you with repeatedly intense imagery if you process the lesson or message that is being represented during your sleep.

2. Scary Accurate Intuition

When it first opens, your finely honed faculty of intuition may feel like more of a burden than a gift.

You may become so good at predicting what will happen in your life (or how others behave) that you feel truly unnerved by it and find it daunting rather than useful.

In time, you will become used to the improved accuracy of your gut feelings. The lesson here is not to try and repress them either.

Instead of reducing their frequency, pushing them away tends to make them come back with a greater level of intensity. This includes the form of dreams, as mentioned above.

To deal with the scarily accurate predictions, try to remind yourself that these intuitions will help you make good choices.

While it can seem bizarre at first, it is also the key to a happier, more informed future.

3. You May Become Fearless

Sometimes, people report a fearlessness associated with opening your third eye chakra, as they have a sense of being invincible or super-human.

Activating the third eye can be deeply empowering, and with this empowerment often comes a dramatic increase in self-confidence.

So, what should you do to ensure that this new fearlessness is healthy?

Firstly, it's important to note that an open third eye doesn't make you omniscient so, it's still important to think carefully about everything you choose to do in life.

Secondly, it's helpful to deliberately engage the rational parts of your mind in order to make sure you get some logical input to balance and protect your powers.

For example, it can be helpful to write a pros and cons list about something you're thinking about doing. In addition, write down all the psychic visions and thoughts that strike you.

4. Astral Projection

When it comes to astral projection, part of you leaves your body and travels elsewhere. This typically happens in bed at night, when your soul or essence may raise up above your physical body and leave you with apprehension and confusion.

As you become more spiritually powerful by activating your third eye, this energy can emerge at unpredictable times and this can be difficult to get used to at first.

The trick here is to realize that there is nothing inherently dangerous about astral projection. You can not get “stuck” outside of your body.

Plus, nothing bad will happen to your body during the period in which you temporarily detach from it. Try to view experiences of astral projection as signals that your intuitive and psychic faculties are sharpening and that you are becoming more and more in tune with the universe.

Once this type of experience becomes more normal, you may even find it pleasurable or profound.

5. Your Eye Chakra Could Become Overactive

When it becomes oversensitive, you may experience some of the physical side effects that we discussed above. Most notably, you may develop a sensitivity to light, with bright sun and vivid colors becoming almost offensive to look at.

In addition, you might start to get uncomfortable headaches that your doctor considers to be unexplained. It's unpleasant to deal with these oversensitive symptoms. Therefore, it's important to work on balancing.

In addition to this balancing, you may find it helpful to temporarily limit your exposure to, especially stimulating environments.

By gradually spending more time outside, for example, you can slowly allow your Ajna to become acclimatized to the intense sights and sounds that flood it.

Meanwhile, relaxing your body will help to reduce the tension in your head muscles, potentially dulling your headaches.

What Happens When The Third Eye Chakra Is Overactive?

The number one sign is having constant headaches and feeling mentally and energetically overwhelmed. To pull back and regain control, there are several things you can do:

  • Meditation: Take some time to sit in silence and focus on your breath to calm your mind and bring your energy back to the center.
  • Grounding: Spend time connecting with nature, walking barefoot on the earth, or imagining roots growing from your feet into the ground to connect with the earth's energy.
  • Limit screen time: Reduce your exposure to screens, such as TV, phone, and computer screens, to give your eyes and brain a break from stimulation.
  • Use protective crystals: Wear or carry crystals like amethyst or black tourmaline

6. Third Eye Awakening Can Be Confusing And Scary

The mere activating of it can itself lead to confusion.

In this way, you may even start to ask how to close your third eye as the new flood of information can leave you destabilized.

In some cases, you may even wonder if there's a way to go back to how things were before.

However, it's vital to remember that you are merely gaining access to information that already existed all around you.

You're not changing the future or reading the thoughts of others; you're just tuning in to cues that you didn't use to know how to interpret.

When you attempt to view the third eye as just an increase in a previous capacity, it can seem much less frightening.

Further, try to remind yourself that your spiritual awakening can really only be good for you in the long term.

It will help you understand your life purpose.

7. Chaotic Behavior

Finally, as well as feeling frightened, you might notice you start to behave in inconsistent ways. This is similar to the way in which any major change can lead to erratic behavior.

You may want time to adjust to the opening of your third eye, and time to figure out what your newly sharpened intuition should mean for how you behave.

Be patient with yourself, and don't expect yourself to immediately know exactly how to manage everything you're learning and feeling.

As well as simply waiting out this adjustment period, it can be helpful to exercise a little more restraint than usual. In other words, question the urges you feel before simply acting on them. Plus, quickly check that you can stand by your behavior before you choose to put it into practice.

Meanwhile, let those you are close to knowing that you're going through a period of growth and adjustment so that they can offer support and compassion.

Should I Open My Third Eye Chakra?

The advantages:

  • Expanded spiritual awareness
  • A greater understanding of oneself and the universe
  • Ability to access deeper levels of meditation and consciousness
  • Heightened creativity and imagination

The disadvantages:

  • Intense and potentially disturbing visions or experiences
  • Difficulty separating reality from imagination
  • Increased sensitivity to light and sound
  • Possible negative impact on mental health

Ultimately, the decision to open your third eye is a personal one that should be made after careful consideration of the potential risks and benefits. It is important to approach this practice with caution.

“I Opened My Third Eye And I Regret It!” – How To Balance Your Third Eye

If you're worried about tapping into yours and want to ensure that you don't regret it, make a consistent effort to keep your third eye chakra balanced in a healthy way.

The following techniques are especially effective in keeping it balanced and protected:

  • Practice meditation on a daily basis. This can be a simple 10-minute exercise during which you focus on your breathing or scan your body for sensations. Or, it can be a more complex meditative journey if you're already experienced.
  • Put lavender or neroli essential oils on the pulse points of your wrists, or light-scented candles that include these oils.
  • Ensure you get approximately eight hours of sleep per night. Practice good sleep hygiene! For example, remove electronic devices from your bedroom and do something relaxing for at least an hour before bed.
  • Eat foods to nourish the third eye (including red onion, blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, red grapes, and raspberries). In general, any red and purple foods are said to be connected to a balanced third eye.
  • Practice daily affirmations that relate to the third eye, such as “I acknowledge the wisdom that comes from within me” and “I am open to the inner guidance of my third eye.”

Final Thoughts

Opening your third eye can be a transformative experience. It can allow you access to your psychic power, enabling you see things more clearly, and connect you to a deeper spiritual understanding of the world.

However, it is important to approach this process with caution and respect. It is not a magic fix for all your problems, and there can be some unexpected side effects.

Some people may experience headaches or other physical symptoms, and it is important to seek medical attention if these persist or worsen.

It is also crucial to work with a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner to ensure that you are doing it safely and effectively.

Ultimately, the decision to open this chakra is a personal one and should be made after careful consideration of your own needs and goals.

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Katherine Hurst
By Katherine Hurst
Katherine Hurst, is a Law of Attraction expert, best-selling author, workshop leader, educator, and award-winning blogger on psychology, life design, structured thinking and emotional wellbeing.

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