Did you say “heck yeah, me too!” when we shared our listener question about how to start visualizing when nothing seems to happen? We talked about it in our episode spirit guide shit: pssst! the voices in your head are real, and shared our tips and tricks (so check it out if you haven’t already!). But I wanted to dig a little deeper to help you open your third eye chakra, using my favorite things - crystals!
Ok, so first. Big buzz words. Visualization! Chakras! Third eye! Crystals! If you’re new to the world of woo, you may not know what these are at all, or you may have the vaguest idea that weirdos and hippies know about these things. Or you may be an expert on the subject, in which case, don’t judge me too harshly because I don’t know everything, and what I do know may be different from what you know - woo is fluid, my friends.
Let’s first set the stage with what all these woo words are, so we are on the same page...
Visualization: when you close your eyes and imagine shit.
Chakras: energy centers in the body. There are seven of them (main ones at least), each has a different color & function. We’ll be talking about the third eye chakra today.
Third eye: the space between your two eyes located between your eyebrows and above your nose. This chakra is associated with the color indigo, and it governs things that loosely have to do with seeing and the 6th sense.
Crystals: fancy rocks. Many people think they have special properties other than just looking cool. I’ll be the first person to admit that I have no idea if they’re magic, or if it’s placebo, but fuck. Placebos are awesome, and I won’t have anyone convince me otherwise.
Now that that’s out of the way, we can get to the good part: using fancy rocks to help you imagine shit.
I suspect that a lot of people out there have a hard time with visualizations - you are not alone! Many of us are told from a young age that our natural psychic abilities are just our imagination, and so we end up cutting off energy to this important and beautiful part of ourselves. And the third eye chakra gets dusty from disuse.
So let’s start by cleaning it up! Yeah, people, we’re going to clean our third eye chakras right now. Take a clean (hasn’t been used for anything gross or toxic) brush-like thing - a toothbrush, paint brush, dusting cloth, or even your fingers. Close your eyes, and gently sweep away the crud that’s gumming up your third eye, and lightly flick it away from your body. Since you’re having trouble with visualization, it’s important to physically do this. Then take two fingers and with a little bit of pressure, rub in a clockwise motion. That helps the chakra to rotate freely. If you feel like you need to brush away more gunk, do it. I would normally say, “Do it until it feels like you’re done,” but some people won’t know (which is totally fine and likely a result of a blocked third eye). So I would say, give yourself a solid 60 seconds.
If you ever find that things are suddenly intense and overwhelming, just take 1-2 fingers and gently move them down over your third eye from top to bottom like you’re closing an eyelid. If you want to open it again, just use your fingers to swipe up.
Now it’s time to add the magic that will give your third eye a little extra help. And this is where the crystals come in. Take a crystal - any size, any shape, and rest it against your third eye. Just hold it there. Do some deep belly breathing and allow yourself to feel the crystal against your skin. If you can, try to recreate the image of the crystal using your imagination. Think about its color first. Then its size. Then its shape. Pause and look at the crystal and try again. Once you’ve got the basics, you can look for interesting details within the crystal. Maybe it’s darker in one spot, or there’s a different type of rock on the surface. Maybe there are cloudy areas, or rainbows or sparkles. Maybe there’s a bump or a rough ridge. Over time, when you picture the crystal, add more of the details that make it special. Some crystals will work better for this than others. Because the chakra is indigo, stones that are indigo in color are especially helpful, as are stones that are intended to enhance psychic abilities.
Clear quartz is the most versatile crystal and can be used for just about anything and can enhance the powers of other stones. It’s also abundant in the world, and you can find decent pieces for pretty cheap all over the place.
Amethyst is a beautiful purple stone that is also pretty easy to come by. It’s the first stone I ever put on my third eye. It’s very calming, so if you find that your biggest struggle with visualization is that your mind won’t shut up, this could be an excellent choice for you.
Labradorite is my favorite stone ever. It’s great for enhancing psychic abilities. It’s most common in a blue-gray color, but it is available in darker blues, and I recently learned that it also comes in purple! The more blue or purple it is, the more it will resonate with the chakra.
Black tourmaline or onyx are excellent at clearing negativity. If you are plagued with thoughts about how you’re not special, you can’t do this, or you are feeling like society will judge you harshly for embracing your woo, either of these stones can help you to overcome that blockage. They can also help to clear away the dust and cobwebs from your chakra.
Rainbow moonstone provides a double whammy of calming your energies and promoting psychic abilities. It’s a little more subtle than some of the other stones, so it’s great if you want to start slower.
If you’re reading this and thinking, “Fuck that! I want to use something else.” Cool! Give it a try. We here at Shit My Soul Says podcast have a saying: do your woo.
Let us know how this went! Or if you have more questions that we haven’t covered! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We’re here for you.