Q&A with Guru Singh
Opening the third eye is a bit of a miscommunication. The third eye is not so much a third eye as it is a secondary channel of the two eyes. This secondary channel is always active, but not always active in our consciousness so even though it’s there with all of its information and all of its communication to the brain, we are not consciously accessing that information.
There are two sets of optical nerves. One that runs from the eyeball to the optical cortex straight back and a second set of optical nerves that run from the eyeball and cross in the midbrain and end up in the optical cortex in the back of the brain. The ones that run straight back are parallel to each other and those are used when the eyes converge on an object. The ones that converge and cross in the middle of the brain are used when the eyes are parallel and are viewing parallel.
When we allow our eyes to view parallel it means that we have surrendered into the situation and feel completely secure within the situation and are receiving the situation. That’s when our eyes are viewing parallel. When our eyes view parallel we use the converging optical nerve and where the optical nerve crosses is the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is often referred to as the third eye, but in fact it’s the master gland of the entire endocrine system. As a part of its function, the pituitary gland when turned on by the optical nerves, opens up our entire emotional and psychological awareness. That total openness drops us into the center of the moment, and in the center of the moment there is no time; we therefore receive all information at once. That is a highly intuitive state and that is the third eye.
Let me address the question from a student experiencing physical discomfort of physical pain in and around the eyes when focusing at the third eye. Whenever you are in a particular mudra with the eyes focusing at the third eye point or focusing at the tip of the nose, it is just like working out in a gym. If for whatever biological reason, you have pain in doing a certain exercise, then you need to ease back from the full extent of the mudra and create an easier, more gradual curve into full participation. Begin with focusing mentally on the third eye, not actually physically focusing on the third eye. And then in a week begin to focus a little bit with the actual eyes at the brow point. Each week thereafter apply a little more effort and ultimately you will be beyond that pain. Personally, when I first started focusing at the tip of my nose, I would have excruciating pain in my eyes and this is the way that I achieved the ability. I worked my way slowly, and allowed the adjustment to happen over time as the muscles in and around the eyes have to be acclimated.