HONOR YOUR INTUITION…Our Inner Voice And Best Battle Buddy.

Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. 

    But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy.

     The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.

    When we delegate to a television important tasks such as parenting, we lose connection with our children. 

    Actually, watching television all the time, makes us forget about important activities like meditating and reading.

    Long hours dedicated to a television, is like taking black spray into your third eye. We stop nurturing our intuition. 

    Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. 

    Sometimes the most important thing in communication is hearing, what it isn’t being said. 
    Our third eye is located in our forehead and is no other thing than our pineal gland (also called the pineal body, epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis or the “third eye”) is a small endocrine gland.

     It produces melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and photoperiodic (seasonal) functions. … 

    The pineal gland is shaped like a tiny pine cone, hence its name.

    Intuition is seeing with the Soul…”The Command Center”.

    The third eye (our inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring to a speculative invisible eye which provides perception beyond ordinary sight.

    In certain dharmic spiritual traditions such as Hinduism, the third eye refers to the ajna, or brow, chakra.

    In Theosophy it is related to the pineal gland.

    The third eye refers to the gate that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness.

     In New Age spirituality, the third eye often symbolizes a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance. 

    The third eye is often associated with religious visions, clairvoyance, the ability to observe chakras and auras, precognition, and out-of-body experiences. 

    People who are claimed to have the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as seers… and yes they have above abilities over developed in comparison to others that brought it in the package (during child birth),  but have no awareness.

    Decide not to develop such an innate ability or simply acknowledge about it, and spend years on denial due to spiritual beliefs or even personnal conflict that should be meritoriously respected. 

    Since everyone is born with a pineal gland, indeed this potential (or gift) is always there.

     That’s why sometimes we can feel stronger connection with some people more than with others. Furthermore with our loved ones. 

    Recommendations to open our Third Eye:

    First of all:

    Please,  acknowledge that these recommendations are only for the purpose of better focus and concentration.

    Hence to decrease stress level during test’s taking, business presentations as an example. 

    Never with intend to provide an online standard operation procedure, signed by any hypothetical Hogwarts Staff (an english boarding school of wizards presented by Hollywood). So please, you might want to keep this statement into perspective.

    There are several poses in yoga that supports activation and balancing Ajna 👁.

    Halasana or Plow pose is more a preparatory asana for the shoulderstand (below image).


    Shoulderstand is one of them, please take a look at below example.

    Shoulder stand in Yoga, is one of the poses recommended to open or balance our Command Center (Ajna). Lying on your back, extend your legs up toward the ceiling and then over your head into plow pose. Place palms on lower back and move your elbows closer in. Lift your legs up and support lower back with palms. Do not put pressure on your neck. Instead use the “tripod” of shoulders, elbows and head for support in this pose. Hold for 10 breaths and release back into plow pose and then slowly release your body onto the mat.
     

    The third eye chakra is represented by an indigo lotus flower with two petals.


     Physiologically speaking, these two petals represent the pineal and pituitary glands, which are activated when this chakra is in balance and open. 

    Eagle pose (balance category) Ajna balancing.


    When this chakra is out of balance, we can experience nightmares, depression, headaches and eyestrain.

    Lord of the Dance / Dancer’s pose (Balance category) Ajna balancing.

    “I have realized, (since started my facilitation to the local military population) that the fourth (Anahata) and sixth (Ajna) chakras, require more attention (at the beginning ) than the rest of the energetic field within this community”.

    Being part of this population, has made almost intuitive (the task of ) figuring their needs, since day number one. Furthermore, when had to break the ice (alone) as a Yoga Teacher.

    For the record, taking a *Guru (with me physically), while undergoing military training, was not an option, although felt her blessings surrounding my energetic field.

    I have to credit Samadhi Yoga Institute at Puerto Rico, and Lizelle Samadhi Arzuaga (with her staff ) for the constant guidance, and caring, which is still being provided.

    Just sharing a little Mission Statement here…

    Before certification process, based on being (almost half of my most important years in life), an active duty Soldier, you might not want to imagine that I would conduct an important task without the required reconnaissance, so I contacted Yoga Alliance. Which is the organization that regulates the Yoga Practice Worldwide.

    They were not far from reality when providing choices but suggested to obtain my certification, (because of their facilitation format) into Lizelle’s University of Love and Light.

    Like any Rookie, expecting to change the World with what I wanted to do, I started what became an almost second “Basic Trainning”. 

    Probably, harder than to someone who didn’t spend so long within a very competitive and reactive enviroment. I told myself… “Glenda this will be a piece of cake. You are a Warrior”. I was a Warrior when I had to be ( within the force) but not the type of Warrior I had to become in order to make a force awaken)

    No offense, but let’s not forget our big on guard strength, with the adrenal glands responding to flight and fight stimulus, even when sitting on a desk performing like a power point “Ranger”.

     I simply grew up during 16 years, with my adrenal glands responding to flight and fight stimuli.  So kindly, think I’m entittled to request some sister and brotherhood’s empathy.

    Indeed, disregard the above scenario, I’m in debt to the military system  for paying, not only for my college education, my house and furthermore my son’s education.

    The less I could do is to reciprocate, all this by facilitating (as much as possible) Karma Yoga, to them and their dependents (within the premises of a military installation), nothing alike to be a hero just trying to share gratitude as well, for the wellbeing of my son.

    Going back to Samadhi…

    Just picture and Active Duty female, being blindfolded before a Yoga class, encouraged to embrace darkness in order to help my comrades manifesting this Resilience, Mindful and Love mission. It was like delivering my son back to this world. Seriously…

    Afterwards, I ended loving the blindfolded Yoga, due to the multiple grounding benefits (concentration and surviving skills) to an imbalanced Ajna. 

    “Blindfolded Yoga is to deepen trust and forget judgment”.

    It was just at the final part of my teacher’s training. But the benefits are so amazing, that I wish there were more teachers facilitating this type of Yoga.

    It helps you develop your intuition deeper and faster. 

    Practicing yoga with eyes blindfloded has a huge impact on the rest of our senses.

    Your balance is being challenged, by removing visual references. It will push the rest of your senses to deepen and refine. There is no choice, to respond to that type of stimulus than improving combat’s defensive skills.

    I belief this is what a Soldier or anyone needs on daily living…

    More confidence to survive to any emotional or physical life threatening situation, instead of having license to carry a gun with emotional tension (or insufficient civilian fire arms training) concerned about being victimized, instead of protected. 

    I participated in competitions with the I.D.P.A.(International Defense Pistol Association)events during several years (with the agency’s Pistol Team), so I’m not sharing assumptions.

    The breath is extremely important while aiming at a target. It will determine your steadiness, focus and precision. 

     I realized, during my last participation ( before developing left ear tinnitus), that keeping a better and consistent Yoga practice,  (prior to the event) saved me a lot physical effort while shooting.

    For further reference regards the sequences I facilitate, refer to the menu on this website and will find a detailed description at the page named…” Yoga and The Peaceful Warrior”.

    “Keep in mind that all you need is to breathe during Yoga. Flexibility arrives with the proper breathing, not only within our bodies, Yoga teaches us how to develop mental flexibility, take off the universe from the shoulders and live happier”.

    Thankfully,  Ana I. Diaz, ( practicing eagle pose above ) my current “Peaceful Yoga Warrior Buddy” ( as we refer into our military lingo) got through her certification training recently, and has become an asset, with her charming personality and fast integration to our practicioners. 

    Ana is a dependent from a Reserve’s sponsor concerned about the necessary holistic resiliency support within the military community and decided to become a Yoga Teacher.  

    She contacted me through Semperlee Yoga Facebook page one day and the rest is this intention manifestation.  Samadhi Yoga Institute trained and certified Ana, as a coincidence.  

    She facilitates Basic Yoga for the Heart with inconditional love and nurturing, always sharing her special light.

    I’m very proud of her, for instance have to share it on writing.

    We just keep growing together on this path, of love and perseverance initiated with a small group which is growing each day, brightening even more. 

    There is still a long way to keep walking.

     Regards the 2 chakras (mentioned at the begining should not surprise anyone, their imbalance. Ajna / Anahata -soul and heart). I will sustain my premise with the following: 

    It’s worldwide fact that there is a high percentage of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Didorders) cases within the military, not to mention the extremely high or low blood circulation heart rate problems. 

    Disseminating this fact, doesn’t harm anyone or anything, we are just facing a reality.

    Aromatherapy recommended for Ajna:













    Also DōTerra Essential oils such as jasmine, bergamot, geranium, rosemary, frankincense, sandalwood, or lavender oils, provide a sweet aroma as you practice your Ajna balancing Yoga.


    Recommended Incense: 
    Light a jasmine or lavender (these senses stimulate this energy center) incense stick, lavender scent provides the benefit of keeping away mosquitoes. 


    Sandalwood incence is recommended to keep away negative energies from home or office. Well, you know vibes attract vibes, but be carefull with any surrounding fire alarm.
    Remember our brain communicate with our bodies sending electricity signals, we are energy from head to toes. 

    Unfortunately, we can’t live inside a bubble to protect us from emotional vampires (negative people) that are constantly invading spaces with negative energies. 

    It’s a behavior that requires love and nurturing, by trained people to perform that job, not full attention to paralize a clock that is ticking. So we might want to better be safe than sorry.

    In some traditions such as Hinduism, the third eye is said to be located around the middle of the forehead, slightly above the junction of the eyebrows.


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    Keep in mind that The third eye (also known as the inner eye) is a mystical and esoteric concept referring to a speculative invisible eye which provides perception beyond ordinary sight.
     In certain dharmic spiritual traditions such as Hinduism, the third eye refers to the ajna, or brow, chakra.

    In Theosophy it is related to the pineal gland.

    The third eye refers to the gate that leads to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. 

    In New Age spirituality, the third eye often symbolizes a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal spiritual or psychological significance. 

    The third eye is often associated with religious visions, clairvoyance, the ability to observe chakras and auras, precognition, and out-of-body experiences. 

    People who are claimed to have the capacity to utilize their third eyes are sometimes known as seers.

     In other traditions, as in Theosophy, it is believed to be connected with the pineal gland. 

    According to this theory, humans had in far ancient times an actual third eye in the back of the head with a physical and spiritual function.

     Over time, as humans evolved, this eye atrophied and sunk into what today is known as the pineal gland.

    Dr. Rick Strassman has hypothesized that the pineal gland, which maintains light sensitivity, is responsible for the production and release of DMT (dimethyltryptamine), an entheogen which he believes possibly could be excreted in large quantities at the moments of birth and death.

    In Taoism and many traditional Chinese religious sects such as Chan (a cousin to the Zen school), “third eye training” involves focusing attention on the point between the eyebrows with the eyes closed, and while the body is in various qigong postures. 

    The goal of this training is to allow students to tune into the correct “vibration” of the universe and gain a solid foundation on which to reach more advanced meditation levels. 

    Taoism teaches that the third eye, also called the mind’s eye, is situated between the two physical eyes, and expands up to the middle of the forehead when opened. 

    Taoism claims that the third eye is one of the main energy centers of the body located at the sixth chakra, forming a part of the main meridian, the line separating left and right hemispheres of the body.

     In Taoist alchemical traditions, the third eye is the frontal part of the “Upper Dan Tien” (upper cinnabar field) and is given the evocative name “muddy pellet”.

    According to the Christian teaching of Father Richard Rohr, the concept of the third eye is a metaphor for non-dualistic thinking; the way the mystics see. 

    In Rohr’s concept, mystics employ the first eye (sensory input such as sight) and the second eye (the eye of reason, meditation, and reflection), “but they know not to confuse knowledge with depth, or mere correct information with the transformation of consciousness itself. 

    The mystical gaze builds upon the first two eyes—and yet goes further.” 

    Rohr refers to this level of awareness as “having the mind of Christ”.

    According to the neo-gnostic teachings of Samael Aun Weor, the third eye is referenced symbolically and functionally several times in the Book of Revelation 3:7-13, a work which, as a whole, he believes describes Kundalini and its progression upwards through three and a half turns and seven chakras

    This interpretation equates the third eye with the sixth of the seven churches of Asia detailed therein, the Church of Philadelphia.

    Adherents of theosophist H.P. Blavatsky have suggested that the third eye is in fact the partially dormant pineal gland, which resides between the two hemispheres of the brain. 
    Reptiles and amphibians sense light via a third parietal eye—a structure associated with the pineal gland—which serves to regulate their circadian rhythms, and for navigation, as it can sense the polarization of light.

     C.W. Leadbeater claimed that by extending an “etheric tube” from the third eye, it is possible to develop microscopic and telescopic vision.

    It has been asserted by Stephen Phillips that the third eye’s microscopic vision is capable of observing objects as small as quarks.

    In Buddhism, in their different versions there are techniques and practices involving the development of that capacity even if the ultimate goal is to understand the existing reality as it is; unsatisfactory, impermanent and unsubstantial ( non-self or anatta ). 

    Mahayana Buddhism and in the Tibetan practices such knowledge tends to be more valued than in Theravada Buddhism, although there are techniques to open the ” divine eye ” or to clean the vision.

    The above spiritual philosophies are presented only as reference, not intend to mentor or encourage their practice. 

    Keep in mind that we have five senses in which we glory and which we recognize and celebrate, senses that constitute the sensible world for us.

    But there are other senses – secret senses, sixth senses, if you will – equally vital, but unrecognized, and unlauded.

    Intuition is a spiritual faculty and does not explain, it is there to simply point the way.

    Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

    Trust your hunches. They’re usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.



    Last but not least;

    “Instinct is intelligence incapable of self-consciousness.”-John Sterling


    Author:
    Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.



    Courtesy of Semperlee Yoga Corp.



    Semperlee Yoga © 2016 All Rights Reserved.




    References:

    Hale, Teresa (1999). The Book of Chakra Healing. New York: Sterling Publishing Company. ISBN 0-8069-2097-1.

    Radha, Siviananda (2004). Kundalini Yoga for the West. New York: Shambhala. ISBN 1-932018-04-

    Sagan, Samuel, M.D. (2007). Awakening the Third Eye (3rd ed). Roseville, N.S.W., Australia: Clairvision. ISBN 0-9586700-5-6.

    Sharp, Dr. Michael (2005). Dossier of the Ascension: A Practical Guide to Chakra Activation and Kundalini Awakening. St. Albert, Alberta: Avatar Publications. ISBN 0-9735379-3-0.


    Glossary:

    Guru:  is a mentor, meant to help us awaken to our spiritual eyes by her/his eyes of wisdom (spiritual eye) which were closed from our darkness of ignorance. 

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