By Gary Z McGee
There are many conventional methods of opening the third eye: meditating on the pineal gland, yoga, psychotropic drugs, fasting. These methods should be utilized as much as moderation and health can allow. But what might be some unconventional methods of opening the third eye?
That’s exactly what we explore in this article. So strap on your apocalyptic sunglasses and jump on the nearest dragon. It’s time to dive right into the six unconventional ways to kick open the third eye.
1.) Search for Dragon Smoke
“In ancient times, in the “time of inspiration,” the poet flew from one world to another, “riding on dragons,” as the Chinese said. The poets dragged behind them long tails of dragon smoke. This dragon smoke means that a leap has taken place in the poem. In many ancient works of art we notice a long floating leap at the center of the work. That leap can be described as a leap from the conscious to the unconscious and back again, a leap from the known part of the mind to the unknown part and back to the known.” – Robert Bly
Searching for dragon’s smoke is the search for a kind of sacred knowledge that bridges the gap between finitude and infinity. Similar to Prometheus traveling to Olympus and back, harboring the secrets of fire, we too can learn the “knowledge of the gods” in between worlds by leaping onto the dragon’s back and taking the plunge into the poetry of the universe.
Whether through the magic of music, enticing the third eye to open using the magic between frequencies, or through the aesthetic of paint, charming the third eye into opening using the magic of colors, the search for dragon smoke compels us to look deeper, to read between the lines, to search for clues to the meaning of it all. It’s a dive into the unknown without wings, only to return with the secrets of flight.
So take the leap. Summon the dragon. Heed the call to adventure. You’re sure to come up with some fresh perspectives to share with your fellow humans, and even if not, at least you had an adventure, and at least you dared to gaze into the Great Mystery with your third eye open wide.
2.) Unbecome everything
“The real struggle of the heroic individual is not solely to liberate himself from conflict with society, but rather to use the conflict within himself as a source for self-regeneration.” –Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
Maybe the quest for enlightenment isn’t about becoming something. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything so we can simply become our most authentic self. We are all of us exceptionally multilayered. There are so many layers in fact that it can be quite smothering sometimes, which is probably a big reason why so many of us are walking around with our third eye blind. Maybe one of the tricks to kicking open the third eye is to shed the superfluous from our souls in order to reveal the sacred vulnerability vibrating at the center of who we are.
Similar to a snake shedding its skin, the Kundalini snake rises up through the seven sacred chakras shedding its skin at each chakra along the way, becoming more and more open to harnessing the sacred energy of the cosmos. It keeps shedding its skin, self-regenerating over and over. We too have this power. The art of the snake-skin-self is a sacred path of unburdening, a courageous act of shedding the cultural layer, the social layer, the existential layer, the death layer; all of which are like blind folds for the third eye. Unbecome everything so you can see how everything is connected to everything else.
3) See the world through apocalyptic sunglasses
“Everything you see has its roots in the unseen.” ― Rumi
Seeing the world through apocalyptic sunglasses is seeing the many ways that our perceptions either hide or reveal the truth from us. We’re all born into a world not of our choosing: the Caught-reality. This is the reality into which we emerge. Then there is the world that we are conditioned into perceiving: the Taught-reality. This is the reality taught to us by our parents and our culture. Then there is the world outside of us in the form of nature and the greater cosmos: the Ought-reality.
This is the reality that is dictated to us by the laws of nature. And finally there is the world that binds it all together: the Sought-reality. This is the reality where we seek balance and equilibrium between all our different ways of perceiving reality. Apocalyptic sunglasses are neither optimistically rose-colored nor pessimistically black, they are immanently white. They see the way of things. They reveal how we are caught, how we are taught, how we ought to see, and what it is that we seek. You want to kick open the third eye? Use the apocalyptic sunglasses as a metaphor for seeing the world in a new revealing light.
4) Practice Counter-weltanschauung dynamics
“We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.” –David Kahneman
Weltanschauung is the German word for worldview. So how can countering our worldview kick open the third eye? Counter-Weltanschauung Dynamics is a way of questioning and broadening our worldview by first taking stock of our current predicament, through ruthless self-examination, and then entertaining the idea of a polar opposite, so that we may arrive at a more open-minded understanding of our interpretation of the world as a whole.
The ultimate goal of Counter-Weltanschauung Dynamics is to achieve a state of broad-mindedness akin to nature itself; to be able to look upon the world with holistic eyes. Armed with this particular flavor of empathy, the schism between nature and psyche and between self and other is mended, and the ability to once again be enchanted by the numinous gloriously returns. There is perhaps no greater opening of the third eye than the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes and attempt to see things the way they do.
5) Practice Faux pas dynamics
“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs. Therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity.” – Isocrates
Allow for unruly interregnum. Throw yourself into the maelstromic air. Harness a giggling mockery of your own earnestness toward ideology by using your spirituality as sacred laughter rather than profane reverence. Carry a warm helping of humble-pie. Be prepared to throw it in the face of any and all people who taking themselves too seriously, including, especially, yourself. Just remember to be sincere. A double-jointed Spirituality will surely occur. But don’t let it get to your head. Laugh that halo right off; lest it inadvertently slip down to become the noose that kills your journey.
Keep practicing. Don’t let up. Poke holes in the “holy” and plant seeds of counterintuitive humor. Blaspheme with sacred whimsy and wily wit. Mock all isms with Brouhaha-ism. Laugh at all things, especially those things that people take too seriously. Practice the egalitarian tactic of reverse-dominance on yourself and on others. Being a walking, talking, proactive ball of laughing transparency is a sure-fire way to keep the powers-that-be checked and balanced while keeping your third eye wide and open.
6) Practice Crazy Wisdom
“If you need to visualize the soul, think of it as a cross between a wolf howl, a photon, and a dribble of dark molasses. But what it really is, as near as I can tell, is a packet of information. It’s a program, a piece of hyper-spatial software designed explicitly to interface with the Mystery. Not a mystery, mind you, the Mystery. The one that can never be solved.” –Tom Robbins
You want to kick open the third eye? Be the link that bridges the gap between youthfulness and maturity; that joins beginner’s mind with wisdom; that blurs the line between the fool and the wise man. Put away your moral compass. Use, instead, your amoral compass and astonish the world with it. Be a skeptic idealist, a utopian critic, a deconstructing synthesizer, a pragmatic visionary.
Pragmatism without vision never flies, risks nothing, and smothers new ideas before they can even breathe. Vision without pragmatism has no grounding, gets lost in flights of fancy, and has so many ideas jumbled up that it suffers from hyperoxia and never realizes them. Seek out the smoldering crucible of the Great Mystery. It’s in all things, hidden in plain sight. Use its dancing oblivion to spark all sacred fires. It is the crucial seed that launches all creative flourishing. You don’t have to be a genius to be creative, but you have to be creative to be a genius. Open the paradigm and ascend.
Third Eye explosion
By Gary Z McGee
Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.