The Shambhavi mudra, or “Eyebrow Gazing Mudra” is a powerful way to activate your third eye chakra.
When you active your third eye chakra you gain insight into the true nature of things, and you tap into your intuition.
Many readers have been loving my guide to 60 mudras.
The Shambhavi mahamudra (Eyebrow Gazing Mudra) is one of the absolute most important mudras.
It is used to activate the Ajna chakra, which will improve clairvoyance and insight.
In yoga it is called the Shambhavi Kriya
A kriya is a combination of postures, breath-work (pranayama) and sounds that create changes in the mind, body and spirit.
Shambhavi kriya is used in many spiritual sects:
- Kriya yoga
- Isha yoga
- Kundalini Yoga
- And non-spiritualists too.
- Anyone who want to discover psychic abilities.
The Shambhavi Mudra Activates the Third Eye Chakra
It is important to activate all your chakras.
The Shambhavi mudra is a fantastic exercise for the third eye chakra, or “Ajna chakra”.
Opening the third eye is incredibly important because the third eye chakra is the seat of wisdom.
As PersonalTao states,
“…Your third eye can be used in many different ways. Seers use their third eye to understand hidden connections and answer questions. Energy workers ‘feel’ the energies around them and to then consciously manipulate that energy. And every time you have empathy, you are using your third eye to touch and feel the emotions of others.”
So what’s the third eye look like?
Actually, it basically looks like your other eyes, except inside.
If we look at this beautiful giant Buddha statue Bodhgaya, India, we can see that it actually has a third eye.
Take a look:
Notice the sphere between Buddha’s eyebrows? That represents the third eye.
When this third eye opens we achieve a higher state of being.
Benefits of Shambhavi Mudra
People have used this mudra have achieved superhuman levels of clairvoyance and intuition.
The main benefits of the Shambhavi kriya are:
- Helps you tap into your intuition.
- Practicing the Shambhavi mudra stimulates the third eye
- It improves interpersonal communication skills
- Creates oneness
- Helps with communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
- Increasesn theta and delta brainwaves (which relaxes the brain).
- Helps us reach higher states of consciousness
- Helps us reach Samadhi, the highest state of concentration. In Hinduism and yoga this is the state at which we achieve union with the divine.
- The Gheranda Samhita (a Sanskrit text of Yoga in Hinduism) declares that one who masters Shambhavi mudra becomes equal to Lord Siva, Vishnu and Brahma.
- Strengthens eye muscles (this is actually one of my personal favorite advantages of the Shambhavi mudra).
- Activates Ajna chakra
- Helps us awaken
Here’s what Osho said about awakening.
Meditation makes you innocent. It makes you childlike. In that state, miracles are possible. That state is pure magic. A great transformation happens. In innocence you transcend the mind, and to transcend the mind is to become the awakened one, the enlightened one. — Osho Quote.
So now we know what the Shambhavi mudra is and what it’s used for, we just need to know how to do it.
How To Do Shambhavi Mudra
In my extensive research I’ve learnt precisely how to do the Shambhavi mudra and how not to do the Shambhavi mudra.
I learned all about the mudra by studying the old texts, as well as new ones.
The Shambhavi mudra procedure originates from several ancient sacred texts: “Vijnana Bhairava Tantra“, “Hathapradipika”, and “Samhita.” The three texts describe the mudra in similar ways and suggest that using this mudra will create heightened level of insight.
Practicing the Shambhavi Mudra Correctly
The key to doing Shambhavi Mudra successfully is to be gentle.
The tantric scripture Sochanda Tantra, stanza 13, reads:
‘Touching eyeballs as a feather, lightness between them opens into the heart and there permeates the cosmos.’
Do you know what happens when you’re tough intense with your eyes?
Headache, that’s what.
One of the potential side-effects of the Shambhavi mudra is that it can give you a headache. This is the main negative effect of the Shambhavi maha mudra.
When novices use the Shambhavi mudra they often get headaches because they are holding too much tension in their eyes.
You will not get a headache if you keep your gaze relaxed.
The Shambhavi Mudra Instructions
Follow these steps to practice Shambhavi Mudra successfully:
- It is best to have your hands in Jnana mudra position when practicing Shambhavi mudra. (Read my guide to Jnana mudra).
- Sit comfortably with good posture and place your hands on your knees.
- Briefly shut your eyes then reopen them and focus your gaze on a fixed spot.
- Look up high but without moving your head.
- Focus your gaze on the spot in the middle of your eyebrows and concentrate on this area. Meditate on it. Let go of thoughts, as you would in regular meditation. You should be see your eyebrows as a V shape, with your gaze fixed in the middle of the V.
- While maintaining this focus, chant OM. Meditate on the sound of OM reverberating around the spot you are gazing at.
- Do not strain your eyes. They should be relaxed at all times.
- Continue for five minutes.
- Close your eyes but keep your gaze on that same spot in the middle of the eyebrows.
- Chant OM slowly while meditating on the sound.
- Begin to make each individual OM last longer. You should be breathing deep through your nose.
- Continue for five minutes.
The Gherand Samhita stanza 59:
‘Direct your eyes toward the middle of the eyebrows and meditate upon your own self. It is Shambhavi Mudra, the most secret practice of all the Tantra scriptures.’
My results and our Facebook Fans’ results
My own experience of the Shambhavi mudra is mixed.
The very first time I tried this mudra I ended up with a headache, which is one known side-effect of the mudra. However, that was because I was holding too much tension in my eyes.
The next few times I was more relaxed. This helped a lot. No more headache. However, I also didn’t really gain any great insight, or at least no more insight than I get when I practice insight meditation.
Those first few times were years ago though.
Since then, I now know the secrets to using the Shambhavi mudra successfully.
The secret is being consistent.
If you want to get the full experience of the Shmbhavi mudra you have to commit to it.
After prolonged use you will open your third eye and awaken your higher self.
So how did our Facebook fans get on?
I also asked our Facebook fans if they had tried the Shambhavi mudra and many said that they had.
Sarah Robertson said she got a really bad headache.
James Saunderson said he enjoyed the practice but didn’t really get a lot out of it.
Penelope Smith said she tried the Shambhavi mudra for twenty minutes and afterwards she learned something she had never learned before and that the insight this mudra gave her was invaluable. I asked if there was anything different about the way she practiced the mudra. She said she did it in a very quiet room with mute light in front of her Buddha statue and early in the morning. This makes sense because the mind is still half in sleep mode early in the morning, and that relaxed state can make it easier to access insight.
What about your own experience?
If you haven’t tried the Shambhavi mudra, practice it now.
Take ten minutes to practice the mudra now. You never know what insight you might uncover.
I would love to hear how you get on with this.
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