***The Dangers of ”Opening” Your Spiritual Eyes***

***The Third Eye (also called the mind’s Eye or inner Eye) is a mystical invisible Eye, usually depicted as located on the forehead, which provides perception beyond ordinary sight. The first represents ‘knowledge,’ the second ‘the knower,’ the third ‘that which is known.’ The Creator is Himself, at one and the same time, knowledge, the knower, and the known. Indeed, His manner of knowing does not consist in applying His thought to things outside Him; it is by self-knowledge that He knows and perceives everything which is. There exists nothing which is not united to Him and which He does not find in His own essence. He is the type of all being, and all things exist in Him under their most pure and most perfect form. By “Spiritual Eye” we mean the ability to see things that a normal Eye cannot see. It is commonly known as the “Third Eye” or “Vision”. Have you ever met anyone who is able to tell people everything about their present and past lives? Such people exist in our real life and their ability to do live readings comes from different sources:

===People can be born with the “Spiritual Eye” and, in my opinion the best way to have the most accurate “live reading” ability is to be born with it. He/she is also unable to share his/her power with anybody else because he/she has no control over it. The reality behind this power is the Ancestor the individual is the reincarnation of. When Ancestors come back, they bring back many of their Ancient powers; vision is one of them.===  

***The concept of Life and Death transcends physical notions of Noise or Silence. It has a metaphysical dimension that is reflected in these words: Those who are Dead are never gone – They are in the brightening Shadow and in the thickening Gloom – The Dead are beneath the Earth – They are in the quivering Tree – They are in the groaning Wood – They are in the flowing Water – They are in the flowing and still Water – They are in the Hut; they are in the Crowd – The Dead are not Dead.  !!! The African, confronts Death with the Rhythms & Music of life !!!

 ===If a person is not spiritually ready to see, what they see when their Eyes are open can harm their mental or physical stability. This is because they won’t be able to control what they see, and it may be too much for them to handle. An elder once said to us: ”the difference between a spiritualist and a mentally unstable person is that the latter can’t control their clairvoyance while the former can”. Such rituals and knowledge are only given after a divination has been done by an elder and the oracle confirms that the person can/should do such rituals.===

How herbs are used to improve one’s clairvoyance in Orisa/Vodun.

There are certain herbs that are used to “open the Eyes” of Orisa/Vodun initiates to allow them to be able to vividly communicate with the spirit world. Sometimes these herbs are mixed with perfumes/oils and literally put in the Eyes of the initiate. And this can be painful. However, after a while, if done properly, you will start to see results through vivid dreams or actually being able to see spirits. Sometimes you will see things that you cannot believe while being fully awake, but do not be afraid. We have all been there before.” Indeed, herbs are the basis of Vodun practice.

***Some say to look no farther than between your Eyes. The Chakras are believed to be wheel-like energy centers distributed throughout your body that affect well-being and perception. The Third Eye Chakra is considered to be the sixth Chakra in the body. This Chakra is said to be located in the center of your head, parallel to the middle of your eyebrows. It’s believed to be linked to perception, awareness, and spiritual communication. Some say that when open, the Third Eye chakra can provide wisdom and insight, as well as deepen your spiritual connection. Let’s dive deeper into what the Third Eye is, what it can do, and how to open it.

***The Third Eye Chakra is believed to be related to: clarity – concentration – imagination -intuition – spiritual perception – universal connection. This chakra is believed to be linked to the pineal gland. The pineal gland is a pea-sized gland shaped like a pinecone, located in the vertebrate brain near the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. It’s a revered tool of seers and mystics and is considered to be the organ of supreme universal connection. The pineal gland plays a significant role in most cultures throughout the world. The pineal gland is the biological relative of the energetic Third Eye Chakra. This tiny gland at the base of the skull produces melatonin, which affects circadian rhythms and reproductive hormones. This chemical is sometimes called “the spirit molecule” or “the seat of the soul” because of its supposed relationship to consciousness. Still, the link between the pineal gland and spiritual experience hasn’t been scientifically proven.

 ===Third Eye is a window to the spiritual world. Developing the Third Eye is the doorway to all things psychic. The illusion of separation between self and spirit dissolves when the Third Eye connection is cultivated. This can include confusion -uncertainty – cynicism – lack of purpose – pessimism. While the physical Eyes perceive the physical world, the Third Eye sees the true world — a unified whole with an unyielding connection to spirit. The benefits of opening your Third Eye can include: mental clarity – improved concentration – clear self-expression – strengthened intuition – a sense of bliss – decisiveness – insight.

 ***The role of the Third Eye has also been discussed in parapsychology, or the study of unexplainable mental phenomena. Some believe that, when open, the Third Eye acts as a doorway for spiritual communication. This is said to include: telepathy – clairvoyance – lucid dreaming – astral projection – aura perception. Some traditions emphasize the need to open and harmonize all your other Chakras prior to opening the Third Eye. This is said to establish the grounding and capacity necessary to handle the insights of higher consciousness. Otherwise, some believe that opening the Third Eye could be destabilizing. There’s no specific rule when it comes to how long it’ll take to open your Third Eye. Some people believe it can take a few days, a week, a month, or much longer. Others say it can take years or even a lifetime of practice.  

===Once you begin working with your Third Eye, you’ll begin to receive guidance messages and visions. The Third Eye Chakra is sometimes referred to as our sixth sense and is believed by some to be linked to the pineal gland. It’s thought that an open Third Eye can lead to an increase in perceptive, intuitive, and spiritual abilities.===  

AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY AND POWER: Many come to the spirits seeking power. They want this power to accomplish one thing or the other. However, few understand where this power actually comes from or how to obtain it. But spiritual power has only one source. And, that source is the spirits themselves. We all are born of spirits; but, to connect to this power we must connect to our personal divinities and develop a relationship with them that the power is released. It is not an automatic phenomenon. These so called “gifted” folks may see residuals of it. But this is only a tip of the iceberg. There must occur direct access to the spiritual and an activation of one’s personal divinities in order to gain full spiritual power.

Within the human body there exists a separation between one’s divine nature and the carnal. And many of us, due to this continual searching for a mate, tend to be ruled by the carnal. Some are so ill informed that they link the sexual to the spiritual. This might make some sense in a human’s mind; but, for the spirits it is just the opposite. That is why so many men and women on spiritual missions are celibate. True spiritual power is not for everyone. There is no democratic process involved. You cannot buy it. And it is by no means Eurocentric in nature. Only those born and destined to have it and have acquired it according to the dictates of their own personal divinities have a right to it.

EYE OF HORUS: Ancient, this is a powerful Egyptian symbol of protection, also used to acquire wisdom, health and prosperity. It represents the eye of Horus, the solar (eye facing right) and lunar (left) energies, the five human senses plus the sixth (thought/intuition), remembering – those we should know how to use them with wisdom and balance, in tune with the universal mind. It symbolizes spiritual protection and also the clairvoyant power of the Third Eye.

The Visible and the Invisible: When we are spiritually influenced by an entity or spirit, we notice the effects physically (the visible). When you are spiritually enchanted in any way, you notice the effects physically. When you make offerings to entities to ask for their grace and benefits you notice the effects inevitably physically. When you use spiritual soaps, rings, perfumes and all other hidden works, the effects of these works are always visible physically. When you eat something and it induces a certain number of negative effects on you, it means that your mind does not vibrate on the same frequency as that food. Modern medicine calls this an allergy. When you hurt someone, that hurt will come back to you and will be much more negatively charged than the harm you had to do. Invisible sends this back to you. The visible (physical) world is supported by the invisible world. Everything that happens in the visible reflects the invisible world. We don’t see everything that happens in the invisible, but we see these manifestations in the visible. Our world is fascinating, and it doesn’t stop on the visible plane, rather it has roots in the invisible. Everything that needs to reach us physically, morally or spiritually first goes through the invisible.

== As a spiritual being your priority should be Ori, which means all your attention and focus should be on manifesting the will of Ori daily through your earthly duty, after all this is the reason why you are here. However, Ifa says:  “if the inner eye is not in good condition, the bearer is bound to misplace priorities”, which means, because of the influence of this material realm, one is bound to give more attention to illusions than Ori itself. A man’s inner eye is his eye of understanding, if it is not in good condition, such a person will not be able to make healthy choices and will always misplace priorities. Just like what happened to Olokun in the book of Ejiogbe, when he refused to work on his inner Eye in spite of the warnings that Ifa gave her.

In this verse, Olokun’s whole attention was on material wealth, She wanted to acquire more wealth for herself, so he called on his priest to consult his oracle in order to know what type of sacrifice was needed for him to achieve his desires. But to her surprise, Ifa told her to move her focus away from acquiring material wealth and get her inner eye fixed first. Ifa assured her that once this is fixed, every other thing will fall in place. But Olokun was not comfortable with the message from the oracle. She called on other priests to consult for her, they performed divination and told Olokun to marry more husbands and birth more children, they assured her that her would become richer materially once She marry more husbands and have more children. After some time Olokun realized that She was not peaceful within herself in spite of all her material wealth. It got to a point where She started having Eyes problems, but her wealth couldn’t fix it. She then realized that She had truly misplaced priority. Olokun remembered the priest that told her to work on her inner Eye and he ordered her guards to go bring her to the palace. The name of the priest was “Osumare Ego”, the guards found him and brought him to Olokun. Olokun apologized to him by admitting his ignorance, and he helped Olokun to fix her inner Eyes. From the above story one can tell that the inner Eyes of humans is their eyes of understanding, and if it is not in a good condition, priorities will be misplaced and this will attract suffering. One way to enrich the inner Eyes is to pay less attention to materialism and start to increase your love for Ori When you increase your love for Ori, your Eyes of understandings will be activated naturally, and you will begin to receive enlightenment.

Reference Sources: Ifatalabi Owo = Asokere Sosinu = Efe Mena Aletor