In the Indian Tantric system, the Middle of the Forehead Chakra is called the Indu or Chandra ("Moon") chakra; its sixteen are described as corresponding to various spiritual states of consciousness such as mercy, gentleness, patience, non-attachment, etc. [Goswami, p.282].
The forehead chakra is associated with the hypothalamus gland, which is the central processing unit for the whole hormone system. Taoists regard it as the main switch for the Universal Force and place of the awakened Spirit [Chia, p.220]. It represents the yin or negative polarity, in relation to the pineal gland which provides the yang or positive polarity; together these provide the balancing force for higher consciousness [Ibid]
According to the Christian esotericist Ann Ree Colton, his centre is called the "Indestructable Atom", located in the middle of the forehead, and the seat of the "Christ Consciousness" and the Buddhi centre. The latter represents the "higher mind" or "higher unconscious", between the ordinary conscious and the superconscious, wherein the Self is united with the Universal Mind [ Colton, The Third Music, pp.124, 131-2]. It is also associated with the occult-clairvoyant faculty of reading the "akashic records" - the cosmic-memory imprint of past, present, and future [Paulson, p.63].
This centre is often confused with the "Brow" Chakra. and depending on what authority you consult it may or may not be the same. It may however correspond to the "Brow Chakra" of Christopher Hills, which is indigo in colour, future orientated, and associated with with intuitive sensitivity and inspiration, transpersonal, visionary, or anticipatory consciousness. This chakra therefore mediates between the Upper Forehead and Crown Centres (Higher Inspiration) and the Lower Forehead Centre (Rational Intellect). It would seem to be the centre that allows the capacity to visualise and understand mental concepts.
Spokes/Petals: Hindu Tantra - 16; Paulson - 16
Element: Hindu Tantra - Buddhi (Higher Mind).
Colours: Hindu Tantra - White; Paulson - Brilliant Rainbow.
Open and Balanced: You are very imaginative, intuitive, and creative, and have a very large view of life [Paulson, p.75]. You have an understanding of universal truths and ideals [Paulson, p.128]. You may be - and if you are not you have the ability to be - very imaginative, intuitive, and creative. One may be a musician, an artist, a philosopher or scientist, or a mystic or occultist or esotericist. You are future orientated, possessing intuitive sensitivity and inspiration, transpersonal, visionary, or anticipatory consciousness [Beasley, p. 216].
Overactive in relation to the others: You are exceesively preoccupied with altruistic values to the detriment of your ordinary personality [Paulson, p.75]. If this chakra is more developed that the other centres, I would suggest one would have difficulty relating to the mundane world or things of the body, and will be too much "in the clouds". People who are strongly represented by Pisces have this problem. This is represented in facial physiognomy by a weak or undeveloped chin, a common "Piscean" characatreistic.
Strong but Malfunctioning: You tend to be caught up in illusion and glamour, and may be involved with and addicted to consciousness-altering drugs such as Marijuana and Heroin (LSD and other psychedelics would seem instead to correspond to the Crown and perhaps lower forehead/Brow Chakras).
Blocked or closed: one will have a very limited, unimaginative consciousness; very self-centred and lacking in vision [Paulson, p.75]; and will tend to live one's life within a little box, with no higher input or inspiration. This would seem to be the sort of person who is attracted to a literalist or fundamentalist interpretation of science or religion.
Astrologically, this chakra might correspond to the planet Neptune, which rules the sign of Pisces and represents the higher octave of the Venus/Jupiter feeling/emotional quality. It represents the mystical quality in man. The symbol of Christ of course is generally assocaited with Pisces (Early Christians represented themselves with the sign of the fish). But because Neptune and Pluto also share the same basic orbital, relative to the Sun (388.0, according to Bode's Law), this Chakra would also represent Pluto, which rules the sign of Scorpio and symbolises the underworld, death, and transformation. Again, another link with Christianity, which is a very "Scorpionic" or "plutonic" religion (all too often more concerned with the Death of Christ than the Life of Christ).
In terms of the Subtle Bodies, this centre is associated with the Causal-Emotional Body, which Barbara Brennan refers to as the "Celestial Body" or "Sixth Energy Field", and which she describes as consisting of irrescent colours, and the faculty of "Divine Love" [Hands of Light, ], hence, another association with the christ Consciousness.
Mantak Chia associates the midpoint
of the forehead (which he doesn't however define as a seperate chakra)
with the hypothalamus gland, as well as connecting it with the Crown
Centre [Awaken Healing Light, p.224]. The hypothalamus
is the central processing unit for the whole hormone system. Taoists
regard it as the main switch for the Universal Force and place of the awakened
Spirit [Ibid, p.220]. It represents the yin or negative polarity,
in relation to the pineal gland which provides the yang or positive polarity;
together these provide the balancing force for higher consciousness [Ibid].
There would seem to be at least four distinct minor chakras in a line running vertically down (or behind) the middle of the Forehead - the Upper Forehead, the Middle Forehead, the Lower Forehead, and the Brow chakras. Genevieve Lewis Paulson suggests not four but seven. In any case these are all usually all confused or identified simply with the Ajna Chakra. And although the Ajna chakra is a primary chakra, that does not negate the importance of these other, secondary chakras. In any case, all these chakras lie in close proximity, and the can indeed be considered together for the purposes of the microcosm orbit meditation. They can all be associated with the sefirah of Hokmah, "Wisdom", which is situated at the top of the "Pillar of Mercy" (the line of Feeling running down the front of the body). Because of their proximity their energies are linked, the forehead chakras can also work together to form the "Third Eye" or Eye of Shiva, which is located perpendicular (down the forehead) to the two physical eyes.
major and minor Chakras | Notes on Psychological terms
|Back of Head||Upper Forehead|
|Mouth of God||Talu/Lalana|
|Back of Neck||Throat|
|Base of Neck||Thymic|
|Door of Life||Navel / Sea of Ch'i|