The writer’s eye is a well-known concept. It comes down to the writer looking at the world through a different glass and finding hidden meanings and stories in a mundane environment.
Other creatives endeavors also allow you to develop a similar eye for things. Such is the life of any artist. From a movie director to a painter, going all the way through to a website designer.
Despite this third eye being vital to all artists for a productive career, it could appear to be useless to someone who doesn’t work in what we could call a “creative industry”.
In reality, though, this different view of the world is crucial to any individual who wants to live a fruitful and entertaining life.
Think outside the box
No matter your industry, the ability to think outside the box is always a well-received and useful skill. Finding unconventional solutions to problems at work gives a great impression to your coworkers and management but it can also contribute to getting you out of daily troubles since you may be able to find a way around those.
Finding other meanings in the world around you automatically means you are able to see beyond what is just in front of your eyes. This, in turn, helps to find solutions you might have overlooked otherwise.
From finding a different way to cook a recipe for which you are missing an ingredient to elaborating a different workflow for a project you suddenly have less time to complete, thinking outside of the box is undeniably a crucial skill in our society.
Make mundane life fun
On top of its usefulness, developing a third eye also provides you with the ability to make the world around you more fun and feel like a fantasy.
I was in an Onsen (Japanese hot spring) last weekend with a colleague and we were in a very humid room trying to imagine what the condensation on the window could look like and the world hiding behind it. Nothing extreme here, but a simple fact in front of our eyes became a funny experience as our imagination took flight.
Turning the late metro in a wild adventure story or seeing a poster on the wall and picturing it becoming the most widely acclaimed piece of art are both simple but make the simple things more fun.
In conversations with friends, it becomes all the more interesting to develop stories within their own ones and exaggerate bits of those.
A major contribution to your future
Finally, what may be the most important of all is the impact it will have on your future. Having a third eye doesn’t just mean you see more than meets the eyes, it also represents an ability to develop yourself in a wider array of ways.
You can see where your flaws are and fix them. You can see your strengths and make those even better. You can find more potential life goals and ways to attain them.
The possibilities are endless and while, thanks to the Internet, we can now find solutions to anything with just a few clicks or taps, nothing will ever be more well-suited for you than what you find on your own.
Developing a third eye
Unfortunately, there is no clear and specific path to “expert-level third eye”. However, it all comes down to developing a habit of seeing deeper and further.
Like any other habit, you will first need to push yourself to repeatedly practice it on a daily basis, even if for just one or two things a day at first. As you develop it, you will find your world becoming brighter and, soon enough, you will need to control yourself when you don’t want to use it.
Even though this path will be different for everyone, here are a few tasks to get you started.
1. Find more meaning in nature
Even if you live in a large city with no park anywhere close to you, we all see at least a few trees a day, even if only outside your window. Trying to find an extra meaning in its leaves moving or its overall shape is a good start. As you do this day after day, you will find more varied ways to interpret what is in front of your eyes.
It could be the rhythm of the waving leaves reminding you of a song or even just the sun passing in-between two branches making you remember that time you looked through an almost closed door years ago.
Nature is simple and what you see around is what is there. This is why it’s so convenient to learn to look past things. How about that sun? Or those clouds? Or the rock you just walked on? Find meaning in the tiniest of things first.
2. Dig in an imaginary past
Then, a great way to expand your third eye is to look at what was created by humans. I’m not talking about the grand scheme of things or course but what is around you.
What was the reason for your home to be constructed in that pattern? What was the architect thinking? What sparked the creation of that painting originally? How could your computer mouse have been designed?
The world is full of countless opportunities to practice this skill. Digging deeper to find a past you will never know will open that new eye wider.
3. Picture an incredible future
Finally, it’s time to turn to the future. For this, I turn to humans in general.
You will never know what other people around you did or will do moments from now. Finding meaning in the way they are dressed, how they walk, look around them or not, is an eye-opening habit to take.
Since you will never know whether you are right or not, it doesn’t have any impact on the rest of your life. But it also means you can let your imagination go wild.
On top of this, after doing this for a while, you get to discover more about how you think and see the world. Indeed, if, for months on end, you observe the same type of imagination, maybe you could learn something from it. It allows you to learn more about yourself and as such become a better person.
After all this, the rest will depend on what your third eye brings you to! Have fun out there and let yourself free finally.