POWER OF THE PINEAL GLAND

“The pineal gland, sometimes referred to as  “the third eye”, has been of interest to doctors as well as philosophers and spiritualists for centuries.”  

 

It is a small, pinecone-shaped endocrine gland located near the center of the brain between the two hemispheres and is responsible for hormone secretion.

As part of the endocrine system, the pineal gland produces specific hormones. These hormones are chemical messengers transported through our blood  to deliver  biochemical information which travels from one cell in the body to another, dictating everything from metabolism, to balancing one’s moods, to sexual drive, to sleep.  The pineal gland is directly involved with the production of melatonin, a derivative of serotonin, long touted for its contribution to our feelings of happiness and well-being.

Melatonin is also the hormone that regulates sleep and wake cycles, known as circadian rhythms. Because the pineal gland is able to detect light, it regulates the release of melatonin based on when it perceives that we need to wake or sleep. Recent findings on the brain activity of well-established intuitives, has shown that their brain is actually in a sleep state and able to tap into the subconscious mind,  though their human body seems to be awake at precisely the same time.

Perhaps that is why Descartes believed the pineal gland was where the mental and the physical connected in our bodies, referring to it as the “principal seat of the soul.”

Practices associated with stimulating the pineal gland are all founded in raising the frequency of the body, and are mind-body techniques that improve our sense of well-being.

Though there is still not enough research to establish the connection between the pineal gland and higher states of awareness, many spiritual philosophies have long held the notion that activation of the  “third eye” will awaken clairvoyance, higher states of consciousness and psychic abilities.

Practices  associated with stimulating the  pineal gland are all founded in raising the frequency of the body, and are mind-body techniques that improve our sense of  well-being.

These include meditation, visualization, yoga, deep breathing, tai-chi, drumming and/or chanting (all still very much used in indigenous societies), and exposure to light, even if it is visualized light aimed toward the area where the pineal gland resides in the brain.

Remember that many of these suggestions are called “practices” because the results are not immediate.  One has to be consistent before any change will be felt or experienced.

– Odette Artime

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