The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland, shaped like a tiny pine cone (pinea in Latin) from where it derives its name. This pea-sized organ is responsible for the production of melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of sleep/wake patterns, which in turn determines the production of other hormones, controls stress levels, and seasonal circadian rhythms in the body.
Melatonin is also known as an anti-aging, and anti-stress agent because it is involved in the dual action of the suppression of cortisol, and works as a powerful antioxidant.
Where Is Pineal Gland Located In Our Brain?
The pineal gland is located near the center of the brain between the two hemispheres, at the same level as the eyes, which had led to it also being called the “third eye”. In modern times, great deals of scientific studies have been undertaken to understand
In humans, the pineal cells resemble retinal cells in position, and in the presence of proteins not found elsewhere in the body, thereby adding merit to its definition as the third eye.
What Is The Function Of Pineal Gland?
Researchers have found that the pineal gland produces DMT (dimethyltriptamine). DMT is produced when the body goes through extraordinary situations such as birth, sexual ecstasy, extreme physical stress, and near-death experiences. It is also said to be produced during deep meditation. DMT is said to also alter our dream consciousness when it is released into the bloodstream, during the “rapid eye movement” phase of sleep.
DMT links the body and spirit because of its relationship to visionary experiences, and non-ordinary states of transcendent consciousness, prompting
Historical And Traditional Significance
The connection between pineal gland and consciousness can be traced back to Egyptian, Indian, and even Tibetan traditions. In Egypt, when the Pharoahs were mummified amidst elaborate processes of embalming and purifying, the pineal gland was removed carefully, and placed in a separate jar. The contents of this jar were considered as containing the gateway to the afterlife.
In India, the pineal gland is seen as representing the sixth chakra (ajna), and the ubiquitous bindi which adorns a woman’s forehead is said to protect her, by blocking negative
Seat Of Consciousness
The Tibetans believe that life of an embryo begins on the 49th day after conception. It is strange to note that it is on the 49th day that the pineal gland starts to develop in a human embryo. This could lead us to understand, why the pineal gland is indeed considered the seat of consciousness by some experts.
The pineal gland is not protected by the blood-brain barrier, and therefore cannot defend itself against harmful toxins that enter the bloodstream. Specific toxins, such as synthetic fluoride and synthetic calcium are shown to have an affinity for the pineal gland, weakening its abilities to produce neurotransmitters, and receive photons of light
It is important therefore to ensure that the pineal gland is working at its optimal, in order to enjoy the benefits of spiritual growth and awareness.
9 Ways To Activate An Under-performing Pineal Gland
1. Adequate Hydration And Good Nutrition
Our bodies are made up of up-to 75% of water. It is very important to consume adequate amounts of water to ensure activation of the pineal gland. Additionally, a balanced diet, high in tryptophan is helpful in providing the building blocks for the important biochemical produced by the pineal gland. Tryptophan is found in many foods including eggs, most kinds of seeds (including sesame, chia, sunflower, pumpkin), most nuts (maximum content in almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts), dark chocolate, and bananas.
2. Sun Exposure
Indians follow the tradition of sun worship since vedic times. Exposure to early morning sun stimulates the pineal gland. Exposure to sunlight
3. Sleep In Complete Darkness
It is also important to note that the time spent in darkness helps the pineal gland to suppress serotonin and increase melatonin, which is necessary to induce sleep. A dark environment in the bedroom is very important to ensure a good night’s rest.
You should especially avoid blue light which comes from sources such as the television, computer screens, and smart phones. Blue light can lead to a stimulation of serotonin as the body thinks it is daytime, therefore upsetting the wake and sleep cycle.
Gently tapping your forehead in between your eyebrows activates the pineal gland. The vibration sends a wave directly
Pressing your tongue against the roof of your mouth activates the pituitary gland and, through its physical and chemical connections, activates the pineal gland, and hypothalamus as well. This method is also used in Ayurveda and Yoga, and is akin to the kechari mudra practised by ancient seers.
6. Staying Cheerful
Laughing and smiling help to reduce stress, and induce relaxation in the body, thereby increasing the flow of positive energy. Laughter leads to the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormone. Relaxation increases blood flow, which amplifies the effects of the hormones released in the body.
7. Focusing And Visualisation
It is a well-known fact that our energy flows to wherever our attention goes.
Visualisation cannot take place without the use of the third eye. You can choose to practice any form of visualisation, or guided imagery to help the pineal gland become more active.
Meditation has numerous benefits that are often written about. But one of the lesser-known benefits of mindfulness is better activation of the pineal gland. Meditating guides bio-electric energy to the pineal gland, thereby facilitating a greater sense of clarity, and improving intuition.
Chanting causes the tetrahedron bone in the nose to resonate, which creates a stimulation of the pineal gland. You could begin with the chanting of “Om”, or any prayer that appeals to you.
The physical benefits of an active pineal gland can be felt in various aspects of living such as, finding a greater balance in our work life ratio, improved well-being, better functioning of bio-rhythms, and improved hormonal states.
In terms of emotional benefits, you will find that you are calmer, better at decision making, more at peace with yourself and others, and you find a renewed zest for living.