Crown Chakra & Ajna (3rd Eye) Chakra
PINEAL GLAND, Spiritually
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single,
thy whole body shall be full of light.”
Matt 6:22 King James Version
The pineal gland hangs from the roof of the completely dark cave of the 3rd ventricle of the brain and is constantly bathed in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). This gland was called “Seat of the Soul” by French philosopher Rene Descartes and Alice Bailey. It is thought that the pineal gland is the connection to our Soul. Could it be that the pineal gland is our Soul in physical form?
Spiritually, the pineal gland is associated with both the Crown & 3rd Eye Chakras. Some believe it to be like an antenna or satellite dish receiving cosmic energies through the Crown Chakra.
The 3rd Eye Chakra is located directly between our physical eyes being associated with clairvoyance, which is the ability to “see” beyond the physical sense of sight. The pineal gland, as stated earlier, is intimately connected with our physical vision being affected by varying degrees of light and darkness through our physical eyes. Both light and dark are necessary for our pineal gland to be healthy and alive, just as metaphorically both “light” and “dark” must exist in all of cosmology.
When the pineal gland is vibrant, there is the potential to make rapid leaps in spiritual development and illumination. The pineal gland is Light Made Manifest in the physical human body. It is said that the pineal gland is what connects us with the unknowable, the great mystery, the great beyond. How? We still do not understand. This is the great mystery and potentially is the also the ecstasy!
According to Mantak Chia, when the pineal gland is activated, it is receiving and converting higher dimensional light into usable information for the pituitary gland.
Chia speaks of the Crystal Palace, a sacred and spiritually active area deep inside the brain. When the Crystal Palace is activated via darkness and meditation, one is given a direct connection with Source. By focusing on this area of the brain and embracing its darkness, there is the potential for psychic experiences and enlightenment.
PINEAL GLAND, Physically
Physically, the pineal gland is a cone-shaped gland located in the midbrain behind the thalamus and hangs from the roof of the back of the 3rd ventricle of the brain. Ventricles are the spaces in the brain containing cerebral spinal fluid.
The pineal gland is connected to the thalamus, hypothalamus, basil nuclei and medial temporal lobe. It is a still a somewhat mysterious gland in that scientists believe there is still more to learn about its function, though we know it controls our circadian rhythms.
(The hypothalamus is also sensitive to light and dark and therefore affects circadium rhythms.) The pineal gland is considered a master gland (as is the pituitary gland/hypothalamus), both being responsible for the regulation of all the other endocrine glands.
The pineal gland (as well as the GI tract and the retina of the eye) secretes the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is stimulated by Darkness and inhibited by Light.
The peak production of melatonin is in darkness about 2:00 am. Melatonin regulates sleep-wake cycles (circadian rhythms), breathing cycles, and our awareness of the time of day and the seasons via the degree of light coming through the retina of the eyes. The more darkness in the environment, the more melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland. Vice versa, the more light, the less secretion of melatonin. Another interesting correlation is that the pineal gland actually contains cells just like those in the retina of our eyes.
Balancing the pineal gland can relieve insomina, jet lag, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), breathing irregularities and depression. Some believe the dysfunction in the secretion of melatonin may play a part in autism and cancer.
Stress, aging, lack of complete darkness when sleeping, not getting enough sleep and electric blankets (and other elctromagnetic influences such as TVs and computers) have been shown to decrease melatonin secretion.
Also, melatonin decreases seratonin. So too little melatonin production creates too much seratonin, which can create agitated states and even psychosis. Too little seratonin can cause depression. The pineal gland hardens, atrophies and shrinks as we age, but there are ways to discourage this process. Meditation, regular good night’s sleep, quiet environments, relaxing activities, being in nature, and retaining childlike wonder & imagination are some of the ways to keep the pineal gland young and vital.