According to theosophy, our third eye is a pea-sized endocrine gland nestling just below the center of the forehead called “pineal gland”. This mystic gland (which corresponds to the sixth chakra “Ajna”) is considered to be a psych-physiological center that has physical, mental and spiritual dimensions. The enigmatic gland allows a diverse perception beyond ordinary sight; thus, it’s significant to understand its capabilities, in order to have an alerted attention to its wellbeing.
Biology of the third eye
Pineal gland is a highly vascular gland and has more blood flow per cubic volume than any other organ. This positions the gland to have the highest concentration of energy in the body. The gland is usually relatively larger in children, and it starts to shrink in size with puberty onset. Interestingly, pineal gland and the two anatomical eyes are developed from common tissue layers of embryonic brain.
Moreover, this tiny seer gland is a production house for key neurochemicals that contribute to a metaphysical universe, such as:
Melatonin: Beside being an immunity modulator and an immune cells activity enhancer; it also effects the cardiac rhythm, which dictates the quality and quantity of sleep. This is related spiritually to its role in quieting the body and mind, thus attaining higher level of awareness. Melatonin biosynthesis is suppressed by light; therefore, it is recommended to sleep in darkness to activate its production. Imbalanced melatonin level may cause depression and mood swings. In addition, melatonin is an anti-aging hormone as well as a sexual development regulator.
Dimethyltryptamine (DMT): A powerful psychedelic substance, usually known as “spirit molecule”. It is a naturally occurring hallucinogenic substance produced by the pineal gland. It usually peaks at the 49th day of gestation, time of birth and near death. Deep mediation and deep physical stress/illness raise the DMT level in the body. DMT is a schedule 1 drug that brings non-ordinary states of transcendent consciousness, mystical dimensional modalities and journeys to paranormal realms. It is claimed that saints reaching a hallucinogenic state is usually related to their continuous mediation, which promotes the DMT production.
Serotonin: It is an anti-depressant and precursor of melatonin. It regulates mood, sleep and cognitive functions.
Pinoline: Pinoline enables dream and visual states in conscious mind.
History of the tranquilizing pineal gland
“The body and the spirit not only meet there, but each affects the other and the repercussion extends in both direction”~ Rene Descates
Rene Descates (1594-1650) described the pineal gland in his book “The passion of sole” as a meeting point for the physical body and the spiritual (soul) worlds.
In ancient times, theosophy believed that humans actually had a third eye in the back of the head for spiritual and physical functions. It was believed that over time this eye has atrophied and sunk deep in the brain, becoming the pineal gland.
The Hindus considered the third eye “Ajna chakra” to be the center of spiritual enlightenment. Besides, the Lord “Shiva” is supposed to have a third eye, which is his eye of wisdom.
Pharos equated this sacred gland with the “eye of Horus”. The iconography of the eye of Horus is a remarkable resemble to a lateral view of the pineal gland within the brain. The eye of Horus represented knowledge, wisdom and truth. They also believed that this gland is the “seat of soul”; and that after death the soul will reincarnate though it to the subsequent body.
Factors that block pineal gland
It is well documented that an activate vibrant pineal gland is associated with higher spirituality, cognition and harmonized state. On the other hand, a blocked pineal gland or third eye leads to confusion, jealousy, uneasiness, pessimism, uncertainty and even Alzheimer’s. It is worth noting that pinealectomy in rodents, birds and seasonally breading mammals impairs their reproduction ability.
There are some factors that play a role in hardening the pineal gland such as aging, poor diet, stressful modern life, exposure to toxins (such fluoride, additives, sugars & hormones) as well as electromagatic fields released by mobile phones and wireless devices. When the pineal gland hardens, it calcifies and eventually shuts down. It is cited that due to the modern stressful life and environmental contamination of food and fluids nowadays, the size of the pineal gland got shrunk to be pea-sized compared to once being a cherry-sized gland in the old times.
Activating the pineal gland
An activated pineal gland is a doorway to psychic abilities, clarity of mind, lucid dreams, telephathy, intuition, perspicuity, clairvoyance and decisiveness. A cleaned up gland would raise the frequency of a person; thus, one moves to a higher level of consciousness.
Furthermore, it is significant to have an stimulated pineal gland as it has an antioxidant and anti-aging functions, stimulates sex hormones secretion by the pituitary gland, promotes quality sleep and aids wide awaken state during the day. Additionally, it contributes to reduced stress and positive alterations in body, cognition, emotions and energy.
Below are some ways to help in activating and decalcifying the third eye:
- Avoid Fluoride: Fluoride highly contributes to pineal gland calcification. Fluoridated toothpastes and tap water are two major sources of Fluoride that should be avoided. It is of value to consider using free Fluoride toothpastes and adding water filters to faucets. Also, try to shift from processed beverages (such as sodas and sport drinks) and processed foods (as they have high fluoride content) to fresh ones. Non-stick Teflon cookware can significantly increase Fluoride content in food; hence, attempt to substitute for stainless steel ones.
- Consider some lifestyle modifications: limit the intake of sugar, alcohol, artificial sweeteners and tobacco. On the other hand, increase the consumption of organic and whole food in their most natural form, without additives or genetic modification. Fruits and vegetables treated with pesticides and fertilizers are a source of Fluoride.
- Get hydrated: Water is effective in removing toxins from the body. Make sure you get a good quantity of free Fluoride water per day.
- Supplement diet: Food rich in tryptophan purify the pineal gland. Tryptophan is abundant in chocolate, bananas, almonds, peanuts, chickpeas, dried dates and sesame seeds. Other foods that detoxify the pineal gland include: wheatgrass, garlic, lemons, goji berries, watermelon, chaga mushroom, honey, zeolite, cilantro, coconut oil, borax, raw apple ciders, hemp seeds, ginseng and Vitamin D.
- Use Essential oils: Essential oils can be applied to the skin, inhaled directly, burned in a diffuser or added to water bath. Essential oils (such as Oregano, lavender, sandalwood, parsley, frankincense and pine) aid in purifying and detoxifying the pineal gland.
- Practice yoga breathing: all yoga practices enforce inhaling maximum capacity of oxygen through the nose, filling the abdomen, then letting the chest expand and then fully exhaling through the mouth. This breathing technique is very important to activate the pineal gland and release toxins.
- Practice yoga visualization and/or meditation: Yoga and meditation activate the pineal gland through intention. For directing energies required to exercise the pineal gland, one should visualize the decalcification of the gland itself. Simultaneously, one should let go of all conditioned and negative thoughts after mindfully acknowledging them.
- Sun gaze: This is another ancient practice as the sun is a great power source. Best time for such meditation practice is during sunset and sunrise (dawn); where one can absorb sun’s energy that energizes pineal gland, mind and body.
- Chant: Chanting resonates tetrahedron bone in nose, which effectively stimulates the gland. “Om” is the sound of universe that can be considered as a daily chant.
- Sleep in complete darkness: Darkness amplifies the melatonin production, thus having an activated gland.
- Tapping between eyebrows: Gently tapping the forehead is a gradual process of activating the pineal gland.
- Limit wearing contact lenses: Contact lenses hinders the amount of ultraviolet rays that penetrates through the eyes to the pineal gland.
- Keep smiling and laughing: Smiling reduces stress and helps the body to relax. Relaxation increases blood flow, which aids in pineal gland activation. Smiling also opens the heart and allows penetration of more light and vibrations to such crucial organs. Laughter stimulates endorphins secretion; thus enhancing the wellbeing sensations.
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