The Pineal Gland "If therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light." - Matthew 6:22 The pineal gland has been the center for research and studies throughout history. Mystery and myths have surrounded the 'third eye' and there are many references to the pineal gland throughout history. Ancient Greeks believed that the pineal gland in our heads was used as a connection to the "Realms of Thought". Descartes, who was a French philosopher, mathematician, scientist, and writer, called it the "Seat of the Soul". What is the Pineal Gland? The pineal gland is shaped like a pine cone and is about the size of a pea. It is located in the geometric center of the brain between both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. It is tucked in a small "cave" where both thalamic bodies join and is attached behind the eyes to the third ventricle. It is not isolated from the body from the blood-brain barrier systems. The pineal gland can be seen in some skull x-rays due to calcification. This is typically due to intake of fluoride. Fluoride is found in water and toothpaste. When calcium builds up in soft tissue, it causes it to harden. Studies have shown that calcium affects the pineal gland more than it affects teeth or bone. Phosphorus and calcium in the pineal gland are linked to aging. The pineal gland is part of the endocrine system in the body, making it an endocrine gland. It releases extracellular signaling molecules. These are known as hormones. The pineal gland releases melatonin, a hormone that affects various parts of the body, regulating sleep and wake patterns, mood, growth, development, puberty, and tissue function. The pineal gland controls various biological rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the gland which directs the body's thirst, hunger, sexual desire, and like I mentioned above, the aging process. There is a connection between the retinas to the hypothalamus. This is called the retinohypothalamic tract. This brings about information about the light and dark cycles to the suprachiasmatic nucleus or SCN. After sending information to the SCN, nerve impulses move through the pineal nerve and then to the pineal gland. Melatonin is then produced by the pineal gland. When light no longer stimulates the hypothalamus, usually at night, pineal inhibition stops and the production of melatonin is then released through the body. The pineal gland also secretes melatonin during relaxation and meditation when one is practicing visualization. We are created by electromagnetic energy and we react to energy stimuli wherever it may be, and the pineal gland does also. As you see, the pineal gland is a photosensitive organ. This makes it very important to the human body. Ancient Cultures The pineal gland has been in question for quite some time. The physiological function has recently thought to have been uncovered. Many schools and mystical traditions have known this area of the brain to be the connecting link between both the physical world that we have come to know as our own, as well as the spiritual world beyond time. The pineal gland is considered the most important part of our bodies in initiating supernatural powers as well as the highest source of ethereal energy. Psychic talents have been associated with the wakening of this organ. Because the pineal gland is located so deep and protected in the brain, some believe that there is an importance of this gland, so important that it has been linked to mysteries and mysticism. Many believe that it is associated with the sixth chakra. Awakening the pineal gland is linked to prophecy and increased psychic awareness. It is also considered to be linked with consciousness Ascension. The pineal gland is also referred to as the 'third eye' or 'mind's eye'. It is located in the center of the brain so many people think to the Great Pyramids which are in the center of the physical planet. Strange coincidence being that both the all-seeing eye and the pyramids are on the American dollar bill? Activation of the Pineal Gland The pineal gland is activated by light. Many people have reported feeling a pressure at the base of the brain after having their pineal gland awakened. This pressure can be experienced when one connects to a higher frequency. It is said that when the pineal gland or 'third eye' is awakened, one is able to see beyond space time into time space. It raises the frequency on which one operates and moves one into a higher consciousness. All forms of out-of-body travel coincide with the third eye. This includes meditation, visualization, and yoga. Once the third eye is awakened, you will be able to see beyond the physical world. As one practices opening the 'third eye', it will come more naturally to you if you practice frequently. Dream messages and supernatural abilities will increase. Many begin practicing with their eyes closed but in time and with much practice, one will be able to see into the spiritual world of time space with their physical eyes open. When the pineal gland is activated, it becomes the line of communication with the spiritual world and those beyond it. The crown chakra moves down towards the pineal gland in a vortex. When the vortex touches the pineal gland, pure energy is received. This pure energy is also called Prana. The more one practices, the higher the vibrations in the body raise and the astral body will then be able to separate from the physical body. In order to even activate the pineal gland, the pituitary body must vibrate in unison with the pineal gland. This can happen with mediation and relaxation when the personality which operates through the pituitary gland is in harmony with the soul which operates through the pineal gland, a magnetic filed is created. All forces, both negative and positive form together to become strong and and create a "light in the head". The pineal gland is then active. A person can then withdraw from their physical bodies and carry this light with them into whichever realm they choose to go. Astral Projection Astral projection is associated with this light in the head. After meditation and after the body has completely let go of worldly needs and it's ego, one can try to activate the pineal gland through pure relaxation by staring at the point in the middle of the forehead. One must first start to feel a withdrawal from his senses as well as a withdrawal from the physical conscious (the ego). Visualize your physical body escaping through a door in the brain. People who have had near death experiences have experienced astral projection. Many report hearing a "popping" sound when the astral body separates from the physical body. Visualization is the first step in directing the energy of the body to activate the pineal gland. Once the magnetic field is created, it surrounds the pineal gland. The creative imagination visualizes something and the thought energy of the mind gives it life and direction. Developing the third eye is very important if one wishes to separate from the physical form. Intuition can also become stronger with third eye development. When the third eye begins to activate, flashes of memory and knowledge of the astral plane will begin to happen. They will become more and more frequent as the third eye becomes stronger and stronger with practice until universal knowledge is acquired. When reaching certain frequencies, worldly needs and the ego begin to diminish. This is the 'theta' state which means we are still conscious yet resting while feeling at peace with ourselves. As the brain enters deeper states of consciousness, we begin to become less concerned with the physical world. Spiritual Evolution Humans have been evolving out of matter for quite some time, and are still evolving further and further. We went from spirit to matter, and now we are moving back into spirit. The pineal gland has continued to rise and will eventually bring to humans astral capacities and spiritual abilities. The vibrations of the planet and the frequencies of the planets have been accelerated at an extremely fast rate, even exponentially, and have allowed souls to look deeper into other times and realms. Consciousness will eventually evolve out of the physical state into a higher, more spiritual state. Interesting Thoughts It is possible that this will take place in the next few years when the fifth sun age ends in 2012. Could this be the prophecy and the new era that the Mayans told us about? Could this be the revelation that the Bible speaks of? The land will not be harmed until all of those with the 'seal of God on their foreheads' are taken away from the Earth. Just an interesting thought. The eye is the observer of reality or the observer of the illusion of reality. Remember Einstein's quote? "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a persistent one." - - - Hey, this is an article that I wrote and I thought that everyone should know about the pineal gland. I'm now sure how many of you have watched David Wilcock's video on YouTube, but it is very interesting and worth a look. I also wanted to state that marijuana increases melatonin levels in the human body up to 4000%, however, it is recommended that marijuana not be smoked in the daytime as melatonin production in the daytime may cause strange effects in your body. Oh well. I only like smoking at night anyway! - - - The above article is Emily Lambert's original work and is copyrighted by Associated Content.