The pineal gland, also known as the pineal body by some, is a small, pea-shaped gland located in the center area of our brain.
According to many beliefs, this gland goes beyond the usual functions that others perform in our bodies. For meditation practitioners, an awakened pineal gland can even be a gateway for us to achieve a sixth sense and an intuitive state.
What are the different functions of this gland, and is there really a way to put it into use?
What is a pineal gland?
The pineal gland got its name due to its shape, which is pine-like. Since it lies in the middle of our brain, many scientists have been curious about the function it performs for our entire body.
Based on their studies, it has been acknowledged that the gland is responsible for secreting the hormone melatonin in our system. According to Medical News Today, the pineal gland “is key to the body’s internal clock because it regulates the body’s circadian rhythms.” (1) Aside from releasing melatonin, the pineal gland is also thought to secrete glial cells, which are the cells in our central nervous system.
However, our pineal gland may not be as simple as it appears. Aside from being an important part of our sleeping patterns, it has also been associated with the concept of having a “third eye.” A third eye is essentially a symbol of the sixth sense and chakras, which are known to be linked to our consciousness and wellbeing. In many cultures, a third eye is usually calcified. This means that the organ is essentially out of commission unless we try and decalcify it, leading to us getting in touch with our spiritual self.
The benefits of awakening the “third eye”
Before we try to decalcify our pineal gland, we need to know the advantages that come with it. In many traditions, certain cultures believe that waking the third eye can help you:
Achieve a better sleeping schedule
Did you know that a decalcified pineal gland leads to poor circadian rhythm? Since it is responsible for secreting the hormone we call melatonin that regulates our rhythm, it is apparent that it will also affect our schedules.
When our gland is awakened, we will have better sleep, which also leads to positive results in our performance.
Think more clearly
When you are able to open your third eye, your chakra will also be released. This would mean that your mind will be clearer and more intuitive. In some individuals, side-effects would also include an improved concentration and are finding it easier to express themselves.
Release unwanted toxins
Once the calcium deposits that surround your gland gradually diminishes, your body also begins to release unwanted and unhealthy toxins in your system.
Be physically healthier
Individuals who have an open third eye are bound to have better physical health. They may also complain less about headaches and feelings of nausea and may find themselves having fewer hormonal problems. In women, an active pineal gland may also help regulate menstrual cycles.
Improve your mental health
Once you are in touch with your consciousness, you’ll find that you’re also able to acknowledge your feelings and emotions. You may also have less trouble with experiencing depression, anxiety, and even feelings of extreme anger.
Ways to activate your pineal gland
What stimulates the pineal gland? In order to get the benefits of an open third eye, here are 5 techniques you can try:
1. Meditate as often as you can
In many cultures, it is said that the most effective way for third eye activation is achieved with meditation. This can usually be done by putting your entire focus towards envisioning your third eye. Many individuals would recommend taking deep breaths and channeling your energy towards the “spot” between your eyebrows or the center of your brain.
What actually happens to your pineal gland when you meditate? Some studies say that when the gland is not in use, it gets covered by calcium deposits. These deposits hinder your ability to think clearly. When you meditate, you are also stimulating your nervous system. This leads to the decalcification of the gland in due time.
2. Try essential oils and supplements
Aside from practicing regular meditation, it is also believed that essential oils and supplements are also effective when it comes to activating the pineal gland. As an example, oregano oil is known to be a powerful antibiotic that can aid with our body’s purification process. As a result, it will also help decalcify the gland and remove toxins.
Aside from oregano oil, here are the other supplements and essential oils you can use:
- Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is popular for the many benefits it can give our body. Aside from removing toxins, it is also thought to remove metal deposits in our systems.
Lavender oil reduces stress and even aids with restful sleep. When partnered with mindful meditation, you may find it easier to tap into your spiritual consciousness. Also, lavender oil may also decrease blood pressure and increase blood flow, making it a wonderful aid for your overall health.
Jasmine oil is revered for its ability to reduce anxiety and stress. It is also known to help with meditation as it can increase mental alertness.
To combine the benefits of essential oils during meditation, use them in a diffuser during your session.
3. Eat nutritious food
Since it is an important part of our body, eating unhealthy food can also wreak havoc on your pineal gland. Because of this, many practitioners do their best to only consume natural food that will provide them with energy.
If you are serious about your journey and want to gain results, stay away from processed food and chemicals. As much as possible, limit alcohol and smoking as well, as the chemicals you will get from these habits would also put more calcium deposits in your pineal gland.
4. Do yoga
Yoga, specifically the practice called “Kundalini,” is known for its movements that encourage the flow of energy to reach the upper parts of our bodies. Because of this, yoga is believed to help activate the pineal gland faster.
Science backs the movements used in Kundalini yoga, as it is known to focus on the pituitary glands. Of course, regular yoga is also effective in opening the third eye. One example of the movements that we recommend is the child’s pose, which is done by pressing our foreheads towards our yoga mat.
5. Bask in the sun
In order to activate our pineal gland, we should seek ways to achieve it. This would work best by bonding with nature.
Do you ever wonder why spiritually conscious people like spending their time with nature? Why do they seem at ease with being in the sun’s presence? Actually, this also has something to do with our chakras. Since sunlight is believed to encourage healing, exposure to it may also release the toxins we are holding in our bodies.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to open my third eye?
Are you doing the techniques mentioned above? If so, you may be wondering when exactly you will feel the results. However, the duration may depend on each individual.
Since there are many factors that will determine the length of time it will take – your diet, practice, and more, some may find results in just weeks while it may take others a few months.
Opening your sixth sense is not usually an easy feat. If your friend or someone you know has already awakened theirs, there is no need to compare your progress.
No matter what you do, always prioritize the way you feel during your meditation. It’s not a race, there is no need to hurry. In fact, doing so may hamper your progress instead.
What are the signs that my pineal gland is activating?
How can you even tell that your third eye chakra is already open? If you are asking this question, yours may not be activated yet, because you will know.
Here are the signs you may experience:
You are finding comfort within you.
When your third eye is open, you are no longer afraid of being alone. In fact, you take comfort in it. Of course, we are not saying that you will be a loner. Instead, we mean that you will have the capacity to appreciate the sense of being an “individual” in its own special sense.
You can feel the energy around you.
When you walk into the room, you may hear, see, smell, taste, and touch different frequencies of energy. At times, you may feel the vibrations that other people may not notice.
You feel positive emotions.
When you are in touch with yourself, you will find the inner joy that healers are speaking of. It may even be a rarity to feel intense anger and other negative emotions.
You are able to find deeper meaning.
You may no longer be asking the why’s in your life. After all, you know that there is a reason behind every event, and you are just a spectator watching it unfold.
Amplify your pineal gland through meditation
“Meditation is listening to the Divine within.” - Edgar Cayce
Our pineal glands are located near the most important structures in our body for a reason.
To get the benefits of an awakened pineal gland such as boosting your immune system and better mental health, try meditating using sound healing today.
- What is the pineal gland? | Medical News Today