written by: Amanda Johnson
Responsible for the production of melatonin, a hormone which influences the quality of our wake/sleep cycles our and daily and seasonal circadian rhythms (our body clock), this small gland determines how we deal with stress, depression/mood and effects our energy levels regarding physical activity.
However, it is not only modern science that has a school of thought on the purpose and function of this tiny gland situated in the human brain. Scratch the surface just a little, and you will find that for centuries the pineal gland has been contemplated by some of history’s greatest philosophers.
There may be many different philosophical and religious perspectives from the likes of Plato, Shiva, Jesus, Buddha, Descartes and Novalis but they all drew the same correlation, that the pineal gland is the ‘mind’s eye’, our ‘third eye’, our ‘all seeing eye’ and the seat of the soul, defining it as our connection between the physical and the spiritual or, the point where our inner world and outer world meet.
These abstract thoughts about our existence are explained by modern science in their recognition of the function of the pineal, but not just in the function of secreting the important ‘happy’ hormone melatonin, but more recently, in the confident belief, that the pineal gland releases a neurotransmitter called DMT – dimethyltryptamine – a natural hallucinogenic plant chemical used in shamanic and other tribal ritualistic ceremonies which enables us to expand our consciousness and see a wider reality within an induced state.
But what if we could reach this heightened level of consciousness without having to ingest plant DMT and why, if the pineal gland naturally releases DMT, are we experiencing a spiritual disconnection on a global level?
As the human race has evolved, we have created and exposed ourselves to chemicals and toxins; these we know are not beneficial to our physical health and wellbeing and, in most cases we can choose and make our own decision to try and avoid them. However, there is one substance that is especially harmful to the pineal gland which up until recently, we were not given any choice about whatsoever.
On a spiritual level, the hard shell that forms around the pineal gland effectively cuts off the ability to access our higher consciousness. There are many schools of thought who passionately believe that the addition of fluoride into our public water supplies, toothpastes and oral rinses was a deliberate act to try and control the masses, and that by secretly deactivating our pineal gland with fluoride, our search for God or higher consciousness could be continued through ‘controlled gateways’ like the church, disallowing us the ability to connect on a more powerful and personal level due to ‘brain lockdown’.
It seems that individual cities are starting to heed the concerns of their citizens but it has been an uphill struggle for a major victory at national level. Fluoridation, Americans are advised, is necessary for the prevention of tooth decay. However, a lawsuit has been filed with damming evidence from Doctors and Scientists which, for the first time in US history, is forcing the courts to review fluoride toxicity and demanding an end to this practice, a practice which is harmful to a nation and poisoning the very substance that we cannot be without…water.
Certain foods will also help to decalcify the pineal gland. Foods that are high in minerals, vitamins and amino acids such as Iodine, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Potassium Irons, Tryptophan, Lutein and Oleic acid will all aid the decalcification process. These are the critical nutrients important for optimum functioning of the pineal gland and if we try to be consistent and buy organic and non GMO produce as they are less toxic in general for overall health we will really be giving our pineal gland the goodness it deserves.
Another important factor is sunlight, exposure to which really helps to kick start the pineal gland and prompts it to produce serotonin, the daytime neurotransmitter for mood and energy levels. Melatonin, the night time hormone secreted by the pineal gland, is important for suppressing serotonin, a necessity for our wake/sleep cycle.
As we begin to shift the focus to this tiny gland and start breaking it free from the toxins that have engulfed it we will begin to understand its benefits. We will start to perceive the ‘truth’ that surrounds us. That the world we live is full of control and in-equalities and out of harmony with the rest of the universe and the connection to all that is around us in nature will naturally feel deeper and more purposeful.
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