PINEAL GLAND AND “THIRD EYE”

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The pineal gland, located in the centre of the brain, is about a quarter of an inch in size, reddish-gray, and weighs about one-tenth of a gram. Unlike other parts of the brain which come in pairs, the pineal gland is singular. Its location in the center of the brain and presence in other species indicates it is an older part of humanity’s evolutionary brain system.

The pineal gland is present in all lower vertebrae. In other species, like birds, reptiles and frogs, the pineal gland is called the parietal eye or “third-eye” as its functions closely resemble that of an actual eye. In these other species, the pineal gland has components of an actual eye, with a cornea, rod and cone. It is considered to be the vestige of a functional sense organ of early primitive vertebrates.

Serotonin is found in greatest concentrations in the pineal gland and melatonin is synthesized in the pineal gland. Both serotonin and melatonin exhibit a circadian rhythm, serotonin concentration being greatest during the day and melatonin at night.

Directly affected by the light taken in through the eyes, the pineal regulates sleep, menstrual cycles, mating seasons, hibernation, seasonal flight patterns and many other “instinctual” behaviors.

Melatonin also controls eye pigmentation and thus regulates the amount of light reaching the photoreceptors. The pineal gland has been well named ‘the third eye’ as melatonin is active both in the pineal gland and in the eyes

The universal mystic vision of God as an all-consuming white light, is believed produced from chemical reactions in the pineal gland which is extremely light sensitive. “Light, the eyes and the ‘third eye’ or pineal gland form a triad which directly controls and regulates normal or altered consciousness and many bodily functions? these three factors are also directly related to, or implicated in, mystical experiences.”Visions of white light are not only associated with mysticism, but are also a prevalent image recorded by those who experience the near-death state.

At a neural level the single clearest effect of melatonin is that it induces drowsiness during darkness. Peak production is three to six hours after the onset of darkness. This could well shed light on other strange folklores surrounding psi phenomena. For example, many spiritual systems such as Catholic monks, Buddhists and Yogis all recommend rising at 3 a.m. to meditate, or to chant vespers, or some other practice which is primarily aimed at spiritual development but which seems to bring enhanced psi effects in its wake. And what about our own saying that ‘Midnight is the magic or witching hour, when witches ride abroad’? Not to be forgotten in this context is the seminal research concerning the psi-conducive nature of dreams, which of course was done at night. All of these practices become more meaningful when linked with our slowly emerging knowledge concerning the pineal gland.

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