Would you like to increase your intuitive awareness, strengthen your immunity and get a deeper and more restful night's sleep? Taking good care of your pineal gland with a few simple lifestyle changes can improve all of these important areas in your life.
The pineal gland is a tiny pine cone shaped gland about the size of a pea in the center of your head that circulates highly charged spinal fluid and more blood than any other organ in the body. It is connected to the 6th chakra which is our intuitive or psychic center, and when open enables us to connect with our own spiritual awareness and higher consciousness, receive clairvoyance, intuition and spiritual healing.
Scientific evidence supports a possibility that what we sometimes call the 3rd eye or pineal gland
was once a first eye. This "first eye" may have been much larger and served as a slight organ. An interesting feature of the pineal is that the tissue around it has rod shaped cells similar to retinal tissue. The pineal receives signals that travel down the optic nerves, connecting it to our physical eyes. This physical connection between the pineal and our eyes provides the channel for receiving intuition in the form of pictures (or clairvoyance), and to visualize our goals and dreams into reality with spiritual connection.
The pineal gland supports our physical body by producing the hormone, melatonin. Good levels of melatonin balances our circadian rhythms (or biological sleep/wake cycles), affects our mood, supports our ability to fall into deeper, more restful sleep, and increases our own natural immune system. Melatonin helps our body manage stress, slows the aging process and suppresses cortisol. also quiets the mind to provide access to higher consciousness within meditation.
Here are five easy lifestyle tips on how can we activate our pineal gland to receive all these healthy benefits.
Detox your body. Eat a clean diet, free from chemicals, pesticides, preservatives or other toxins. Buy organic when possible. The pineal is especially sensitive to fluoride found in city water and some toothpaste products. Fluoride causes the pineal to calcify which diminishes our ability to generate good hormones like melatonin. Mercury and chlorine also dull the pineal gland functions. Best to get other minerals the body needs like calcium from food or food based supplements.
Reduce exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation. While it is impossible to completely get away from these things in our busy world, be aware and reduce them as much as possible. Things like power lines, radio towers, microwaves, cell phones, chargers, remote controls and just about anything wireless.
Sleep in complete darkness. The body makes melatonin and other good hormones when we sleep in darkness and stops when we bring light into our eyes. If you can't completely cover all windows or have things like skylights in your bedroom, try an eye cover for sleep. I recently started using one of my homemade over-the-ear cloth masks to cover my eyes while I sleep and it works great!
Spend time in natural sunlight every day without sunglasses. We need a small amount of natural sunlight in our eyes to support this gland. Going outside in the sunlight and bathing your retina in a little sun for 15 minutes daily or when you can, will help recharge the pineal.
5) And of course,
regular meditation is a wonderful way to develop and enhance your pineal. If you can meditate in a dark room or using a blindfold (or makeshift mask!) all the better. When we ground, center quiet the body, and bring our focus inward, the door opens for our own natural intuitive pathway. Like building any muscle, this takes practice but well worth the investment of your time!
If the list seems daunting, try one of them that looks appealing to you and notice the difference in your life. Then add another. Interested in learning to meditate in an easy and fun way? I am teaching a
Healing Meditation class over Zoom starting later this month. Details below.