I'm all about the intersection of mind and body, science and spiritually, the physical and the metaphysical. So today, we're exploring the tiny yet powerful piece of our biological bodies that connects us to all things otherworldly - the pineal gland.
Biologically speaking, the pineal gland is part of our endocrine system and is located deep inside the center of our brains, directly between the two hemispheres. It’s about the size of a grain of rice, and resembles the shape of a pinecone (hence the name). The pineal gland is responsible for producing melatonin, the serotonin-derived hormone that regulates our sleep and wake cycles. And as we can all attest to, the duration and quality of our sleep largely (if not entirely) affects how we feel on a daily basis, making this tiny organ of upmost importance to our sense of wellbeing. But surprisingly enough, this gland has long been a mysterious piece of our biological puzzle for scientists and researchers, and until recently very little was known about it in the Western medical community.
On a spiritual and metaphysical level, the pineal gland is synonymous with our third eye chakra. Logistically this makes sense, as the pineal gland is located right between the eyebrows, as is our sixth chakra (the third eye). As we already learned during the chakra series, the third eye energy center houses our sense of intuition and spiritual connection. It has long been believed by spiritual communities that the pineal gland functions similarly, and is the point of contact between our minds and bodies, and beyond. Now it’s obviously hard to objectively back up such a claim, but I’m guessing it’s no coincidence that unlike most of the brain, the pineal gland is not separated from the body by the blood-brain barrier.
Looking back at history, the pineal gland has been revered as a symbol of personal enlightenment by ancient civilizations for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians and Romans depicted the pineal gland as an eye in much of their artwork, and in Roman Catholicism this organ is symbolized as a pinecone. The 17th century French philosopher, scientist, and mathematician René Descartes described the pineal gland as the “principal seat of the soul”. Seems like a lot of attention for what Western scientists consider to be just another endocrine gland, no?
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