Pineal Gland, Pituitary Gland, Third Eye Opening, and The Upper Chakras
Everything that exists is vibration. Although everything physical appears solid (whether a person, a tree, a rock, a metal, or an entire planet etc.), it is all actually very fluid and vibrating at different rates. Everything that exists is basically composed of different arrangements of electrons, protons, and neutrons.
Matter itself has several divisions such as solids, liquids, gases, ether, super-etheric, subatomic, and atomic.
There is also the Electromagnetic Spectrum (radio waves, microwaves, infared, light, Ultraviolet light, x-rays, gamma rays, magnetism, electricity....)
Basically there are many elements or forces of nature that are INVISIBLE to our physical sensory perception, yet they exist nonetheless, and they are just as real as anything we can sense in our physical, material world.
Take this a step further, the third eye (our sixth sense), chakras, different dimensions, subtle bodies etc. all exist right here and now, but are not perceived by the physical senses.
And just as light, ultraviolet light, gamma rays, radio waves etc. all occupy the same point in space simultaneously, so likewise there are dimensions and beings occupying the same point in space as our physical universe. (This is the truth behind the saying that you don't have to go far to find God. It is a matter of being "tuned in" to the right wavelength or frequency so that we vibrate in unison with higher and purer spiritual planes where there is no death, suffering or hatred. Our very thoughts and actions can shut us out of the purer frequencies and weigh us down to lower levels of being and perception).
Seven major chakras or energy centers (also understood as wheels of light) are generally believed to exist, located within the subtle body (the invisible counterpart of the physical body).
The seven main chakras, from top to bottom, are:
Sahasrara: The Crown Chakra Ajna: The Brow Chakra Vishuddha: The Throat Chakra Anahata: The Heart Chakra Manipura: The Solar Plexus Chakra Svadhisthana: The Sacral Chakra Muladhara: The Base Chakra
(See our Chakra Mp3page for details about the 7 main Chakra's.)
Relationship Between The Chakras & Glands In The Physical Body
According to some sources there is a relationship between the positions and functions of the chakras in the subtle body, with various glands of the endocrine system in the physical body.
Following is a chart of the positions of the chakras in the subtle body and of the organs in the physical body:
The physical glands are believed to be the biological interface of the seven main chakras.
Every chakra in our subtle body has a function, and it is important for our chakras to be spinning smoothly if we want to experience optimal health on a physical level.
Unfortunately you won't find any information in physical science about the relationship between subtle body and the physical body. Since there is no physical proof that a person has a subtle body science leaves it in the realm of speculation and fancy.
For information about the subtle body you have to turn to those who speak from the level of mystical experience.
Our Subtle Bodies and Different Planes of Existence
In ancient spiritual literature you will find a exact science about how the physical body and our various subtle bodies (etheric body, astral body, causal body, spiritual body...) are interconnected, and how it is our heritage to travel beyond the realms of space and physicality to higher planes or dimensions. (Side note: Ultimately it is the higher planes, beyond the astral and mental/causal planes, where we will find true and lasting happiness.)
Although these "planes" or dimensions are often described as one above the other, most sources agree that they are all interfaced together, occupying the same point in space, but at different rates of vibration.
Unfortunately there are many side paths along the journey to higher consciousness, and it is easy to become distracted by alien worlds, alien beings and alien dimensions which are not in your best interest.
The Pituitary Gland and The Pineal Gland
In ancient literature much emphasis is placed upon the brow chakra and crown chakra. The physical counterparts for these two chakras are the pituitary gland and pineal gland. The joining of the pituitary and pineal gland (and the joining of the brow chakra and crown chakra) facilitates the opening of the Third Eye, and unlocks whole brain thinking (the unused 90% of our brain), as well as activating the unused 97% of our "junk DNA (that is, we begin our return to twelve strands of DNA, rather than the two strands which have limited our consciousness to the 3D frequency net around our planet). The “new” extremely high and low brainwaves (lambda brainwaves and epsilon brainwaves, and perhaps yet unknown brainwaves) are dominant when the upper chakras are integrated and the third eye is opened.
Following are brief definitions of the pituitary and pineal glands.
The pituitary gland is only the size of a pea, but is considered the "master gland" because it acts as an intermediary between the brain and other endocrine glands. The pituitary gland controls hormone functions such as our temperature, thyroid activity, growth during childhood, urine production, testosterone production in males and ovulation and estrogen production in females.
HGH (Human growth hormone) is produced naturally by the pituitary gland. As we get older, decreasing quantities of HGH results in many aging symptoms including loss of muscle tone, increased weight gain, loss of stamina, sagging skin and muscles, wrinkled skin that lacks good tone and texture and flagging memory and many diseases associated with aging. When we are in deep, dreamless sleep at the delta level the pituitary is stimulated to produce more HGH which is why we feel refreshed and replenished when we get a good nights sleep. The anti-aging properties of deep meditation come from the release of HGH when reaching the delta level during meditation. A healthy lifestyle and diet, and a calm mental and emotional life also stimulate the production of HGH. Lack in any of this is at least one of the reasons for aging, mental imbalances, sickness and disease and so on.
The pineal gland is shaped like a tiny pinecone, and is located near the center of the brain between the two hemispheres. Melotonin is secreted by the pineal gland. The pineal gland's production of melatonin varies both with the time of day and with age; production of melatonin is dramatically increased during the nighttime hours and falls off during the day, and melatonin levels are much higher in children under age seven than in adolescents and are lower still in adults. Melatonin apparently acts to keep a child's body from undergoing sexual maturation. After puberty, the pineal gland shrinks and releases less melatonin. The pineal also has many characteristics of your exterior eyes, including a lens. It contains pigment similar to that found in the eyes and is connected to the optic thalami, hence it controls the action of light upon our body. Proteins that had been thought to be unique to the retina are also present in the pineal gland.
For naturally energizing the pineal gland some sources recommend: parsley, alfalfa sprouts, wheat germ, olive oil, melons and pineapple juice.
Following is the location of the pineal and pituitary glands:
According to some sources (H. H. Mahatapaswi Shri Kumarswamiji) the pituitary gland of the sixth chakra and the pineal gland of the seventh chakra must join their essence to open the third eye.
Mystical Beliefs About the Pituitary Gland, Pineal Gland and the Third Eye
Mystically speaking the pineal gland is a doorway to our inner nature and it is large in children, but begins to shrink and calcify with age due to the onset of worries, bad food consumption, unbalanced emotions, and integration into a hyper-active world that is more concerned with the external than with the truth about our inner nature.
Although recent discoveries show that the pineal gland has biological functions, mystics believe it also has a spiritual function. Millennia of human trial and error have determined that certain vibrations, sounds, mantras, sacred words or chants created with the voice and throat, while the attention is focused witnin the subtle body on the upper two chakras, causes the pineal to 'vibrate' at frequencies that weaken its barriers to spiritual experience. It is this inner attention that magnetizes “spiritual light” into the pineal gland. The attention and focus come from a alpha or even theta level of conscious restfulness where the energy of attention is directed towards the upper chakras. This is deeper than mere mental energy coming from the discursive mind.
When the pituitary and pineal glands are fully developed and stimulated through inward attention and meditation upon the sixth and seventh chakras, their vibrations fuse and activate the third eye. Through the third eye we can see other dimensions of existence.
A Word Of Caution
Within the third eye there are diffrent pathways leading to different dimensions. Your aim is to head for the bright white star in the middle of the third eye which leads to higher dimensions. The purity of your experience is based upon where your heart's yearning is. If your intent and motive is not springing from a childlike humbleness and humility (similar as a little child comes to his or her father or mother for love, care, guidance, wisdom and instruction) you may open to a dimension or dimensions which are full of pitfalls and traps.
Not every dimension experienced through third eye opening is pleasant (remember the movie in 1986 "From Beyond"? There may be some truth to it). Also in some types of drug experiences when the third eye opening is experienced some have testified of opening into a dimension of insect and reptilian type creatures some of which dismembered the victims subtle body, and did experiments on them etc.
If you have a belief in God or someone like Jesus it is best to do this process with love, devotion, and humility towards those who can assist you and have already made it beyond all the dangers of the path, and can lead you beyond the lower planes and dimensions to the pure realms of spirit. Where your heart is will be the determining factor whether you will open into a purer, cleaner, spiritual dimension, or tune into a lower frequency or alien world of distraction which does nothing for your spiritual growth.
The purpose of opening the third eye is not that we play around in the lower planes and become distracted by all that goes on there. Rather, the goal is to go beyond all the lower planes, beyond the astral plane, and even beyond the causal plane, and seek to enter the spiritual planes where true safety and happiness are experienced.
Following is a video about awakening the pineal (third eye):