Week 5: Pineal & Pituitary Glands, Awaken Intuition + Unlock Potential
Saving the Best for Last
Our last and final week of our 5-week Unlock Your Vitality, Endocrine Rebalance syllabus is upon us. It has been an incredibly insightful and powerful journey these past weeks as we’ve dived deep into the physical, emotional and spiritual layers of the glandular system.
The endocrine system is a network of glands throughout the body that release hormones or chemical messengers. They’re responsible for vital processes such as immunity, vitality, fertility, cognition, our ability to tap into higher spiritual realms, our youth, radiance and even our moods.
In many ancient cultures, the glands were considered the physical embodiment of the chakras, or energy centers in the body. Yet in our modern world, so little is known about them beyond the physical functions. Understanding how the glands operate, how to activate and rebalance them is like having a secret weapon in your toolkit. It gives you greater command over your health and moods.
Our 90-minute practice of breath-work, postures, aromatherapy, chanting Gurmukhi mantras and vibrational medicine is specifically designed to target each endocrine gland. As the glandular system operates in a rhythmic energetic frequency, sound healing from the crystal singing bowls and gongs are incredibly effective. The vibrational frequencies quite literally tune into the glands through entrainment or synchronisation, locating any gland that is experiencing physical or emotional dissonance and release stagnant energy. The result is a deep state of relaxation and emotional catharsis – simply put, a balanced mind-body. Something we could all use a little more of.
Awaken Intuition + Unlock Potential
Our last and final week brings our focus to the Pineal & Pituitary Glands, Awaken Intuition + Unlock Potential from October 17th – 23rd. They are my favourite glands, personally and, as you continue to read on, I am sure you will understand why. In fact, they may become your favourite too by the end of this blog post.
The Master Gland’s Hormone Handoff Team
Let’s start with the pituitary which is about the size of a pea and located at the base of the brain. It is considered the “master gland” as it commands the health and hormone secretion rate of all other glands in the body. It has a very strong influence over our fertility, immunity, vitality, metabolism, stress levels and emotional state. Therefore, when you balance your pituitary gland, you access a deep state of overall well-being.
We almost cannot mention the pituitary without bringing up the hypothalamus as they are attached and work in tandem. The hypothalamus produces hormones that regulate the pituitary and control the balance of hormones in the body. It plays a substantial role in the release of dopamine, oxytocin and vasopressin, hormones that are responsible for feelings of happiness, being in love and bonding socially. These chemicals are vital for feeling calm, content and connected.
The pineal gland is approximately the size of a grain of rice – tiny but mighty. It is actually larger before puberty and begins to shrink, or atrophy, as we age. It is named after its shape, which resembles a pine cone. Located in the middle of the brain, the gland secretes melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate the wake-sleep cycles or circadian rhythms. It also produces serotonin, a key neurotransmitter that regulates our mood and is involved in psychiatric treatment for mood disorders.
The pineal gland, only second to the kidneys, receives more blood flow than any other part of the body. It is an enigmatic gland that has mystified scientists for decades. In fact, ancient civilisations knew exponentially more about the gland than we do in modern times – a topic we will explore further below.
These three glands work together as a hormone handoff team. The hypothalamus secretes hormones that communicate with the pituitary gland, signalling release or inhibition of key hormones which in turn harmonise and activate the pineal gland function.
Mastering Addiction through Meditation
The pituitary is the master gland but it still needs to take orders from somewhere. Through meditation, the pineal gland secretes hormones and forms a golden chord with the pituitary gland. This empowers the pituitary to function in an optimal way, allowing the body to come into harmony with the soul. It strengthens our connection to self and to our intuition. The result is an enlightened individual who possesses self-control, enabling us to live up to our fullest potential.
On the other hand, if the pineal does not communicate to the pituitary, the pituitary will look for something to give it orders. Every single addictive substance and behavioural pattern on the planet stimulates the pituitary. Alcohol, substances, food, shopping, sex, video games, tv, complaining, laziness, negative thinking and self-sabotage included.
It is important to ask yourself, “where is my pituitary gland taking orders from? And how can I take back the power of my own tendencies?” Food for thought.
What the Ancients Knew That We Don't
Most ancient esoteric traditions, schools of mysticism and ancient civilisations understood the true potential of the pineal gland. Ancient Greeks revered it to be the connection to the realms of thought. Buddhists considered it to be representative of spiritual awakening. In Hinduism, the pineal directly corresponds with the third eye chakra, the seat of our intuition and clairvoyance. In the Bible, Jesus proclaimed, “The eye is the lamp of the body.” If your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. René Descartes considered the pineal gland to be the seat of the human soul. It is considered to be the link between the physical and spiritual worlds.
The pine cone and sacred eyes have been linked to the pineal gland and can be found depicted in ancient cultures around the world. They are depicted in art in almost every ancient society since the dawn of time. From Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria, Mesoamerican to Buddha in Buddhism and Shiva in Hinduism – the pine cone or eye were used as symbols of wisdom and insight – indicating power, authority and enlightenment.
The pineal gland has many of the same properties of our physical eyes and has photoreceptors. Internally, it is lined with pinealocyte tissue which is similar to the rods and cones in the retina of our eyes. It’s wiring is the same as our physical eyes and connects to the visual cortex of our brain. It is quite literally a third eye.
Additionally, in our pineal gland, there is floating water with crystals with piezoelectric properties, which means it expands and contracts in the presence of electromagnetic fields. Piezoelectric crystals can tune into radio stations – without electricity. Therefore, our pineal gland has the ability to “tune in” to information, spark connection and access higher realms of consciousness.
Getting out of Our Own Way
The hypothalamus–pituitary–pineal gland connection is key to tapping into our intuition and realising our fullest potential. If any of the three glands are imbalanced, it inhibits our ability to transcend the physical realm and access higher realms of consciousness.
If these glands are so powerful, why haven’t we learned about them sooner? And why is this information not publicly taught or available? These questions are deeply debated in scientific, spiritual and esoteric communities.
Science is proving that our modern lifestyles are causing the pineal gland to calcify, rendering it useless. We are quite literally harming our most powerful gland and shutting the gateway to our spiritual connection. Fluoride in tap water and toothpaste is the number one biggest threat. Fluoride interferes with the entire glandular system, not just the pineal gland and quite literally dumbs us down. Other materials such as heavy metals and chemicals in processed inorganic food, known as “endocrine disruptors,” are impeding our glandular health significantly too. We must make informed decisions about our diets and lifestyles to reduce the damage and keep the glands healthy.
It is vital that we ensure our third eye or pineal gland stays open and activated so that we can gain elevated insight and access our highest destiny as human beings.
Our practice this week is centred around just that, realigning the pineal, pituitary and hypothalamus so that we can evolve, break through addictions, connect with our intuition and open the portal to higher realms. We will discuss practices you can do at home in your daily life to strengthen your intuitive connection and keep the glands performing optimally. Let’s explore the very seat of our soul.
Book a mat for our last Unlock Your Vitality, Endocrine Rebalance class this week. See you on Thursday October 17th!
Written by Christina Michele Rios, Quantum Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls facilitator for HOA