Many who have studied the workings of the pineal gland realize it has earned the name ‘the seat of enlightenment’ for good reason. The pineal is a transmitter of the spiritual or divine self as well as the grosser, earthly or physical self. Science is just beginning to unravel how this tiny endocrine gland in the center of our mind is able to turn humankind’s barbarous cravings into a yearning for oneness with Cosmic Consciousness or the ‘Kingdom of God Within,’ – while giving us the physical ability to realize it.
Modern medicine is altogether ignorant of the ‘ductless’ glands. The scientific study of endocrines and their hormones, in fact, is just shy of forty-five years standing, although about 170 years ago a French savant, Theophile de Bordeu, entered some study of the subject, including the making of an elixir which was injected into the skin of his subjects. His presumption that spirit was freed through a chemical process alone was wrong, however, he was correct in understanding the importance of neurochemistry in awakening the Cosmic Mind. This does not mean that scholars and shamans, yogis, and seekers of spirit going back thousand of years are not well versed in the alchemical magic the pineal can induce.
Though a guru might tap a student on the forehead, giving what is called ‘shaktipat’ to induce an enlightened awareness or kundalini experience, all the guru is really doing is observing that a yearning spirit is ready to experience a dissolution of ego. When the time is ripe within any individual, be it from yogic practice, a karmic predisposition, a near-death experience or any number of other ‘priming’ activities, a neurochemical process unfolds from the tiny ‘spirit’ factory within the pineal itself.
The Neurohormonal Cascade of God Consciousness
There are a few neurohormones produced by the pineal which are key to unlocking the secrets of the ages. When these hormones are released, under rare and specific circumstances, a spiritual big bang occurs.
Melatonin production is instigated by the pineal gland in periods of darkness via indirect stimulation from the optic nerve, and this neurohormone modulates our sleep-wake states. Melatonin allows waking self-consciousness to rest, so that our body consciousness can focus on its work of repairing itself without the meddling distractions of the ego/body consciousness and the various physical activities of the body associated with being awake. Melatonin silences self-consciousness, but METAtonin goes one step further. It allows the consciousness to remain in-tact while freeing it from the confines of the ego-based physical body.