Let’s face it. Our world is a complex jungle of data and stimulation. If we don’t manage our whole self within that environment, we can easily become stressed with stimuli overload. The brain tries to take care of this dilemma by filtering down to the subconscious about 99% of the information coming into our receptors of vision, hearing, smell and bodily sensation. That leaves a slice of unfathomable amounts of data for us to manage in our conscious state as our brains automatically fire off millions of connections along neural pathways.
Holistic health involves integrating the mind, body and spirit for wellness and thriving. It takes the whole village within us to make us work most effectively. Future articles will address how the mind and thoughts affect our brain and body. Today we focus on where in the brain the mind and spirit connect, to help us understand how greater self-discovery and connectedness to a larger vision occur. And, we need to be able to do this within a world that tends to promote distraction and information overload.
This is not new brain information. In 1641, Rene Descartes, asserted that the pineal gland is the place in the brain where the soul and mind meet and effect us as one. The pineal gland is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, and naturally produces melatonin, which is a hormone that can be used to assist with sleep. Analytically connecting this information is interesting in that the pineal gland is related to relaxation from the hormone it produces; it sits in a place of balance between right and left brain hemispheres; and, connects the mind to spiritual expression. All of this is helpful to personal growth in exploring ourselves in a meaningful way.
The pineal gland naturally produces a chemical known as DMT, which also exists in some plants. Tribal shamans use plants that produce DMT to induce psychic experiences for greater learning, self-understanding and visionary expansion. DMT stimulates the sensory limbic system within the brain to be more active than the thinking cortex part of the brain, thus helping our true feelings and sensations to override our analytical and sometimes ego-driven mind. With more release of DMT, we can better discover our truths and intentions.
When we are still, quiet, breathing deeply and meditating, our brain is functioning more in balance and stimulating rich blood flow that nourishes the pineal gland and helps produce more DMT. This natural chemical release then supports greater discovery of self-truth through heightened feelings, calmness and sometimes spiritual states of euphoria.
We are equipped with everything we need. We just have to slow down, be aware and nourish ourselves through breathing and calmness to help us thrive, self-heal, and re-discover who we really are.
If you want to learn more about how the pineal gland and DMT work to help your holistic health, there are many resources online and at libraries. A special event in Central Florida will focus on this topic as part of a presentation by IONS: Institute of Noetic Sciences, with details below.
Note: Portions of this article are taken from the author’s book to be released in 2011: Harnessing Intuition.
Local event: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Documentary Film hosted by Deland IONS Group: “DMT – The Spirit Molecule”
DeLand Public Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand, FL, Free. More info contact Maggie @ 386-451-9208