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Keep the pineal gland operating and you won’t grow old – You will always be young!

The pineal gland was called the “third eye” by ancient people. It was thought to have mystical powers. This may be why the French philosopher Descartes decided that the pineal gland was the seat of the human soul, the location of what we call the mind. The pineal does contain a complete map of the visual field of the eyes, and it plays several significant roles in human functioning.

Also called the pineal body or epiphysis cerebri, the pineal gland is important to this discussion for two reasons. First, it is the center for the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is implicated in a wide range of human activities. It regulates daily body rhythms, most notably the day/night cycle (circadian rhythms).

Melatonin is released in the dark, during sleep. The recent melatonin craze sweeping through the health conscious community makes claims that the hormone slows the aging process (a defense against free radicals), prevents jet lag, is implicated in seasonal affective disorder, coordinates fertility, and allows for deep restful sleep patterns.

Melatonin is a very ancient hormone that is found throughout the animal kingdom. In reptiles and birds the pineal is close to the skin and needs no interaction with the eye to register day/night cycles (this is where the notion of the ‘third eye” comes from). In these animals, the pineal gland is the master clock. In mammals, however, the pineal gland is subordinate to the eye/SCN system. Light severely curtails the production of melatonin.

Melatonin has been shown to inhibit the growth and metastasis of some tumors in experimental animals, and may therefore play a role in cancer inhibition. Removal of the pineal gland and/or reduction in melatonin output have been implicated in the increased incidence of breast cancer in laboratory animals. Patients who have breast cancer have lower levels of melatonin in the blood. The hormone has also been shown to be protective against genetic damage, and it has a stimulatory effect on the immune system.

The anticancer role of melatonin in humans is not established yet, but in a study involving blind women, melatonin production was found to be higher at all times. This finding was associated with the finding that breast cancer in this study was correspondingly lower for these blind women compared to the general population.

The pineal gland has been implicated in a number of disorders including cancer, sexual dysfunction, hypertension, epilepsy, and Paget’s disease. The pineal gland calcifies with age and melatonin production correspondingly decreases. This decline in melatonin has been suggested to be a trigger for the aging process.

Environmental stresses affect pineal function, impacting overall body alertness, temperature levels, and hormone operation. Stresses that affect pineal function include unusual light and dark rhythms, radiation, magnetic fields, nutritional imbalances, temperature swings, high altitude, and overall daily stress patterns.

Melatonin, if any of these claims turn out to be substantial, is a powerful body chemical, with important implications for human functioning, especially (I would suggest) for blind and visually impaired individuals. If light inhibits melatonin production, then blind individuals lack a mechanism for balancing the melatonin levels in the blood.

Melatonin overload may be related to seasonal affective disorder, the depression some people feel during the overcast, short days of the winter months (when there is minimal sunlight). Are blind individuals more susceptible to depression because of a melatonin imbalance?

I’ve worked with enough blind children to know that their sleep patterns get all messed up. We usually tell parents that the reason is simply a lack of feedback about when day has set and night is here. We establish a routine for the blind students that replaces the natural rhythm. The role of melatonin may be important for these children. We may be able to help them sleep better and in a more balanced rhythm using medications to counter the excess melatonin in their blood streams. This is not an endorsement of drug therapy, only speculation as to whether its use would be helpful.

Studies do show that partially sighted eyes may still maintain subconscious awareness of light or its absence. For these people, the circadian rhythms established by the pineal gland are intact. For totally blind individuals, with no subconscious feedback to the pineal gland, there may be periods of severe insomnia, or they may fall asleep at unusual times (like during math class).

The second reason for interest in the pineal gland is that it contains magnetic material in birds and other animals. It is a center for navigation. This, of course, is important for blind individuals. If the pineal gland turns out to contain magnetic material in humans (researchers are looking), then it may be involved in navigational processing. Magnetic processing is subtle and may be part of the bodies unconscious navigational system. Mobility specialists are aware of this possibility, but we have yet to use it to train students.

Studies done mostly with birds strongly suggest that the pineal gland is a center for navigation. Scientists believe that the pineal body is a magnetoreceptor, capable of monitoring magnetic fields, and helping to align the body in space. Changing the direction of magnetic fields around the heads of birds alters their ability to orient.

Electromagnetic fields (EMF) suppress the activity of the pineal gland and reduce melatonin production. EMF activity therefore disrupts the bodies circadian rhythms.

In lower vertebrates, the pineal gland has an eye like structure and it functions as a light receptor. The pineal gland may be the evolutionary forerunner of the modern eye. It is located within the third ventricle. It is large in children, but shrinks at puberty. It appears to play a major role in sexual development, hibernation in animals, metabolism, and seasonal breeding. In humans it affects circadian rhythms, sleep patterns (melatonin levels increase at night), and is implicated in seasonal affective disorder. The abundant melatonin levels in children is believed to inhibit sexual development. When puberty arrives, melatonin production is reduced.

There is a pathway from the retinas to the hypothalamus called the retinohypothalamic tract. It brings information about light and dark cycles to a region of the hypothalamus called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). From the SCN, nerve impulses travel via the pineal nerve (sympathetic nervous system) to the pineal gland. These impulses inhibit the production of melatonin. When these impulses stop (at night, when light no longer stimulates the hypothalamus), pineal inhibition ceases and melatonin is released. The pineal gland is therefore a photosensitive organ and an important timekeeper for the human body.

Retinal research done with hamsters demonstrates another center for melatonin production. Located in the retina, this center implies that the eyes have their own built in circadian timepiece. This retinal system is distinct from the brains body clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). Biologists found that they could throw the retinal rhythms out of sync with other circadian cycles. They also found that they could set and reset the retinal clock even when the SCN was destroyed.

The retinal clock produces (stimulates the production of?) melatonin. Researchers are now looking for the exact location (s) of this clock in the human eye (and expect to find it). No one yet knows what the separate clock is for or how it relates to the SCN. One thing is clear: there is a melatonin craze right now. People are taking regular doses of the hormone. There is a question whether or not regular doses of melatonin may damage the eye over time. Melatonin could affect the timing of hormone peaks in the eye. High retinal melatonin levels combined with exposure to bright light might cause retinal damage. This is speculation (a caution) at this time.

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Shadow People, Ghosts, Aliens or Inter Dimensional Beings

Did you see that dark, fleeting shape out of the corner of your eye? Perhaps you caught a glimpse of a strange entity that is being seen with greater regularity around the world. “What was that?” You were sitting comfortably on your sofa reading the latest issue of Fortean Times in the dim light when movement across the room caught your attention. It seemed dark and shadowy, but there was nothing there. You returned to your reading – and a moment later there it was again. You looked up quickly this time and saw the fleeting but distinctly human shape of the shadow pass quickly over the far wall… and disappear.

Shadow Being

Shadow Being

What was that? Some natural shadow? Your heightened imagination? A ghost? Or was it something that seems to be a spreading phenomenon – apparitions that are coming to be known as “shadow people” or “shadow beings.” Perhaps this is an old phenomenon with a new name that is now being discussed more openly, in part thanks to the Internet. Or maybe it’s a phenomenon that, for some reason, is manifesting with greater frequency and intensity now.

Those who are experiencing and studying the shadow people phenomenon say that these entities almost always used to be seen out of the corner of the eye and very briefly. But more and more, people are beginning to see them straight on and for longer periods of time. Some experiencers testify that they have even seen eyes, usually red, on these shadow beings.

The mysterious sightings have become a hot topic of conversation in paranormal chat rooms, message boards and websites, and it was given widespread attention on The Art Bell talk radio show. Art’s listeners even submitted their drawings of how they perceived these beings, and they can be seen in a haunting gallery on Art’s site.

What are shadow people and where do they come from? Several theories have been offered.

The Imagination
The explanation we get from skeptics and mainstream science – and who are usually people who have never experienced the shadow people phenomenon – is that it is nothing more than the active human imagination. It’s our minds playing tricks on us… our eyes seeing things in a fraction of a second that aren’t really there – illusions… real shadows caused by passing auto headlights, or some similar explanation. And without a doubt, these explanations probably can account for some if not many experiences. The human eye and mind are easily fooled. But can they account for all cases?

Ghosts
To call these entities ghosts demands first a definition of what we mean by ghosts. (See the article: “Ghosts: What Are They?”) But by almost any definition, shadow people are somewhat different than ghost phenomena. Whereas ghost apparitions are almost always a misty white, vaporish or have a decidedly human form and appearance (very often with discernable “clothing”), shadow beings are much darker and more shadow-like. In general, although the shadow people often do have a human outline or shape, because they are dark, the details of their appearance is lacking. This is in contrast to many ghost sightings in which the witness can describe the ghost’s facial features, style of clothing and other details. The one detail most often noted in some shadow being sightings are their glowing red eyes.

Demons or Other Spirit Entities
The dark countenance and malevolent feelings that are often reported in association with these creatures has led some researchers to speculate that they may be demonic in nature. If they are demons, we have to wonder what their purpose or intent is in letting themselves be seen in this manner. Is it merely to frighten?

Astral Bodies
One interesting idea suggests that shadow people are the shadows or essences of people who are having out-of-body experiences. According to Jerry Gross, an author, lecturer and teacher about astral travel, we all travel out of the body when we are asleep. Perhaps, this theory says, we are seeing the ephemeral astral bodies of these twilight travelers.

Time Travelers
People from our own future, another idea states, could have found the means to travel to the past – our time. However they are able to accomplish this incredible feat, perhaps in that state they appear to us merely as passing shadows as they observe the events of our timeline.

Inter dimensional Beings
Even mainstream science is fairly convinced that there are dimensions other than the three we inhabit. And if these other dimensions exist, who or what (if anything) inhabits them? Some theorists say that these dimensions exist parallel and very close to our own, although invisible to us. And if there are inhabitants in these other dimensions, it is possible that they have found a way to intrude on our dimension and become, at least partially, visible? If so, they could very well appear as shadows. It has long been held by psychics and other sensitives that beings on other planes of existence are of different “vibrations.” Science is beginning to look at reality, on a quantum level, in the same way – that particles of the smallest size exist as vibrations. Perhaps, some theorize, the vibrations of our existence are beginning to mesh with those of another dimension, which accounts for the increase in such phenomena as ghosts, shadow people and possibly aliens.

Aliens
The alien and abduction phenomena are so bizarre that it’s no surprise that extraterrestrials are suspects as the shadow people.  Abductees have reported in many cases that the alien grays seem to be able to pass through walls and closed windows, and to appear and disappear abruptly, among other otherworldly talents. Perhaps, too, they can go about their alien agenda disguised in the shadows.

There’s a good deal of overlapping among the above ideas, of course. Aliens and ghosts could be inter dimensional beings, or aliens could be time travelers – and some believe demons are responsible for all of these disturbing phenomena.

There is no way to prove or disprove any theories about a phenomenon that is so mysterious, that happens so quickly and without warning. Science finds it virtually impossible to catalog or study such phenomena in any methodical way. All we can do, at present, is to document personal experiences and try to piece together what the shadow people phenomenon might be. Perhaps it’s an old mystery becoming more recognizable… perhaps it represents a doorway to and from different planes of existence… or perhaps it’s just shadows.

Eric Pepin

How to Communicate with God

God does not speak a physical language of mouth noises like we do. But there is a Universal language that all beings understand.

Communicate with God

Communicate with God

God is not a man or a woman, this you already know. God is an energy being containing a balance of both polarities. Because God is energy, it does not communicate in the way that we do with spoken language. If you speak to God in this way its like talking to the Earth or a tree and expecting it to understand you. Energy beings communicate using the language of frequency. The closest bridge to help us understand this language is that of emotion.

Emotion is a vast language that is much more intricate and more complex than any spoken language in existence. If I ask you to look at the mouse on your desk, you can tell what it would feel like to touch it, without having to touch it. It contains a frequency, an essence that holds all the information of what it is. There is no single word that can describe how heavy it is, its color, what its made of, how old it is and a thousand other concepts related to it. If you simply say ‘mouse’ you loose the essence of what the object really is in its entirety. By using words all the time we have reduced life to a very flat, one dimensional representation of what it actually is. We have started to believe that the word IS the thing it refers to.

Now, contrast this with all the attributes that are contained in the object you are labeling “mouse’. All of these characteristics come together to form a unique frequency. That frequency “IS” the essence of the mouse and everything there is to know about it, including how it was made, where its been, how long it will last in the future, everything! It’s all contained in that one unique frequency or emotion. It is something you feel with your own energy, it is not something that can be adequately put into words.

What does all this have to do with communicating with God?

To put it simply, emotion is the language of the universe. Emotion is understood by all beings of all types. Energy beings do not have vocal chords to propel sound or ear drums to hear with. They communicate through the broadcasting of emotion. God, being the ultimate energy being, is no different. God doesn’t speak English or Japanese. In fact, God doesn’t even speak for that matter!

If you want to communicate with God you can’t use words. You have to use emotional communication. Words are too slow and heavy to move at the speed that God resides. This is why prayer is usually ineffective. You talk and you talk and you might as well be playing music to get your desired effect. The few times it does work is because of the emotional broadcast that is exuded along with the words. The words are meaningless. It is the emotion that does the trick.

To learn more about the language of emotion and how it affects your spiritual journey please visit The Higher Balance Institute:
Written by Brandon Sangor

7 Steps to Creating PSI Balls Of Energy

First and foremost the first thing you need to accept before you can try and create a psi ball of energy is to accept the fact that we are all basically energy beings. All life is sustained by means of the Life Force, which pervades the entire universe, and is evident in all dimensions of life and reality.
There are many names for this Life Force but it is still fundamentally the energy from which all things are made and are integral aspects. Once we can accept this we can begin to learn energy control.

Psi Balls are all about Perfecting our Energy

Psi Balls are all about Perfecting our Energy

To begin with your mind and thoughts must be focused entirely on the task at hand. Put aside all the mundane things of daily life and have confidence that you have the ability to create a PSI Ball. Without this belief you will not succeed and with failure comes the belief that these abilities are beyond your reach.

1. Completely relax. It is important that you are able to achieve a state of complete relaxation as quickly and deeply as possible. It would be very helpful to learn meditation and relaxation exercises to help you get into this state quickly.

2. Close your eyes and imagine a glowing white sphere of white light on the top of your head. Hold the white sphere of light in this position at the top of your head.

3. Now imagine this light beginning to travel down your body; through your neck to your shoulders. As the light gets to your shoulders the light divides in two, half the light travels down your right arm and half the light travels down your left arm.

4. As the light reaches your wrists notice how bright and powerful the light is. Feel the energy and know that it will respond to your every thought.

5. Place your hands about four inches apart and fingers slightly cupped as if you were holding a grapefruit. Imagine the brilliant white balls of light traveling from your wrists to the palms of your hands and then emerge from your palms to form a brilliant white ball of light between your cupped hands.

6. Focus on the ball of light and feel the warm glow of energy coming from the ball of light. Picture the ball of light, as it increasingly gets hotter and hotter. Feel the pulsating power and know beyond all doubt that it will respond to your every wish.

7. Finally, move your hands closer together and feel the energy as it resists you and fights your efforts to compress it. Move your hands apart and notice how the energy releases with your movements.

You have just created your first PSI ball of energy. With practice you can learn to manipulate this energy and know that it is at your will and will react the way you want it too. If you want the light to be more visible, all you have to do is will it to be so. Give thanks to the Universe for the powers that have allowed you to accomplish this and appreciation for the understanding that we are all part of the Universal Life Force. There really is no such thing as separation; it is a construct we must break free of. When you can really understand that, creating a PSI ball of energy is just the tip of the iceberg.

Instructions For Your Spiritual Life

~Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

– Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
– When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
– Follow the three res. Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for all your actions.
– Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
– Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
– Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
– When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
– Spend some time alone every day.
– Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
– Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
– Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
– A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
– In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
– Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
– Be gentle with the earth.
– Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
– Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
– Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
– Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
~ Namaste ~

Start Your Spiritual Journey…You’re Not Alone….

Your entire life you have been searching for meaning, a purpose, a reason for your existence.

You feel an inner sense guiding you It fills you with a Desire to know the truth. It Defies Logic It Defies Reasoning.

Your Inner Sense tells you that what you See, What you Touch is not all There Is.

Come Along For The Ride.

Listen Deeply Feel Deeply You Know its True.

There is a Veil that Separates you from some other place. A Place that holds the Truth of Who and What you Are.

Without reason you find yourself Wanting, Needing to Reconnect with IT!

Do You Remember?

Spiritual Enlightenment: A Delusion?

By Eric Pepin

You’re driving along, minding your own business and all of a sudden the sunset has assaulted your senses with all the color and light of an otherworldly portal. Before you know it you find yourself…contemplating life?

Why do we do that? Is there some spiritual force there, or has the sunset tweaked our brain?

To answer this, we have to explore the feeling. When you saw the colors, the lights, the size… was extraordinary, right? But was what you felt simply the sum of its visual parts, or was there something more?

I’ve talked to hundreds of people who’ve felt the same thing while sitting by themselves, taking a walk in nature, or meditating. They describe a smoldering spiritual presence even without those events. So we know that there is definitely a feeling that many people share.

So what is the feeling?

It comes from something called the ‘Navigator’, which is a fancy name for your brain’s ‘instinctual sense’. The Navigator can feel this macro-spiritual connection if you can stop and pay attention. You don’t feel it all the time because most people just don’t know how to quiet their minds; there’s too much chatter.

It just so happens that a beautiful sunset, with its awe-inspiring colors and light, has the power to stimulate you into that particular state of mind. It’s kind of a wake up call – a reminder, that you’re a part of something big.

But it is also reaching out to you. For that window of time, a spiritual transmission has burst into your reality to reach out to you and anyone who can share in it. Those who are open to those feelings will not limit the fullness of that fantastic moment.

What’s this about communication?

The Universe is one huge living organism. We are all a part of it, just like how the cells in your body are living organisms within you, all living independently, and oblivious of you.

There are subtle forms of ‘communication’ between the parts and the whole. That’s why for example, you can get an ulcer from doing stressful work; the messages you are sending to your cells are erratic and confusing. And that’s why during a sunset you feel like you are shaking hands with God.

Spiritual Desire is also a desire for Answers and Ultimate Truth.

Human Beings are naturally exploratory. Once we explore the area directly around us, we naturally want to know what’s beyond the next hill.

Today, with the information age and the internet, information gaps are closing, and all the out-of-touch religions and folk-beliefs are losing credibility. Although 90% of people are ok with whatever satisfies the spiritual desire, the real seekers are pushing that boundary, hungry to understand greater and greater levels of truth.

True seekers aren’t satisfied with the same old program everyone else seems to be following. There is something beckoning inside, a rebelliousness, to discard everything they’ve been given for something better.

Returning Home

Spiritual Desire also encompasses an inner need to return, like fragments of a shattered whole who all know that they were once part of something whole, and desire to one day return.

The Universe is here to experience life in this dimension. We are all a part of that experience-gathering process. The eventual return to the whole is as natural as the hand that reaches out to collect something shiny to bring it back to the eye to view (Yes, the Universe thinks this dimension is shiny).

That’s one of the reasons meditation is so satisfying, you can go to a place of rest and peace anytime you like, and it gives you a recharge to take on life again.

Higher Balance Institute offers tools for meditation, spiritual development, enhanced intuition and sensory awareness in the world. Our mission is simple – to awaken the world one mind at a time. For more information and free eBooks please visit us at Fast Spiritual Awakening.

Do we have a Sixth Sense?

People are always speaking about the sixth sense. We have all heard of woman’s intuition, the gut feeling of a firefighter, or how children are intuitive. These things seem common enough. Ask any mother about the gut feeling they get when it comes to protecting their children and they will tell you that it’s as natural as the rain to listen to that inner voice. What if that sensory, that inner voice, those subtle feelings were the first whisper of something very profound? The Sixth Sense. Most people would associate this concept with Hollywood or hotline psychics but the truth of it is that we use this sensory every day. Read the rest of do we have psychic power