reply to post by Specimen
On second thought, now that I've rethought what I wrote earlier, I was rash to say the pineal gland isn't related to producing higher consciousness.
Technically speaking, some area of the brain must be responsible for production of the neurotransmitter responsible for the states described by
mystics, shamans, etc.
As said earlier, attention seems to be localized in the orbitofrontal cortex (fMRI scans of people concentrating on a particular task causes this area
of the brain to light up), whereas the sense of an independent free will, or "superconsciousness", can be found in the dorsolateral cortex, which
would be right behind our forehead. It seems that area of the brain is most essential to directing the body as well as thoughts, and perhaps even
plays a lead part in attaining higher states of awareness. Helps explain why the thickest part of our cranium protects just this part of the brain.
But the real question is, what educes these higher states? All mental states are caused by neurotransmitters - chemicals produced in the brain. So
which neurotransmitter engenders these radical shifts in consciousness? Perhaps it is the pineal gland, and perhaps dmt is the neurotransmitter
involved in creating these states of mind.
There are glands for every other chakra as well.
As far we know, these glands are related to body function, not consciousness. Though, since the hypothalamus - the "master gland", as it is
sometimes called - essentially directs the endocrine system, and the hypothalamus is directly linked with activity in the prefrontal cortex,
systemically speaking, each gland may be related to a particular set of conscious perceptions.
NOW, my problem is this, and it with all the chakras as well. If those glands are what we focus on in meditiations, are some of us doing a physical
reaction to those glands that once we focus on leading to some later health issues?
From a higher perspective, glands, chemicals, they are just intermediaries between the mind and the body. So it would be rather pointless to meditate
on the glands themselves. Rather, the chakra centers would be the energetic duplicate of the gland. The gland is the physical organ where chemical
activity is situated in the body; the "energy center" or chakra, would be an astral reflection of this activity. Therefore, meditation on the center
would heighten activity in the gland itself.
And definitely, It could very lead to health issues. I've heard that overstimulation of certain chakras could result in hyperthyroidism (a chemical
imbalance in the thyroid gland), producing feelings of insomnia, anxiety, etc. Since the mind and body connection is amazingly complex (see the
placebo effect for examples), who knows what else could result from these practices.
If you do want to play around with it, logic would recommend that you work with someone who has experience with it. That you work slowly, and
methodically, so as not to overwhelm your bodys natural response.