The Pineal Gland: The Key to Opening the Third Eye

Spiritual traditions associate and activate pineal gland by awakening the third eye of inner vision, insight, and wisdom. In Daoist practices, the region of the brain bounded by the pineal, the pituitary, and hypothalamus are referred to as the glands of higher consciousness.

This area sits between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and between the forebrain of reason and the hindbrain of instinct. Many meditation practices often suggest the visualization of this space, as most individuals have difficulty sensing it due to these structures not being directly touched or seen.

However, with a little practice, it is simple to connect to and activate these spiritual glands through our awareness, visualization, and clear intention. For visualization purposes, it may easier to imagine the location being directly in between the eyebrows. There are four key practices that are effective in tapping into these spiritual glands.


It Always Begins with the Breath

Various breathing exercises pump the brain with oxygen and activate the pineal and pituitary glands as well as stimulating the flow of cerebrospinal fluid.

Physical Touch through Gentle Tapping

Gently tapping your forehead in between your eyebrows activates the pineal gland and all three structures of higher consciousness. The vibration sends a wave directly back to the pineal gland, activating it in the process. The same vibration also moves through the bones to the sphenoid, which in turn stimulates the pituitary gland.

The Healing Practice of Vibration

The vibrations created by humming or chanting mantras activate the pineal gland. Sending vibration to this specific location encourages these glands to expand and offer a wealth of clarity for your intuition.

The Relaxation of Joy

Smiling opens both the heart and the crown, allowing more light to penetrate while also increasing the vibration of the organs. Laughing and smiling reduce stress and relax the body, which increases the flow of Chi or Prana (life force). Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, promoting feelings of well-being. Relaxation increases blood flow, which amplifies gland activation.