How Sunlight Effects The Pineal Gland

Since publishing the article, One Simple Step You Can Take to Activate Your Pineal Gland, thousands from all over the world have arrived at this website, seeking information the pineal gland and ways we can support it’s functioning through nutrition. I am both humbled and wholeheartedly eager to share more. One thing is absolutely clear, there is a universal yearning for more information to support conscious awakening, and at the forefront is a hunger for resources regarding this tiny miraculous gland we call the third eye.

In the last article I outlined the importance of eating fat-soluble sources of vitamin K2 to decalcify the soft tissues in the body.  K2 can be found in grass-fed dairy, butter, meats and pastured eggs. Sorry vegetarians and vegans, unless you like fermented soybeans, you’ll need to start incorporating some butter into your diet to compensate the deficiency of K2.  K2 cannot be properly synthesized in the gut by eating k1 from green leafy veggies.  There’s no way around it, it comes from animal fats.  I was a vegan for 12 years and a vegetarian for 20.  Now I eat pastured dairy and use grass fed butter and I raise my own chickens.

It’s winter here in Maine.  The days are short and accompanied by long and dark nights.  Cold temperatures keep many Mainers inside during the season.  The lack of adequate sunlight and outdoor exposure can leave anyone feeling the ‘winter blues’ and some even suffer from SAD depression, (seasonal affective disorder). SAD is reported by approximately 10 to 20 percent of people with depression and 15 to 22 percent of those with bipolar disorder. While many people understand that the lack of sunlight can have a drastic impact on our mood, most do not understand that the pineal gland is really responsible for our well-being as well as our spiritual sight.

The energy from the sun feeds our pineal gland.  The inside of the tiny pinecone shaped gland is lined with photoreceptor cells, similar to those that are found in the retina. These cells are called pinealocytes and they are hard-wired to the visual cortex of the brain.  The primary role of these photoreceptors is to synchronize the autonomic functions, like our circadian rhythm, and the creation of neurotransmitters like melatonin and serotonin, to light in our environment. Light is absolutely imperative to the generation of these two neurotransmitters. Photoreceptor cells are also located in the retina, and when triggered by sunlight they also produce serotonin in tandem with the pineal gland.

Scientists believe that some environmental light can pass through the skull to reach the pineal gland, but most of the stimulation occurs through the pathways between the eyes and nervous system.  The reactivity of the pineal gland is also influenced by geomagnetic activity, when plasma from the sun’s solar wind sneaks in through the earth’s magnetic poles.  These geomagnetic events cause the pineal gland to vibrate and produce more serotonin and melatonin.

In the long, dark of the winter, it’s important to find opportunities to bath in the light.  Find moments to be outside and turn your face to the sun.  Drink in the light of a window.  If you have shades or curtains in your home, open them each morning to let in the light.  If you usually wear sunglasses, I challenge you to go without, even when driving.  Find a winter activity you can easily participate in, it can be as simple as going for a walk.

Even in the darkness, may you find the solace of light.


My Top Secret, Unbelievable Beauty Secret For Healthy, Younger Looking Skin

I recently celebrated my 34th birthday.  Over the past few years, I have become more aware of the lifestyle choices and what I put in and onto my body.  Our skin is the largest organ.  When there is an issue within the body it will often present on the skin first.  You can tell a lot about an individual’s wellness by the health and appearance of someone’s skin and the clarity of the eyes. While genetics do play a role in how gracefully we age, our lifestyle has much more of an impact. While we can’t do much about the genetics we were dealt, we can make significant changes in our lifestyle to benefit our wellness.  So here it is, my top secret, unbelievable beauty secret for healthy, younger looking skin—I don’t drink. Not drinking is one of my biggest beauty secrets and let me tell you why.

Alcohol is a hepatotoxin that specifically attacks cells in the liver and causes inflammation.  The liver is responsible for removing all toxic substances from your blood.  Alcohol inhibits collagen production; collagen keeps our skin firm and prevents wrinkles. Combined with the constant dehydration, wrinkles tend to become very pronounced in heavy drinkers, specifically between the eyebrows, an area on the face that Chinese medicine links to the liver. Alcohol dilates blood vessels and eventually causes capillaries to burst on the face and eyes. The cute blushing you may have experienced in your twenties can turn into a permanent red completion later in life, especially if you have fair skin.

Alcohol can also trigger rosacea and cause a permanent disfiguring of the facial tissues, especially on and around the nose ( think W.C. Fields). It’s also notorious for creating enlarged pours.  Pours will enlarge in a frantic effort to expel toxins.  Over time they lose their ability to close back up.  If you are able and willing to limit your drinking to an occasional glass of wine, or stop drinking all together, your liver and skin will certainly thank you.  Let me be real here, alcoholism is a serious disease, one that can have devastating effects.  If you or a loved one is having trouble with their drinking, there are many support resources available to you.  If you decide to cut back or stop, there are holistic protocols to support your liver and reverse and arrest some of the damaging effects of alcohol.  Let’s chat. 

Why I Chose to Have a Home Water Birth in Maine.


I was born three months too early. My mother’s body was shutting down, so an emergency caesarian was planned in a frantic effort to save her life.  Weighing in at a little over two pounds, I was dubbed Miss Preemie Universe.  I was rushed to the NICU where I remained for four months, while my mother laid in a pitch black room with toxemia and renal failure. 


Years later she would tell me, she felt so much grief around her birth experience and so much grief as a new mother of a severely premature child. “ what did I do wrong, she thought?” She wanted the chubby Gerber baby, the healthy baby that nursed and slept with pink rosy cheeks. 

Both my mother I did not have the birthing experience that she was hoping for. While her talented medical team was able to save both of our lives, my mother felt grief and anger.  She never got to experience the third trimester of either of her pregnancies.  I can’t image the fear she must have felt being told she was dying and the doctors needed to remove me from her womb to save her life. Not only faced with her own mortality, she was forced to confront the fear of losing her child as well, a fear no mother should ever have to face.  While most mothers long to hold their newborns close, to nurse and comfort, and coddle, my mother just felt overwhelming grief and anger.  Instead of bonding, we both fought frantically to live.

Every mother is deserving of a peaceful, uncomplicated and comfortable birth, one that is supportive and celebrated.    Every child deserves to be brought into the world in a gentle manner, free of trauma.  I While this isn’t always the case, especially in the United States, I believe it’s an ideal that most women hold close as they approach their due date.

No one wishes for complications, unplanned interventions, trauma, and infant mortality, but the reality is that these are a very real possibility for women giving birth in the United States. According to theCenters for Disease Control, the United States has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries. A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of life as one born in Finland or Japan.

When I became pregnant with my daughter, I knew I wanted a very different birth story then the one my mother and I shared.  I was haunted by the fear that, I too, would have a premature child or develop life-threatening toxemia.  Despite my fears, I felt an undeniable yearning to reclaim the birth experience that my mother did not have.  For me the choice was crystal clear—if all went well, I would opt to have water birth, in the comfort of my own home and entrust my prenatal and postnatal care to a talented and caring midwife.

A woman’s birth plan and choice of care givers is a deeply personal one.  I did not arrive at the decision to home birth lightly, but felt after much research and spiritual investigation, it would be the best possible choice for myself and my child. I am fortunate to live in Maine, were home birth is legal and midwifes are plentiful.   I was even surprised to find that my insurance company covered my care and birth with my midwife.

Not only did I have a healthy, robust pregnancy, I carried my daughter full-term. She was actually a day late and weighed in at 8.9 pounds and was 22 inches long!  My labor was very quick. I pushed for 10 minutes and delivered my daughter in the water.  It was absolutely perfect.  She never left my chest after being born, and never left my side for the next few days.  My home birth was everything I had hoped it would be.  I felt safe, supported and in control the entire time.  Surrendering to the process and pain and moving beyond my fear has changed me for life.

 If you are considering having a home birth in Maine I would love to speak with you about my experience and see how Reiki can support your pregnancy and natural birth plan.  Since I offer in-home reiki treatments, I can be with you weeks before your labor, helping to ease the discomforts of pregnancy, support your birth, and even visit for treatments in your home, long after your baby is born. 


In-Home Reiki Treatment Changed My Life and it Can Change Yours Too


How In-Home Reiki Treatment Changed My Life and How it Can Change Yours

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Introducing In-Home Reiki and Healing Sessions In Portland, Maine

 I am excited to announce that I am taking my healing practice to the road and now offering the option of  in-home Reiki and energy work to new and current clients within  30 miles of the Greater Portland, Maine area.  Having a mobile practice allows me to treat within the convenience and comfort of the home. This is especially beneficial for individuals  whose illness and pain keep them within the home, hospital, or nursing facility.

In-home Reiki is also ideal for anyone struggling with anxiety and PTSD.  It's also great for expecting or new mothers, or parents that otherwise would need to find childcare for a session.  For clients who prefer the studio environment, that option will remain be available as well.

If you are ready to try an alternative healing modality or looking for energetic support in your life, I would love the opportunity to speak with you and see if in-home healing and Reiki might be a perfect fit for you.


2015 In-Home Reiki Pricing

Individual Sessions

30 min session….$55

60 min session….$85

90 min session….$130



Four 30 min sessions for the price of three….$165

Four 60 min sessions for the price of three….$255

Four 90 min sessions for the price of three….$390


Monthly Rates

Frequency can greatly improve treatment outcomes. I offer a 20% discounted monthly rate for clients who book 3 times a week for a month at a time.

About the Author:

Erin’s work as a healer is dedicated to helping others find wellness and a deeper spiritual understanding. Located in Portland, Maine, her healing arts practice combines intuitive energy work, with sound and crystal therapies to heal and transform individuals on a soul level. Using holistic photography, she documents and celebrates authentic beauty and transformation.

Whether you are struggling with chronic pain, disease, anxiety, depression, rapid life transitions, or perhaps you just need a new direction, Erin offers gentle energetic support and guidance to help restore balance and wholeness, increase well-being and joyful heart connection.