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.


What is Reiki and How Does it Work?


Reiki is an ancient healing technique of laying on hands that uses universal life energy, or Qi, to heal balance and restore wellness. Reiki is an effective healing art that can treat physical, emotional, mental and spiritual imbalances.  As a Reiki practitioner, my body acts as a channel through which the healing energy flows. Reiki is gentle and relaxing and is ideal for everyone, no matter the ailment or age. 

During typical Reiki session, clients lay, fully clothed, on the massage table.  Shoes and socks are often removed for comfort. The treatment room is a relaxing and safe space.   After a short assessment of emotional or physical pain, I place my hands in various positions onto my client’s body. The energy flows into the palms of my hands. Often clients remark how much heat they feel coming from my hands.  This energy is very intuitive and will always move the areas of imbalance and stagnation.

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

About the Author

Erin is a certified Usui Reiki practitioner and Spiritual Teacher. Her awakening was guided by Spirit to the ancestral wisdom of the earth and stars.  She offers Reiki at her healing arts studio is located in Portland, Maine.