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"Seeing" More: Detoxifying Your Pineal Gland

When I returned home after those long couple of weeks away, which I'll share about in due time, I'd received more than a couple of articles about this topic - the Pineal Gland, what it may do for spiritual sight, and how to detoxify it for improved clarity. While not something I'm through researching yet, the detox tips are great for more than just our minds, and I found this writeup to be a fair 101. Highlights here and the rest of the story at thehealersjournal.com:

Rapid Detoxification of the Third Eye (Pineal Gland)

By Estella Hoad | Rise Earth

(from wikipedia): “The pineal gland (also called the pineal body, epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis, conarium or the third eye) is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces the serotonin derivative melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and seasonal functions. Its shape resembles a tiny pine cone (hence its name), and it is located near the centre of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join.”

"This pineal gland is activated by light, and it controls the various bio-rhythms of the body. It works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland which directs the body’s thirst, hunger, sexual desire and the biological clock that determines our aging process. When it awakens, one feels a pressure at the base of the brain.

To activate the ‘third eye’ is to raise one’s frequency and moving into higher consciousness – all is a consciousness experience perceived through the Eye of Time or Third Eye.

While the physiological function of the pineal gland has been unknown until recent times, mystical traditions and esoteric schools have long known this area in the middle of the brain to be the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans, the pineal gland has been seen as a gateway that leads within to inner realms and spaces of higher consciousness. Awakening the third eye acts as a 'stargate.'

"Meditation, Visualization Yoga, and all forms of Out of Body travel, open the Third Eye and allow you to ‘see’ beyond the physical.

Calcification of the Pineal Gland

"Most people’s pineal glands are heavily calcified by the time they are 17 years old, so much so that they show up as a lump of calcium during an MRI.

"The pineal gland begins to calcify due to the harmful effects of artificial substances such as fluoride chemicals found in public water systems and toothpaste, hormones and additives put into processed foods and sugars and artificial sweeteners dumped into soft drinks. Cell phones are also being pinpointed as being harmful to the pineal gland due to high concentrations of radiation."

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Benefits of Detoxifying and Activating Your Pineal Gland

"Detoxification and Activation of the third eye can bring vast improvements of our life. An open third eye brings clarity, concentration, perspicuity, bliss, intuition, decisiveness and insight as well as:

  • Vivid dreams.
  • Lucid dreams.
  • Easier to astral project.
  • Better sleep.
  • Enhanced imagination.
  • Enabling Aura viewing, seeing energy, seeing beings, and seeing with eyes closed.
  • Clear channels and ablitly to feel energy.

"A closed third eye or “Ajna Chakra” in Hindu tradition brings with it confusion, uncertainty, cynicism, pessimism, jealousy, envy and one sidedness."

How To Decalcify Your Pineal Gland

"The idea of having a calcified pineal gland can be likened to a door being glued shut. Although the pathway is unable to be used while it is glued shut, it is still a doorway never the less! With constant pushing the door will eventually break open."

  • Avoid all things fluoride: Tap water, cooking with tap water, fluoridated toothpaste, inorganic fruits and vegetables, showers with out filter, red meat, and any sodas and artificial food and drinks."

(Still using fluoridated toothpaste? Try my natural remineralizing, whitening tooth-powder instead. Not only is it natural and fluoride-free, but it's mineral content can actually help rebuild teeth that have been worn away or stripped of enamel by carbonated drinks, or even lemon water. I found that it completely eliminated severe tooth sensitivity within just the first couple of weeks' use.)

  • Pineal gland detoxifiers and stimulants: Hydrilla Verticillata, Chlorella, Spirulina, blue-green algae, Iodine, Zeolite, ginseng, borax, D3, Bentonite clay, chlorophyll, blue skate liver oil.
  • Foods: raw cacao, goji berries, cilantro, watermelon, bananas, honey, coconut oil, hemp seeds, seaweed, and noni juice.
  • Essentials oils can be used to help stimulate the Pineal Gland and facilitate states of spiritual awareness, meditation, astral projection, etc.: Lavender, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Parsley, Davana, Pine, Pink Lotus, and Mugwort. Essential oils can be inhaled directly, burned in a diffuser or nebulizer, and added to bath water.
  • Citric acid (lemons); Garlic (about half a bulb a day); Raw apple cider vinegar.
  • Sungazing (Gazing at the sun during the first 15 minutes of sunrise and last 15 minutes of sunset will do wonders for your pineal gland)
  • Regular Meditation and Chanting.

"Chanting causes the tetrahedron bone in the nose to resonate which causes the Pineal Gland to be stimulated and when it is stimulated it secretes more beneficial hormones, and remember: these beneficial hormones keep your appearance youthful."

The sound “OM” resonates with the Fourth Chakra, known as the Heart Center, the seat of Unconditional Love. Chanting OM opens you up to Universal and cosmic awareness.

  • Crystals: Amethyst (wand), Laser Quartz (wand), Moonstone, Pietersite, Purple Sapphire, Purple Violet Tourmaline, Rhodonite, Rose Aura, and Sodalite. However, any indigo, violet, or dark purple gemstone or crystal can be used to stimulate the Pineal Gland and open/balance/align the 6th and 7th Chakras. Placed directly on the 3rd eye or brow chakra for 15-30 minutes a day or every other day will help to open/balance/align the 3rd Eye (Brow) chakra and prevent/remove calcification of the gland.
  • Magnets. Attaching a magnet (that sticks by adhesive) to the part of your skin above your 3rd eye (located between your two physical eyes but slightly higher or slightly above the eyes) for a few hours throughout the day will also stimulate the Pineal Gland and help to decalcify it. Magnets cause the body to become alkaline, especially the part of the body where the magnet is attached. Any strength (gauss) magnet will work, but only use magnets on the head area during waking hours. The energy from Ra (Sun) will magnify the strength of the magnet’s effect on the Pineal Gland.
  • Natural Entheogens (not for everyone): Ayahuasca, Psilocybin Mushooms, peyote, changa, cannabis, salvia, DMT and more.

Like with most things, finding a 'remedy” for something that is not quite so straight forward isn’t the answer. The search for a “remedy” in itself is a train of thought that is lazy, mechanistic, and not one in line with the specific goal here. What is required is dedication, time, and work.

Recipe: Detox Vegetable Soup

I had too much fun last night. And so, I'm having this for dinner tonight:

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It's not raw, but it's vegan and full of fresh vegetables and spices. I used fresh ginger and fresh turmeric, and tripled the quantities. I also poured it over a bed of seaweed - lots of seaweed. And no, there is nothing redeeming about ketchup. It's crack and I've always loved it. Especially this kind (Balsamic). Soon enough, I'll make my own.

Cheers.

Detox Vegetable Soup Recipe

  • 1+ tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 scallion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1+ tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 cups vegetable broth (I used water)
  • 2 large nori seaweed sheets, chopped. (I used this amount for one serving - which I poured the soup over.)
  • 2 cups kale, collard greens, or spinach
  • Parsley or cilantro (handful)

In a pan, sauté oil, onion and garlic for about 5 minutes.

Add the mushrooms, carrots, and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper and sauté for 5 minutes more.

Stir in the ginger, turmeric, cumin, and cinnamon and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.

Add the broth or water and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 20 minutes.

Just before serving, stir in the nori (if using) and greens and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if desired.

Adapted from Oh She Glows.

DIY Juice Cleanse | How-to, Recipes & Highlights From My Six Days

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For some reason, I have never done a juice cleanse. Or “juice fast”, diet, whatever you want to call it. Just juice, for at least a few unbroken days, at least. I do tend to fast for a lot of the weekends – juicing only or eating really clean and raw, but again, never the regime that’s for sale from every other corner shop these days.

So, inspired by my coworker’s delivery of the day’s juice arrived last week, I decided to do my own. Easy enough, right? I have a juicer, know my way around the produce department, and most of the juice spots post their cleanse menus online.

Here it is, then: Their recipes, my recipes, and the play-by-play, which decreased in frequency as the days passed and it got easier. At the time of writing, I’m on Day 6.

DIY Juice Cleanse – How-to:

  1. Pick your menu.
    1. I opted to follow Juice Press’s 6-Juices per Day “Alternate Cleanse”.
    2. Buy your produce. About as easy as it sounds. And cheap. Say $20-30 bucks versus the $200+ that a couple-day cleanse costs.
      • The first night, I didn’t even shop. I just used what I had in the fridge.
    3. Juice. (*And, blend.)
      • I recommend doing this each night for the day ahead. You could do it all at once for a couple-day cleanse, but it’s ideal to drink the juices as soon after juicing as possible. And I didn’t find it a huge undertaking. Just put vegetables in piles respective to which juices they’d make.
      • For the nut/coconut milks, you’ll need a good blender. Worst case, you could buy (GOOD QUALITY) milks, to supplement your juice. “GOOD QUALITY” means read the ingredients. There’s so much weird shit in almond/soy/rice/coconut milk these days; the ingredients should be nuts, and water. That’s it.
    4. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
      • First day or two is the toughest, and then it clicks and your body celebrates being cleeeeeaned out. You give you belly a break from digesting, your liver a rest from gross/weird/otherwise foods (or alcohol) and mentally, you re-establish who’s in charge. (You are.) {Read more about
    5. Notes:
      • If you're planning to DIY, I suggest being familiar with blood sugar, fasting, food combining and some dietary basics as well as your body's boundaries. OR, just follow the pro's recipes. (That'll still save you hundreds of $.)
      • It’s not about starving yourself, though you will need to appreciate some hunger.
      • The basic structure of all of these cleanses is: lots of greens; a serving of fruits; maybe a serving of protein; and one serving of healthy fats (at night, and not mixed with fruits or protein). There are reasons for this structure (e.g. fat digest slowest and so make sense for evenings when you don’t need immediate energy, and will be going without food for a long time). Follow the structure.
      • With Intermittent Fasting, this diet is very, very effective for losing weight.
      • Exercise is optional. I exercised, per usual, hard. A personal test of sorts – liking to see what I’m made of. And loving the results.
      • Have fun. Do it because you love yourself and you want to show yourself a good time.
      • x

The Play-by-Play or, a semi-neurotic "My First Juice Fast" diary

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DAY 1: THURSDAY

  • 7-8am: Coffee + 1 tbsp MCT oil. Feel fine. This is normal.
  • 11am: Juice 1 (14oz) tasted awesome. Drank it pretty damn fast though.
  • 11:20am: Also think I’m getting a headache. Probably gonna do more coffee.
  • 11:48am: Okay maybe I’m okay.
  • 12:20: Just cracked open #2. Feeling aight.
  • 1:30: Hungry but feel good. Fiery creative meeting was a good distraction.
  • 3:50: Pretty hungry but happy to dive into the more substantial juice. Pop open #4 and realize I skipped #3. Oops … I guess I’ll switch them and hope I don’t regret not having waited it out.
  • 4:40: Stomach hurts. Probably because there’s something in it.
    • (Didn’t have the second one earlier. Headache never happened earlier either so that’s good.)
  • 4:45: Thinking, this is way easier than I thought it would be. Maybe it's because the sun is going down already and that makes it feel like the day’s over.
  • 6pm: Juice #4, still have two to go so trying to get through this one semi-quickly actually. Not hungry. Feel good. Going to the gym tonight and then to restock the produce drawer.
  • 820pm: Leaving the gym - got dizzy but pushed through. Really cold walk home but this last juice is hearty. Feel great.
    • Produce re-upped. Looking forward to Day 2.
    • Though, briefly considered buying the blue cheese salad dressing to add to one of my green smoothies. Creative (disgusting).
    • Also, note: December is not the ideal time to juice cleanse.

DAY 2: FRIDAY

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  • Not as hungry as I thought I’d wake up.
  • 10:15: Juice #1. Getting started so I can get through all of them today. The apple in this one makes the greens delicious. I didn’t have much fruit yesterday (nearly none) but today’s juices have quite a bit.
  • 11:00: Ate some almonds.
  • 1145: Stomach is killing me. Either it was that juice or paybacks for cheating. Ow.
  • 1215: More almonds. And a digestive enzyme and some warm water. Stomach still hurts. Can’t get to my next juice because of a meeting.
  • 1245: Going for yesterday’s skipped juice. Tastes … like a lot of algae. A lot.
  • 1:09: Last few almonds. Not gonna cheat any more today. Still working on this Lawn Grass.
  • 3:15: Thought I was going lose the Lawn juice. Went way heavy on the algae and, phew. Feel better now that it’s mostly digested. Looking forward to #3 which is light. Orange, lemon, carrot.
  • Evening: Only made it through three and a half juices today. That green one was too serious. Felt fairly nauseous for the rest of the night. Misplaced (as in lost) my #6, which I was looking forward to for dinner. Baked some cauliflower instead and called it a day.

DAY 3: SATURDAY

  • Stuck to it. Only three juices today, plus a carrot-ginger soup from Whole Foods for dinner. Feels great. Not much else to note.

DAY 4: SUNDAY

  • So, I drank one big green juice today and that was it. Then I had my squash, pear soup for dinner. Talk about level blood sugar (I was barely hungry). And the day was not sedentary. I ran errands, had an intense workout, etc. It is worth noting that I eat a lot less on the weekends - I’m not sure what it is - more sleep, less stress (it’s surely not less activity as I’m more active than on weekdays) but I require less food, for whatever reason.
  • Re-stocked the produce and planning to continue though next week. 

DAY 5: MONDAY

  • Didn’t even journal because it was nbd. Did have to push myself through the recently-doubled gym-time, but it was more mental than physical.

DAY 6: TUESDAY

  • Woke up and saw the payoff immediately. Made a couple of extra juices today to ensure we’re well-“fed”.
  • Don’t intend to stop until I feel fully rebalanced. You know when that is for you. Or, you will learn.

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NYC Juice Cleanse Menus:

Juice Press’s 6-Day Alternate Cleanse

  1. Red apple, pineapple, kale, lemon, ginger
  2. Green apple, kale, spinach, lemon
  3. Grapefruit, orange, lemon
  4. Coconut water, banana, straw, rawp, blue berries, agave, hemp protein, coconut oil
  5. Cucumber celery, aloe, lemon, kale, algae
  6. Coconut meat, coconut water

Rachelle's Recipes: (Day 1 - it changes daily but follows the same basic structure noted above)

  1. Beets, collard greens, lime, ginger
  2. Collard greens, carrots, cilantro, cucumber, cayenne, sea salt
  3. Kombucha, lemon, ginger, turmeric, aloe
  4. 1 banana, 2T coconut, 1T raw cacao, 1 date, 1T MCT oil, orange peel, 1T currants
  5. Broccoli, turmeric, cucubmer, 1T algae (which was, way too much), 1tsp moringa powder
  6. 1/4C coconut, 1/4C pecans, water, cinnamon, vanilla

BluePrint’s “Excavation” Cleanse (greens and nut milks only)

  1. Green: Romaine, apple, celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, parsley, ginger, lemon
  2. Spicy Lemonade: lemon, agave, cayenne, peppers (habanero, jalapeno, peppers)
  3. Cashew Milk: cashew, agave, cinnamon, vanilla (extract & specks)

Love Grace Foods: (all 16 oz except Ginger Bomb)

  1. Purify (16 oz): Coconut water, celery, chard, spinach, cucumber.
  2. Ginger Bomb: Orange, ginger, lemon, oregano extract, sea salt.
  3. Super Cider: Apple, carrot, ginger lemon.
    1. OR: Longevity Tonic: Lemon, shilajit, cayenne, agave, sea salt.
  4. Green Sunshine: chard, kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon.
  5. Green Protein: banana, flax seed, kale, dates, spirulina, hempseed, chia seed, coconut oil, lemon, sea salt, wheatgrass powder.
    1. OR: Chocolate Superfood: Banana, goji berry, cacao, maca, vanilla bean, dates, coconut oil, flax seed, sea salt.
    2. OR: Probiotic: Banana, flax seed, almond, lemon, dates, probiotics, sea salt, coconut oil
  6. Restore: carrot, beet, celery, cucumber, parsley, spinach, lemon, orange

Organic Avenue’s “Love Deep”:

  1. Dragon’s Breath Shot:
    1. Orange Juice
    2. OR Sweet Greens
  2. Sweet Greens
    1. OR Green Love
  3. Ginger Lemonade
    1. OR Green Love
  4. Green Love
    1. OR Medicinal Green
  5. Sweet Greens
    1. OR Green Love
  6. Coconut Mylk
    1. OR Sweet Greens