In a previous post, I explored in depth the basic link between the pineal gland and intuition.
In short, the pineal gland relates to intuition because it regulates sleep wake cycles, otherwise known as brain arousal states.
There are 4 primary arousal, or awake, states, in the human brain:
Awake, but almost asleep and relaxed (alpha)
Deep Sleep (delta)
The pineal gland regulates circadian rhythms, which means it’s regulates our bodies’ ability to enter and exit from these states.
State 2, the Alpha State, is the state most active during meditation, generally the time at which your intuition is most at work.
Hence, the pineal gland, as a regulator of these states, is physiologically in charge of your intuitive abilities.
But there’s another important feature of the pineal gland, often overlooked, and it’s the signalling relationship with another structure located deep within the brain, called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or the SCN. The SCN, like the pineal gland, is also heavily involved in circadian rhythms and the sleep wake cycle.
Both structures, the pineal gland and the SCN, are located deep within the center of the brain. Near the brainstem, which operates many functions of the human body that are essential to survival. Structures closer to the center of the brain, are thought to be structures more critical for survival, as I talked about in-depth in my previous post.
Like many structures in the brain, the pineal gland and the SCN communicate with each other. Neurons, a type of brain cell, in one structure, send their cell fibers over to the other structure, to deliver information, and vice versa.
And one of the core functions of the SCN is thought to be its role in a secondary visual pathway. A deep inside-the brain visual pathway, sound familiar to something possibly intuitive?
If it doesn't ring a bell yet, stay with me.
Before I was a shamana, I worked for over 10 years in the fields of neuroscience, biology, and psychology. Many of those years, were spent understanding the visual system from the perspective of the brain, understanding which structures are responsible for which types of vision.
It’s believed that there are at least 2 visual pathways - one that travels through the top of the brain, the visual cortex, and the other, which travels deep within the brain, through the SCN, that structure that communicates with the pineal gland.
The visual pathway that travels through the visual cortex, the top of the brain, is often called the primary visual pathway, and is believed to be responsible for your ability to knowingly be able to see, to have sight and to know about it, among other things.
And when this pathway becomes damaged, through trauma, stroke, or otherwise, individuals with this damage, have exhibited that they can still see on some level, even though they think they can’t see.
This is called perceptual blindness - you can’t knowingly see with your eyes, yet you can still receive visual information somehow. . .without the conscious use of your physical eyes.
Sound familiar yet?
Individuals and animals with damaged primary visual pathways, still demonstrate, either verbally or through scientific testing, that they have awareness of visual based information, even if they report they can’t see.
For example, patients (and animals) who have become blind through a damaged visual cortex pathway, in a series of experiments, have been asked to identify if an object was horizontal or vertical, or if something was moving left or right. Even if they insisted they couldn’t see, they were asked to guess. And they guessed correctly, at a remarkably high rate of accuracy. (This is a good, not overly science-y place to start.)
This is called blindsight. To feel blind, but to still have some level of sight.
This mystery of seeing without knowing you can see, is thought to arise from that other visual pathway I mentioned, called the secondary visual pathway. This is a pathway that travels from your eyes, to deep within the brain to the SCN, to provide you with visual information on a rudimentary, essential to survival level.
The SCN provides you with information it has received from your eyes, without you actually having awareness that you saw anything. As a rudimentary, central, brain structure, the SCN, which communicates closely with that pineal gland, provides primeval visual information. Rudimentary. Essential to survival.
It doesn’t allow you to have sight as you know it, but it does receive information from your unknown visual world, and relays it to you. In science, this is known as things that are needed for your survival, but survival is often deeply linked to intuition.
This ability for inner sight is deeply connected to clairvoyance, an intuitive ability.
Seeing without knowing you can see is having sight beyond the level of your conscious awareness.
Clairvoyance, is the ability to see the normally unseen and unperceived. Developed clairvoyance, is the ability to take this information that others may not normally know they can see or perceive, and to bring it to life. To see it and to give it a story.
It’s an instinctual, rudimentary, and in some ways, essential to survival gift.
Imagine you have the ability to perceive a danger, without being able to see it with your eyes.
Imagine you have the ability to see where water is located, without actually having seen it with your eyes first - a knowing of the location of water.
These are cues you’ve received from your visual world, without knowing how or from where. They’re cues that occur below the level of conscious vision, at the level of intuition, some say.
But these intuitive impressions, they have to have a physical structure to allow you to perceive them with your physical brain, corresponding to the spiritual and energetic structure of the Third Eye.
This structure, physically, is the SCN. The SCN receives signals from your eyes, and gives you information without you knowing you saw it. The SCN sees the unseen by you.
Clairvoyance is the ability to see the unseen.
It can be said, that the SCN, is the structure related to clairvoyance.
This brain structure allows for our clairvoyant ability to take life.
The SCN allows for information to be received at below the level of consciousness, and someone with developed clairvoyance, can tap into this normally unseen sight.
And the pineal gland, as talked about in my previous post, regulates your ability to access states easier for this visual information to be made apparent to you - your intuitive, meditative state.
The SCN, rather than the pineal gland, can be referred to as your Third Eye equivalent in the brain. It’s your brain structure for clairvoyance.
The Pineal Gland, is the structure that allows to you get into the state most receptive to knowingly perceiving and receiving that which is normally unseen, in a meditative, relaxed state. It allows you to tap into your Clairvoyance more easily. It allows you to more easily, see the unseen.
Afterall, isn’t it often said that our Spiritual and our Energetic world, from which clairvoyant information arises, exists all around us, and that we just have to allow ourselves to see it?
The SCN allows us to see information in those worlds, and our own clairvoyant ability allows us to recognize and bring forth information from those worlds.
Want to learn more about the pineal gland and intuition? Check out this post.
Want to improve your clairvoyance? Start here.
LAST UPDATED: October 24, 2014