I give you the end of a golden string; Only wind it into a ball,
It will lead you in at Heaven’s gate, Built in Jerusalem’s wall.

From the poem “Jerusalem” by William Blake

The ancient Greek hero Theseus follows a golden string given to him by Ariadne to mark his way in and out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth. Dr. Adonihag Ogbonnaya, in his book “The Golden Cord,” provides ways in which what he calls “the golden cord” can guide, connect, and harmonize us from this temporal dimension into eternity. William Blake, in his poem “Jerusalem,” uses a metaphor of a golden string which, if followed, will lead one to heaven itself, and Charles Taliaferro in his book “The Golden Cord” expands on this metaphor to illustrate the ways in which a person on a spiritual quest must follow a golden cord to link what we see, feel, and do with deep spiritual realities. Others refer to the golden cord as the divine love that unites us all into a family that transcends any human attachments or divisions; a stream of spiritual energy coming down from the Divine that one can use for healing, clearing one’s energy, and giving us a daily connection to the spiritual; or a journey of honest and intense spiritual search which, regardless of the path, will lead to the same universal truths.

According to Yogic Science, the physiological dynamic, relationship, and energy pathway between the pineal and the pituitary gland is referred to as the Golden Cord.

The pineal gland is a small, pine cone-shaped gland that lies deep inside the center of the brain. It is part of the endocrine system and helps to regulate melatonin, which is a chemical produced in the brain that helps the body sleep at night. The pineal gland’s function lies in governing the production of hormones as well as the maintenance of the circadian rhythm, which is essentially our sleep/wake cycle.

The pituitary gland is known as the “Master Gland” because it seems to regulate so much of the body’s functions. However, the “Master Plan” is given by the pineal gland. When the pineal and pituitary glands communicate, that’s when we have the experience of Being, of True Self. The brain is telling itself how to regulate itself. It’s self-referential and inner-directed. Modern science is now discovering that the pineal does play a role in this glandular coordination.

However, what happens in most people is that these two glands don’t talk to each other. The result is that the pituitary gland looks for something else to stimulate it and give it direction. It looks for outside things: alcohol, food, caffeine, drugs, sugar, sex, TV, shopping, whatever. These “outside” things fall short of the body staying healthy and balanced. The Master Gland has lost its Master Plan.

In addition to the physiological role the pineal gland plays in the body, the ancient yogis considered the pineal gland the “Seat of the Soul,” and believed that its role is to give direction to the pituitary gland. It has been associated with the sixth chakra, called anja, or the idea of the “third eye” located between the eyebrows, which is a spiritual symbol for spiritual thought and mystical experiences. According to yoga philosophy, it is often perceived as a gateway for the soul’s liberation. The ancient yogis outlined these physiological and psychic energy pathways that run through the body as a map we can still use today to better understand ourselves. It is perceived as a bridge between our inner and outer worlds, as well as a connection to something beyond what we know to exist, to a higher state of consciousness.

When the pituitary and pineal glands do talk to each other, a definite experience occurs. The mind becomes still, quiet, one-pointed, clear. We begin to touch the experience of Being. We are not fractured or acting by impulses. We develop the one clear point that the yogis call Bindu. A point at which we become One with the Divine, we direct ourselves to our highest consciousness. When you strengthen and activate the third eye, you awaken intuition and inner wisdom on the path to Self-Realization.

In his book Kundalini Tantra, Swami Satyananda Saraswati says, “the pineal gland is also called ‘the eye of intuition,’ and it is the doorway through which the individual enters the dimensions of consciousness. Perhaps the most common name for this chakra is “the third eye,” and the mystical traditions of every age and culture make abundant references to it. It is portrayed as a psychic eye located midway between the two physical eyes and looks inward instead of outward.”

However, according to Saraswati, “in most of us, the pineal gland started to degenerate when we reached the age of eight, nine, or ten. Then the pituitary began to function and secrete various hormones which instigated our sexual consciousness, our sensuality, and worldly personality. At this time, we began to lose touch with our spiritual heritage. However, through various yogic techniques, it is possible to regenerate or maintain the health of the pineal gland.”

Kundalini Yoga is one way in which we can keep our pineal gland healthy and establish or strengthen this connection. It provides the tools to keep the third eye or 6th Chakra active and open, so we can better understand our role in life, the various signs and synchronicities that occur, and point us in the right direction. As we practice, we become inner-directed, self-reliant, develop our consciousness, wisdom, inner knowing, and intuition. We begin to leave the ego behind, and the concept of duality begins to unwind to embrace unity or the concept of oneness. We trust divine guidance while managing our ability to focus our lives to the best of our abilities and play our part in the world. Gradually, we begin to notice a shift in our thinking, acting, and way of being. When this occurs, our actions, words, and choices reflect this state of being. We open our highest creating Self, manifesting the inventor, the creator, the organizer, the planner, the eternal optimist. We create the conditions that will make all areas of daily life easier for all, inspiring others while enjoying a more peaceful existence.

So, the Golden Cord is a vital spiritual force; it’s a vital life force.

“When we begin to see each other through the third eye, we begin to know each other on a level that is beyond what our physical eyes can see.” ~ Marianne Williamson

Signs You are Amplifying Your Third Eye:

  • You find deeper meaning in the events that occur in your life.
  • You understand that physical reality is a manifestation of duality, and your soul seeks to be liberated from this duality.
  • You never feel alone, but instead, feel connected to all things, animate and inanimate.
  • You feel the vibration and rhythm of everything around you.
  • Your senses are heightened (touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight).
  • You begin to see and feel your own energy body and others as well.
  • You identify less with your ego sense.
  • Negative emotions such as anger, greed, envy, and lust begin to disappear.

YOGA TEACHER & YOGA THERAPIST

Anilda Carrasquillo

IYTA, KRI Level 1, RYT 500