1. The pineal gland is formed at 49 days within the human embryo: the same time that Tibetans believe it takes for a soul to reincarnate. And the same amount of days that the human embryo becomes either male or female.
2. In the ancient Vedic energy system of the chakras, the pineal gland is referred to as the ‘Ajna’ or ‘Third Eye’ chakra. Modern studies reveal that the gland’s watery interior contains rods and cones - just like those found in the retina of your eyes. Your ‘Third Eye’ has a structure remarkably similar to your two physical ones. This is why when you visualize something strongly enough, you can literally see it “in your mind’s eye”.
3. Your pineal gland is important to your physical and mental health, and its wellbeing has been linked to memory, creativity, intuition and critical thinking skills. It is also sensitive to light and plays an important role in your sleep and waking cycles. When light strikes the retina of your eyes, it travels through a tiny nerve system and into the gland. When the light goes off - like at night - it sends a signal to the pineal to begin secreting melatonin, which activates your nervous system to go into sleep mode.
4. Studies show your pineal gland secretes a substance called Dimethyltriptamine (DMT), which you may be familiar with as a hallucinatory substance found in the South American shamanic brew called Ayahuasca. The interesting thing about DMT is that it causes experiences which can take you well beyond common states of awareness. This is perhaps why the pineal gland is known in many cultures as the ‘Seat of the Soul’, the ‘Gateway to the Universe’, the ‘Mind’s Eye’ and the ‘Doorway to Higher Realms’.
The shaman is the one who mediates between the visible world of form and matter and the invisible world of energy and spirits. For the shaman there is no supernatural world. Only the natural world exists, with its visible and invisible dimensions.
“Indigenous shamanic tribes around the world share a surprising understanding. From the Dogon of West Africa to the Australian Aboriginals, the Maoris of New Zealand, the Hawaiians of the Pacific, the Incas of South America and the Mayas in Central America, all believe that humans were seeded from a planet orbiting a sun in the Pleiades, which are also known as the Seven Sisters. In other words, they believe that when a people becomes advanced enough, their shamans go out and help life forms to evolve into sentient beings in new locations in the universe. So shamans believe that life can be found everywhere in this physical universe, and that advanced souls exist on other planets and have a hand in helping others who are just starting out elsewhere. Through their dreams, shamans visit locations beyond the earth and can describe in vivid detail what conditions are like there and the beings who inhabit them. These they refer to as the star nation or star people. Scientists have been amazed that the Dogon people, living without plumbing or electricity have calculated the exact distances to various celestial bodies like the sun and the moon, as well as the exact distance to the Pleiades. When asked how they do it, their response is simply to say that they go to these places all the time.
Shamans are known for their ability to journey to various worlds, to retrieve knowledge, to conduct soul retrievals, to find lost objects, to map the universe, and to communicate with life forms in other locations.”
Shamans have been called “the wounded healers.” Like writers, they are special people set apart from the rest by their dreams, visions, or unique experiences. Shamans, like many writers, are prepared for their work by enduring terrible ordeals… They are taken apart and put back together again in a new way. In a sense they have died and been reborn, and this experience gives them special powers. Many writers come to their craft only after they have been shattered by life in some way.
“If we are to survive the changes of the modern-day world, new and very old energies need to be integrated into our lives to transform our species. Magick to change our reality for the better must be available to all who need it. We desperately need our shamans, healers, witches, and mystics and we need them everywhere, including our cities. Honoring magick, the life force from our source god, goddess, or whatever you choose to call it, is paramount.”
The most powerful shamans from Sweden, Greenland, Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, South Korea, and Kazakhstan have arrived in the Republic of Tuva in southern Siberia for a new international festival devoted to shamanic culture.
The last traces of the Taino: Puerto Rican ceremonial sites stand as testament of a rich culture
An ancient ball court, a midden mound and about 400
burials that date back to before Europeans arrived in the Caribbean were found
on the Portugues River in Puerto Rico several years ago. The site was
considered so important that plans to build a dam there were called off and the
historically important site has been preserved. It is one of last material
vestiges of a Caribbean people who may have numbered in the millions until the
Spanish arrived in the 15th century.