What is a pineal gland and what happens when you open it?

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The pineal gland is a small hormone-secreting gland in the brain. It is part of the limbic system; the oldest, most reptilian part of the brain. It is located between the two cerebral hemispheres, near the brain's centre. In humans, it is about the size of a grain of rice. The pineal gland produces the hormone melatonin, which is responsible for regulating the daily circadian rhythms of the human body. In the day, melatonin levels are low, but rise during the evening and make you feel drowsy. If the pinela gland was damaged or removed, then your sleep cycle would probably be disrupted. Mystics and occultists have seized upon the pineal gland as the location of the 'third eye' common to many mythologies worldwide. Having an open third eye is said to make one receptive to psychic phenomena. In the past, people thought it might be important because of its position in the brain, almost exactly at the centre. Some mystics have claimed that their third eye idea is supported by the pineal ... more
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