Music and the Pineal Gland
Last night I attended a strings and piano ensemble that featured the music of Mozart, Bach, and Piazzolla, to name a few. The point of the performance was to mix classical symphonies with a Latin flair created with the special talents of a Venezuelan-born pianist Gabriela Montero. It was lovely from beginning to end. Early in the performance, though, something magical happened. My pineal gland started tingling off the charts.
What is the pineal gland and why is that important? The pineal gland is located in the center of the brain where the two hemispheres come together. It produces melatonin which is involved in the synchronization of the circadian rhythms of physiological functions including sleep timing and blood pressure regulation.
In metaphysical circles, this is also known as the third eye or the seat of the soul. This is important because the pineal gland is our direct link to the truth about who we are. And that is that we are powerful beings whose natural state is connection, peace, love and healing. You’ll know it’s active when you feel tingling at the back of your head near that bump at the base of the skull. It’s different than anything else you have felt before so you will know it if you experience this.
From a spiritual perspective, it is in the active pineal gland that we know we are one with God/Allah/Supreme Being/the Universe, not separate and unworthy as we have been taught. It can be said that we are the universe. The fact that my pineal gland was tingling off the charts meant that it was highly active. It was this symphony that provided the spark for that activity.
Music, Whole Numbers and the Universe
The pineal gland knows what Pythagoras discovered way back in the fifth century B.C.-that music is our direct connection to the universe and we are part of that connection. It just so happened that Pythagoras was experimenting with a stretched piece of cord which, when plucked, created a sound of a certain note. When Pythagoras halved the cord, stretched it and plucked again, it created a sound one note higher and completely consonant with the first note. These sounds were extremely pleasing to the ear.
Pythagoras believed numbers were keys to the universe and in his experiments with the stretched cord, he found that music is expressed in exact ratios of whole numbers. From that he concluded that music was the ordering principle of the universe. Pythagoras also believed that creating music was man’s way of participating in the harmony of the universe.
Anyone who has listened to classical music, relaxation music or perhaps hemi-sync music for opening the human body’s energy centers can attest to the power of such music and its ability to create amazing metaphysical and spiritual experiences. So listening to music can help your pineal gland get moving, but music has many other benefits, including those that improve our health.
Music and Good Health
Each of us has a favorite type of music. My mother loves country. My brother loves rock and roll and my sister loves the rock hits of the seventies. I like all types of music including classical, but it wasn’t until my pineal gland experience last night that I started to research the health benefits of listening to music.
- Boosts the Immune System and Reduces Pain – Studies have shown that music reduces the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. When released in the body, cortisol is responsible for weakening the immune system, increasing blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart disease and lowering bone density. Cortisol is released during stress episodes. Science has shown that listening to just 50 minutes of uplifting, calming, or peaceful music per day has positive health effects.
- Improves Sleep Quality – Stress is the most common factor in poor sleep quality. Music, however, reduces stress, thereby improving the potential for a better night’s sleep.
- Strengthens the Heart – Studies have shown that music actually strengthens the heart muscle. This is great news for all who have suffered with heart disease or have had a heart attack. Regardless of the type of music you like to listen to, listening to your favorite music releases endorphins in the brain that improve vascular health. In fact, Massachusetts General Hospital found that heart patients who listened to music for 30 minutes a day had lower blood pressure rates and less distress than patients who did not listen to music.
Although it may not be everyone’s favorite, classical music has some other health benefits you may find interesting.
- Beethoven Fights Cancer – Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony can cure cancer according to a study conducted by the Programme Oncobiology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The research at the university was based on an in-depth analysis of the growth and destruction of MCF-7 cells, which are linked to breast cancer. By exposing these cells to Beethoven’s famous music piece, “two in five eventually died, which enthusiastically caught up.”[i] Get that classical channel programmed into your car stereo today.
- Mozart Helps Fight Epilepsy – Researchers have carried out studies to discover how listening to Mozart effects people with epilepsy. Back in 2011, 58 Taiwanese children with focal epilepsy listened to eight minutes of Mozart K448 once a day. EEG tests were taken after one, two and six months. The EEG test results showed a further decrease in epileptiform activity in 47 of the children. This is a promising treatment for those with epilepsy.[ii]
- Mozart Reduces Chronic Pain – “A British team of researchers was able to reduce the amount of opiates given to people recovering from stomach surgery with a steady dosage of classical music. A study published in the Journal for Advanced Nursing showed that Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major by Mozart, which is known to cause the ‘Mozart effect’, helps increase in spatial-temporal reasoning of the brain and numbs pain-inducing neurotransmitters thus, relieving unremitting aches.”[iii]
Music provides so many benefits to our health and our lives in general. In fact, classical music has also been shown to improve the brain power of babies and improve overall IQ. It’s no wonder music is so important to every culture in the world. If you haven’t listened to some of your favorite music today, why not take time out and do that now. It will do your spiritual body and your physical body a world of good.
[i] “5 Health Benefits of Classical Music.” The Express Tribune. International New York Times, 05 Dec. 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2016. <http://tribune.com.pk/story/802304/5-health-benefits-of-classical-music/>.
[ii] “5 Health Benefits of Classical Music.” The Express Tribune. International New York Times, 05 Dec. 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2016. <http://tribune.com.pk/story/802304/5-health-benefits-of-classical-music/>.
[iii] “5 Health Benefits of Classical Music.” The Express Tribune. International New York Times, 05 Dec. 2014. Web. 12 Mar. 2016. <http://tribune.com.pk/story/802304/5-health-benefits-of-classical-music/>.