Dear Shari and Toby,
The physical body is controlled by the mind.
Many times each of us has experienced the results of the adrenal glands when fear or excitement has created a surge of energy and focused attention initiated by the secretion of adrenalin. Any male, 13 years or older, understands the physical reactions caused by reproductive organ secretions when a beautiful female walks by. These physical reactions are caused by the mind activating two of the seven ductless glands in the body. These reactions in turn allow the body to better accomplish what the mind has chosen to do. There are seven of these glands which specialize in producing specific physical capabilities.
Endocrine glands are glands of the endocrine system that secrete their products, hormones, directly into the blood rather than through a duct. The main endocrine glands include the pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, and adrenal glands. The hypothalamus is a neuroendocrine organ. Other organs which are not so well known for their endocrine activity include the stomach, which produces such hormones as ghrelin.
The major endocrine glands:
1 Pituitary gland – Endocrine system control / Sensitivity to and interpretation of feelings
2 Pineal gland - Blood calcium control/ Visualization of feelings
3 Thyroid gland - Emotional sensitivity, metabolic rate/ Will power
4 Thymus - Immunity to disease / Feelings of comfortable association with others
5 Adrenal gland - Energy / intensity of feelings
6 Pancreas /Lyden (older term) – Blood sugar/spiritual conception or feelings
The listing above of the seven major endocrine glands provides a picture of the Pituitary/Brain interface and the pituitary controlling the other six glands. Thoughts, emotions, and feelings originating in the brain and coordinated by the pituitary provide the signals to the endocrine system to release the corresponding secretions into the blood stream. These secretions produce reactions in the body. The type and magnitude of reaction is dependent on many factors. The strength of the signal from the brain places priorities for the pituitary’s actions. The health and condition of the glands affect the strength of their reaction to the stimulus. For example, when a car veers out of its lane and is headed straight for you, the magnitude of your reaction by your adrenal glands will be affected by the distance between you and the other car. The brain will place a different priority to the pituitary for a car that is one quarter mile away than when it is fifty feet away. Also, the nervous system and adrenal glands may react differently from normal if your blood/alcohol level is near maximum. A different case resulting in the inability of the gland to react is exhibited by the pancreas when we have repeatedly ingested excessive sugar requiring large quantities of insulin to be generated until the pancreas is literally used up. The end result is diabetes or hyperglycemia.
The list and examples, above, are only a small portion of the physical responses of our bodies to mental attitudes and emotions. It is no accident that age will limit our spiritual abilities as noted in the Bible.
JOEL 2: 28 And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see
The human pineal gland grows in size until about 1–2 years of age, remaining stable thereafter, although its weight increases gradually from puberty onwards. The abundant melatonin levels in children are believed to inhibit sexual development, and pineal tumors have been linked with precocious puberty. When puberty arrives, melatonin production is reduced. Calcification of the pineal gland is typical in adults.
IN SUMMARY, our feelings (spiritual attitudes) and thoughts (mental concepts) combine through the pituitary to produce the proper physical endocrine responses within our bodies. This ductless gland system controls our health and behavior. When the glands cannot perform as needed the physical body will drift from what we consider whole. Stress can play a large part in the imbalance of the glands. There are many practices to learn to control this imbalance through meditation.
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