Now that you know more about the anatomy and functions of the pineal gland, it is time to talk about the metaphysics behind this oracular organ.
The energy-sensitive pineal gland has a rich metaphysical history. Throughout the ages, it has been assigned a spiritual role that transcends its hormonal function. In Hindu traditions, it’s associated with the extrasensory third eye (Brow Chakra) of which perception of the world is not limited to the physical senses. For example, the God Shiva is portrayed with a third eye in the forehead. The pineal gland is linked with the Crown Chakra, called the Thousand Petaled Lotus, which transforms and downloads energy from the ethers into our consciousness.
The true function of this mysterious gland has long been contemplated by philosophers and Spiritual Adepts. Ancient Greeks believed the pineal gland to be our connection to the Realms of Thought.
Astral projection, remote viewing and dreams
In a 2002 article in Bioelectromagnetics journal, S.S. Baconnier found 100 to 300, micro-crystals per cubic millimeter in twenty human pineal glands, after dissecting them. These micro-crystals composed of a mineral called calcite and hexagonal in shape were found floating around inside the pineal glands and are very similar to crystals found in the inner ear known as otoconia. Otoconia crystals expand and contract due to the presence of electromagnetic fields and this process is known as piezoelectric. These crystals are capable of tuning into radio stations without the use of electricity. Many of these crystals give off light which is known as piezoluminescence and also can turn sound into electricity. Microphones use piezoelectric crystals to turn sound vibrations into electrical current.
These crystals (calcite micro-crystals) could be responsible for an electromechanical biological transduction mechanism in the pineal gland, due to their structure and piezoelectric properties. In layman’s terms the pineal gland maybe the receiver/transmitter for communication with other dimensions of reality, for use in telepathy, remote viewing, dreams and out-of body experiences. Perhaps the pineal gland is a direct line with God and we simple have lost our ability to use it correctly.
The Spirit Molecule
New paradigms are emerging that may reconcile some of the mythological and scientific viewpoints on the pineal gland. Based on understandings gained from his federally funded research, Dr. Rick Strassman (New Mexico) wrote DMT The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Evolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences (2001). In this book, Strassman speculated how the pineal gland has considerable metabolic potential to produce a powerful psychedelic called DMT and that DMT expression may be amplified at “extraordinary times in our lives,” such as death (or near-death), birth, and transcendent mystical experiences. Others suggest that pineal-produced DMT stimulates dreaming. Such mystical themes also have been recently highlighted in Spirituality & Health magazine (March-April 2009), and a National Public Radio feature “The God Chemical: Brain Chemistry and Mysticism”. DMT is structurally similar to melatonin, and also causes piezoluminescence. The biochemical precursor to both molecules is serotonin, a key neurotransmitter whose pathways are involved in mood and targeted in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. DMT also structurally resemblances other psychedelic drugs, such as LSD and psilocybin, and is the active agent in ayahuasca brew Amazon shamans use to provoke out-of-body experiences. Like many mood-controlling pharmaceuticals (e.g., Prozac), these psychedelics act through interacting with serotonin-associated pathways. Trace amounts of DMT have been found in humans, particularly in the lungs, but also in brain. Strassman emphasizes that the pineal gland is theoretically more capable than virtually any other tissue to produce DMT, including possessing prerequisite biochemical precursors and transforming enzymes. However, we do not yet know for certain whether DMT is made by the pineal.
The Seat of the Soul
Interestingly, there is a correlation between the soul’s emergence in various spiritual traditions and pineal formation. Specifically, the gland first appears in the fetus 49 days after conception. This is the time Tibetan Buddhists believe it takes after death for the soul to finish its sojourn and reincarnate into the next body. This period also approximates the 40 days espoused by early Christians, such as St. Augustine, that it takes for the soul to enter the fetus. René Descartes wrote in 1640: “My view is that this gland is the principal seat of the soul, and the place in which all our thoughts are formed. The reason I believe this is that I cannot find any part of the brain, except this, which is not double. Since we see only one thing with two eyes, and hear only one voice with two ears, and in short have never more than one thought at a time, it must necessarily be the case that the impressions which enter by the two eyes or by the two ears, and so on, unite with each other in some part of the body before being considered by the soul. Now it is impossible to find any such place in the whole head except this gland; moreover it is situated in the most suitable possible place for this purpose, in the middle of all the concavities; and it is supported and surrounded by the little branches of the carotid arteries which bring the spirits into the brain”.
On the next article we will talk about the activation and detoxification of the pineal gland. Stay tuned!
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