The Third Eye and Our Spiritual Birthright

If you search the terms “pineal gland,” “fluoride calcification,” or “opening the third eye” you will see that there is a quiet,  yet deeply profound transformation taking place in our culture. People of all ages, from all walks of life are getting serious about enlightenment and spiritual fulfillment. Much of this discussion centers around the mysterious bean-like growth located just beneath our brains, the pineal gland. For many years medical science regarded the pineal gland as a vestigial organ from our animal past. All of that began to change in 1958, when Yale scientists discovered that the pineal gland secretes melatonin, a hormone that is absolutely essential for healthy sleep and physical development.

The other major hormones produced by the pineal gland are serotonin “the feel-good hormone” and DMT. Discovered in 1931, DMT is the natural occurring “spiritual” or “visionary” hormone that so many are interested in today. Although, DMT is a  natural compound produced within the tissues of most plants, and in animals that have pineal glands, it remains illegal to possess in most countries.

However, philosophers yogis and shamans have claimed for centuries that the pineal gland is crucially important to our spiritual health.  We see its symbology everywhere as it has been known as the “third eye” of the mystics since time out of mind. In the New Testament, both Matthew and Luke seem to allude to the pineal gland’s special role for humanity. In Matthew we read,

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! [1].

Manly P. Hall summed up this the ancients’ reverence for the pineal gland when he wrote,

It is a spiritual organ which is later destined to be what it once was, namely, a connecting link between the human and the divine. [2]

    “In the middle of the brain and surrounded by the convo-
    lutions is the third ventricle, a vaulted hamber of initiation.
    Around it sit three kings, three great centers of life and 
    power–the pituitary body, the pineal gland and the 
    optic thalamus. In this chamber also is a small gritty
     seed which is undoubtedly connected with the king’s 
    coffer in the Great Pyramid ” [4].

That;s a heavy statement from Hall, a man who influenced presidents like FDR and Reagan. In fact, it would seem that the visual symbol of the “All-Seeing Eye” atop the pyramid on the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States is a hidden reference to the pineal gland’s power of spiritual transformation.

The story of how Manly P. Hall’s Philosophical Research Society supported the Russian mystic Nicholas Roerich’s expedition to Tibet in search of the hidden city of Shambhala with USDA scientists during the era of New Deal, will have to wait for another post. Suffice it say, when when Manly P. Hall spoke, those in high places took heed.  [3] .

When the image of the Great Pyramid is superimposed upon an anatomical cutaway of the human head, the significance of the pineal gland to ancient Egypt’s concept of the Divine becomes immediately apparent. 
The Babylonian God Marduk
 holding a pine cone in a
gesture of benediction.
The Graeco-Roman god Sabazios holding
 a pine cone with other symbols related to
opening the third eye, serpent, tree
of life,  and lunar crescents.

Yet, the most prevalent symbol of the pineal gland is the pine cone, which is where it gets its name, for it shape and rough surface. When the pine cone is found in ancient art, it most often represents a connection between man and Deity. This tradition carries on in the civic and religious iconography of the modern world.

However, the intense focus on this tiny organ in ancient art begs the question, “How were the ancients able to access its power?” Fortunately, some of the ancient techniques for awakening the pineal gland and opening the third eye are available to us in the modern world through yoga and meditation. The most well-known mantra for meditation is “AUM,” which when repeat by the practitioner seems to vibrate the area around the pineal gland  and thereby stimulating it into secreting whatever hormones are needed by the body to attune itself to higher realms of consciousness [4].

Winged ancient deity with stylized
 pine cone braids.

It is unfortunate that the laity of most religions are not encouraged to develop the latent spiritual faculties within us all. Most religions leave out that part when it comes to the average believer. Instead the priesthood instructs the people mostly about matters of dogma, ethics and faith, which when guided by reason and justice are good things. However, the iconography of the Roman Catholic Church shows that the some in the hierarchy are aware of the pineal gland’s potential for spiritual development. The history and symbolism is there for all to see.

The Court of the Pigna, Vatican City, Rome.

The giant pine cone sculpture at the Vatican’s Court of the Pigna is an ancient bronze casting that was originally displayed between the Pantheon and the Temple of Isis in imperial Rome [5].  In the mysteries of Isis it is said that pine cones were burned in remembrance of Osiris. [6].  The priests of Isis would actually flay themselves with pine cones as part of a self mutilation rite! [7]. Yes, the belief that suffering was the unavoidable price of wisdom was something that the ancient peoples took seriously.

The peacocks flanking the pine cone are also part of the symbolic whole. With its tail of many eyes the peacock represents watchfulness. The orthodox symbolism is the vigilance of the Catholic Church. Yet even before that, the peacock came to symbolize spiritual vision, and eternal life, since it’s identified with the Phoenix of classical mythology. [8].

Another giant pine cone in the
 Cathedral of Achaean.

Still,  there’s something more than that being implied here with the gigantic niche enveloping the pine cone focal point.  The pine cone sits between the many eyes of the peacocks in the dome of the niche. The meaning cannot be denied, the Court of the Pine Cone is a symbol of the human skull from a spiritual perspective. For those with eyes to see, the pineal gland within our own skulls may hold the key to many of our questions and longing for meaning and fulfillment in our hectic modern world.

An architectural pine cone I found in
 downtown Memphis, Tenn.

It’s my opinion that the ancients were right. The pineal gland is proof of an invitation from Nature herself to explore the worlds we carry within us. It is the mark of our spiritual birthright. Science has been slow to acknowledge it’s importance, but that attitude is now changed forever.

The InterContinental Hotel Davos, Switzerland 

In my next post, I’ll take up the 21st century challenges we face in unlocking the potential of the pineal gland, which unfortunately include the dangers of fluoride to all facets of human health, physical, mental and spiritual.


[1]  Mathew 6:22-23

[2], [4] Hall, Manly P. The Occult Anatomy of Man. The Philosophical Research Society. Los                                         Angeles 1937. p 11.

[3]  Cox, Simon. Decoding The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Expert Guide to the Facts Behind                                 the Fiction. Simon and Schuster. 2009. p 96.

[5]  “Fontana della Pigna.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia,
                             The Free Encyclopedia, 6 Nov. 2013. Web. 10 May. 2015.

[6] Regula, DeTraci. The Mysteries of Isis: Her Worship and Magick. Llewellyn Worldwide, 1995. p                               165.
[7] Newman, John Henry. An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. Pickering 1878. p                                     215.
[8]. “Peacocks.”

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