There is an endocrine gland within our bodies that, when unimpeded, receives more blood flow per cubic volume than almost any organ in the body, including the heart. It has been written about in masked language, or painted in art throughout the ages, and represented in a staggering number of ways for thousands of years – yet modern medicine hasn’t found it interesting enough to study clinically – or has it?
The pineal gland’s true purpose is shrouded in mystery. Is this intentional?
Will it take an information coup to keep us from being estranged from the cosmic gifts which so many of our ancestors refer to as being locked within this tiny pine-cone shaped mass of cells, or is there modern, scientific corroboration for what the ancients called the Epicenter of Enlightenment just waiting for us to peruse?
Basics of the Pineal Gland
On the surface level, the ‘Pine’al’ gland, shaped like a pinecone, is at the geometric center of our brain and is intimately entwined with our perception of light. The pineal gland modulates circadian rhythms, and thus how we sleep. It remains uniquely isolated from the blood-brain barrier system, yet receives a higher percentage of blood flow than any other organ of the body except the kidneys. The pineal gland is tiny – smaller than a dime – located at the back of the roof of the third ventricle of the brain. (The ventricles are parts of the brain filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which act to maintain the optimum chemical environment for the central nervous system cells). The pineal becomes steadily calcified with age, starting most often before puberty, meaning it shows up clearly on skull X-rays and CT scans to allow identification of the midline.
It is worth mentioning here that sodium fluoride calcifies the pineal gland. British scientist Jennifer Luke published a study showing that fluoride deposits accumulate in the pineal gland and calcify it. Just as bones go through a process of calcification to harden – a good thing, necessary for our health and functioning, the pineal gland can become ‘hardened’ through calcification, but to our greatest detriment, the reasons for which will be explained as you read further.
Additionally, a 450 page review on fluoride toxicity published by the National Research Council in 2006 reported that fluoride produced a range of negative side effects including “decreased melatonin production” and “other effects on normal pineal function, which in turn could contribute to a variety of effects in humans.”
The Pineal, Light, and Melatonin Production
The light-transducing ability of the pineal gland has led some to call the pineal the “third eye”. Oddly, the pineal contains rods and cones, just like our eyes in order to process light, even though it is smack dab in the center of our ‘dark’ brains. The gland is also responsible for creating and secreting melatonin. Melatonin communicates with our hormonal system about environmental light to the rest of the body and can entrain us to a certain biological rhythm, but there’s more to melatonin than just regulating our sleep-wake cycles.
The precursor to melatonin is serotonin, which is stored in large quantities by the pineal gland – a hormone you may have heard of since it is so keenly linked with feeling good. Without proper serotonin creation in the body, the result is depression, and sometimes severe depression. Of the 40 million cells in our brains, serotonin interacts or communicates with almost all of them.
Is the Pineal Responsible for Spontaneous Realization or Psychedelic Experience?
On a spiritual level, people in hundreds of cultures throughout the world have credited the pineal gland’s proper functioning with spontaneous spiritual experiences. Does it produce a psychedelic chemical or chemicals that allows us to exit into other dimensions, and even to enter and exit physical form? Does it allow an escape from this physical world in which we are currently held prisoner? What, truly, does this mysterious gland really do?
The pineal gland forms in a human embryo at 49 days during gestation – which just happens to also be the amount of time it takes, according to Tibetan Buddhists, for a soul to reincarnate into their next physical body.
Other historical as well as natural references to the pineal gland, and so many of them, would certainly pique the interest of most any modern scientist studying the brain, the endocrine system, botany, or even human intelligence, but there seems to be a shrouding of the mysteries of the pineal, for reasons which might become more obvious after reading further. For example:
- The pinecone happens to be the evolutionary precursor to the flower, with the spines spiraling in a perfect Fibonacci sequence, just like the sacred geometry of a rose, a sunflower, or a nautilus shell.
- The Staff of Osiris from the Egyptian culture, dating back to approximately 1224 BC, depicts two intertwining serpents rising up to meet at a pinecone.
- Hindu gods are carved, sculpted or drawn holding a pinecone in an outstretched hand, and perhaps the most prominent ‘God’ in this multi-theistic culture, Shiva, is often depicted with hair that looks like a pinecone on his head.
- Ancient Assyrian palace carvings, dating back to 713-716 BC depict four-winged God-like figures purposefully holding pinecones up.
- The Mexican god “Chicomecoatl” (Seven Snakes) depicts the deity offering pinecones in one hand, and an evergreen tree in the other.
- Dionysus, from Greek and Roman culture often carried a fennel staff topped with a pinecone.
- The pineal gland is the only part of the brain that isn’t bifurcated, and in Matthew 6:22 of the Christian bible it says, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light.”
- Egyptian, Druidic, Hindu, Hasidic, Islamic, Taoist, Mayan, Tibetan and Aboriginal cultures all acknowledge the pineal gland in their art and literature.
- Even the Catholic Pope’s staff often has a pinecone on it. You can also see a pinecone in the Vatican flag.
Here’s where the mainstream science on the pineal gets rather thin, to say they least. The pineal is also directly linked to the creation of METAtonin – a close cousin of melatonin, sometimes called a “high octave melatonin.” The main psychoactive ingredient in METAtonin is DiMethyl Tryptamine or DMT. DMT, as talked about extensively by Terence McKenna and Dr. Rick Strassman, is thought to be responsible for many people’s out-of-body (OBE) experiences, yet the scientific data on these is rare and in its infant stages.
The Cottonwood Research Foundation of New Mexico found that the pineal gland of rodents does indeed produce endogenous DMT: Rodents and humans have a very similar cellular structure and that is why they are used for endocrine research.
METAtonin does not suppress waking self-consciousness the same way melatonin does during sleep; instead it modifies the borders of consciousness by temporarily reprogramming our brain circuitry in a way which allows self consciousness (ego-identification) to separate from the body consciousness while remaining aware.
Andra Smith and Claude Messier, for example, conducted a study utilizing fMRI imaging at the University of Ottawa Department of Neuroscience concluding that the OBE is alteration of the brain’s somatosensory (body placement) circuitry that creates the illusion of being displaced from the body. However, since consciousness cannot be measured or detected in any way, this conclusion is likely false and minimally premature.
Anthony Peake suggests that every cell in the body is a repository of information that OBConsciousness can access. His theory is that DNA molecules within cells intercommuicate to create a holographic cloud of information and that within this cloud we can find micro Einstein-Rosen wormholes that allow OBConsciousness to access distant parts of the universe and parallel realities. In essence, our experience of past, present and future is an illusion, and the pineal gland’s proper functioning allows a form of ‘time’ travel, which also amounts to ‘space’ travel.
Rupert Sheldrake furthers that an OBE experience, through the opening of the pineal gland, allows us to get in touch with the planetary morphogenetic field via “morphic resonance.” Now if you recall the divine geometry referred to earlier, and contemplate the profound affect resonance or vibration has upon the human organism, all these super strange theories start to make a lot of sense – despite mainstream science’s complete blackout of information regarding these phenomena.
“Morphic resonance is a process whereby self-organising systems inherit a memory from previous similar systems. In its most general formulation, morphic resonance means that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits. The hypothesis of morphic resonance also leads to a radically new interpretation of memory storage in the brain and of biological inheritance. Memory need not be stored in material traces inside brains, which are more like TV receivers than video recorders, tuning into influences from the past. And biological inheritance need not all be coded in the genes, or in epigenetic modifications of the genes; much of it depends on morphic resonance from previous members of the species. Thus each individual inherits a collective memory from past members of the species, and also contributes to the collective memory, affecting other members of the species in the future.”
The Pineal as the Gate to Epiphany
The potential for internally produced DMT-based METAtonin to influence the circuitry of the brain has been an ever-present component of human evolution – so much so that its influence may have played a major part in many of our greatest discoveries and epiphanies.
Those among us who pursue creative/spiritual lifestyles usually learn to temporarily glean some of these secrets or at least get a glimpse of these alternate perspectives, but by opening the ‘gates’ of the pineal gland through the production of DMT, we can access realities which likely hold the larger secrets of the ages. It can also fuel our future spiritual realization. We cannot allow the pineal gland to be left shut in the brain as a tiny, un-researched mass of cells. Though consciousness likely does not have a physical point of origination, the pineal gland seems to act as an anchor for the secrets of the Universe – and its right here, inside of us.