In Securing Sanctuary, book two in my Witches of Griffin series, the sisters not only carry the ability to travel through time, they also project themselves into the astral plane. Since I was delving deeper into my ancient Egyptian studies I thought to do a blog on the pineal gland.
The pineal gland is a dime size conical endocrine gland located between the hemispheres of the brain that produces melatonin. Melatonin is a serotonin hormone that affects sleep patterns and photoperiodic (seasonal) functions. The pineal gland resembles a small pinecone and is an important part of the nervous system. Nearly all vertebrates have a pineal gland as the organ regulates your sleep-wake patterns, which determines your hormone and stress levels as well as your physical performance. Unlike the rest of the brain, the pineal gland is not isolated from the body by the blood-brain barrier system. It receives a higher percentage of blood flow than any other area in the body aside from the kidneys. The gland appears in literature of the history of anatomy in the 2nd century. The pineal gland is often represented as a pinecone, the pinecone’s spine spiral connecting it with the perfect Fibonacci sequence. (See Blog on Sacred Geometry http://www.lahilden.com/index.php?categoryid=6&p2_articleid=141)
The pinecone is from a conifer tree, the most ancient trees on the planet, and has served as a symbol for higher enlightenment and eternal life since ancient times. The pinecone-pineal gland is a sacred symbol seen throughout history in cultures around the world. It was even called the “seat of the soul” by the famous 17th century French philosopher Descartes. Pinecones in art and architecture represented the highest degree of spiritual illumination possible while in the human body. The third eye is said to act as a spiritual antenna; a vestigial eye that serves as a gateway to all realms and dimensions. The pineal gland is seen by many as a doorway into the unconscious mind that brings your 6th sense in tune, making you more aware of your surroundings and things not seen by the human eye.
The pineal gland serving as your third eye has been depicted from ancient times. The pinecone symbol is seen in ancient Indonesia, Babylonia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and more. They appear in drawings of esoteric traditions like the Freemasonry, Gnostism, Theosophy, Qabalistic, and esoteric Christianity. The Shiva and the Cyclops are depicted with three-eyes. The Greeks and Romans claimed the pineal gland the spiritual engine of our evolution into beings of consciousness and matter. The ancient Egyptians were master alchemists, scientists, and Gnostics who used the Eye of Horus to represent the importance of this gland that connected to the soul. The cobra headdress often found in ancient Egypt has the snake serving as the third eye.
The Buddha is often depicted with the top of his head as a pinecone and shown with the third eye dot on the forehead. Jesus said in Matthew 6:22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” Jesus taught that God was found within. It’s important to note that awakening the third eye was banned by the church, and yet safeguarded by secret societies. The forefathers and freemasons of the United States knew enough about the third eye to add the “all seeing eye” to the dollar bill. Of course the eye is placed atop of the great pyramid on the dollar, taking the place of the missing capstone.
The pope carries the pinecone staff, while the Vatican is filled with symbols of the pinecone. The abundance of this symbol perhaps signals the importance of this type of spiritual awakening.
The Staff of Osiris from ancient Egypt depicts two intertwining serpents, (kundalini energy) rising up to meet the pinecone (third eye) and dates back to 1224 B.C.
Famous Greek Philosopher Plato referred to the pineal gland as the “eye of wisdom.” The third eye will remain dormant until it reaches a certain vibration level and can be activated by the Light of your Higher self, which signals the divine energy of the kundalini to rise from the root chakra and activate the chakra system. It is through this gland that sensory perception and spiritual wisdom are said to be found. It is considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans.
What helps to awaken this tiny gland to aid your energy is sunlight. When light enters the retina of the eyes, this is sent through the optic nerve to a region in the hypothalamus called the suprachiasmatic nucleus. From this nerve system, signals are sent to the pineal gland to produce melatonin. Any type of light directly or indirectly will activate the pineal gland to produce serotonin. This means a dark room for sleep helps the gland to assure you a restful sleep. Meditation is great for reducing stress and connecting with your higher self, it also activates bioelectric energy within the pineal gland. Unfortunately, calcification of the pineal gland does occur with age, but the main culprit of calcification is fluoride, which is found in 90% of U.S. water supply, toothpaste, some sodas, and mouthwash. Fluoride was also used by the Nazi’s and the Russians at concentration camps; the fluoride made those captured more docile so they wouldn’t question authority. The pineal gland is a magnet to sodium fluoride.
The light-transducing ability of the pineal gland has led many to refer to it as a third eye. Like the eye, the pineal gland contains rods and cones and serves as a receiver, converting universal energy into imagery your brain will comprehend. The melatonin the gland produces aids sleep, but melatonin is also used during meditation to help your physical body connect to the spirit world. The average person’s third eye usually remains relatively dormant as a spiritual center unless activated. Once the third eye is open it varies in regards to what people experience, but it is said to aid learning retention, intuition, creativity, psychic gifts, aura reading of others, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. According to U of M professor of Physiology and neurology Jimo Borjigin, “We still lack a complete understanding of the pineal gland. Numerous molecules are found in the pineal, many of which are uniquely found at night, and we do not have a good idea of what their functions are.”
The third eye was seen as the light and known to the Atlanteans (these beings were believed to have had a higher level of consciousness) who harnessed great paranormal power with their use of it. Nevertheless, this power began to be used for negative purposes before their continent sank beneath the sea. Meditation music and tones can also help aid your vibrational frequencies and activate this gland, allowing you to connect to the universal energies easier. As people are all interlinked and part of a mass consciousness, you can connect with this oneness through activating the third eye. Revelations 22:4-5 says this about our knowing of God, “They will see His face, and His name will be in their foreheads. There will be no more night in the city, and they will have no need for the light of the lamp or sun. For the Lord God will shine on them and they will reign forever and ever.”
The pineal gland is still shrouded in mystery, as the scientific community cannot explain the spiritual happenings that occur once the 3rd eye is open. The ancients as well as many spiritual cultures throughout the world have credited the pineal gland with spiritual experiences. The pineal gland takes 49 days to form in a human embryo and according to Tibetan Buddhists this is the same amount of time that it takes the soul to incarnate into their next physical body.
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