By Linh Gray | The BL

There has always been partiality when it comes to the discussion of whether spiritual phenomenons do exist or not or whether our current empirical science is in-fact benefiting humanity. After all faith is hard evidence of nothing and neither can we ensure that reason is well-guided; however there is one factor that can unite these seemingly polar opposites into higher understanding of all life’s design -the pineal gland.

How? Why? And what is the pineal gland?

Spiritual people would tell you that it’s a gateway to the metaphysical, or in the words of French philosopher, Rene Descartes, it is the “principal seat of the soul and the place in which all our thoughts are formed.

Materialists would say that the pineal gland is just one of man’s many glands, located at the center of the brain the pineal gland produces melatonin -a hormone which governs our sleep patterns. Hormones quantity can be measured, so can its effects on a person’s well-being and mood. And from the tangible point of view, it is easy enough to say that any further conjectures beyond these functions broach the realm of pseudoscience.

But it is hard to ignore the immense historic significance of the pineal gland in so many past cultures. The Roman, Greeks, Egyptians, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists, Sumerians, etc, have all depicted the pineal gland as a pinecone symbol (the shape of the pineal gland) in their ancient art, usually in their religious portrayals of gods or holy people.

Left: Artwork depicting the third eye of Shiva (Hinduism). (Photo: Wikipedia); Right: The King of Gods -Marduk holding pine cone (Babylonian) (Photo: Viacheslav Lopatin/ Shutterstock)

The symbol of the pine cone in the Pope’s staff. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It is worth noting that despite being in different time and place, these cultures have all arrived at similar understanding of the pineal gland, or what they refer to as ‘the third eye’.

And as medical science has uncovered why the pineal gland is referred to as an eye is not mere symbolism.

Ancient Egyptians (left) depiction of the pineal body correlates to modern medical science’s depiction of the same. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

It is baffling to our current science that the structure of the pineal gland is the same as our two eyes. In 1919, Frederick Tilney and Luther Fiske Warren wrote that the similarities of the pineal gland’s structure to a human eye suggested the organ was formed to be light-sensitive and probably possesses other visual capabilities.

The implication of even greater sensory potential could be signified by the pineal gland’s direct connection to the pineal body (the place where our brain sees images) as being a part of its structure, as opposed to the informational relay capability of our normal eyes which are mediated by the optic nerve.

In 1995, Dr. Cheryl Craft, chair of the department of cell and neurobiology at the University of Southern California, posited the pineal gland is the “mind’s eye.”

The discovery of the pineal gland’s structure has left many scientists positing speculation about its functions. One prominent explanation came from evolutionary biologists who theorized that the early man (tens to hundreds of thousands of years ago) had a third eye, but as time passed it became redundant, atrophied completely and moved inside the brain.

But what would we need three eyes to survive from back in those days? Why didn’t the eye disappear completely rather than relocate to the center of our brain?

It could be that our current science, founded on materialism has little understanding to offer of matters so far beyond the material. That being said, there is no need to rely on others’ discovery or interpretations of something we intrinsically have access to. We could ‘open’ the third eye, which means to decalcify and activate it, and experience for ourselves not only its significance but our own existence in the spiritual context.

The 7 chakras according to spirituality. (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Dr. Strassman, a researcher at the University of New Mexico, who injected volunteers with DMT, a chemical that is natural produced by our pineal gland, in a U.S. government-approved clinical research, said, “the most interesting results were that high doses of DMT seemed to allow the consciousness of our volunteers to enter an out-of-body, freestanding, independent realm of existence…”

Similarly, the ancients had claimed that astral projection, telekinesis, remotion viewing, telepathy, etc. are some of the few abilities that we could have access to once we start honing the third eye.

Their understanding was much further than ours, as they had taken another route to develop science, however, the overwhelming consensus among past cultures is that the pineal gland is the connecting link between our material world and the spiritual world. It is an embodiment of our great innate potential to realize our existence beyond physicality but as a fundamental element of the universe, with a past, a spirit and a story as eternal as time itself.

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