I’ve posted before on the pineal gland, a subject that has interested me ever since 1962, when a professor at Catholic University where I was getting my B.A. in philosophy scoffed when he mentioned that Rene Descartes viewed the pineal gland as the “Seat of the Soul,” and link between mind and body.
Though I didn’t think about it consciously then, what made me remember this seemingly odd factoid was the professor’s dripping ridicule.
By the time I was in my fourth year of graduate school, this time at Boston University, once again in philosophy, I’d go to Philosophy of Science colloquia primed for those points that seemed either so obvious or so ridiculous that the professors in the room dismissed them. For these were the points, I realized, that functioned as unnoticed — and therefore very very powerful, because unquestioned — nodes within what we call “common sense;” a so-called common sense: because it insists that we have no senses in common!
Anyone whose pineal gland is still functioning knows damn well that this isn’t true. And I predict that by the time mystical Neptune is finished moving through its home sign of oceanic Pisces (2012-2025) that the essential omnipresent oneness of consciousness will be humanity’s new, and very very real, collective common-sense.
By the way, I’ve recently developed a meditation that invokes what I experience as the subtle, spectral, flashing light of the pineal gland to help me return to sleep just about every night when I wake up, insomniac, during the pineal gland’s hours, between 1 and 4 a.m. I’ll put up a post on it, soon, because it works for me, and it works for my brother Mark, who is similarly afflicted.
Here are two articles on the subject.
The pine cone symbol is one of the most mysterious emblems found in ancient and modern art and architecture. Few scholars realize it, but the pine cone alludes to the highest degree of spiritual illumination possible. This was recognized by various ancient cultures, and the symbol can be found in the ruins of the Indonesians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Christians, to name a few. It also appears in the drawings of esoteric traditions like Freemasonry, Theosophy, Gnosticism, and esoteric Christianity. The pine cone held the same meaning for all: It symbolized a secret vestigial organ, the “pineal gland” or “Third Eye”, that we all possess.
Left: The magnificent ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, one of the most magical and spiritual places on earth, are filled with pine cone symbolism. Right: Antithetical animals flank an enlightened bodhisattva at Angkor Wat.
The majestic stone ruins of Angkor Wat are a marvelous sight to behold. Immense towers shaped like pine cones silhouetted against the sky rise out of the lush green jungle in a way that defies the imagination. The pine cone shaped towers are often cited by scholars:
“The individual spires at Angkor have a…pine-cone profile…”
—Benjamin Rowland, The Art and Architecture of India
The question, however, is the significance of the pine cones: it seems unlikely such a distinctive feature would appear with no rhyme or reason. What is the significance of these pine cones to Angkor’s ancient buildings?
Also never explained is another Angkor Wat phenomenon called “antithetic animals.” In the example shown in the image above we see a pair of twin, symmetrical elephants facing each other, an image that is often glossed over or unexplained.
Interestingly, similar antithetical animal art appears on other famous ancient archaeological “pine cone” relics. For example, at the ancient Roman pigna (Italian for pine cone) sculpture shown below, a massive bronze pine cone is flanked by twin antithetical peacocks.
Above: Built by the Romans, this 1st century Roman bronze sculpture, called the “Pigna” (“pine cone”), was once an ancient fountain.
The Pigna sculpture sits in a Vatican courtyard called the Court of the Pine Cone, and is today considered the largest pine cone statue in the world.
The parallels do not end there, however: the Egyptian staff of Osiris (c. 1224 BC) not only depicts antithetical cobras but has them rising up to meet at a pinecone:
Above: The pine cone staff of Osiris. Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy, 1224 BC.
What is the symbolic meaning of these pine cones, and how do the antithetical animals factor into their overall meaning? What is the deeper secret these apparently inscrutable images hide?
Third Eye / Pineal Gland
The answer to this is that pine cones, throughout history, have symbolized the “pineal gland”, or “Third Eye”, and by association the esoteric act of awakening it. This gland is said to lie at the geometric center of the brain, and considered by some as the biological Third Eye; the French philosopher Descartes famously referred to the pineal gland as the Seat of the Soul.
[A.K. again: and here’s the second article, more recent.]
The pineal gland (also called the pineal body, epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis or the “third eye”) is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces the serotonin derivative melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and seasonal functions. Its shape resembles a tiny pine cone (hence its name), and it is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join.
The Secret : What they don’t want you to KNOW!
Every human being’s Pineal Gland or The third eye can be activated to spiritual world frequencies and enables you to have the sense of all knowing, godlike euphoria and oneness all around you. A pineal gland once tuned into to proper frequencies with help of meditation, yoga or various esoteric, occult methods, enables a person to travel into other dimensions, popularly known as astral travel or astral projection or remote viewing.
With more advance practice and ancient methods it is also possible to control the thoughts and actions of people in the physical world. Yes, it is bizarre, but the United States, former Soviet Union governments and various shadow organization have been doing this type of research for ages and have succeed far beyond our imagination.
Pineal Gland is represented in Catholicism in Rome; they depict the pineal as a pine cone in art. The ancient societies like the Egyptians and the Romans knew the benefits and exemplified this in their vast symbologies with a symbol of an eye.
Pineal Gland reference is also in back of the U.S. dollar bill with what is called the ‘all seeing eye’, which is a reference to the ability of an individual (or group of individuals) to use this gland and go to the other side (spiritual world) and possibly control the thoughts and actions of people in the physical world by knowing what they are thinking at all times in our physical world.
Various research being conducted so far confirms that there are certain periods in the night, between the hours of one and four in the morning where chemicals are released in the brain that bring about feelings of connectedness to one’s higher source.