Having talked about our powers of perception and our our ability to see images even when we are asleep, with eyes closed, it seemed churlish not to mention an intriguing little organ, nestled in the brain, at about eye level, called the pineal gland. Quite a lot more has been written about this small, pine cone shaped, wee beastie than is actually known. So inevitably, some of it is wonderfully insightful while some consists of distinctly tenuous claims. So let me take you by the gland and lead you through the treats and blunders.
Even starting at ground level, before exploring it’s potential as a powerful gnostic tool, the pineal gland has a fascinating allure. A paper residing on the website of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, written by Richard J Wurtman and Julius Axelrod, , has this to say:
“Buried nearly in the center of the brain in any mammal is a small white structure, shaped somewhat like a pine cone, called the pineal body. In man this organ is roughly a quarter of an inch long and weighs about a tenth of a gram. The function of the pineal body has never been clearly understood. Now that the role of the thymus gland in establishing the body’s immunological defenses has been demonstrated, the pineal has become perhaps the last great mystery in the physiology of mammalian organs.”
That last bit, right there, that’s what does it for me. I just can’t resist a great mystery.
Physically, to put it simply, it triggers the production of seratonin during the day and melatonin at night, to help you sleep, and seems to control more generally the circadian rhythms, both daily and seasonally. It can be harmed by fluoride, which has led to many conspiracy theories related to the fluoridation of water being used to make us docile and disconnect us from our higher self. To combat the calcification caused by fluoride several substances can be taken. Tamarind fruit are very effective at getting fluoride out of the body and foods containing iodine such as kelp, eggs and dairy products can also help. Interestingly, iodine also helps protect against radiation, so in the event of a nuclear accident you can dance in the magic moonbeams and shout, Yay! Rather than worrying about hair loss. Maybe it’s not that good but preparation is never a bad thing.
So what’s the mystery? Well, the pineal gland seems to have some strange properties that hint at connections beyond the physical. Indeed, Descartes referred to it as, “The principle seat of the soul”. The first clue as to it’s unusual nature is that while it is not a part of the brain, it is tucked away in the centre of it and yet manages to react to light and dark. This could be achieved through some kind of bioelectric signal but research suggest something decidedly more strange is happening. There appear to be similarities between pineal and retinal cells and both contain proteins associated with phototransduction, part of the process involved in coding and transmitting visual information to the brain.
In 2002 S.S. Baconnier published an article in Bioelectromagnetics journal in which he revealed that he’d found a fairly high concentration of hexagonal micro crystals composed of calcite in human pineal glands he’d dissected. These were very similar to the octonia found in the inner ear. These crystals have piezoelectric properties. They respond to radio waves, give off light known as piezoluminescence and can convert sound to electrical impulses.
So in the pineal gland there appear to be micro structures necessary for the senses of sight and sound and which can respond to electro magnetic radiation with radio waves being just a small part of that spectrum. All this, in an organ buried in a dark recess at the centre of the brain.
Senses exist to respond to stimuli. Without anything to see or hear why have structures required for sight and hearing? How could the pineal gland receive stimuli? Is it possible that the ability of the calcite crystals to react to electro magnetic frequencies, contracting, expanding and emitting light, thus producing audio and visual stimuli makes them a part of some kind of receiver embedded in the cellular structure of the gland? Given how little is known for certain, it’s no surprise that pretty wild claims have been made as to the functions and capabilities of what has been referred to as the God organ. However, even given the observations mentioned here, it seems less and less far fetched to entertain the idea that it may provide us with the ability to sense aspects of our universe beyond the physical. Or, given the reactivity of some of it’s contents to electro magnetic fields, that it may be able to receive information from remote sources.
In my next post I’ll be exploring the implications of these discoveries and what they may mean for human development and our future evolution. I hope you’ll join me.
Richard J.Wurtman and Julius Axelrod http://web.mit.edu/dick/www/pdf/40.pdf