From Chapter 12: How Psychedelics Actually
Work The Pineal Gland--The Seat of the Soul
The starting point for the development of a new model for how the brain, mind, and spirit are connected is found within the pineal gland. This is a small, 5-8 mm long organ in the center of the brain with the shape and surface of a pinecone, and it is from the pinecone that it gets its name. It is located at the roof of the posterior third ventricle, directly above one of the crucial byways for the cerebrospinal fluid. It also lies in a very central position between the laterally positioned thalamic bodies and interacts with the pituitary gland. Moreover, medical dissections have revealed that its front section is equipped with a structure similar to the human eye and has a few quite unusual characteristics.
In ancient times it was thought that the pineal gland had an important role to play for communications with the Divine. As an example, on the murals in the palace of the Assyrian King Ashurnassirpal II, he is portrayed together with the Tree of Life (which it was one of the tasks of the King to tend for) and beings with wings (signifying that they were of divine origin), which presented him with pinecones. Looked upon in the appropriate context I think we can see a profound symbolism in this. Not only does this mural tell us that the pinecone (symbolic of the pineal gland) was associated with the Tree of Life, but it also tells us that the pinecones carried a message from the winged beings from the Divine. In support of such a view we should here consider the fact that the pineal gland is located on the midline of our bodies, which, as we have seen is a direct expression of the Tree of Life and is what, through resonance, creates the geometric compartmentalization of the left and right brain halves.
Further East, the pineal was seen as the biological correspondent to the Third Eye, located in the center of our foreheads. To Hindus and Buddhists in India the Third Eye is a symbol of enlightenment. They refer to it as “the eye of knowledge,” which is seen as the gateway to higher consciousness. The Greek Galen, often looked upon as the father of Western medicine, on his part believed that the pineal was a valve that regulated thought. In this we obviously have a connection to the previously discussed idea of a reducing valve with the potential to limit the range of our experiences. I believe that the pineal is at the center of a reducing valve--the geometric mind--and that it is from this that it gains its importance.
If we look to the time of the scientific revolution in Europe (initiated by the beginning of baktun 13 in the Mayan calendar), the pineal gland attracted the interest of the Frenchman René Descartes, who may be regarded as its foremost philosopher. In a text from 1636 he called the pineal the “seat of the soul,” a location where the body and mind meet, based on its unique feature of being an unpaired part of the human brain. I think he was right on this point as I believe that our experience of being an “I” relies on the fact that there exists a singular central point around which a coherent mind is created. Based on these traditional thoughts, I believe we should look at the pineal in a larger spiritual context in order to understand the role that it may have for the creation of altered states of consciousness. The pineal is, in other words, not just an isolated organ but gains its importance from its connection to the geometry that emanates from the Tree of Life and ultimately shapes the human mind.
It is not a secret that official modern science does not like the pineal gland. The Darwinist bias that the human body is created by random mutations leads modern science to downplay any hint of an underlying geometric structure that has created life. For the same reason, it places no importance on the fact that the pineal gland has a very central location in the human head. This dismissal is consistent with a view where evolution is driven by random material factors, but not with one where macrocosmic quantum waves bring certain geometries to life. In quantum science, geometry is what underlies all of evolution and so, based on this, it is not seen as an anomaly that the pineal gland plays a significant role.
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Other than its location there are three features of the physiology of the pineal gland that I want to highlight here. The first is that its surface is covered by so-called cilia, which are organelles that can bring about the movements of cells or, as in this case, of a small organ. A second, relatively recent discovery is that cubic, hexagonal and cylindrical crystals of the mineral calcite are present inside the pineal. The scientists that studied these crystals by means of electron microscopy argued that these have piezoelectric properties and may serve as transducers. A transducer is a unit, usually used with electronic communications, which transforms information from one form to another. Electromagnetic waves in the microwave range can for instance be transduced into images on a TV screen.
From this observation we may draw the interesting conclusion that in a central position of our brains a transducer is located, the pineal gland. The questions then follow naturally: A transducer of what and where does the information being transduced come from? How does this connect to the Tree of Life as is implied in the Assyrian mural?