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In this article we will continue our discussion of the brain, focusing now on the pineal gland, the endocrine gland in the geometric center of the head.  This tiny pine-cone shaped gland is the physical counterpart of the sixth chakra, often called the ‘third eye’, just as the brain itself is the physical counterpart of the Mind.


“The inner world, accessible to the Third Eye, is the real one, in the midst of the bloody, painful, death-drenched world.”1


The Pineal Gland

“The pineal gland, also known as the pineal body, conarium or epiphysis cerebri, is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. The shape of the gland resembles a pine cone, hence its name. The pineal gland is located in the epithalamus, near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two halves of the thalamus join. The pineal gland produces melatonin, a serotonin derived hormone which modulates sleep patterns in both circadian and seasonal cycles.”2


The Pineal Gland and the Third Eye

The third eye is called the ‘epiphysis’ or pineal gland.  It is about the size of pea; it is pine-cone shaped; and it is located deep within the center of the brain.

It exists in the approximate geometric center of the brain’s mass, has a hollow interior filled with a watery fluid, and receives more blood flow than any other part of the body except the kidneys.

It is also important to note that it is not protected by the blood-brain barrier.

The pineal gland is connected with the 6th chakra.  This is the seat of intuition and clairvoyance.  It is also the chakra related to the perfect blend of wisdom and compassion.

Plato, Iamblichus, Descartes and others wrote of the pineal gland with great reverence.  Descartes called it the “principle seat of the soul.”


It is a symbol of spiritual awakening in Buddhism, Hinduism and even mystic Christianity.

Mark Booth tells us in ancient times “the pineal gland represented the sun; and the gland which could modify and reflect on the visions that the pineal gland received from the spirit worlds was the pituitary gland.”

He goes on to write, “Just as Christianity contains a hidden tradition of gods of the stars and planets, so it also contains a hidden tradition of the chakras.

In the esoteric tradition the horns of Moses represent the two petals of the brow chakra.

The flowering rod of Aaron refers to the activation of the chakras.

The opening of the seven seals in Revelations is in fact a way of talking about the enlivening and revivifying of the seven chakras.

The vesica piscis that often surrounds Jesus symbolizes the birth-portal and the Third Eye, or brow chakra.

Saint Teresa Avila called the chakras the ‘eyes of the soul’.”3

She also said, “It is love alone that gives worth to all things.”


“The Hindus teach that the pineal gland is the third eye, called the Eye of Dangma.  It is called by the Buddhists the all-seeing eye, and is spoken of in Christianity as the eye single…The pineal gland is supposed to secrete an oil, which is called resin, the life of the pine tree.  This word [resin] is supposed to be involved in the origin of the Rosicrucians, who were working with the secretions of the pineal gland and seeking to open the eye single; for it is said in scripture: ‘The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single thy whole body shall be filled with light.’  [The pineal gland] is a spiritual organ which is later destined to be what it once was, namely a connecting link between the human and the divine.”4

Mark Booth writes, “The Egyptians clearly depicted it as a uraeus snake and in Indian literature it is shown as the Third Eye of Enlightenment, or the Eye of Shiva.  It was depicted as the pinecone-topped wand of the followers of Dionysius, and a fourth-century BC Greek anatomist described it as ‘the sphincter which regulates the flow of thought’.

They saw the pineal gland as an organ of perception of higher worlds, a window opening on to the brightness and wonder of the spiritual hierarchies.  This window could be opened systematically by meditation and other secret practices which gave rise to visions.”

The mask of Tutankhamun with the uraeus. Photo: Erik Hooymans


Black And White Engraving Of A Statue Of Dionysus [Bacchus].  Note the pine cone topped staff.


The priestess of Bacchus by John Collier, 1885-1889.  Note the pine cone topped staff.


As David Wilcock points out in The Source Field Investigations, “Pine cones are prominently featured in sacred art and architecture from all over the world – in apparent homage to the pineal gland.”

Buddhas with stylized pine cone head.

They show up in the mystery cult of Dionysus in late Roman Empire, the Mexican culture (Mexican god holds pinecones and a fir tree); the Egyptian sun god Osiris; the Assyrian/Babylonian winged god Tammuz; the Greek God Dionysus; the Roman God Bacchus; the Catholic Pope’s staff; the pinecone sculpture in Vatican Square; the Mesoamerican God Quetzalcoatl; Statues of Buddha – third eye and hairstyle as stylized pineal gland; and Hindu gods and goddesses with bindi, or third eye.

Pine cone statue from Cortile della Pigna of the Vatican Museums.  Photo: Wknight94

Pope’s staff.  Note the pine cone below the crucified Jesus.

According to masonic scholar Manly Palmer Hall, Freemasonry traces itself back to the Egyptian mystery schools.  He claims the biggest secret of Freemasonry is the regeneration of the human being into a Divine state – through the awakening of the pineal gland.  Each of the thirty-three degrees of Masonry corresponds to one of the vertebrae in the human spine – as the kundalini fire rises up to merge with the pineal gland.

“The exact science of human regeneration is the Lost Key of Masonry, for when the Spirit Fire is lifted up through the thirty-three degrees, or segments of the spinal column, and enters into the domed chamber of the human skull, it finally passes into the pituitary body (Isis), where it invokes Ra (the pineal gland) and demands the Sacred Name.  Operative Masonry, in the fullest meaning of that term, signifies the process by which the Eye of Horus is opened.”5

Mark Booth writes, “In esoteric physiology, when we have a hunch, our pineal gland begins to vibrate, and if spiritual disciplines are used to increase and prolong this vibration, this may lead to the opening of the Third Eye, situated, of course, in the middle of the brow.”



The Science of the Third Eye


Dr. Richard Cox

Dr. Cox writes in the USC Health & Medicine Journal in 1995:

“Under the skin in the skull of a lizard lies a light-responsive “third eye” which is the evolutionary equivalent of the bone-encased, hormone-secreting pineal gland in the human brain.  The human pineal is denied access to light directly, but like the lizard’s “third eye,” it shows enhanced release of its hormone, melatonin, during the night…Dissected, the reptile’s pineal looks much like an eye, with the same shape and tissue.

The pineal gland…uniquely remains the major source of circulating melatonin, [which tells us] when to go to sleep at night and when to get up in the morning.  It tells the body how the outside world is perceived…The presence of light reduces the pineal gland’s secretion of melatonin, and darkness stimulates production.  Since daylight and darkness affect the gland’s production of the hormone, the pineal functions as a kind of internal timepiece.”6

In essence the pineal gland regulates our sleep/wake cycles.  This is very important as the diurnal cycle of day and night and the process of sleep is one important example of the invisible metaphysical omnipresent realm that we make contact with every day.

The pineal gland ‘guides’ us back to the metaphysical realm each and every night (whether we are aware of it or not) so that we may contact that deeper source of ourselves and have access to information and/or healing processes that we may need.



Dr. Allan F. Wiechmann – 1986 paper published in ‘Experimental Eye Research’

Dr. A.F. Wiechmann, Associate Professor of the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Oklahoma published a paper entitled Melatonin: Parallels in pineal gland and retina in 1986.

He states, “It is apparent that several relationships exist between the pineal gland and retina.  The similarities in development and morphology have been obvious for many years.  A recent resurgence of interest in this field has led to a further understanding of many functional similarities between these two organs…Although the mammalian pineal gland is considered to be only indirectly photosensitive, the presence of proteins in the pineal which are normally involved in phototransduction [light sensing] in the retina, raises the possibility that direct photic events may occur in the mammalian pineal gland.  This possibility awaits further study.”7

We see here that “the pineal gland does appear to be set up for signal transduction, just like the retina of the eye, where it picks up visual images and sends them to the brain.”8

Pinealocytes are similar to rods and cones in the retina of the eye.  The pineal gland also has the same wiring to the visual cortex in the brain.



Dr. Simon S. Baconnier and Associates

Baconnier and Associates dissected twenty different human pineal glands and found one hundred to three hundred microcrystals per cubic millimeter floating inside.  They were largely composed of a common mineral called calcite.

These crystals were between two and twenty micrometers in length, basically hexagonal in shape, and were very similar to other crystals we find in the inner ear called otoconia.

They published their results in Bioelectromagnetics in October of 2002.

Baconnier writes, “With the exception of the otoconia structure of the inner ear, this is the only known non-pathological occurrence of calcite in the human body…the complex texture structure of the microcrystals may lead to crystallographic symmetry breaking and possible piezoelectricty, as is the case with otoconia.”9

Otoconia, inner-ear crystals, are known to be piezoelectric.  This means they expand and contract in the presence of electromagnetic fields.

In a second paper published in 2004 they wrote, “The pineal microcrystals appear as a stack of thin rhombohedrons with their flat faces normal to the long axis of the crystal…the single crystals do have a center of symmetry.  This symmetry breaking would allow both SHG and piezoelectricity.  By that very fact the piezoelectric property of crystals would allow them to interact with the electrical component of electromagnetic fields.”10

Very high magnification of the pineal gland. Copyright © 2010 Michael Bonert.
You are free to share and adapt this image as per the CC BY-SA 3.0.


Dr. Rick Strassman

Dr. Strassman (1952-present) is the Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  He is also President and co-founder of the Cottonwood Research Foundation, dedicated to consciousness research.

Dr. Strassman administered several hundred doses of DMT (dimethyltryptamine) to around 60 volunteers between 1990 and 1995.  He wrote about his research in the book DMT: The Spirit Molecule.

According to Dr. Strassman, “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, inhabited by beings of light who oftentimes were expecting the volunteers and with whom the volunteers interacted.”11

Dr. Strassman chose DMT because he believes it is a naturally-occurring compound in the human body.  He notes that it also occurs in every other mammal which has been investigated to date.

Dr. Strassman suggests the pineal gland may also secrete a psychoactive chemical called DMT in addition to its known secretion of melatonin.

However, this is not yet proven due to how fast DMT breaks down.

Still, there are tiny piezoelectric crystals floating in the water in the pineal gland and DMT itself is a piezoelectric and piezochromatic substance.  Piezochromatic means it can release any color of light in the rainbow with pressure, force or vibration.

Also, DMT is chemically similar to melatonin and serotonin.  So it would be no surprise that these two chemicals would appear naturally in the pineal gland and appear to be synthesized by it.

“The difference between both compounds is one atom of carbon and two atoms of oxygen…Due to our deep breathing patterns [in sleep] which induces respiratory alkalosis, the carbon and oxygen atoms are removed from the melatonin molecules (or pH increase causes a cascade effect of enzyme activation) which then leave us with DMT which equates to our dream states.  The deeper we breathe and the more melatonin we secrete, the more vivid our dreams become as more DMT is the end product.”12

“REM sleep is associated with dreaming which is hypothesized to occur from natural DMT release at night. A 2010 study in the journal Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology showcases the rapid increase in breath rate in mice and humans during REM sleep. Indolethylamine-N-methyltransferase (INMT) is the enzyme that converts DMT from Tryptamine and was shown to increase during sleep in a 1977 study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry. This lends further credence to the postulation that Melatonin – CO2 = DMT based on the enzymatic upregulation based on pH change.” 13



Nicholas Sand (Hiskey)

Nick Sand (1941-2017) was the son of prominent Manhattan Project scientist and the first underground chemist on record to have synthesized DMT.  He was a member of the drug distribution organization Brotherhood of Eternal Love and produced over 3.6 million tablets of LSD called ‘orange sunshine’.

Early on he found DMT had enormous piezoluminesence and piezochromism.

“Sand and a lab colleague were the first people to notice that DMT exhibits piezoluminesence: when hardened DMT that had collected in a tray was being chipped out with a hammer and screwdriver in a brightly lit room, the blows emitted massive amounts of colored light.”14



Pineal Calcification

Calcification of the pineal gland is well known.  It is “largely associated with corpora arenacea, also known as ‘brain sand’.”15

The functions of these calcified structures are unknown by modern mainstream science.

Remember, the pineal gland is not protected by the blood-brain barrier.

It is important to understand that the pineal gland accumulates fluoride.  It actually contains the body’s highest fluoride concentration.

Fluoride passes directly into the pineal gland through the bloodstream, attaches itself to the tiny crystals that are already floating around inside and covers them with hard mineral deposits – creating the white, bonelike lumps (corpora arenacea) we see in X-ray images.

This depresses melatonin synthesis with adverse consequences such as accelerating puberty onset.

Low melatonin secretion is also correlated with multiple sclerosis symptoms.

“One study showed 100 percent of individuals with MS who were consecutively admitted to a hospital had pineal calcification compared to only 43 percent for similar-aged controls with other neurological disorders.”16

“Fluoride may affect the enzymatic conversion of tryptophan to melatonin…Fluoride may also affect the synthesis of melatonin precursors (e.g. serotonin) or other pineal products (e.g. 5-methoxytryptamine)…In conclusion, the human pineal gland contains the highest concentration of fluoride in the body.”17

We recognize it is controversial, but it is extremely important to understand the dangers of fluoride.

“It is amazing that the medical (and dental) communities are so resistant to connecting the increase of cognitive decline in adults (Alzheimer’s and various dementia’s), and behavioral issues in children (ADD, ADHD, depression and learning disabilities of all kinds) with calcification of the Pineal Gland and fluoridation. There have been over 23 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage.  It is not new information, as some of the first papers were written in the Journal of the American Medical Association in September of 1943.”18

One study in the Journal of Pineal Research revealed how many problems could be caused by pineal calcification and malfunction – including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and other forms of mental illness.19

“Nicholas Giarmin, a professor of pharmacology, and Daniel Freedman, a professor of psychiatry, confirmed that the human brain manufactures serotonin at various sites in the brain.  For example, in the Thalamus, they discovered 61 nanograms of serotonin per gram of tissue; in the Hippocampus, 56 ng; in the Central Gray Section of the Midbrain, they found 482 ng.  But in the Pineal Gland, they found 3140 ng of serotonin per gram of tissue.  The pineal gland was unmistakably the richest site of serotonin in the brain.  This discovery implicates the Pineal Gland as an important site of serotonergic [serotonin-forming] activity.”20

Remember, serotonin is believed to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function.



Eliminating Calcification

The most important key to eliminating calcification is a healthy diet.  Drink lots of purified water to help your liver and kidneys flush out unwanted toxins.  Eating a diet of fresh, organic, non-processed foods insures you won’t have pesticides and preservatives accumulating in your body and creating mineral deposits.

Other helpful things include: living in balance with nature; laughter; hugging others; essential oils; meditation, yoga, tai chi, or Qi Gong; refraining from using fluoridated products and drinking fluoridated water; reducing exposure to aluminum oxide and reducing stress in the mind and inflammation in the body.


  1. Booth, Mark, The Secret History of the World, The Overlook Press, 2010
  3. Booth, Mark, The Secret History of the World, The Overlook Press, 2010
  4. Hall, Manly Palmer, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, TarcherPerigree, reprint 2003
  5. ibid.
  6. Cox, Richard, The Mind’s Eye, USC Health & Medicine Journal, 1995,
  7. Wiechmann, AF, Melatonin: parallels in pineal gland and retina, Experimental Eye Research, Vol 42, Issue 6, June 1986,
  8. Wilcock, David, The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies, Dutton, 2012
  9. Baconnier S, et al. Calcite microcrystals in the pineal gland of the human brain: first physical and chemical studies, Bioelectromagnetics, 23(7), October 2002,
  10. Baconnier, Simon, Sidney B. Lang, Rene De Seze. New crystal in the pineal gland: characterization and potential role in electromechano-transduction. 27. URSI General Assembly, Aug 2002, Maastricht, Netherlands,
  13. ibid.
  14. Wilcock, David, The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies, Dutton, 2012
  16. Willard, Terry, Pineal Gland,
  17. ibid.
  18. ibid.
  20. Groenendijk, Charly, The Serotonergic System, the Pineal Gland & Side-Effects of Serotonin Acting Anti-Depressants, 2001

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