The Pineal Gland’s Spiritual Connection With the Third Eye Chakra

The Pineal Gland’s Spiritual Connection With the Third Eye Chakra

The third eye is our greatest gift to connect us to source and remind us of a universe much more mystical than we can perceive with our physical senses. It’s through the awakening of the third eye and its corresponding pineal gland that we’re able to attain supernatural feats of telepathy, psychic vision, and an intimate connection with God.

Rare is a conversation on higher consciousness without a mention of the pineal gland. Its prevalence is more than a fad; it’s an imperative first step to attaining our full human potential.

What is the Pineal Gland?

The pineal gland, often referred to as the “third eye” in Eastern esoteric religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism), is a pea-sized endocrine gland located deep in the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres. In Western medicine, it is an organ primarily recognized for its role in regulating the body’s circadian rhythms and melatonin production, which helps regulate sleep-wake cycles. The pineal gland also plays a part in the body’s response to light and darkness, influencing mood, energy levels, and overall well-being. While it holds significant physiological importance, some spiritual practices also attribute metaphysical qualities to the pineal gland, linking it to intuition, perception, and spiritual enlightenment.

The Pineal Gland and Third Eye Chakra

The chakra system is the way the spirit moves within the physical body—how the spirit animates form. The chakras can be imagined as wheels of energy to remain balanced and open for optimal human function. If stagnation appears within the chakra system, the physical body will be affected by unease, depression, and even illness.

Chakras are energy centers, whereas organs have defined locations. The chakras are ruled by the organs but are not confined to a specific location. The heart chakra, for instance, is in the center of the chest, while the physical heart is on the left side. Similarly, the third eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead near the pineal gland.

The pineal gland is known as the third eye chakra or ajna chakra in the Hindu system. A closed ajna (i.e. mind) is said to lead to confusion, uncertainty, cynicism, and pessimism.

Every esoteric tradition heralded the third eye as our connection to spirit. It’s the space between humans and God, moving us from the isolation experienced in the human condition—through an open and vibrant third eye, we find our highest source of ethereal energy. A return path to God is offered when one works to expand third-eye awareness.


The pineal gland’s significance has been suppressed over the ages and was long discarded as a vestigial organ. The Greeks maintained it ruled thought, while Rene Descartes held it as the seat of the soul. The pineal was—and is—something of an enigma.

Such controversy over something so small hints at its extraordinary legacy.

While the physical eyes perceive the physical world, the third eye sees the true world—a unified whole with an unyielding connection to God. In this way, the third eye acts as the captain’s seat of our soul.


Biologically speaking, we can see how the functions of the pineal gland contribute to a metaphysical universe.

Glands, by design, secrete important hormones. Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland, controlling our circadian rhythms and reproductive hormones. This makes the pineal a master regulator of time, affecting not only our sleep patterns but also our sexual maturation. More than just sleep-regulating, the melatonin release also affects our stress and ability to adapt to a changing world. Quite simply, our happiness and well-being are directly affected by the pineal gland.

Pineal gland location diagram.


Though the precise function of the pineal still remains elusive, several recent assertions connect dimethyltryptamine (DMT) to the pineal gland. DMT is a naturally occurring psychedelic substance that brings vivid visuals and profound psychic encounters. It’s the doorway to God from within and is the subject of much interest.

Certain plants also contain DMT and are ingested ceremonially across the world to aid in consciousness expansion. Such access to the Divine is highly sought after and is currently experiencing a resurgence for sincere spiritual seekers. The implications of it being within us already open even more intrigue, hinting at just how little we know.

If the pineal is the seat of the soul, it is only too fitting that DMT lives there, too.

The Pineal Gland is Not Just in Humans

Most animals have a pineal gland. Descartes, in his famed studies of the pineal, falsely asserted only humans carry this sacred organ. That has been proven untrue, and it’s now suspected that an animal’s pineal gland gives them instinct. An animal’s pineal is often much larger than that of humans. This makes sense, as their sources of food and water have not been fluoride-treated the same way ours have.

When unused, any muscle or organ becomes atrophied. As humans, with no true reliance on the pineal, we’ve allowed it to become dormant. Animals, on the other hand, are still relying on their pineal to preserve life.

We’ve also witnessed groups of animals working as one mind. For example, when geese fly together, they do so in unison, communicating telepathically where to move. Starlings offer a powerful illustration of this one-mind concept. This is also a function of the pineal, which allows them to be in instant telepathy with one another. There’s no individuality of thought; rather, all are working as a collective whole for the welfare of the group.

If we were able to capture this same unified consciousness for humans, we would quickly move into unity and deeply embrace our oneness, knowing we are all connected. And some telepathy (another boon of the pineal) would certainly speed up the rate at which these new consciousness teachings can be shared!

The Spiritual Significance of the Third Eye

The reputation of the third eye lies far beyond its physical properties and becomes transcendent in its spiritual implications.

Developing the third eye is the doorway to all things psychic—telepathy, clairvoyance, lucid dreaming, and astral projection. It’s the quiet space within ourselves where we can touch God. The illusion of separation dissolves when we learn to master the far-reaching tools of the pineal gland. Because it’s inside the brain but outside the mind, a paradox is formed, creating a loophole to escape the contradiction of this reality. The Egyptians taught that when we can contain this paradox, freedom is achieved.

Every Mystery School taught the metaphysical ways of being: how to be awake within the dream, to walk between realities, and surpass the limitations of humanity. No teaching is without its doctrines on the third eye, as it’s the first building block of all psychic skills.

Without a solid mastery of this chakra, no spiritual connections are possible, and we’re relegated to experiencing only a mundane third-dimensional life.

In the days of ancient Egypt, when psychic development was at its peak, certain pineal exercises were developed. Rather than being the size of a pea, the pineal gland was allegedly the size of a peach!

Suppression of the Pineal Gland

If you want to control the masses, you feed them fear and squash hope. Deactivating the pineal would then be a brilliant tactic to ensure no one can touch God, but instead, one must go through the sanctioned gateways. In most cases, the church.

First, the importance of this gland is eradicated and then ways to disconnect people from accessing this source of knowledge are implemented. Therefore, pineal gland calcification occurs if the third eye is not being used. Certain foods and fluoride are also known to contribute to its calcification. So pump the people with fluoride and exalt the importance of calcium in every diet: this will surely blur the effectiveness of the pineal gland.

And presto! Most people over the age of 18 now have a calcified pineal, where a hard shell forms around the gland, and our access to the realms beyond this reality is effectively shut off.

Follow the Pine Cone Trail

The pineal gland is shaped like a pine cone. To bolster claims of an organized effort to destroy our pineal, we can look to pine cone imagery throughout the world. It’s a surprisingly common motif in sacred art.

Why does every religion extol the image of a pine cone? They exalt the importance of the pineal for the masses and keep teaching the secrets to the select few. It’s an effective smear campaign, and one I can gratefully say is coming to an end.

Thankfully, most ritual art still carries potent teachings that cannot be so easily extinguished. Consider the Eye of Horus—a literal depiction of the pineal gland resting inside the human brain. The Egyptians, Mayans, Kahunas, and others are still showing us the traditional ways to work with our third eye if we can decipher the ancient cues. For example, do a side-by-side comparison of the Eye of Ra and a cross-section of the brain where the pineal is located.

Side-by-side comparison of the Eye of Ra and a cross-section of the brain where the pineal is located.

Side-by-side comparison of the Eye of Ra and a cross-section of the brain where the pineal is located

Bring In The Light of the Third Eye

Learn how to reclaim the path to our inner doorway to ecstatic bliss and union with the source in two steps.

Step One: Decalcification

Avoid Fluoride

Nearly 80% of cities in the United States put fluoride in the water supply. Special filters can be purchased to remove this chemical, or you can buy reverse osmosis water from your health food store. Be conscious of the fluoride found in toothpaste, as well.

Avoid Excess Calcium

It’s now being suggested that calcium supplements are more detrimental than beneficial to our health.

Food Choices

While some foods inhibit the pineal, others will help decalcify it. Chlorella, apple cider vinegar, and iodine will all help contribute to a healthy pineal.

Step Two: Activate the Third Eye

Once you decalcify the pineal gland, it’s time to start using it to assist in all your spiritual endeavors.


Many teachers will offer ways to activate the third eye. Drunvalo Melchizedek is also a respected resource and shares a pineal-enhancing technique called the Beams of Light.


Be a firm believer in intention. Set your intention that you’re able to work with and expand your pineal and that it serves you in seeing a larger world than the perceptions around you.


Prayer is our bypass to God. The Egyptians used prayer to activate the third eye and dissolve the illusion of separation. Chant “Ua Hua” 100,000 times to melt away all barriers between yourself and the universe.


The yogic masters knew how to honor the body’s inherent spirit. Their traditions and well-established principles offer ways to open the third eye.


Once you begin working with your third eye, you will begin to receive guidance messages and visions. You must have the courage to follow through on what your intuition offers to readily strengthen your pineal.

Opening the Third Eye with Meditation

Find a quiet and comfortable space to activate your third eye through intuition. Try a kundalini master class or sixth chakra yoga practice to awaken your third eye.

You will hear increasingly more about the third eye. Rather than keeping it as merely a topic of interest, be encouraged by all the benevolence in the galaxy to use this, your most sacred way to connect to God. It’s your secret blessing, the surest way for you to become all you have dreamed and imagined. Your third eye awareness is your birthright and a way to access the immense love of this immaculate universe.

Disclaimer: Gaia is not a healthcare professional. Any advice we provide regarding physical or mental health should be consulted with a qualified healthcare provider before being implemented.

Research Confirms Intention Affects Structure of Water Pt. 1

Research Confirms Intention Affects Structure of Water Pt. 1

Groundbreaking new studies have been published on the power of the mind to change the structure of water and even help stem cells grow.

Water, the most plentiful substance on Earth, has been shown to have the unique properties of recording and storing information. For this reason, it has recently been used as a target in the scientific study of mind-matter interactions.

Dr. Dean Radin is the Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, or IONS, which has for the last 50 years been at the forefront of studying the frontiers of consciousness. Since 2006, Radin has led several studies on the effect of mental intention on water, culminating with a groundbreaking just-published experiment.

“We’re interested in mind-matter interactions where water is the target because we are composed mostly of water,” Radin said. “One of the questions then — when it comes to any kind of psychic healing, distance healing, energy medicine — maybe the reason why it works is because the mind can influence properties of water because then it would obviously influence all of us.” 

“So, some years ago we did some studies to look at the claims of Dr. (Masaru) Emoto, who had become famous as the result of putting different kinds of mental intentions into water and then making little frozen crystals, and his claim was that if you think beautiful thoughts at the water as you make the crystals, the crystals will look beautiful, and if you think ugly thoughts, then you get ugly looking crystals,” Radin said.

When IONS conducted two rigorous studies to validate Dr. Emoto’s work, the scientists found that the effect held; the quality of the intention placed on the water directly affected the configuration of the crystals.

In another more recent study, Radin and his team explored the effect of intention on water as part of an experiment looking at energy healing.

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