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These Ancient Civilizations Knew About Our Third Eye

The Seat of the Soul


The functions and significance of the pineal gland have been the subject of investigation and debate for centuries. But the first documented study of the grain-sized gland in the center of our heads can be traced to the Greek doctor/philosopher Galen. His colleagues believed that the pineal regulated the flow of ‘psychic pneuma,’ or an ethereal substance that was ‘the first instrument of the soul.’ Galen brushed this off, instead thinking of the pineal as simply a gland that regulated blood flow.

The more supernatural characteristics associated with the pineal came after René Descartes took interest and studied it during the Renaissance. He made the assertion that it was ‘the principal seat of the soul,’ and believed that it was the source of all thought. Descartes was essentially credited with reflex theory, or the idea of involuntary actions that our bodies carry out. He believed this in the sense that the mind was separate from the body, but could still have an effect when it took over the animal instincts. That point of entry where he thought the mind made its entrance to take over: the pineal gland.

Descartes saw the pineal gland as unique because he noticed it did not have a matching pair, like most other sensory organs.

“It must necessarily be the case that the impressions which enter by the two eyes or by the two ears, and so on, unite with each other in some part of the body before being considered by the soul. Now it is impossible to find any such place in the whole head except this gland; moreover, it is situated in the most suitable possible place for this purpose, in the middle of all the concavities.” – Réne Descartes



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Secrets of the Pineal Gland

Ancient traditions knew of the pineal and enshrouded its mysteries in their lore. They knew that the pineal plays a role in our spiritual development and communication with spiritual beings. But with an increasingly toxic world, many people do not know of the innate gifts inherent to an open pineal.


Hinduism’s Third Eye


Shiva as well as other Hindu deities are often depicted with a literal third eye on their forehead. This third eye represents an awakening or enlightenment and an ability to see into higher realms of existence or higher consciousness. Many interpret this to represent the pineal gland. A look at the dreaded hair of Shiva wrapped up with snakes in a pinecone shape can appear to be a nod to the pineal as well. Snakes in Hinduism are thought to be auspicious as is most notably seen in the imagery surrounding Kundalini Yoga. The Chakras of the body, are often depicted in Kundlini, by a winged staff encircled by two snakes, or a Caduceus as it is known in Greek mythology. The point where the snakes meet is the anja chakra, where the pineal and pituitary glands are located. This chakra is known as the source of consciousness and ajna is translated to mean command or guidance.


Ancient Egypt’s Third Eye


Most people are familiar with the Eye of Ra and the Eye of Horus from ancient Egyptian iconography. Aside from the eye’s striking resemblance to a lateral view of the pineal gland in the brain, these depictions of the eye of these gods is singular. The eye is almost always depicted by itself without a counterpart and was occasionally drawn on the center of the forehead of sarcophagi. Another reference to the location of the pineal, that mirrors Hindu mythology is that of a snake emerging from the center of the forehead, also on pharaoh sarcophagi. Egyptians regarded the snake auspiciously as well, associating it with wisdom




Pinecone Imagery


In some illustrations of Sumerian gods, they are shown with a pinecone extended in one hand. Some believe this to be a representation of the Annunaki, or visitors from space which the Sumerians believed to be gods, and their ability to access their pineal gland and use its consciousness-expanding abilities. Pinecones can be found in ancient Greek mythology on the staff of Dionysus, or his Roman iteration Bacchus. A pinecone staff with snakes wrapped around it is also carried by Osiris in Egyptian lore. Cambodian temples in Angkor Wat bear a striking resemblance to pinecones and there is even a massive pinecone statue at the Vatican that was originally situated next to a temple for the Egyptian god Isis, in Ancient Rome.




Our ancient ancestors clearly had a healthy awareness of our pineal gland and the mysticism surrounding its purpose and possible connection to a higher level of consciousness. Its pinecone shape adds to the mysterious symbolism seen across cultures. It comes as no surprise that the pinecone also forms in a sacred geometric pattern from Fibonacci’s golden ratio. What did our ancestors know about the pineal gland that we don’t?

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