The Pineal Gland

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Medical Investigations of the Third Eye

According to Dr. Richard Cox in USC's Health & Medicine journal, Descartes "perceived the mind as some sort of out-of-body experience
expressed through the pineal gland."34 Cox reveals some surprising facts about the pineal gland.

Under the skin in the skull of a lizard lies a light-responsive "third eye" which is the evolutionary equivalent of the boneencased, hormonesecreting
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 . . . 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. . . . 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.35

It is certainly strange that a reptile's pineal gland has the same shape and tissue as a normal eye-considering the ancients literally believed the
pineal gland was a third eye within the human body, performing a similar biological function. The more I researched this subject, the more I found
clues the ancients may have indeed known something that has since been lost. An article in Science News by Julie Ann Miller began to reveal the
biological connection between the pineal gland and the retina of the eye.

The retina and the pineal gland are the organs primarily responsible for the body's recognition and sophisticated processing of external
light. Until recently these two organs in mammals seemed to have little else in common and were consequently studied by separate groups
of scientists. But a new alliance of researchers is now exploring striking similarities that are speeding research efforts in both fields. . . .
Once the groups of scientists began working together, they discovered surprising similarities between the two organs.36

An article in Science Daily featured startling statements from Dr. David Klein, the chief scientist in the National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development's Section on Neuroendocrinology. Many sub-mammal species already detect light with their pineal glands-as a third eye.
Dr. Klein noted that the photoreceptor cells of the retina strongly resemble the cells of the pineal gland, and that the pineal cells of submammals
(such as fish, frogs and birds) detect light."37

An even more surprising suggestion can be found in a 1986 paper by A. F. Weichmann, in the professional science journal Experimental Eye

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.38

Weichmann is openly speculating that "direct photic events"-flashes of photons of light-may be somehow occurring in the pineal gland by an
unknown mechanism. Due to the similarity of the pineal gland and the retina in the eye, the cells within your pineal gland may be detecting photons
and sending them to your brain-by a process called phototransduction.

R. N. Lolley and associates also noticed the similarities between the light-sensing activities of the retina and the pineal gland-in a paper from
the peer-reviewed science journal Neurochemical Research. Recent breakthroughs in understanding how the retina actually works have made this
connection much clearer than it would have been before.

As the mechanisms of phototransduction in retinal photoreceptor cells have become more clear, it has equally become apparent that
pinealocytes [pineal gland cells] have . . . a selective group of retinal proteins that are involved in the phototransduction cascade. How the
pinealocytes utilize these proteins and whether [they] participate in signal transduction in the pineal is still unknown. . . . The pinealocytes and
retinal photoreceptors seem to possess a similar repertoire of activities. . . .39

No one has proven that the area inside the pineal gland is completely dark. Trace amounts of photons may be appearing by an unknown
mechanism, as Descartes appears to have suggested. 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. Another group of scientists studying the pineal gland in chickens also concluded
that "the pineal gland may contain a rodlike phototransduction cascade."40


PiezoluminescenceWhy would the body go to all this trouble to make a third eye, with the same tissues and light-sensing mechanisms as the retina, if there was
nothing for us to see in there? What are we really seeing when we dream, have an out-of-body experience or get sudden images flashing into our
minds? And why were ancient cultures all over the world so obsessed with this gland as the center of our psychic vision?

In a 2002 study published in the Bioelectromagnetics journal, S. S. Baconnier and associates may have found the answer-without even realizing it. They dissected twenty different human pineal glands and found one hundred to three hundred microcrystals per cubic millimeter that were floating inside-largely
composed of a common mineral called calcite. Each of 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. These inner-ear crystals are known to be piezoelectric
-which means they expand and contract in the presence of electromagnetic fields.41 The hairs inside the inner ear detect sounds when the
otoconia bump against them-as they move around from the vibrations picked up by the eardrum.

Piezoelectric crystals can be used to tune in to radio stations without any electricity. The electromagnetic waves that are jittering all around us
make these crystals expand and contract constantly. These movements can then be detected and amplified to make sound.42 Microphones also
have piezoelectric crystals that pick up sound vibrations and turn them directly into electrical current. Some, if not many, piezoelectric crystals also
give off varying amounts of light-in a process known as piezoluminescence.43 This can be seen in a handheld lighter; when you push the button
down, a spark of light comes out-which is caused by compressing a piezoelectric crystal inside. Through a process called piezochromism, some
piezoelectric crystals release different-colored photons from the same crystal, depending upon the signal they receive. So far, these piezoelectric
color changes have only been spotted in crystals under high pressure. According to the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom, these
piezoelectric color changes "have been observed in a few systems, but have not been exploited in any commercial way."44 So far, no one has
needed to make a microscopic computer monitor or video projection system, for example.

Baconnier's calcite crystals may not be the only potential source of light in the pineal gland. Some scientists, such as Dr. Rick Strassman,
suggest the pineal gland may also secrete a psychoactive chemical called DMT-though this has not yet been proven, due to how fast it breaks
down. DMT also appears to release light by piezoluminescence, as we will see. Dr. Laurance Johnston discussed the controversial idea that the
pineal gland creates DMT, which is chemically similar to melatonin and serotonin-two chemicals that appear naturally in the pineal gland and
appear to be synthesized by it.

DMT is structurally similar to melatonin. The biochemical precursor to both molecules is serotonin, a key neurotransmitter whose pathways
are involved in mood and targeted in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. DMT also structurally resembles other psychedelic drugs, such
as LSD and psilocybin, and is the active agent in ayahuasca brew Amazon shamans use to provoke out-of-body experiences. . . .
Trace amounts of DMT have been found in humans, particularly in the lungs, but also in the brain. Strassman emphasizes that the pineal
gland is theoretically more capable than virtually any other tissue to produce DMT, including possessing prerequisite biochemical
precursors and transforming enzymes. However, we do not yet know for certain whether DMT is made by the pineal.45

DMT may very well be the "resin" that Manly Palmer Hall said the ancient mystery schools were looking for. However, I am definitely not an
advocate of taking psychedelic drugs, as they can be very dangerous and upsetting. There are spiritual practices that achieve similar effects in a
positive way, and I'd rather use what I already have-naturally and safely. However, I was fascinated to discover that Nick Sand, the son of a
prominent scientist on the Manhattan Project, found that DMT had enormous piezoluminescence-and apparently color-shooting piezochromism
as well.

Sand was . . . the first underground chemist on record to have synthesized DMT. Sand and a lab colleague were the first people to notice
that DMT exhibits piezoluminescence: 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.46

Since the pineal gland is not protected by the blood-brain barrier, flooding the bloodstream with DMT may load up the pineal gland with
piezoelectric microcrystals. This in turn may cause the third eye to pull in many more photons-which might be emerging directly out of the Source
Field, thanks to principles we have not yet discussed. (DNA also appears to be pulling in photons by a similar process, as we will see.) Baconnier's
groundbreaking pineal gland studies helped set the stage for this speculative idea of how the third eye could actually be "seeing" photons of light.
If piezoelectricity were to exist [in the pineal calcite microcrystals], an electromechanical coupling mechanism to external electromagnetic
fields may be possible.47

These crystals could be responsible for an electromechanical biological transduction mechanism in the pineal gland, due to their structure
and piezoelectric properties.48

For this same reason, Baconnier expresses deep concern about our use of cellular phones and other microwave-emitting devices-as they may
couple directly with these piezoelectric crystals in the pineal gland and change how they function. This could interrupt our synthesis of melatonin-
with negative health consequences.

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Works Cited

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34 Cox, Richard. The Mind's Eye. USC Health & Medicine, Winter 1995. In Craft, Cheryl M. (ed)., (accessed December 2010).
35 Ibid.
36 Miller, Julie Ann. "Eye to (third) eye; scientists are taking advantage of unexpected similarities between the eye's retina and the brain's pineal
gland." Science News, November 9, 1985. (accessed December 2010).
37 NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development "Pineal Gland Evolved to Improve Vision, According to New Theory,"
ScienceDaily. August 19, 2004. (accessed December 2010).
38 Wiechmann, A. F. Melatonin: parallels in pineal gland and retina. Exp Eye Res. June 1986; 42(6):507-27. (accessed December 2010).
39 Lolley, R. N., C. M. Craft, and R. H. Lee. "Photoreceptors of the retina and pinealocytes of the pineal gland share common components of signal
transduction. Neurochem Res, 17(1): 81, 1992.
40 Max, M., et al. "Light-dependent activation of rod transducin by pineal opsin." Journal of Biological Chemistry, 273(41): 26820, 1998. (accessed December 2010).
41 Baconnier, S. S., Lang, B., et al. (2002) "Calcite microcrystals in the pineal gland of the human brain: first physical and chemical studies."
Bioelectromagnetics 23(7): 488-95.
42 Field, Simon Quellen. Science Toys You Can Make With Your Kids. Chapter 4: Radio. http://scitoys.
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43 Harvey, E. Newton. The Nature of Animal Light. (Triboluminescence and Piezoluminescence.) Project Gutenberg, November 26, 2010. (accessed December 2010).
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