Is There An Organ In Your Brain Which Seats Your Soul? This May Be The Answer

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light…”
Matthew 6:22-23

A Gateway Between The Physical And Metaphysical?

Situated at the anatomical center of our brain lies a mysterious gland that may be the intermediary gate that bridges our physical and spiritual experiences here on Earth. Seventeenth-Century French philosopher Rene Descartes coined this organ, called the pineal gland, as the “seat of the soul”, as he believed it provided people with a medium from which our soul could be expressed through our physicality. The pineal gland has been a topic of great debate over the past couple of decades as the science community is still trying to discover its complete biological function. Dr. Rick Strassman, M.D., author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule, has dedicated years of research to the pineal gland as he suggests that this gland is the factory for a powerful brain chemical called DMT (Di-Methyl Tryptamine) which when produced induces a person into a psychedelic and mystical experience.  Many different cultures talk about our “third eye,” and modern theories suggest that this may be a reference to the pineal. Even more peculiar is the fact that pineal gland symbology can be traced to many civilizations such as the Romans, Mexicans, Egyptians, Babylonians and the Greeks. It is interesting to note that even the Catholic Church displays pineal gland imagery, as the Vatican Square contains the largest pineal-like statue in the world. So what could all of this mean? Is there ancient knowledge of this gland that previous cultures had access to? Furthermore, what role does the pineal gland play in our spiritual experiences and how can we explain this in physiological terms?

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One of the earliest accounts of the pineal gland is in the writings of a third-century B.C. Greek physician named Herophilus, where he discusses the piniform or pinecone shaped organ as being the size of our pinkie fingernail. The name comes from the Latin word pinea, which literally means “pinecone.” As mentioned previously, the gland sits at the approximate geometric center of the brains mass. Additionally, the gland is not technically part of the brain, as it is not protected by the blood-brain barrier.  In his book DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Dr. Rick Strassman discusses the glands unique solitary status within the brain,

“[…] All other brain sites are paired, meaning that they have left and right counterparts; for example, there are left and right frontal lobes and left and right temporal lobes. As the only unpaired organ deep within the brain, the pineal gland remained an anatomical curiosity for nearly two thousand years. No one in the west had any idea what its function was.”

Additionally, the pineal gland sits close to the sensory and emotional centers of the brain, which could explain why spiritual experiences can evoke so much emotion and sensation. In the 17th century Rene Descartes was searching for the source of our thoughts, and proposed that the solitary pineal organ could be the generator. Descartes was interested in the location of the pineal in relation to the cerebrospinal fluid byways, and suggested that when the pineal gland “secreted our thoughts” that they moved through the cerebrospinal fluid to make its way to the rest of the brain.

The Third Eye

David Wilcock’s New York Times bestseller  The Source Field Investigations discusses the idea that our pineal gland is our “third eye” which provides us with visuals during psychedelic and near death experiences (NDE), and also while we dream, finding biological evidence to support this claim,

“[…] 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…. Although the mammalian pineal gland is considered to be only indirectly photosensitive, the presence of proteins in the pineal which are normally involved in photo-transduction [light sensing] in the retina, raises the possibility that direct photic events may occur in the mammalian pineal gland…”


This idea has become a common theory in pineal gland research. Needless to say 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. Scientists suggest that the interior of the pineal gland is completely black, but we must question why our bodies would create this third eye with light detecting cells if there was no light to be detected in there. Could the images that are created when we dream or during an out-of-body experience come from the photic cells inside the pineal gland?

The Spirit Molecule

Strassman proposes that a potent psychedelic molecule called DMT is produced by the pineal gland. This molecule is found innate in nature, such as in certain grasses and tree roots and even in our own bodies. The experience brought on by humans who smoke isolated forms of DMT is said to be profoundly vivid, spiritual and life changing. Pineal DMT production must be regarded as plausible considering that the pineal gland is known to produce melatonin and serotonin, two neurotransmitters which are structurally very similar to DMT and which play a part in our mood and sleep cycles.

Pineal Gland Imagery Throughout History

To add to the mystery, let us consider the blatant pineal gland imagery that is expressed in sacred art and architecture all around the world. As mentioned before, the word pineal comes from a Latin word meaning “pinecone”, and therefore the pinecone was used to represent the pineal gland throughout history. Wilcock’s The Source Field Investigations devotes an entire chapter to the pineal gland and its representation throughout history. The following are just a few examples from the book:


  • A bronze sculpture of a hand from the mystery cult of Dionysus in the late Roman Empire has a pinecone on the thumb, amidst other strange symbols
  • A Mexican god holds pinecones and a fir tree in a sculpture
  • A staff of Egyptian god Osiris from a museum in Turino, Italy, has two “kundalini serpents” that entwine together and face a pinecone on the top
  • The Assyrian/Babylonian winged god Tammuz is pictured holding a pinecone
  • The Greek god Dionysus carries a staff with a pinecone on top
  • The Catholic  pope carries a staff with a pinecone directly above where his hand is positioned
  • The largest pinecone sculpture in the world is prominently featured in Vatican Square- in the Court of the Pinecone
  • King Tut’s golden burial mask features a “kundalini serpent” emerging from the general area of the pineal gland in his forehead
  • Almost all Hindu gods and goddesses are pictured with a bindi, or third eye, between their eyebrows
  • A statue of the Mesoamerican god Quetzalcoatl is shaped like the pineal gland and contains a necklace around Quetzalcoatl’s neck which is made out of pinecones…”

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Perhaps one of the most disturbing facts is how much the Catholic Church promotes pinecone imagery. It is clear that this was an extremely important symbol to the early Church fathers considering the placement of the giant pinecone statue in the Vatican. Is the Vatican concealing sacred knowledge that would contribute to mankind’s physical and spiritual evolution? Wilcock investigates further into the matter in his book, describing the written history of the pineal gland:

“[…] Plato says in The Republic (Book VII), ‘the soul through these disciplines has an organ purified and enlightened, an organ better worth saving than ten thousand corporeal eyes, since truth becomes visible through this alone”

Additionally, masonic scholar Manly Palmer Hall is quoted in the Occult history of Man as stating the following:

“[…] 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 a spiritual organ which is later destined to be what it once was, namely a connecting link between the human and the divine…”

It is evident that the pineal has been a focus throughout history, with philosophies of all cultures discussing this organ in relation to the ever-attaining journey towards spiritual enlightenment. It is possible that the pineal gland is our connection to the divine, providing us with visions during many metaphysical experiences. The next question arises, why is it being kept secret?  Modern theories suggest that the “mystery schools” which have been hidden in secrecy for millennia hold the knowledge of the pineal gland that many ancient civilizations understood, and these secret societies are keeping this information from the general public to maintain more power and control.

Cleansing Your Third Eye And Reclaiming Your Potential

With this information in mind, let us look at the effect that our environment and diet have on our pineal gland. As mentioned earlier, the pineal gland is not protected by our blood brain barrier, which renders the fluid inside the pineal susceptible to mineral deposit build up. These minerals compile as hard white clusters, and can appear on X-rays or MRI’s. One theory suggests that the heavy minerals and toxins that are dumped into our environments and that are consequently absorbed into our bodies have a retarding effect on the potential power of our pineal gland. One of the main chemicals that cause mineralization of our pineal gland is Fluoride. As many of us know, fluoride is considered an FDA approved medicine which aids in the re-mineralization of our teeth, preventing tooth decay. Fluoride is dumped into most North American communal water systems, making it increasingly difficult for the population to avoid intake of this chemical. It is safe to theorize that the powers in control have an understanding of this mineralization process, and are utilizing Fluoride and many other toxins to debilitate our true potential as human beings. On a positive note however, over the past five years we have seen a substantial increase in the removal of Fluoride from city water all over the world. People are taking the power back into their own hands, which is inspiring in its own right.

We now understand that our pineal gland may hold the secrets to the divine enlightenment which has been searched for and talked about since the earliest accounts of mankind. So what can we do to cleanse our pineal gland? Removing fluoride is the first huge step in this process. Get the message out in your own community and be the one who makes a difference. There are also other supplements such as blue ice skate fish oil which will help decalcify the pineal gland. (Find out more about decalcifying your pineal gland)

Our hidden potential now seems infinite, a notion which is spreading throughout our planet. So reclaim your potential today by cleansing your pineal gland!

*This article was featured in April issue of CE Magazine. Be sure to check out the issue archives by clicking here.

*Much of the information from this article was attained from Rick Strassman’s DMT: The Spirit Molecule David Wilcock’s The Source Field Investigations. We recommend both of these books for anyone looking to know more about the topics discussed in this article.


1.)    Strassman, Rick, DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences, 320 pg., Park Street Press, 2001, ISBN 0-89281-927-8

2.)     Wilcock, David, The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies462 pg., First Plume Printing, 2011, ISBN 0-525-95204-7

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    1. suzy, i have not done any research on meditation and the pineal, but i do practice transcendental meditation and it helps with many things. its a deeply relaxing meditation. i would be interested to find out what effects it has on the pineal gland. the state of mind one would aim for in meditation is usually referred to as “pure consciousness” so this would make sense in theory. also as i stated in the thread above, nascent iodine, according to my research, is a great detoxifier of the pineal, thyroid and many other glands as well as most of your body. it is supposed to draw toxins like sodium fluoride and chlorine out of the brain. its been helping me have more vivid dreams as well.

    2. I don’t think it technically decalcifies your pineal gland, meditation just helps give you access to it.

  1. Are ppl still talking about the Pineal Gland?

    The main reason it attracted attention in the past we because it is centrally located and one of the few single-structures.
    These factors were considered special at the time because medicine was still in its unscientific/hit-and-miss stage – ppl would think “oh – this food looks kinda like a kidney, therefore it must be relevant/helpful to the kidney.”

    this is the same thing – ppl are analogizing the location/form of the gland (single/central) with axioms of experience – a single/integrated awareness with a central point-of-view.

    there are animals out there who still use the gland for vision, but saying this vision is special is like saying that UV colours are more special than regular colours.

    1. Although what you say generally sounds like it makes sense, it severely underestimates the intelligence and knowledge of ancient civilizations and even today’s secret societies. Unfortunately for the potential advancement of today’s world, your view (and that of many others) on the intelligence and knowledge of ancient civilizations is steeped in the notion that they were somehow more ignorant to truth than we are… that we are smarter in all regards due to “science” (in some ways, yes — but not all). That kind of thinking is what has the world heading in the direction it’s currently heading in. We are at a deficit in thought, intelligence, insight, knowledge, spirituality. Perhaps the answer then is to fuse ancient and modern knowledge… which is exactly what is happening today, especially on websites like this one.

  2. Awesome article, every now and then I tend to question the same. The thought generator? Where does our thoughts come from, though we are living in the age of technology and have invented so many things. We failed to ask this important question, where did those thoughts arise to invent such things?
    Thanks for such a mind opening article, keep writing and keep enlightening us.

      1. The very source of our todays world makes me wonder, why havent we spent enough time in discovering the root of all our actions, beleifs, inventions, ideas. I think one should spend light on it, to know the root of all are diversity, commanility and actions.

  3. Excellent article Jeff. I was just discussing this topic last week with a friend. I will share your words. Maybe you can write a follow up article discussing ways to activate and invigorate the pineal gland like the spinning exercise part of the Tibetan Five Rites optimized by Carolinda Witt and the Living Light Breath as developed by Ken Page.

    1. Hey Jeff, really interesting. But I have heard that the third eye is actually linked with the pituitary gland, that matches the 6th chakra, the one of intuition and knowledge. The pineal gland refers instead to the 7th Chakra that is related to divine connexion. If you have more information to further this talk, it would be great 🙂

      in lakesh

    2. Lyon Zonamyari, ive been doing some research and apparently nascent iodine has strong positive results in detoxifying the pineal and thyroid glands. i have started taking it myself after my research and I have found it give much more energy throughout the day. also i have not had a dream that i could remember for roughly ten years and the last few nights im starting to remember bits and pieces. almost a full dream last night. and after doing a little more research i found many other people that have experienced “very vivid or lucid dreams” after taking the dietary supplement for about a week or two. I think this might give a little bit of merit to the pineal gland producing dreams as described in the article. however you are also supposed to have a healthy diet in vitamins and minerals if taking it as a supplement. for those that would not want anything processed, kelp, as many are aware, is a great source of iodine.

      1. Hi Spencer. Let’s hope Jeff does a follow up article. I have several suggestions from practical experience gained over the years but I am not an expert. Meanwhile, careful not to overdo the iodine. If you know anything about applied kinesiology, you or somebody proficient can test your body to see how much you should take and for how long.

    3. Hey Lyon! Excellent idea, I’d be more than happy to try and put something together for our readers!

  4. Great article on a fascinating and vital subject, vital as we will not survive as a species much longer unless we learn to “kick it up” vastly increasing brain bandwidth. Prior civilizations had this information used it and they still failed. Without it we don’t have a chance.

    The golden brain glands are the keys to our spiritual transformation. Much of the focus has been on the pineal (DMT) gland and all the cosmic joyriders are missing a very important fact that it should only be stimulated under the balance and controlling guidance of the pituitary gland.


    From the Cree Tribe, wired with the Haplogroup X-2 DNA, in my 61st year, 1500 + sweat-lodge trips to the Eagle’s Domain (the great void where all potentiality resides). I’ve lived a wonderful exciting life (lucky in love) and have studied our native cultural wisdom and anybody else’s with any substance.

    This past year I was seriously injured falling a large Alder tree and came to a place in healing retrospection, asking myself what was my relationship with reality? I came away from that with the obvious, “I did not have a functioning relationship with Reality”.

    Every teacher from time immemorial was trying to teach us (without actually saying it of course) that as beings we possessed tremendous unused spirit consciousness resources, and in each their own way, attempted to share their insights on how to access and utilise these, to our benefit. The wisdom of the ages can all be distilled down to onboard brain chemical secretions, specifically the atrophied but golden pituitary and pineal (DMT) glands. The ancients left us the transcendental schematic, the Caduceus Symbol reminding us that the path to enlightenment, was and is brain glandular secretions. The ancient symbol is misunderstood and has been reduced to a shirt logo for ambulance drivers.

    Anyone who has lit a DMT pipe will tell you the brain is capable of processing 10,000 years of intense experiential data in only 10 fr*kin minutes. Unbelievable brain bandwidths are available to each and everyone of us. Our DNA designers did not leave us the owner’s manual and that has left us in this lobotomised brain state with atrophied pituitary and pineal (DMT) glands. Fortunately they can be quickly rejuvenated and brought back on line seriously kicking up the brain bandwidths. Personal Sovereignty is a real achievable possibility.

    For detailed instruction on how to rejuvenate you golden glands and access on board DMT see:

    The reality is we are living in an age of consciousness without a functioning relationship with reality. We need to get over the fact that from a cosmological perspective, we are an emerging civilisation with a multiple history as a failed society in the process of blowing it again for the umpteen time.

    Of necessity, a functioning relationship with reality includes, Gnosticism, Alchemy, ET, Archons, Lockheed Martin Ben Rich’s alumni disclosure, knowledge of the advanced civilisations who built the precision stone megaliths (that we can not build today), being present to nature’s process of creating matter from information encoded energy, LENR, that consciousness and matter are quantumly coupled, rejuvenated pituitary and pineal (DMT) glands, the value of service, a loving family and the wilful intention to have a source connected relationship with reality.

    With these in place we have a chance to be in the cosmic game called life and without them we are basically hooped.


    Jeff, note of caution: Wilcox established his initial credibility by stealing Carla Ruckhart’s work and has been riding it ever since. He drained her dry and she abandoned him. It plain crap he is the reincarnation of Cayce, a lawn statue has more psychic ability does, his reading are infantile and anyone that has tried to work with him will tell you he is disingenuous and only about self promotion.

    1. Anyone who is seriously into this subject will acknowledge Rick Strassman’s contribution he obviously brought a out in a structured way but we are talking about unstructured dimensional space and Rick did not take a milligram himself and that would severely limit anyone’s authorative perspective the matter. The other fellow not mentioned and he probably deservers the most credit for illuminating the space is Terrance McKinnon, he was a pyschonaut with thousands of dmt trips. Terrance only subscribed to the external sources and later on admitted to being on the CIA payroll. He was busted for smuggling hashish from India and to get off agreed to be in their employ. Very articulact but I only wish I could have met him and shown him how to do it organically on board and how important the pituitary gland was in the brain bandwidth boosting experience. All of the meditative esoteric approaches have value but in the end too much external baggage.

      You do not need any special esoteric knowledge though most claim you do. A pilots G-Suit if inflated sufficiently would drive the spinal column up to the underside of the brain and you would elicit a secretion. Every secretion begets a bigger secretion on your next effort and after they have been rejuvenated to some extent they come on demand as the brain needs them. The link above provide the process and a simple duck to water technique to start those golden gland secretions

  5. Awesome article!… also if you look at the dissection of the pineal gland and put it next to the- sun eye of horus next to eachother, they both look the same.!!

  6. HOW ASTONISHING. PLEASE EVERYONE FIND A TAOIST TO TALK TO AND THIS WILL DOVETAIL (as it did for me) into a point that opens the gate that solves this mystery. It is not a secret in the form of a conspiracy. All the great founders of Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism understood this and all left the same message for us all. The pineal gland only confirms what these Spiritual leaders and the indigenous people of the world have always known.
    And for those scientific thinkers out there, quantum physics is now on the same track and is changing forever our disconnect between our physical and spiritual worlds.

    1. sun gazing can power up your pineal gland……check videos on youtube re sungazing

  7. Wow! Thanks for this!! also – consider reading Dr. Sabina DeVita’s book “Vibrational Cleaning” which focuses on decalcifying the pineal while using pure 100% natural essential oils – awesome book on the pineal as well! The world will be a different place when we stop the use of fluoride! For starters…

  8. I’m so new to this info.but my heart keeps telling me that if this is to key to anything we must be y I feel being resurrected is the way to heaven.if we are not alive we can’t use our pineal.I want more understanding of this.sorry if I’m off subject its just my brain is going to fast for me at the moment…pineal seems to be so true from what I read.thank u guys for stepping up and learning more bout the after life

  9. How do you suppose we visualize anything to begin with? Of course the pineal gland has something to do with being able to mentally picture something in the mind’s eye. Thus, if you can visualize something, your pineal gland is most likely in good working order.

  10. FYI. Nearly all vertebrate animals possess a pineal gland. Meaning all humans, apes, dogs, cats, pigs etc have this pineal gland. So if according to this article the pineal gland is the “seat of the soul”, then it follows that anyone or any animal with a pineal gland has a soul. Hmmm.

    1. Interesting point Edison, however to the best of my knowledge, only we humans have a soul, animals do not and thus do not reincarnate. However, I been saying for some time that the human race really needs to wake up before it is too late. The planet will survive as it always has, but we are destroying ourselves. Technology has advanced greatly in recent times, but for the most, man has not. Farmers and the Sheeple. The Farmers do not want the Sheeple to wake up and they have had hundreds if not thousands of years practicing control. I now question if the Farmers really have a plan anymore and are likely lost in their own self indulgence . I wonder which species will get a chance to be number 1 if we fail. Planet of the Apes is not so far fetched.

      1. Interesting views… however I have to disagree that you can conclude that animals, who have the same five sense as humans, does not have a soul. I should think that all sentient beings have souls, and we all connect. But I agree with you that the human race needs to wake up, and realize we are destroying our world. If we are truly the spices to lead this world, we are not doing a good job as a collective group

  11. A person who is on th path of enlightenment, has to be pure within th form of intake of thoughts as well as intake of food also, a nonvegetrian cannot achieve enlightment n his pineal gland won’t be activated

  12. Our food intake also plays an important role in it, Those who are truely interested on knowing how to achieve enlightenment should go through a spiritual institutions name BRAHMAKUMARIS which teaches meditation free of charge, it has more than 8500 centers world widewide, it’s headquarter is in India

  13. Based on what I believe to be a devine enlightenment / understanding i have received on the triune being of man, (body, soul and spirit – the soul being the main or actual person/being), our two physical eyes (being the eyes of our soul through the body – the physical part of man which interacts with the physical world).  Id say that this pineal gland is more likely to be the eye (as such) of the spirit which allows the soul to see into and interact with the spirit world.  I tend to believe that my soul resides in my stomach / belly area, that is where all my emotional feelings are literally felt. I also have the clear understanding that – the same as we have our physical senses ( sight hearing, smell, touch and  taste) that allow us to interact with a physical environment, we also have spiritual seances that allow us to interact (see, hear etc..) with the spiritual environment which is invisible to the physical eyes.
    So if the pineal gland is not actually our soul, then it could very well be the eye as such into the otherwise invisible – spirit world – which enlightens the soul to things that may not / does not make logical sense to one who only uses his physical senses for knowledge and understanding. In other words a spiritual person can be assessed as crazy or insane to an individual not intoned with his spiritual side. A person / soul that develops his / her spiritual senses as his physical senses are intentionally trained to learn and develop, well… Wow, It’s allows a very different perspective of life and purpose.
    If anyone is interested, I have much more I can share with you in this area.

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