Can the pineal gland truly awaken dormant abilities within the brain?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The secretory activity of the pineal gland has only relatively recently become understood. Historically, its location deep in the brain suggested to philosophers that it possessed particular importance. This combination led to its being a "mystery" gland with myth, superstition and metaphysical theories surrounding its perceived function.
René Descartes, who dedicated much time to the study of the pineal gland, called it the "seat of the soul". He believed that it was the point of connection between the intellect and the body.This was in part because of his belief that it is unique in the anatomy of the human brain in being a structure not duplicated on the right and left sides. This observation is not true, however; under a microscope one finds the pineal gland is divided into two fine hemispheres. Another theory was that the pineal operated as a valve releasing fluids, thus the position taken during deep thought, with the head slightly down meeting the hand, was an allowance for the opening of these 'valves'.
The pineal gland is occasionally associated with the sixth chakra (also called Ajna or the third eye chakra in yoga) or sometimes the Seventh (Crown) chakra. It is believed by some to be a dormant organ that can be awakened to enable telepathic communication.
Writers such as Madame Blavatsky and Alice Bailey, considered early proponents of the new age movement, use the pineal-eye as a key element in their spiritual world-view...(see Alice Bailey: "A Treatise on White Magic", Madame Blavatsky: "The Secret Doctrine")
The notion of a 'pineal-eye' is also crucial to the philosophy of the seminal French writer Georges Bataille, which is analyzed at length by literary scholar Denis Hollier in his study Against Architecture.
"But the head has a hole in it. The pineal eye, the organ of not-knowing, is the undoing of science. If science thought up man, the pineal eye unthinks him, spends him extravagantly, makes him lose the reserve in which, at the summit, from his head position, he was guarding himself."
it has not been proved yet...
- Anonymous5 years ago
Once you get away from magic thinking, you realize that the pineal gland has nothing to do with the "seat of the soul". It is en endocrine gland that produces melatonin dear. The idea that it could be the "seat of the soul" came from the fact that crude observation lead to the belief (wrong if you have a microscope) that this is the only organ that is unique, not made of two parts. Since the soul was also unique , according to bronze age middle eastern goat herders fairy tales, the pineal gland was the only acceptable receptacle.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
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I have read that the pineal gland is symbolized in ancient texts and artforms by their stylized head pieces. I have heard it referred to as the seat of the soul. I have read that since the ancients our pineal glands have been compromised. I have also read studies that flouride effects the pineal gland negatively and it is in almost all water everywhere.
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