The Pineal Gland: Pathway to the Paranormal?

The pineal gland is one of the more well-known members of the human body’s endocrine system (a collection of glands that secrete and regulate hormones). It is remarkable in the scientific belief it does very little other than regulate our sleep, but through the ages has been thought of as our literal third eye and gateway to the soul.

There are many theories about the pineal gland, and I will try to touch on a couple of the big ones in this article. Now, I do not want you to read this and think that I believe everything that about these theories. This is meant for theoretical thought provocation, and not to be taken as scientific fact.


Let’s start out by talking about what the pineal gland is known to do. The pineal gland (also called the pineal body, epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis or the “third eye”) is a small endocrine gland. It produces melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and photoperiodic (seasonal) functions. Now, for those of you who are not familiar with melatonin, melatonin is the natural hormone in our body that regulates our sleep. Too much of it will make us sleepy, while getting too little of it  will lead to us feeling uncomfortable and restless. So, that is what we know the pineal gland does, let’s move away from scientific fact towards metaphysical theory.

The ancient Egyptians were so fascinated by the pineal gland, and believed that it held powers so great to mankind, that they modeled the Eye of Horus after the pineal gland (I will include an image below to show you the similarities). The ancient Egyptians, just as many other different cultures have in the past, believed the pineal gland to be our third eye; our literal way of communicating with the spiritual realm. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “well, if I have this so called “third eye” in my body, then why am I not able to see or hear these spirits that this thing is supposed to let me contact?” This is where one of the many theories about the pineal gland come into play.


The pineal gland also does something else over the course of our lives. Now, while we aren’t completely sure of the cause, we do know that it is linked to the type of diets that we live by in modern day society. Over the course of our lives our pineal gland becomes more and more calcified from fluoride deposits. This is not believed to be physically detrimental (although, some modern studies have been finding correlations between calcification and Alzheimer’s). This calcification begins at an early age. It has been seen in individuals as young as two, but does not hit a high average effected rate till later years. Now, this is an interesting note, because many people have had experiences with children who claim to be talking to people who aren’t there, relatives who have long past. Is this due to an overactive imagination, or is it the side effect of a pineal gland that hasn’t been calcified yet due to fluoride intake? Is this the reason why people prior to 19th century, who lived on diets that would have led to little or no calcification of the pineal gland, wrote about a great many experiences that we would consider to be “paranormal” in modern times?


I do not presume to know for certain whether or not the pineal gland may act as a third eye, creating a pathway to another realm within our body. Furthermore, I do not want to draw any correlations without causations. I merely believe this to be an interesting topic, with some interesting details, that I find intriguing enough to possibly delve deeper into to find some answers to an age old question. I will leave you with this one last thought before I go. The pineal gland is known to calcify; and it has become a symbol used in human history for thousands of years. Why do you think the ancient cultures put so much faith in this seemingly insignificant gland? I welcome any comments and discussion in the comment thread below. If you enjoy reading articles written by the SCSI, then I implore you to like us on Facebook, and feel free to join our FB group to share your own stories, images, and thoughts. I wish you all the best in the future and thank you for taking the time to read the article.

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