The other major hormones produced by the pineal gland are serotonin "the feel-good hormone" and DMT. Discovered in 1931, DMT is the natural occurring "spiritual" or "visionary" hormone that so many are interested in today. Although, DMT is a natural compound produced within the tissues of most plants, and in animals that have pineal glands, it remains illegal to possess in most countries.
However, philosophers yogis and shamans have claimed for centuries that the pineal gland is crucially important to our spiritual health. We see its symbology everywhere as it has been known as the "third eye" of the mystics since time out of mind. In the New Testament, both Matthew and Luke seem to allude to the pineal gland's special role for humanity. In Matthew we read,
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! .Manly P. Hall summed up this the ancients' reverence for the pineal gland when he wrote,
It is a spiritual organ which is later destined to be what it once was, namely, a connecting link between the human and the divine. 
The story of how Manly P. Hall's Philosophical Research Society supported the Russian mystic Nicholas Roerich's expedition to Tibet in search of the hidden city of Shambhala with USDA scientists during the era of New Deal, will have to wait for another post. Suffice it say, when when Manly P. Hall spoke, those in high places took heed.  .
When the image of the Great Pyramid is superimposed upon an anatomical cutaway of the human head, the significance of the pineal gland to ancient Egypt's concept of the Divine becomes immediately apparent.
|The Babylonian God Marduk|
holding a pine cone in a
gesture of benediction.
|The Graeco-Roman god Sabazios holding|
a pine cone with other symbols related to
opening the third eye, serpent, tree
of life, and lunar crescents.
Yet, the most prevalent symbol of the pineal gland is the pine cone, which is where it gets its name, for it shape and rough surface. When the pine cone is found in ancient art, it most often represents a connection between man and Deity. This tradition carries on in the civic and religious iconography of the modern world.
However, the intense focus on this tiny organ in ancient art begs the question, "How were the ancients able to access its power?" Fortunately, some of the ancient techniques for awakening the pineal gland and opening the third eye are available to us in the modern world through yoga and meditation. The most well-known mantra for meditation is "AUM," which when repeat by the practitioner seems to vibrate the area around the pineal gland and thereby stimulating it into secreting whatever hormones are needed by the body to attune itself to higher realms of consciousness .
|Winged ancient deity with stylized|
pine cone braids.
|The Court of the Pigna, Vatican City, Rome.|
The peacocks flanking the pine cone are also part of the symbolic whole. With its tail of many eyes the peacock represents watchfulness. The orthodox symbolism is the vigilance of the Catholic Church. Yet even before that, the peacock came to symbolize spiritual vision, and eternal life, since it's identified with the Phoenix of classical mythology. .
|Another giant pine cone in the|
Cathedral of Achaean.
Still, there's something more than that being implied here with the gigantic niche enveloping the pine cone focal point. The pine cone sits between the many eyes of the peacocks in the dome of the niche. The meaning cannot be denied, the Court of the Pine Cone is a symbol of the human skull from a spiritual perspective. For those with eyes to see, the pineal gland within our own skulls may hold the key to many of our questions and longing for meaning and fulfillment in our hectic modern world.
|An architectural pine cone I found in|
downtown Memphis, Tenn.
|The InterContinental Hotel Davos, Switzerland|
In my next post, I'll take up the 21st century challenges we face in unlocking the potential of the pineal gland, which unfortunately include the dangers of fluoride to all facets of human health, physical, mental and spiritual.
Sources Mathew 6:22-23
,  Hall, Manly P. The Occult Anatomy of Man. The Philosophical Research Society. Los Angeles 1937. p 11.
 Cox, Simon. Decoding The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Expert Guide to the Facts Behind the Fiction. Simon and Schuster. 2009. p 96.
 "Fontana della Pigna." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia,
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 Regula, DeTraci. The Mysteries of Isis: Her Worship and Magick. Llewellyn Worldwide, 1995. p 165.
 Newman, John Henry. An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. Pickering 1878. p 215.
. "Peacocks." http://www.crystalinks.com/peacocks.html