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Photosynthesis, Solar Power & the Pineal Gland: A Foreshadowing of Human Light Processing?

Christina Sarich, Contributing Writer
Waking Times

Solar energy has already come a long way. In the past five years it has evolved from cumbersome solar panels which had to be installed by the dozen on roof tops in order to provide enough kilowatts per hour to power even the smallest home’s energy needs. Then came the film-like rolls, which were much lighter, and recently, even a spray paint that is based on nanotechnology such that you can paint some great graffiti and enjoy solar powering your computer, refrigerator and AC all at once. In the latest news from MIT, biomedical engineer, Shuguang Zhang, offers the possibility of sending solar power to remote villages by utilizing agricultural waste to make solar cells with a form of photosynthesis called photosystem-I (PS-I). It would be layered on a substrate like more conventional solar panels and produce electric current when exposed to light.

“It is either easy or impossible.” Salvador Dali

Being the wacky-minded, non-MIT graduate that I am, I started thinking. If we can create power from the largest free energy source in our Universe (it has been estimated we could power an entire city for a year with just 8 minutes of the sun’s blaring rays) and a little organic matter, what is to keep us from powering ourselves with the light that is reflected in our personal, tiny sun – the pineal gland. After all, this fascinating gland has rods and cones, and actually processes light, much like our own eyes. There are references to the ‘illumination’ that occurs once the pineal gland has been opened, and while this is a metaphor with a more esoteric meaning, why not a physical one too? The conifer tree that produces the pinecone, is one of the oldest genera on the planet. It has existed three times longer than all flowering plant species. Correct me if I’m wrong, but even fifth grade science class said that photosynthesis was required for flowers to bloom, and leaves to stay green. If plants can get their power directly from the sun, why couldn’t we?

“We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible.”  Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld

The pineal gland has been called the seat of the soul, the thousand-petaled lotus, the epicenter of enlightenment, the eye of Horus, and just, the pinecone, but perhaps our true illumination, spiritually, also means we can start burning our own wattage, through the activation of that tiny gland in the center of the brain. There are, after all, myths and stories about yogis with super natural powers living in the Himalayas that could go for weeks on end without food or water. The legends say that they existed on light. In ancient yogic texts these abilities are nothing to laugh at. The siddhis are supernatural powers said to be realized by those who were awakened or illumined. They even have specific names, like Anima, Mahima, Garima, Prapti, etc. in the Sanskrit language. We already have pedestrian ways to generate our own power, through kinetic energy. Peddle-a-kilowatt bicycles are all over the place now. Is processing light energy so far-fetched?

“The alternative physics is a physics of light. Light is composed of photons, which have no antiparticle. This means that there is no dualism in the world of light.” Terence McKenna

Ancient texts even talk about light-body activation. It requires shifting to a higher frequency, ideally so that your gross, or material body becomes light enough to work with other elements in our galaxy – wind, air, water, the rays of the sun included. Scientists have already pointed to the probability that there are multiple dimensions in space. String theory specifies this. This contender for the TOE, or theory of everything would actually make it more probable that those ancient metaphors weren’t some tweaked out version of Star Wars, Episode 30027. If multiple dimensions exist, then the holographic principle and other suggestions of a ‘unified field’ would make it possible to live on light, literally.

“In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.”  Miguel de Cervantes

The problem is that siddhis, or ‘special’ powers are only given fleeting reference in ancient texts because it was thought that these powers could corrupt an impure mind. To use a Star Wars reference again, if the mind isn’t purified, one could turn into a Darth Mall or Darth Vadar and instead of utilizing their powers for good, they could inflate the ego and use them for evil. I suspect that many people could become very ego-inflated with the intuitive insights they receive on a spiritual path, as they become lighter and clearer, since many spiritual ‘gurus’ have been unable to shed their natural human wants and desires. There are jokes about Zendos being full of sake-drunk monks and the sycophants who follow them regardless. It isn’t improbable that we could develop super-human traits, though.

Consider these miraculous feats. In the uterus, babies ‘breath’ water from their mother’s wombs through the umbilical chord. When enough adrenaline is flooding the body, mothers have been known to lift entire cars to free their children who were pinned underneath. Wim Hof, a daredevil Dutchman who ran an Arctic marathon survived minus 20 degree Fahrenheit weather without a shirt on. A 6-foot-6 man named John Evans can balance an entire car on his head. These are just examples of lay-people doing extraordinary things.

“… A spirit molecule needs to elicit, with reasonable reliability, certain psychological states we consider “spiritual”. These are feelings of extraordinary joy, timelessness, and a certainty that what we are experiencing is more real than real. Such a substance may lead us to an acceptance of the coexistence of opposites, such as life and death, good and evil; a knowledge that consciousness continues after death; a deep understanding of the basic unity of all phenomena; and a sense of wisdom or love pervading all existence.” Rick Strassman, M.D. DMT, The Spirit Molecule

Furthermore, Shaolin Kung Fu masters can push cars with a blade against their necks, and whip around in circles defying gravity. Tibetan monks have already proven they can significantly alter their own body temperatures through meditation. When covered with cold, wet sheets, they were able to change their temperatures enough to make the sheets steam. In meditation the pineal gland is increasingly opened, and dowses the brain and body in seratonin-derived melatonin, or dimethyltryptamine (DMT). These feats are likely just the tip of the iceberg.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Walt Disney

If opening the pineal gland to illumine the mind does nothing more than open alternative worlds to our awareness, who is to say that eventually our exploration won’t show us a way to take light in through our eyes and skin and use it like fuel for our bodies. Even if we don’t do it through a special adaptive biological process, the MIT scientists who are figuring out how to use solar power and plant rubbish have the right idea. If esoteric tales from the past can meet with the cutting edge science of the present, we might just fuel Disneyland roller coasters with an afternoon bask in the sun.

About the Author

Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao TzuParamahansa YoganandaRob Brezny,  Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World.


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  • Felix Matt

    Photosynthesis is a powerful process. Drawing on sunlight, it enables a plant to power through air and water, taking in carbon and hydrogen and giving out oxygen as it grows. In times of carbon concern, it offers an ideal solution.

  • S.N.Mahalingam

    I believe Adam and Eve survived on energy from the environment. He and his family members are the pioneers in creating the habit of heating. Generations followed the habit due to which the genes were configured to digest what they ate. Some times the human system has a switch of system restore due to which the system switches to a time when the genes were configured to survive without the production of insulin that leads to the disorder of diabetes. They may survive without consuming carbohydrates by just consuming dietary fibre. There are some people in the world just survive by tapping energy from the environment. A few years ago a case was reported from Gujarat then from Nepal. In Haiti during famine people survive by consuming mudcakes. Unfortunately scientific community failed to investigate the mechanism behind these events.

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  • Christina

    Also there are many yogis on record as well that existed on light for years. One famous lady in India didnt eat for over 40 years. She is mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi.

  • Christina

    Dimitri, thank you for your thoughtful response, and you are right about calcification and the efforts to keep us dumbed down. I do talk about the pineal gland quite often on my site, and in other articles. There are numerous writings on WT for those who want to know how to decalcify. . .tumeric is great, removing flouride is essential and many yogic practices like shank prakshalana and alternate nostril breathing can help also.

  • Rachel

    What you speak of is known as “Sungazing” (surya yoga, or sun yoga)and it is scientifically documented by NASA experiments that a man named Hiram Manek lived for many months without any food, only water.

    You must do it barefoot–so you are electrically connected to the earth, it must only be at dawn and dusk, within 1 hour of setting or rising sun, and you must work up slowly from 10 seconds, up to 45 minutes, adding ten seconds per day.

    Too bad for stratospheric aerosol geoengineering. If you can’t see the real yellow sun, only bright blinding white chemical crap, it won’t work, it will only hurt your eyes. And where do they always spray their poison? Right in front of the setting sun.

    If it weren’t for geoengineering (aka chemtrails), I would have spent every summer evening sungazing. But now it may be too late.

  • Paul

    They might provide a comparable, isolated “experience”, but little lasting transformation. The real work takes place in the sober, quiet, removed state of personal meditation practice.

    Well that is Certainly one way to look at it.

  • dimitri

    Thank you for this subject and your positive spin on the potential of the pineal gland.

    What needs to be added, and I believe has been addressed by others in Waking Times, is the fact that most if not almost all people suffer from calcification of the pineal. This process has been noted by the medical profession as starting as early as age two. It is caused by the toxic environments we live in. One of the primary triggers for this pineal gland assassination is fluoride, found in most urban water supplies and many consumer products. By the time one becomes a teenager the pineal gland is typically calcified enough to start causing behavioral changes such as sleep disorders, not to mention that spirituality is virtually totally suppressed.

    Most people have non-functional pineal glands by the time they reach their mature years. That’s one good reason why meditation and enlightenment comes to them with huge struggles and effort. It seems as though there has been a concerted war on the pineal gland over many centuries waged by sociopaths who would rather a brainless and spiritually dead populace than an enlightened one in order to better control it. We are blessed to have at least a fraction of the population with the awareness that this situation in untenable and needs to be reversed, for without spirituality I’m afraid that earthly mankind’s days are certainly numbered.

    Confronting the needs of the much abused pineal gland requires a lifestyle that includes detoxifying nourishment and a keen awareness of the poisonous soup we live in. There are ways and they have been addressed on the internet and elsewhere. For an easy example, start your day with fresh squeezed
    lemon juice (organic if possible) and a teaspoon of organic apple vinegar mixed in a glass of warm (fluoride free) water. Add a teaspoon of maple syrup, if needed, to overcome the sourness. This is a well known liver and pineal gland detoxifier/decalcifier.

    Christina has shown that a soaring imagination could quickly lead to the realization of wonderful visions. But when these visions are being hatched in the remarkably dirty and dysfunctional laboratory that is pineal gland, then it becomes apparent where our real efforts should be directed. There is much healing to be done after the daydream is over.

    If most people realized the gift of siddhis what a different world it would be. Unfortunately 99.99% of people who have attained this perfection, I think, have also abused it, if only because of its rarity. And popping synthetic DMT or slugging down ayachuasca won’t get you there. They might provide a comparable, isolated “experience”, but little lasting transformation. The real work takes place in the sober, quiet, removed state of personal meditation practice.

  • Melissa

    Hello, I believe you are pointing to one of the great ancient forgotten secrets of the pineal gland: the glands’ photosynthetic cells allow us to gain energy from light too, just like plants. Because of modern calcification of the gland and also lack of knowledge (and therefore lack of development), most of us have atrophied pineal glands which operate far below the true potential. Hira Ratan Manek is a man who has studied, practiced, and taught sungazing for decades; according to what I’ve read, he eats very little, and sustains himself by drinking tea and water. In essence, he lives off of photosynthesis.

  • Sue

    Love this, Christina 🙂

    • Thanks Sue – Love you for Loving it!

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