The thalamus in cross-section as shown above also looks like an oval and like the RU hieroglyph which symbolises the vagina, the mouth, and the eye. And if so, then the massa intermedia is the pupil of this eye.
It’s no wonder, that in terms of the Precessional Cycle of 26,000 years, where the Sun is observed to move backward through the Zodiac, and takes 2,160 years to move through one Zodiac sign, we have a ‘Christed one’ (in the figure of Jesus) arriving on Earth about this time – c. 4 BC, when the ‘Age of Aries’ ended and the ‘Age of Pisces’ began – being that Alpha-(head)-Omega-(feet,) point in the cycle.
The story of Jesus' birth was obviously all staged-managed to synchronise with this point in the Precessional Cycle - i.e., Aries to Pisces - and his rebirth (Crucifixion) at this same point in the Yearly cycle of the Sun moving from Pisces to Aries, and on Easter, being the first Sunday after the Full Moon after the Spring Equinox.
But most importantly, in terms of magical correspondences, we are being told that the physical thalamus at the centre of the brain also corresponds with the sign of Aries - the first sign of the Zodiac in the yearly cycle and the last sign of the Zodiac in the Precessional cycle and therefore this A-Ω point in both cycles and all cycles.
This again correlates with the conclusion that the thalamus is the "pacemaker" - the "rhythmic generator" within the indivdual and is the alpha-omega as regards the pulsing heartbeat of all cycles relating to one's existence.
Here's another quote from the same source, this time about the head or skull of the enlightened 'Shining One' whose thalamus has been activated and opened at the point of enlightenment, being the Holy Grail . . . but again this is all symbolism pointing to what we all possess within us and the potential to experience.
Again, I have my own speculations verified by another source on several counts:
The head or skull is said to be the “cup”, the “chalice”, the “Grail” – which is why the head of one who had died and had entered the "Otherworld" and had become enlightened, was revered and sometimes taken from enemies; and why the head of the enlightened Shining One was also possessed by goddesses and maidens - the story of Salome who takes the head of John the Baptist; an initiator and enlightened one, whose own teachings preceded the teachings of Jesus the Messiah, being a prime example.
And the phrase “If thine eye be single” etc., is attributed to Jesus as is the Alpha Omega – Jesus representing the ‘Door’ as he is reported to have said.
Now if the thalamus is the “cell” or “egg,” then surely, and symbolically, the massa intermedia is its nucleus – and here we should note that Horus – on whom Jesus is based, as many researchers believe - and like Jesus who said he was "the door" and the "alpha and omega", Horus claimed he was the ‘cosmic egg’.
Taking the last line: 'That the embryo brain region is the location of the Self [ . . . ] the ‘seed’, ‘the source’, ‘the creator.’
Well if true then it makes sense that during the 'Kundalini Awakening'' (enlightenment experience), one’s consciousness gathers together and journeys back to that ‘original seed-point’ – as represented physically by the thalamus.
In this mystical work the thalamus would represent the indestructible ‘Diamond Body’, and seeing as the term thallus is also associated with the “undifferentiated vegetative body of algae, fungi, and lichens”,* we are brought to the significance of the mushroom which also resembles the shape of a toroid and coincidentally, it is the shape which forms when an atomic device is detonated in a blaze of bright white light.
We note that certain mushrooms were utilised by the shaman for their hallucinogenic properties and it is believed that they played a key, initiatory role in the ‘death-and-resurrection’ mystery religions of the ancient world.
The etymological link with the term, ‘phallus’ is indeed appropriate, especially as the enlightenment experience has been likened to the 'atomic explosion-like' orgasm in which the sperm rises up the penis, just like the analogous symbolism of the Hindu serpent, which illustrates the opposite energies rising up the human spine and along the way fusing at the centre points of the chakras to finally fuse in the head and explode in a bright light from the centre of the brain – being the location of the thalamus.
This internal light experienced - pure energy - alters, changes and can totally transform the patterns we are and what we experience - much like the atomic device which transforms - externally - the physical landscape - reducing everything to zero so as to begin again.
The word ‘Thalamus’ is Greek. We are told that the thalamus received its name in the first century from Claudius Galen (131– 201 AD), an Ionian Greek anatomist who had studied at the Great School in Alexandria, Egypt and was a doctor at the gymnasium attached to the local sanctuary at Asklepios (Asculepius) the legendary physician and healer who possessed the one serpent staff. See here:
Galen named this central part of the brain the Thamalos – “meaning, an inner room or storeroom of a Greek or Roman house to refer to a reservoir in the brain of vital spirit that could be transferred to the optic nerve and thence down the nerve to the eye. This gave the thalamus a relationship to the optic nerve that survived for centuries.”*
The ‘Gate of God’ the thalamus is indeed, and this is how it was seen by the ancients – it being the physical location of the inner 'third eye' 'gateway' or 'portal' signified by the ancient Egyptian oval RU hieroglyph . . . the psychic ‘gateway’ into the Underworld or otherworlds'.
The ancient Egyptian RU symbol or hieroglyph - the oval placed above the Ankh - is also ‘egg-shaped’, but also symbolises the female vagina (the ancient Egyptian kteis) – further signifying the “portal between worlds.”
Note that the eye is vertically placed to symbolise the female vagina or yoni - symbolising that the third eye "gateway" (psychic exit and entry point) between this world and the next is the same in essence as the vaginal "gateway" (physical entrance of the embryo-child) into this world.
Most important to my own discoveries and theories about the Great Pyramid of Giza – which I would emphasise had come to me long before I had known of de Lubicz’ work – is his theory that the Triple Sanctuary in the Temple of Luxor corresponds to the skull/brain, and its “three endocrine glands” or power centres.
It would seem right to say that the metaphysical information pertaining to these three ‘power centers’ in the brain – which can be found all around the world - has a common source: in that what we have been left with, are the dispersed fragments of some profound knowledge once understood by an advanced ‘source culture’ now lost – or so it would seem.
His suggestion (de Lubicz’) was that these ‘three’ power centres referred to in the architecture of the Temple of Luxor, also represented the Holy ‘Triad’ or ‘Trinity’ adopted by virtually every major religion around the world.
Well this is the conclusion I had also arrived at, and if correct, then it is in this connection that we find our first clue as to why these three higher power centres were deemed important enough by the ancients to have made proportional architectural references to them – as evidenced by the analytical and scholarly work of Mr. de Lubicz.
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Between the years 1936 and 1951, the esoteric initiate, philosopher and mathematician, R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz, (1887-1961) lived in Egypt, and while there he made an intense study of the Temple of Luxor at Thebes, Egypt.
(Its interesting to note that the word Lux in Latin means 'Light', and the word 'Or' in French means 'Gold').
De Lubicz' knowledge of esoteric disciplines and his skill in mathematics – which he applied to the often painstaking and meticulous measuring of the temple site – brought him to the conclusion that incorporated within the temple’s design was both the knowledge and location of the endocrine glands, the Hindu chakras and the acupuncture points in the body according to ancient Chinese tradition.
This conclusion, together with the astronomical alignments he had observed, revealed that the Luxor temple was a symbol of the universe in human form.
De Lubicz reasoned that the science employed in the design and construction of the temple was so far in advance of what can be explained by the slow, step-by-step, acquisition of knowledge, that the symbolic statements hidden in its design could only have been inherited by the ancient Egyptians and from some highly advanced culture that existed far back in antiquity.
These discoveries were first published in 1949 and in a written work; a 1,000-page magnus opus titled Le Temple de l'Homme (The Temple of Man) – now translated into English.
Figure 1: Ground-plan of the Temple of Luxor superimposed over a human figure – according to Schwaller de Lubicz.
Note the reference made to the gland-related centre in the brain. In physical terms this is the Thalamus – associated with the ‘enlightenment’ experience. Illustration from Le Temple de l'Homme (Temple of Man), 1949, by Schwaller de Lubicz.
Copyright © Gary Osborn 2003. All Rights Reserved.
Originally written in 2003. Updated, 2007 and 2012
It is obviously a truth to state that our ancients ancestors dissected the human body and it is self-evident that they - or possibly an unknown and scientifically-advanced, source culture or civilisation before them - did the same with the brain.
We should note that the monk’s tonsure (popular during medieval times) was really in reference to the Crown Chakra (Sahasara) and the bindu point above the head by which one is connected to the ‘Godhead’, and was an alternative to trepanning (opening) of the skull), as practised in prehistoric and ancient times and by many different cultures - this practise being especially notable with the Merovingian kings of France.
As Schwaller de Lubicz found with the Temple of Luxor, when we overlay the side-view of the human head or skull onto many sacred places and also architectural buildings, both ancient and modern, we discover a remarkable thing.
The centre of the brain, the eyes, the mouth, the seventh chakra (sahasara) at the bregma or crown of the head, and its centre, the bindu above the head, all seem to match up with important elements of the architectural or archaeological site.
It is a recorded fact that many of our modern churches are built upon much older sacred sites which some say are linked with the positive and negative energy paths and neutral convergence points (where these two paths or meridians cross each other and are neutralised) on the Earth. (See Ley Lines).
Although the “new-age” view of Ley Lines and Dragon Paths is limited in my view, it is a startling discovery to find that sacred sites are linked to the human body, the brain and the mind - the nous - and I was to discover that this amazing fact would lead me onto yet further insights.
As I discovered, by overlaying a side-view cross-sectioned image of the human head and brain onto the ground plan of ancient sacred sites, we could reveal links between the important glands inside the head and thus show that the architects understood what was really inside the brain.
There is a wealth of further information which shows just how central to the sacred geometry of the ancients these power centres in the brain were.
Again, according to de Lubicz - there are THREE power centres in the brain, and again we find that this is consistent with what has been stated and inferred in the most reliable and respected esoteric literature and other sources, both textual and symbolic.
These sources tell us that there are three power centres associated with the occulted 'Third Eye'.
Now most people - especially Westerners - believe that it is the tiny Pineal gland in the brain that is the ‘Third Eye’ – the "second sight", or the mystical, or inner, psychic vision, also believed to be man’s “doorway” towards enlightenment and the “glory of God”.
This belief has mostly grown up around what has been written in the “new-age” literature based largely on Eastern mysticism and since the 1960's.
As to what the esoteric function of the pineal might be, there have been numerous explanations – from the far-fetched idea of the pineal being an “alien implant” to the equally “new-age” idea of the pineal being a “cosmic communication device”.
For many mystics, the Pineal is said to be associated with the sixth chakra vortex in the brain – known as the “brow chakra” or Ajna - its Hindu name.
Some will say that the ‘third eye’ is the Pituitary Gland, and others will say, that the ‘third eye’ is both the pineal and the pituitary glands.
(See Western Wisdom Teachings by Max Heindel).
Many of us still believe that the so-called “third eye” is a fanciful notion and doesn’t really exist.
There is surely much confusion here, and it is evident now that this uncertainty cannot be resolved by just stating or believing that there is no such thing as the ‘third eye’ – especially if our ancient ancestors believed in it and everything we find is leading us to it.
For example, this ancient belief in the 'third eye' is still immediately evident today in the safron dot mark worn on the foreheads of the people in India and the Far East.
These esoteric sources tell us that the third eye has three related components to it - the Pineal Gland, the Pituitary Gland and the Thalamus at the centre of the brain.
As we will see, the Thalamus - the 'embryo region' of the brain - is especially important in the ancient Hindu Vedas, with the pineal and its functions having a lesser significance.
First we will examine what is known about the Pineal Gland.
Figure 3: Pineal Gland
Figure 4: The Thrysus pinecone wand as held by the Greek-Roman god Bacchus/Dionysius - synonymous with the ancient Egyptian god Osiris.
The pineal as the pinecone is flanked by two uraei serpents who are both wearing the same Deschet Crown (Red) of Lower Egypt - symbolising one of the opposites - supposedly the male as related to the pineal.
The pineal gland is cone-shaped like a ‘pinecone’, as its name implies, and is located behind and above the pituitary gland and just behind the Thalamus.
Its interesting that the pineal is symbolised by the pinecone, which is situated at the top of the Thrysus staff of the pagan-shamanic god, Dionysus/Bacchus - a staff that is similar to the Caduceus, and like the Caduceus represents the spine.
The pineal also looks like a mushroom and the likeness wasn't lost on those who saw the connection between the pineal and the mushroom – especially the Psilocybin or “magic mushroom”.
The late author Terence McKenna's theory was that the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms by shamans may date back as far as 1 million years ago, originating in East Africa.
Amongst other things, the pineal regulates our circadian rhythms associated with the day/night, waking/sleeping cycle.
The pineal is part of our internal clock, set to the day and night cycles produced by the rotation of the Earth on its axis in the light of the Sun.
The pineal is most known for its production of melatonin and serotonin – the production of these chemicals relying on the day/night, light/dark cycle.
The chemical melatonin is a derivative of serotonin; the neurotransmitter that also controls our mood swings.
During the day, and in response to light, a signal is fired from the retina in the eye via the suprachiasmatic nucleus to the pineal gland, which then secretes and stores a large quantity of serotonin.
In response to darkness, and via the same signal route, the pineal gland then begins to convert the stored serotonin into melatonin, which is then released into the brain and blood, inducing sleepiness throughout the night.
Here we have the same cyclical swing between opposites, positive and negative – as light during the day increases the production of serotonin (associated with daylight seen as “positive”) and decreases the production of melatonin (associated with the dark – i.e., ‘night-time’ and so seen as “negative.”)
Lower amounts of light hitting the eyes means lower levels of seratonin and therefore higher levels of melatonin.
Lower serotonin levels can also result in depression (negative,) whereas higher levels of melatonin result in fatigue and a desire to sleep.
So, serotonin is associated with the positive ‘waking state’ triggered by light or daylight, and melatonin – triggered by darkness – is associated with the negative ‘sleeping state’.
Now, the fusion point between these opposites – being also the transliminal phase or neutral, zero-point node, which happens twice in every cycle – corresponds with the ‘Hypnagogic State’ – being the point in the waking-sleeping cycle where we are usually unconscious.
So then, one’s control over these glands, and the opening of the ‘third eye’ is due to holding one’s total conscious attention at this point.
We can now see why the ‘hypnagogic state’ is important and was utilised by the ancients and known as the shamanic ‘trance state’.
See here: The Internal Eclipse.
Figure 2: The Three Power centres within the Brain.
The white C-shaped area is the Corpus Callosum, which connects the left and right hemispheres.
The Pituitary has been called the ‘Master Gland,’ this is because it coordinates all the other glands in the body, controls growth and is essential to the life and ‘well-being’ of the individual.
It is said that removal of the pituitary from the brain will cause death in three days.
Like the pineal gland associated with the day/night cycles, the pituitary gland is also dual in nature and this duality is also expressed in its physical composition.
It has two lobes, each of which performs a different function.
These are known as the anterior and posterior lobes.
Figure 5: The Pituitary Gland showing Anterior and Posterior Lobes.
Its interesting to find 'new-age' writers stating that the pituitary gland has a glowing ‘phosphorescent’ appearance, which is similar to the effervescent light of the ‘Full Moon’ and that it has been known that the Egyptians knew this because they called the pituitary the “Star Chamber of Isis” as the goddess Isis was associated with the Moon - but there really isn't any evidence of this that Egyptologists are aware of.
According to ancient esoteric tradition, the pituitary gland represents the feminine principle and the pineal the masculine.
However, like the brain of both male and female individuals, the two hemispheres express the opposite traits associated with the ‘logical-reasoning’ male principle (left-brain) and ‘emotional-intuitive female principle (right-brain.)
Various esoteric traditions maintain that the predominantly, feminine-related pituitary gland, reflects the same duality of the two hemispheres.
The frontal or ‘anterior lobe’ is associated with the reasoning and intellectual mind of the male and the ‘posterior lobe’ is associated with the emotional, imaginative female nature.
This comes from the ancient belief that there is a connection between emotional and mental deficiency and a lack of development in the pituitary gland – and surprisingly, many endocrinologists and psychologists have expressed the same view.
Before moving onto the Thalamus, we will also add a not-so-well known gland to our list – known as the Carotid Gland or Carotid Body.
As we will see, this gland was also important to the ancients and is also important in the esoteric, mystical traditions.
In the esoteric traditions the carotid gland is known as the ‘alta major:’ however, apart from the work of the medium and esoteric writer, Alice Bailey, the carotid gland is hardly ever mentioned in “new-age” literature, so why would this gland be important?
Well control over one’s breathing is necessary for Yoga and meditation and the carotid gland is associated with the respiratory system – i.e., breathing, and maintains homeostatic control over the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood.
The duality inherent in the cycles of opposites is again evident here in the inhalation of oxygen and the exhalation of carbon dioxide – which this gland controls.
Figure 6: Carotid Gland.
So then to recap, we have seen that the three glands just described are associated with homeostatic control over the cycles of opposites associated with one’s immersion in the material world and one’s ‘material existence’ – just like a ‘diving suit’ – and in the following ways:
Pineal: The day/night cycles also related to the waking/sleeping cycle.
Pituitary and Hypothalamus: Regulates body temperature – keeping a homeostatic balance between the extremes of hot and cold.
These also regulate the growth of the individual – i.e., keeping a relative balance between large and small and short and tall.
Carotid: The inhalation/exhalation, breathing cycles and levels of oxygen (in-breath) and carbon dioxide (out-breath) in the blood.
Although not proven, apart from one’s own experience of it, it is said that when all three are in balance – and especially the pineal and pituitary glands – a synchronized or quantum state is created within the brain, and this synchronization takes place within the thalamus and is again experienced as the ‘hypnagogic state’.
Contrary to what many would think or like to believe, the evidence I have been looking at shows that it was the thalamus which was considered by the ancients to be the ‘seed-centre’ of one’s physical existence.
The walnut-sized thalamus is at the centre of the brain, located on top of the brain stem or the limbic system known as the "Reptilian Brain" – the part of the brain which is said to be stimulated during psychic activity.
In 1974 the ESP abilities of psychic, Mathew Manning were scientifically tested by Joel Whitton and it was found that Mathew was producing a strange and unknown brain-wave pattern that was seen to be coming from the oldest and most primitive part of the brain – the Reptilian Brain. (See: The Link: The Extraordinary Gifts of a Teenage Psychic by Mathew Manning. Colin Smythe Ltd. 1987.)
The thalamus has two lobes known as the ‘thalamic bodies,’ which look like a smaller version of the two hemispheres of the brain known as the cerebrum.
Interestingly, the name ‘cerebrum’ is a composite of Ceres, meaning ‘cross’ and RU – CerebRUm – again associated with the ancient Egyptian life symbol – the Ankh - which we will come to again later.
The two lobes of the thalamus are connected together by a tubular bundle of nerve fibres at their centre, called the massa intermedia or the interthalamic adhesion - see below.
In the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the thalamus is described as being “egg-shaped” – and if we look up ‘Thalamus’ on the Internet, we will find many references to it resembling an egg.
Around the massa intermedia, the two thalamic bodies are separated by the ‘third ventricle;’ one of the few spaces in the brain which is filled with cerebral spinal fluid.
The thalamic cells demonstrate high proliferative activity, frequently fusing via the massa intermedia, which is a non-neuronal structure.
In other words, and in esoteric thought based on correspondences with the sexual, procreative process, the egg (thalamus) is continually being "seeded" or "fertilised" – suggesting re-creation.
The term ‘re-creation’ here means ‘repeating patterns’ – i.e., re-patterning.
Most importantly, the reason why this ‘ancient shamanic priesthood’ may have placed so much emphasis on the thalamus was because, like the centre of the Earth, the thalamus is smack-bang at the centre of the brain.
But not only this, the thalamus is the major sensory and motor relay nucleus in the brain; it is our “central control box” and is our interface with the reality around us. In other words, it acts like the hub of the whole wheel.
When one part of the neocortex – one “spoke” of the “wheel” – communicates with another; it does so via the thalamus – being the centre of the whole sphere.
Figure 7: The Thalamus at the centre of the brain.
If there were anything in the physical body that would represent the centre of consciousness itself, it would be the thalamus at the centre of the brain. This is also the opinion of many of today’s neurologists.
To esoteric initiates the thalamus, also known as the Optic Thalamus was regarded as the real ‘third eye’.
Esotericist, Alice Bailey, tells us that Francis Bacon, a Rosicrucian, and whom many believe to be the man most likely to have written the plays attributed to Shakespeare, regarded the soul to be at the centre of the brain, and again, this could only be the thalamus.
On the surface of the thalamus is a thin layer of cells called the nucleus reticularis which regulates the transmission of this information by its inhibitory influence upon all thalamic nuclei.
It is said that the nucleus reticularis plays an important role in the focusing of attention and has the task of filtering out the numberless sum of impulses that come flooding into our brain at any given moment.
It assures that all messages are prioritised and regulated, as if acting like a valve or control device.
For example, while at a party and while listening attentively to someone talking, all other incoming information around us will be automatically suppressed and censored. In fact the Thalamus blocks out - around 90% of the electromagnetic information around us - our "bubble" of reality.
This says something about our perception of the world – in that we tend to ignore, or are unconscious to some extent of a lot of the information around us and this is due to the default laws of the reality we are focused in and partly due to our personal beliefs, our mindset and what we prefer to give our attention to – one of the reasons why it is said that we tend to use only 10% of our brains at any given time; why we perceive and experience only 10% of the universe or ‘multiverse’ around us, and why some 10% of our DNA remains inactive – inappropriately called “junk-DNA” by our scientists.
It is said that the destruction of the thalamus causes inability to dream, which reveals that along with the hypothalamus it is indeed a kind of midpoint “gateway” or “gatekeeper” between the conscious-self and the subconscious realms – i.e., those realms of information that the conscious-self usually cuts itself off from during the waking hours or waking half of the cycle.
Figure 8: The Thalamus as the central relay station in the brain.
"Modern physiological studies of the thalamus have emphasized the global properties of the thalamus and of the cerebral cortex in operations that underlie changes in conscious state, sleep and wakefulness, and attention and cognition".
The Thalamus by Edward G. Jones. Centre for Neuroscience. University of California.
I have already mentioned the Torus or Toroidal Vortex many times in my other articles, and so in regard to the central position of the thalamus in the head, it is not surprising that we find a connection between the Thalamus and the Torus.
The following is from the Webster Dictionary:
1. A mass of nervous matter on either side of the third ventricle of the brain; called also optic thalamus.
2. Same as Thallus. The receptacle of a flower; a torus".
Webster Dictionary, 1913.
If we look up the Greek word ‘Thallus’ – which is obviously linguistically linked to the word ‘phallus’ – being the male penis, and perhaps we should note that pen in ‘Penis’ means, ‘head’ – we find that it means, a “young shoot or branch”* as we find sprouting from a seed.
*Webster Dictionary, 1913.
The spinal column is linked to the thalamus via the brain stem – the Reptilian Brain, which again, we will come to later.
According to esoteric traditions, the spinal cord and brain is symbolised by the 'Tree of Life' and the image of a flower also applies.
The etymology of the word ‘thalamus’ and its derivatives are interesting, in that it seems as if at a deeper level we are being told that:
1.) The ‘seed’ of one’s existence is the thalamus.
2.) That it is both the flower and the seed, and that one’s body (the spine) grows from it – just like the universe which has grown from
the seed – being the proto-atom of the “big bang.”
3.) That in turn, and when activated, it “blooms” or “flowers” into being from this same root which was created from it.
The above is why the ‘altars’ of ancient stone circles, as well as temples, cathedrals and churches, really represented the centre of the creation, the centre of the Earth, but also the thalamus at the centre of the brain, or possibly the seventh crown chakra (the bindu or void) with which the thalamus is intimately connected.
For more insights which are agreeable with many of the themes I am addressing here as well as the shamanic knowledge concerning ‘oscillating systems’ and periodic cycles already touched on, I would recommend that the reader look up a paper on the Internet entitled Inner Self Located.
The information given in this paper is indeed reliable, being based on the most ancient of Indian scriptures, the Upanishads of the Vedas, of which there are 108 verses.
This paper contains the following quotes in regard to the thalamic centre of the brain:
‘The embryo brain consists of the thalamus, hypothalamus, midbrain and brain-stem. These are the specific areas of the brain that are discernible about five weeks after conception. As the brain grows and expands these areas remain the central core and guiding influence’.
‘It is mentioned in passing that the thalamus and hypothalamus comprise a part of the brain known as
the diencephalon which also contains the pineal body. A special significance for this pineal body is not ruled out although there is little neurophysiological evidence as to its functions.
‘There are many clues in the Upanishads that the Self is located in the embryo brain region in the centre of the brain. For instance very often the Self is simply described as being located in the middle.
'After meditating on the Self seated in the middle of the heart like a lamp placed inside a vessel of the size of a thumb and ofthe form of smokeless flame (the Self manifests himself)'.
(Paińgala Upanishad III. 3).
'All deities worship that adorable one, the seated in the middle, who pushes the prana upward and impels the apana inward'
(Katha Upanishad II.ii. 3)
' . . . in the middle (between two parts) there comes into being the divine person, the person, with a thosand eyes, a thousand feet and a thousand arms . . .'
(Subala Upanishad I. 1)
('between the two parts' – the two hemispheres of the brain).
‘These would all appear to be clear references to the embryo region.
('Therein the individual soul who has established himself in the middle of the eyebrows . . .'
(Paińgala Upanishad II. 8).
It so happens that the spot in the middle of the eyebrows, the mystical third eye of Shiva, is directly in line with the embryo brain region in the middle of the brain.
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Not many of us are aware that the RU was placed above the T-cross or Tau of the ancient Egyptian Ankh symbol – associated with the ‘life-force’.
The T-cross represented the human spine and this is why Jesus was cRUcified on the cross and from it entered the RU gateway into the Heavenly Kingdom of God, and this is why he is also depicted sitting inside it - Christ being "the Door" between this world and the next - the "otherworld" . . . and again, the Heavenly Kingdom.
Figure 9: The head of Shiva from Cambodia showing the third eye.
Musée Guimet, Paris.
"I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
Figure 11: Christ inside the oval Ru - the psychic portal or "doorway" between worlds.
He is surrounded by the Four Cherubim (Angels) who each guarded the four gates of the Garden of Eden - each of whom also represent the Four Zodiac Precessional Ages, of Aquarius, Scorpio, Leo and Taurus, who each also symbolise the four evangelists who wrote the Gospels, who were also the "Four Incorruptible Sons of Horus" of ancient Egyptian mysticism and myth.
It would appear that the function of the thalamus – being a relay station at the centre of the brain – is the only physical organ which could make a ‘magical correspondence’ with all the above.
Moreover, it is said that as regards brain-wave activity, like the Sun at the centre of our Solar System, the thalamus acts as a "central pacemaker".
The brain researcher Michael Hutchison says that the Schumann Resonance of 7.83 Hertz is the "electromagnetic matrix for all life on this planet, the frequency at which all life forms have developed".
"The human brain in a healthy state has also been shown to oscillate at 7.83 Hertz. Consequently our brains are in a natural state of resonance with the Earth". (See here).
A scientific paper exists on the Internet titled Human Electromagnetic Emission in the ELF Band by J. Lipkova and J. Cechak, for the Radar Department, Faculty of Military Technology, University of Defence, Czech Republic, 2005.
As if confirming what is stated in the ancient Upanishads, under the subtitle: Schumann Resonance – Connection of Man with Nature, the authors write:
The author's paper - especially the article above, is really based on the findings of Andersen & Andersson in 1968, and an article written in 2000, Energy Medicine, The Scientific Basis by James L. Oschman. The authors continue:
The authors also go on to conclude that the oscillating pulse of the "thalamic rhythmic generator" is subject to the Schumann Resonance - the pulsating, "heartbeat" wave frequency of the Earth of 7.83 Hertz, which in turn is subject to the pulsating, "heartbeat" wave frequency of the Sun.
From our perspective, the thalamus acts very much like a valve – a ‘gateway’ – but in reverse, by allowing in very little of this information from the electromagnetic field around us; tapping this vast resevoir of energy-information – a – bit – at – a – time, and "tapping" it at the very moment of the pulse; when a fusion takes place at the cRUcial point during the oscillation cycles of the thalamus.
However, at certain times some of us are able to tap more of this energy information, which we tend to block out by being UNCONSCIOUS at this point of fusion (the pulse instant), and the amount of extra information we obtain depends on how unconscious or conscious we are during this brief ‘fusion-pulse’ moment.
If so then this would explain insight, synchronicity, and all manner of paranormal and mystical experience, right on up to enlightenment itself..
One could say that the ‘subconscious realm’ which the ancient shamans called the ‘Underworld’ or "otherworld" of the spirit is really comprised of the extra energy-information that the Thalamus tends to block-out.
Moreover, the word ‘thalamus’ also means, ‘bedroom’ and ‘bridal bed’ or indeed ‘bridal chamber’ where of course the marriage between partners is often consummated by sexual intercourse.
Again curious, because this part of the brain, being the "pacemaker" where during every pulse, waves of energy from the thalamus are propagated throughout the system and fusing together again within the thalamus is again associated with the oscillating cycle rhythm of fission (separation-division of energy) and fusion – which in esoteric terms signifies the sexual union/fusion of male and female opposites, associated with coitus and the procreative process.
After examining ancient symbology, it becomes apparent that it was believed by the ancients that we create our reality in the same way by selecting information internally from the source and projecting it, and all during this same fusion-zero-node-point in the cyclical process.
So, if all the information we are picking up from the world around us is integrated within the thalamus – which selects only that information with which we are familiar and where this information is then being regulated and relayed to the rest of the brain – then we can see that during the rare ‘enlightenment experience’ – when one experiences all the information of the universe at once, or so it seems – the ‘gateway’ of the thalamus has opened up totally - or that all our energies are focused at this central point in the brain.
No wonder it is referred to as the Inner Sun.
Therefore it is logical to say that this ‘conscious fusion experience’ takes place in the thalamus right at the centre of the brain.
This fusion is also associated with the activation of the ‘third eye’ by which one is able to peer into, or “see” into the shamanic spiritual realms – and interact with these worlds as one would via ‘Out of Body’ experiences and what we now call ‘Remote Viewing’.
What I am really talking about here is the superimposition of the two realms belonging to the left and right hemispheres and the oscillating activity between both – i.e., the conscious-self (being the energy-information which we interact with everyday and which is interfaced with through the left brain) and the subconscious-self, (internal impressions within the right brain, as well as energy-information we usually block out) and all united within the thalamus at the centre of the brain.
Now while we are on the subject of cycles and cyclic phenomena, further evidence that the thalamus is the true ‘third eye’ is revealed in the following quote from an old manuscript, The Realization Course by Jay Nichols. It is quoted by Sue Miller taken from the section, titled Aries – a sign of the Zodiac which has always been associated with the head.
Through these connections, we are being told that the sign of Aries “the Ram” is also said to be associated with the thalamus.
This is interesting, as in the annual Zodiac cycle, the cusp between Aries and Pisces represents that Alpha-Omega (A-Ω) point in all the cycles.
The relief shown below depicts the Dance of Salome, which is taking place in front of King Herod Antipas and his courtiers.
This was obviously carved by, or carved on the orders of an initiate into the mysteries.
Salome is arching her back so that her head (A) touches her feet (Ω).
She has also been depicted to look like a fish as if signifying the sign of Pisces.
Salome's body also resembles an Ouroboros snake/serpent as if conveying the same information that Time is cyclical.
John the Baptist’s head is on the left end of what looks like a table, but it could very well be his body resting on the table.
The body tapers down from the right to the left as if showing the torso of the body tapering down to the legs.
If so, then his head, being the other way round, is being placed at his feet.
This again corresponds with what Salome is doing by placing her head against her feet - much like the Ouroboros serpent that swallows its own tail.
These gestures relate to the cusp (‘join’) between the Astrological signs of Aries (which corresponds with the head) and the sign of Pisces (which corresponds with the feet) – again that ‘Alpha-Omega,’ ‘neutral point’ in the cycles.
True to esoteric conveyance, the cycle of the Sun’s movement along the Zodiac is being used to indicate this same ‘end-beginning’ point in all the cycles, which was also believed to be a “portal” or “gateway” – if captured consciously by synchronising the timing of one's conscious access of the shamanic trance state (hypnagogic) with this same point in the cycle during the Spring Equinox, when the Sun moves from the sign of Pisces into Aries on March 21st. (See here, The Internal Eclipse).
Figure 10: A stylised version of the ancient Egyptian Ankh.
Figure 12: Dance of Salome
Detail from one of the bronze doors on the west front of San Zeno, Verona.
‘The skull is the Cup of Life which has been termed the Holy Grail. Take note that this Light from the Chamber can extend downward, or upward, outward. A deficiency in the area of the Pituitary and Pineal means a deficiency in the entire body’.
Cell Salts and the Zodiac contributed by Sue Miller.
Sue Miller writes:
“This is the manuscript given to me by a physician who used astrology as a healing adjunct in his practice. He taught a course called The Realization Course originally taught in 1941 by Jay Nichols in Indianapolis. I have not edited it because I do not want to alter the original meaning. I have found the information insightful. “The material on the salts themselves is from “Materia Medica” by William Boericke M.D. the book is from India, Jain Publishing Company. The United Kingdom used all this material because, after all, they owned the world for a long time.”
“The thalamus has extensive connections with the higher regions of the brain and determines what will become conscious to us”.
“Fibres from the thalamus [according to the Upanishads there are 72,000 nerves] are connected as well to neurones; of the central nervous system, gustatory, auditory, visual, and from the skin, the organs of balance, the bladder, the alimentary canal, the muscles and joints”.
Inner Self Located by Bradley York Bartholomew. Indian Philosophical Quarterly,
Vol. XVIII, No. 4'. October, 1991.
“By 5 months of gestation, increased brain wave activity is noted with onset of activity in the area around the thalamus. This is consistent with the thalamus acting as a mediator or go-between between the embryo brain and the higher regions of the foetus’s brain that is by now substantially developed. And it is likewise consistent with brain wave activity in the adult where there are 10/sec rhythmical brain waves that are considered to comprise a loop between the cortical regions and the
thalamus. There are a number of theories about the precise pathway that the loop takes but the concept of the thalamus as is reinforced by Baron Adrian’s observation that rhythmic thalamic activity persists even if substantial areas of the cortex are removed-indeed even if the whole cortex is removed. Further reinforcement comes from the theory that the thalamus acts as a central pacemaker for cortical rhythmical activity which implies that command signals from a small thalamic region are distributed to wide areas of the cortical mantle.”
Inner Self Located by Bradley York Bartholomew. Indian Philosophical Quarterly,
Vol. XVIII, No. 4'. October, 1991.
“Brain waves have no constant frequency, but their frequency is changing. The whole control system is buried deeply in the brain, in the thalamus. The thalamus is the switching and integrating centre coming from sensors, from the spinal cord and the brain stem to the cerebral cortex. The system is called thalamic rhythmic generator or “pacemaker”.
"EEG has shown that waves do not expand to the brain only, but through the whole nervous system (through the perineural system) and to every part of the organism. So the brain waves adjust sensitivity and activity of the whole nervous system”.
The massa intermedia is a bundle of nerve fibres that connect the left and right lobes of the thalamus.
Apparently, the massa intermedia doesn’t seem to have a function – or its function is unknown – which is interesting.
This “junction” point – which marks the nucleus of the head and the nucleus of the “thalamic egg” – is only present in the brains of about 70% of the human population. Most males don’t possess it – or if they do, it is only half the size of that of the female.
The massa intermedia does look remarkably like the nucleus of a cell or egg – the “egg” being the thalamus, as shown below. and so the Egyptians – or those who taught them (again, possibly an advanced ancient culture) – also made this comparison and for symbolic, ‘magical correspondence’ reasons, which could be communicated over time and picked up by those who would make the same comparisons, thereby noting its deeper significance in regard to the ‘enlightenment experience’.
Figure 13: A sagittal view of the Massa Intermedia inside the Thalamus.
The massa intermedia looks like the nucleus of a cell and also looks like the pupil of an eye – the eye being the Thalamus. It’s tempting to see the massa intermedia as representing the ‘stone’ at the centre of the egg.