Now we come to the third eye which the ancients call the third eye. It is situated in the pineal gland which is both an organ of perception and a gland. A gland in that it exhumes, it emits hormones but it is also light sensitive, extremely light sensitive and regulates your circadian rhythm which is upset by flying, for example, by jet lag. And while the heart center represents our relationship with the sun of our planetary system, the pineal gland represents our connection with the center of the galaxy. And though it is light sensitive, it is particularly sensitive to ultraviolet light, and beyond. Well ultraviolet is simply beyond the perceptible range, but of course there are many different frequencies and infinite regress.
So that if one concentrates upon that connection, one develops galactic consciousness. Which in the Kabbalah it is beyond the Galganim, it’s the Hayoth. That is, the consciousness of the very high spheres of reality that aren’t limited by the motion of the planets.
So, I find it very useful to look in books of anatomy to see where the pineal gland is situated. Well, no use trying to define it, well the thalamus and pituitary is at the back of the brain and the pineal is a little further forward. This is one of the reasons why one is taught to curl one’s tongue and press one’s tongue against the palate, exercising pressure on the fourth ventricle of the brain and effecting the flow of the spinal rashidic fluid in the brain. And it could actually exercise a good mechanical pressure on the pineal gland. But one has to be very careful with, there are people, chiropractors, who work with exercising pressure on the palate, but you must be very careful because one could make one’s whole brain askew by doing so.
And so the tongue perhaps knows a little more how to do this than if we were to use your thumb. But I would say that this is where concentrating on the stars is often said to be only the first step. One has to grasp something beyond the light of the stars. I think this is where Rumi says there is a world of light in which there is no combust. Somehow we are talking about a different kind of light than perceptible light.