A new article by Ohad Pele
While making love with my beloved partner Dawn, here on the island of Gozo, in Malta, something profound had dawned on me and I want to share it with you all.
It is well known to science that the experience of “seeing” is not actually happening in the eye but in the brain. The eye receives photons from the environment and translates them into chemical-electrical signals that shoot through the nerves to the brain. These signals are not a picture but pure data that can be translated by the brain into a picture that we “see”. The experience of “seeing” is happening in the brain. This is why we see in dreams. Our eyes are shut, no data is coming from them, but the brain can still produce the experience of seeing, which can be very real and convincing as if we see it with our eyes.
Since the eyes produce merely pure data and the brain is the one who processes it into seeing, we should ask ourselves which areas of the brain are involved in this process and to what degree the depth and the quality of the processor itself are effecting what we perceive as “reality”?
It is commonly said that the visual cortex, which lies in the back of our skull, is where the data from the eyes is processed. The visual cortex is part of the cerebral cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, which is where cognition, perception, language, conscious thinking, and other functions of awareness take place.
All this is well known. What dawned on me during love-making in Malta is that maybe there is a possibility to involve deeper areas of the brain in the processing of the visual data? What if we can actually involve areas that we use to think of as belonging to the subconsciousness in the processing of the picture? And isn’t it actually what happens in dreams? And isn’t it the way children see reality, which explains why they are convinced that they actually see “imaginary friends”?
Could it be that while growing up we learn to slowly limit the way we create the experience of seeing to the cortex and neglect other areas as if the information they add to the process is irrelevant since it is not tangible and can not be confirmed by society or other senses?
Could it be that in ancient times humans process of seeing involved deeper areas of the brain, from the limbic system for instance, that produced a richer picture of reality than the one we see?
Many people relate to the Pineal Gland as the area of the brain that relates to the Third Eye. There is evidence pointing to the Pineal Gland as a natural source of DMT in our brain, the molecule that produces spiritual visions. Could it be that in ancient times the Pineal Gland and other areas of the brain were more often involved in the very process of seeing and therefore seeing gods and goddesses, demons and fairies, leprechauns, elves, and goblins was such a global phenomenon?
Could it be that we as humanity have trained ourselves way from these abilities by convincing ourselves to believe what the cortex can process, and not to believe the processing of seeing that involved other areas of our brain? And if so — can we retrain ourselves to use those areas? Will we then finally open our (third) eyes and realise other forms of intelligent beings that dwell on this earth all the time in front of our very eyes but we do not see them just because we stopped using those other brain areas for processing the picture of “reality”?
As I am writing this article I remember that my friend Rabbi Joel Bakst claimed in a book he had let me see years ago that the word PINEAL comes from the Hebrew biblical expression Pnei-El פני אל which means the Face of God, as Jackob said to his brother: “I have seen your face as I saw the face of God” — (Genesis 33)
”וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב … רָאִיתִי פָנֶיךָ כִּרְאֹת פְּנֵי אֱלֹהִים…“
Maybe indeed seeing the face of god and generally seeing spirit beings involves the operation of the Pineal Gland in the processing of vision?
Once again lovemaking with Dawn made me realise things that I kind of knew before but they never really “clicked” until we made love, in the right place and the right time.
~ Pele, November 2020