The Mind’s Eye

January 15, 2016 § 13 Comments

By Tai Woodville

cosmos in skull, pineal gland, third eye

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” ~ Matthew 6:22

“This life’s dim windows of the soul / distorts the heavens from pole to pole / and leads you to believe a lie / when you see with, not through, the eye.” ~ William Blake

Something interesting is happening. Currently, and for the past several months, the number one most searched out post on Parallax is “The Art of Seeing: Third Eye Perception & The Mystical Gaze.”

Everyday someone finds Parallax through typing “Why do I see a spinning tunnel when I shut my eyes” (or some similar variant) into their search engine. According to WordPress’ statistical analysis, these are trending key words.

Given the fact that third eye “awakenings”—as these activations are known—are traditionally associated with deepened or expanded consciousness, I’d say this bodes well for the trajectory of humanity. And let’s face it: we could all use a little good news in that department.

the road within, third eye vision art

The ever-expanding comments section of this popular post has become a veritable reference guide for everyday descriptions of a subject often obscured by abstract esoteric language. I’m thrilled to report it has become an active forum of discussion.

Four years ago, when I wrote “The Art of Seeing,” the subject seemed hazardously “woo”—it felt like going out on a limb. Now it seems more relevant than abstract. Because apparently a lot of people are having these experiences….and looking to the internet for answers.

third eye, how to open your third eye,[From “A Brief Guide To Expanding Your Mind.”]

So I thought it might be an apt time for a follow-up. I’ve had my eye on this subject—haha—for a while now, and definitely harbor a few more insights to offer in terms of practical application.

But first, what do I mean by a “third eye experience?” For me, it meant that during meditations (and I’m no yogi; I’m more of a ‘5 minutes in the bath’ type,) I began to see a subtle but definite spinning sphere in the darkness of my closed eyes. Sometimes it seemed to approach, yet in a teasing way, never “arriving.” Then one day I realized it looked more like a tunnel, or wormhole, than a sphere. This was a common thread in reader comments.


The idea of a chakra, or energy center, in the midpoint of the skull that acts as a channel for higher consciousness dates back to ancient Eastern literature, from Hinduism to Buddhism. It also figures prominently into ancient Egyptian iconography.

Though there are slight cultural variations in description (and of course mythology), the essential idea remains the same: the third eye is a conduit for extrasensory perception, a receptor for subtle visioning that each human possess. It is a recurring spiritual motif of the ancient world, which has continued in various occult societies, and through the direct experiences of meditation practitioners & clairvoyants, into the modern age.

[Personal Tao.]

In modern times the third eye has been linked with the pineal gland, as a physical counterpart to this energetic center (though many speculate the link has been made as far back as ancient Egypt.)


The pineal gland is responsible for producing melatonin, for light detection, and for regulating sleep patterns, as well as circadian rhythms. It is located exactly between the two brain hemispheres. Interestingly, the pineal gland of modern humans is often calcified, mostly from flouride & cell phone exposure. (Click here to see how to help decalcify it.)

Being that the pineal gland is associated with connecting to higher consciousness, the fact that the number one dulling agent is added, by government decree, to our drinking water begins to take on a sinister, dystopian quality, not missed by the conspiracy theorists of the world.

What is happening on a scientific level? Well, we don’t know for sure. But “scientists believe [that] the same way that fireflies and deep-sea creatures can glow, cells within our eyes emit biophotons, or biologically produced light particles.” [“Why Do We See Colors With Our Eyes Closed.”]

In other words, the lights we see when we shut our eyes (called phosphenes) are coming from our brain. Which does not seem at all incompatible with metaphysical interpretations of third eye activity, particularly when you bring the physical pineal gland into the whole operation.

bioluminescent deep sea creature, bioluminescent animal

“Is it possible to really ‘see’ energy? Not directly,” explains Taoist Casey Kochmer. “While our eyes can see the end results of energy in action [they] only ‘see’ what they are designed to see, light. What our third eye does is process information and then overlay that information over our other senses in such a way we can then interpret and interact with energy…

“Auras are such an information overlay. Your brain has the ability to process visual information, but the image it creates for you is not limited to what comes from your eyes. Consider what you see on this page as you read it. You aren’t seeing black lines. You are seeing words and then concepts and ideas overlaid on top of them.” (“What Is The Third Eye?”, Personal Tao.)

[Manzel Bowman]

Part Two … coming soon!





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§ 13 Responses to The Mind’s Eye

  • Gustavo Rex says:

    Wow! You should be taking classes online with my teacher Georgia Lambert. You would love her…. Im taking class with her now and have been with her since 1993. Happy New Year T. Love, Gustavo PS My all time idol David Bowie is gone and Im so bummed!!!!!!


    • Tai Carmen says:

      I googled her & found her site, Gustavo! Super interesting-looking. Are you taking the “Nature of the Soul” class?
      Happy 2016! I know, it is so strange to have Bowie no longer on the Earth. But at least he exited in a seriously intentional way…releasing his final album on his birthday, then passing the next day; woah!

      On on,


  • “I’ve had my eye on this subject…” I’m normally unimpressed with puns, but this one was highly appropriate 🙂

  • Rod says:

    Nice Post.

    The brain is a receiver of frequency and from what I have studied and experienced, the pineal gland is on the sixth level and the pituitary is on the seventh level.

    What’s interesting is the levels of frequency and consciousness that the brain can access. People talk a lot about the Light, as if it’s the ultimate level. But, it’s only part of the way up.

    Search for a diagram of the electromagnetic spectrum. Humans and everything else on the Earth are vibrating at the slowest end of the spectrum, in the Hertzian realm, around 7.83 hz. That’s slow. In fact, you can’t get any lower than where we are at.

    Infrared is the next higher in frequency, followed by Visible Light. But, Visible Light is only a small sliver in the entire spectrum. Ultraviolet is higher, then X-Ray, then Gamma Ray, then Infinite Frequency.

    Most of the healing devices of the future are going to operate not at Visible Light, but at Ultraviolet. Even now, medical practitioners and veterinarians use cold lasers in their practices, and these operate In the Ultraviolet spectrum.

    Just imagine if we could see beyond Visible Light. That would wake everyone up real quick. Quite beautiful.


    • Tai Carmen says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Wow! Very interesting additional notes here!

      Well, let’s shoot for Ultraviolet then!

      On on,


  • Rod says:


    You have a diagram of the brain above with the tie-in to the Eye of Horus. Very nice.

    You would also like the Creation of Adam part of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Look at the God side (right side) of that painting again. The entire right side of that part is the brain. That’s what Michelangelo was depicting. And God is sitting at the front of the brain, with his arm stretched out through the frontal lobe, making contact with man who is barely lifting a finger in return. Notice that Adam is even laid-back. Hey Adam! Sit up, man. Someone is trying to tell you something here!

    Funny. I think Michelangelo had a sense of humor, while at the same time making a point about the way the brain works.


  • 64doors says:

    First off, funny story about the Eye of Horus. I have known from a young age that it was my personal symbol, and once I began toying with paganism in my search for self I discovered a group that claimed to summon the gods for people, that they may be tested and deemed worthy of whatever belief they chose to follow. I knew that Horus would take me in.
    A complicated, sloppy and otherwise amateurish ritual ensued, and at the end the Speaker intoned that I had been rejected by Horus. I was devastated for awhile. Looking back I see that I had been “rejected” because she had wanted me to follow her own Wiccan belief and hoped that the letdown would leave me open for Gaia. It makes me both groan and laugh now.
    It wasn’t until last year when I found online this information, that it is a symbol for the pineal gland, and realized exactly why it calls to me like it does. 🙂 Ah, youth.
    This is a very interesting article. I’m not much of an internet traveler so it’s nice to find information on the science behind fascinating facts all in one place.
    The mystical experience can instantly banish all rigidity in the pineal, therefore we must only look to our soulwork for the advancement that these times attempt to prevent. Everything, anything can change in an instant if we reach for our wildest dreams. 🙂

  • batgurrl says:

    You never cease to inspire and amaze me with your bold trail into the light.

  • artiseasyy says:

    dude just wrote a blog post with that bible verse talking about the third eye!

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