Part 3 – Ego Stories and Authentic Self – 10 minute Podcast

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Here is #3 of the series where I talk about

how the Ego blankets Authentic Self in Childhood

Rob Owens – Meditation Conscious Awareness Positive Psychology Practitioner

Ego Stories and Authentic Self – Part 2 Jan 24 2022—Stories-about-Ego-and-Authentic-Self-e1dbkij
How we construct Ego. Where inside us is Authentic Self? How we unconsciously allow Ego to block Authentic Self.
Contact me if you encounter problems listening, please.

Free Clinical Stress Relief series Online

Source and Solutions for Stress online via Zoom with Rob Owens and

In partnership with

Belleville Quinte West Community Health Center

10 am EST Thursdays Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 3 Feb 10 Feb 17

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Free online New Year’s Day Guided Intention Setting

4 pm, EST (Toronto time), on New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1, 2022.

Inability to stick to a new Intention is not you, it is the old thinking you are using. Bring a friend and RELAX online for 30 minutes as Rob Owens guides your new process to achieving your private goal. Use the power of your subconscious mind to succeed.

Relax! Instead of making a New Year Resolution that quickly fades from consciousness,

why not join us in choosing, creating and embodying an Intention that has a symbol,

a color, a sound that is unique only to you!

This is event is limited to 15 tickets for participants to preserve group mind

as we practice. Act now!

Is the Pineal Gland a Third Eye?

In our last post we illustrated how the pine cone, its scales, and shape, are regarded as a symbol of enlightenment by many world cultures across millennia, despite these cultures being unable to communicate their beliefs cross-culturally through distance and time.

As humanity became first curious about our anatomy, and then having the tools to perform intricate dissection, it was found before 100 BC that the brain had dedicated regions that could be mapped, responsible for various physical actions and sensations. Through brain dissection around 200 years later a Roman researcher named Galen discovered a brain gland, shaped like the seed kernel of the Mediterranean stone pine tree cone, which he named the pine-eal gland.
Mediterranean stone pine tree

As legend and myth since before Galen’s time had accepted the pine cone as a symbol of enlightenment, Galen posed that the kernel shaped pineal gland, found deep in inside the other lobes of the brain, must be the kernel or seat of god-like vision and understanding. By extension Galen posed that the pineal must be the origin of a person’s soul; further that this area of the brain was a “third eye” or a somewhat sketchy or etheral connection to a Supreme Governor of Being.

This theory held until roughly the 1600’s when further brain research linked the early mapping of brain regions to exact bodily function, explaining how damage to specific area of a brain corresponded to specific physical impairment, like paralysis or numbness. But no one could prove (or disprove) that the pineal’s function was a gatekeeper of sorts to the cloud of human spirituality. Over time the idea grew stale but persisted.

From 1600 to 1900 a revival of the universal powers attributed to a Third Eye surfaced and submerged, with a modern modified theory still existing in a socially hidden realm involved in practices like tarot reading, crystal gazing and Ouija board seance, to name a few. Toward the end of the 19’th Century a Russian philosopher, one Madame Blavatsky, theorized that the pineal was a shriveled version of the third eye referred to in Hindu texts.

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Dnipro, Ukraine, from 1831 to 1891, who claimed to be educated in spiritualism in Shigatse, Tibet. She was Founder of the Theosophical Society connected to Egyptian goddess Isis
Egyptian goddess Isis kneeling with traditional magic wand made with quartz, amethyst crystals, wood and feathers

I wasn’t until 1958 that the endocrine nature of the pineal was connected to the brain chemical melatonin (not to be confused with “melanin”, a skin darkening pigment) . Further research found melatonin responsible for governing our circadian rhythm of sleep/wake cycles. This connection has proven useful in our modern world to some seeking relief from jet-lag and occasional insomnia. The pineal’s output of melatonin decreases with age.

Personally I don’t find malatonin helpful for any sleep problems, but new research points to it being useful as a supplement for age related osteoporosis. McGill University paper here.

I hope these two posts departing from my usual themes offer inspiration for independent thinking. Any comments would be useful.

As always, peace and abundance to all. Rob

Pine Cone, Symbol of Enlightenment

Why is the pine cone revered as a symbol by so many and diverse cultures from ancient times to now, and what does it mean? In Vatican City, Rome, Italy, there is an ancient bronze statue not of Jesus, nor Moses, nor Mary, but of a four meter tall pine cone, flanked by peacocks.

Vatican City, Rome, Italy

Temples in the ancient city of Angkor Wat in modern day Cambodia are crowned with huge pine cone shapes.

Ancient city of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Mexico’s Aztec goddess Chicomcoatl is depicted presenting pines cones as gifts.

chicomcoatl, Aztec goddess of maize

The staff of the ancient Egyptian god Osiris is crowned with a pine cone, as is the center point of the trident staff of the Hindu Shiva, and the Christian Papal Tiara (crown) worn by successive Popes is shaped like a pine cone, Buddha is often depicted wearing a pointed pine cone cap or crown.

staff of Osiris

Q. Why is the pine cone revered as a symbol by so many and diverse cultures from ancient times to now, and what does it mean?

A. Pine cones, pineapple scales, peacock feathers and flower blooms are all examples of natures fractal patterns. Fractal patterns begin again at the end, ending again where they begin, like infinity. Similar patterns occur in flowers. This symbolism adopted by early civilizations was trying to represent eternity, a beginning without end, never-ending spiritual progression, a world without end. More abut fractals and mental health here (Link, Psychology Today article) Modern theory points to a natural reaction between the human eye, fractals and the pineal gland in the human brain. How did ancient peoples make this connection?

sunflower in full bloom

Archaeological study points to the pine cone representing enlightenment, hence its symbolism connected to religious leaders, or ancient gods, also of the pine cone being at the top of a staff (spine) or summit (mountain) that is closer to the eternal of nature. Typically, benevolent leaders were said to be endowed with enlightenment.

Attaining Enlightenment

“Enlightenment” implies a removal of a burden, a relief of what weighs us down, what holds us back. Enlightenment implies a moving away from darkness toward light, a lightness of being, or what we could be, if were better characters. But attaining enlightenment suggests an object in the future, separate from ourselves, sets up craving, desire, disappointment and frustration. Modern research points to ages old meditation and mindfulness as a source of enlightenment.

I have discovered in myself and others that enlightenment accumulates gradually, until enough of it causes conscious inner recognition. Then, like the pine cone that only opens to disperse its seed when conditions are exactly right, does enlightenment manifest itself, often as a conscious awareness, a still point, a place of diminished suffering.

If there is a “secret sauce”, a way to be happy regardless of external conditions, then it is how meditation and mindfulness cultivate conditions, like the pine cone opening to disperse, that are exactly right.

Some talk of a “path to enlightenment”, indeed I have used the phrase myself as catchy Blog title, but this implies a start/finish. Really, enlightenment is being able to focus on where you always are, sharpening your base level of concentration to what is relevant to you, your community, and the world. More on the naming of the pineal (pine-al) gland in the human brain, pineal as the third eye, and human reasoning in a future Post.

Wishing peace and abundance to all. Rob

Track 2 of Walking to Nepal

Click to listen to track 2, Last Night in Rangoon, from my album dedicated to refugees from Myanmar, in their preparation and trek to freedom.

“Last Night in Rangoon”, with its soft dreamy sequences, has a surprise ending almost as jarring as an alarm clock! This piece tries to capture the restlessness, anticipation, fear and regret that everyone has as they ponder the hours before stepping into a new and life changing decision. As we lay in bed awake with all these thoughts, we think we are awake all night, until sunrise rouses from our dreams and we know have slept, but little.

Thank you to everyone who listens and forwards this to their friends. A new track will be posted here around May 15. Rob