(Posted on June 17, 2013 by David McMillin)
The readings are explicit about the anatomy and physiology of psychic experience and its relation to the Leydig and pineal as the "seat of the soul" with the kundalini lifeforce energy that operates through the pineal system as the basis for psychic phenomena:
For as we find this entity has more than once been among those who were gifted with what is sometimes called second sight, or the super-activity of the third eye. Whenever there is the opening, then, of the lyden (Leydig) center and the kundaline forces from along the pineal, we find that there are visions of things to come, of things that are happening. (4087-1)
(Q) Have I ever caught glimpses of past lives, or are these things more dreams and fancy?
(A) The entity has caught glimpses of past lives when it has gone out of itself or has allowed the energies of the Kundaline force to pass along the centers of the body. Beware, unless ye are well-balanced in purposes … (5399-2)
This same process was described in several readings given for Edgar Cayce to explain how he was able to give his readings:
In this particular body [Edgar Cayce] through which this, then, at present is emanating, the gland with its thread known as the pineal gland is the channel along which same [psychic process] then operates … and with the subjugation of the consciousness – physical consciousness – there arises, as it were, a cell from the creative forces within the body to the entrance of the conscious mind, or brain, operating along, or traveling along, that of the thread or cord as when severed separates the physical, the soul, or the spiritual body. This uses, then, the senses of the body in an introspective manner … (288-29)
(Q) What caused the extraordinary physical reaction with Edgar Cayce at the close of the reading [254-67] this morning, at the beginning of the suggestion?
(A) As was seen, through the seeking of irrelevant questions there was antagonism manifested. This made for a contraction of those channels through which the activity of the psychic forces operates in the material body; as we have outlined, along the pineal, the lyden and the cord – or silver cord. The natural reactions are for sudden contraction when changing suddenly from the mental-spiritual to material. (254-68)
In this activity, then, as is seen, there is within the genital organs the activity through that as may be called the lyden gland, [Leydig] which has within itself that closed door, or open door, as makes for activity through that to the base of the brain, or the PINEAL gland – as is at the base of the brain itself – which opens up for its activities and associations to those other portions of the brain; that sends out its sensations either through the sensory organism or the sympathetic organism, or the purely physical organism. (294-141)
(Q) What other glands in the body, if any, besides the Leydigian, pineal, and glands of reproduction, are directly connected with psychic development?
(A) These three are the ducts, or glands. In some developments these have reached a stage where they do not function as ducts or glands, but are rather dormant; yet much passes through same, especially for the various stages of a psychical sojourn or development. These, as we find – the genitive organism is as the motor, and the Leydig as a sealed or open door, dependent upon the development or the use same has been put to by the entity in its mental, its spiritual, activity…. . Hence these may literally be termed, that the pineal and the Leydig are the SEAT of the soul of an entity. (294-142)
The question is how (or whether) research into the seat of the soul can be helpful in psychic development in service to others as manifested in the life and work of Edgar Cayce and others with this ideal.
- Edgar Cayce's Psychic Process – This video is derived from a lecture I gave at an Atlantic University symposium on psychic phenomena.
Psychic Experiences – This brief video segment discusses the role of the Leydig and pineal glands and kundalini lifeforce energy during psychic experiences.