How Wrestling God Awakened Jacob’s Pineal Gland

by Joshua Tilghman on March 15, 2012

I don’t think God has ever been in a WWF ring, but there is a recorded event in the Bible which could be the ancient equivalent, at least if it were interpreted literally. Did Jacob, Abraham’s grandson, really wrestle God like the scripture seems to say he did? If so, it would be one of the stranger stories of the Bible. But we can rest assured the story isn’t about a man wrestling the Almighty. So what’s the story really about, and how can it help us in our spiritual journey?

As it turns out, this story is quite profound! It was meant to teach us about God, and more importantly, it teaches us about a spiritual journey “within”. It is the same “within” that Jesus speaks of when he states that the Kingdom of God is within you.

Let’s dive into the wrestling match of Jacob and God in Genesis to understand what I mean. Jacob’s wrestling match with God takes place near the end of Genesis chapter 32. Jacob is in the process of returning to the land God promised Abraham. At one point in the journey, Jacob divides up his family and animals into different companies and sends them ahead while he stays back on one side of a creek. He is completely alone. According to the Biblical story, something strange happens that night; a mysterious man wrestles with him until daybreak. But who is this mystery man and where did he come from? The story gets even stranger. This mystery man could not beat Jacob at the wrestling match, but he is able to dislocate Jacob’s thigh. This same man then tries to leave once morning comes, but Jacob doesn’t let him, at least not until he gets a blessing from the man. When all is said and done, the man tells Jacob that “…Thy name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and has prevailed.” (Gen 32:28).

Here we get our first hint that the mystery man is God himself. The fact that the Biblical author means the mystery man to be God is revealed two verses later:

“And Jacob called the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Gen 32:30).

A couple of things to note here: first we see that the mystery man Jacob wrestled with is God himself. Second we see that Jacob prevailed in the struggle with God. If we think about all of this literally, it makes no sense. So, as always, I ask the question: what is the real spirit of the scripture in this story?

I want you to notice that Jacob said he saw God “face to face.” This is where things get really interesting. While Jacob did not see a literal face, he did see God, or at least the Biblical writer’s concept of God. It just wasn’t with the physical eyes. There’s a special word in verse 30 that tips us off to what this whole experience was really about, and although it’s not common knowledge, ancient world stories were full of this kind of experience. It all has to do with the word “Peniel.” Verse thirty already told us that Peniel was the name Jacob gave the place where the wrestling match with God happened. But that’s not what’s important. What is important is that “Peniel” is meant to be a real place inside you! Now pay attention, because this is how the story of Jacob’s wrestling match affects you.

There is a special gland that sits at the center of the brain called the Pineal gland. In ancient cultures it was known as the “third eye.” It is known as an eye because the Pineal gland in your brain has a special relationship to light. Just like the retina of your physical eyes, the Pineal gland also contains light-sensitive cells. In fact, they are similar to some of the cells that make up the retina.

I now want you to dwell on a very important quote by Jesus given in Matthew so that you understand how serious this is:

“…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).

Jesus is not talking about the two eyes that you see the physical world with. Rather, he is talking about your Pineal gland, or what ancient cultures called the “third eye!” Jesus refers to this as a single eye because the pineal gland would not have a left and right hemisphere like your brain.

So what does Jesus’ statement and Jacob’s experience mean to you?

A pineal gland that is “full of light” is representative of an extraordinary spiritual experience, where we transcend consciousness on the physical plane and merge with God on the spiritual plane. The pineal gland has more to do with the seat of the soul and consciousness than the actual brain, and thus, this type of experience with the pineal gland could expand your consciousness. At least this is what the spiritual men of many ancient cultures believed, and since even modern medical science still sees the pineal gland as an enigma, I wouldn’t be so quick to pass this off as ancient hogwash. We do know that the pineal gland regulates and affects sleeping and waking patterns through its interpretation of light.

With that being said, it would now be a good time to remind you of the fact that the Bible states “God is light.” So could it be that the Biblical authors are trying to explain a profound mystery about God and our consciousness through spiritual language and symbols? Of course!

Returning to the story of Jacob’s wrestling match, it is important for us to understand what is meant when the Genesis author states that Jacob saw God “face to face.” Remember, this statement is made in conjunction with naming the wrestling match location “Peniel” (don’t let the different spelling fool you). We can now say that the light of the pineal gland is associated with God’s face! In other words, it is symbolic of experiencing the light of God beyond the physical plane of the five senses. And somehow the physical pineal gland is a doorway of sorts to a higher reality. Let me state that again for anyone who might be confused. Your pineal gland could be a doorway to a higher state of consciousness. This does not mean that the physical you goes anywhere, but rather, the higher you is realized by a spiritual experience where your pineal gland is awakened.

Now notice that the scripture story states that Jacob was “alone” when this encounter with God happened. This signifies the necessity of going to our prayer closet to get in touch with our inner selves through prayer and meditation. Meditation is one preferred method of having this type of Pineal, or Peniel, experience. Meditation is the key. Meditation has a profound effect on consciousness, and I believe it is one method that can energetically awaken the pineal gland, or your third eye.

For anyone who is still not sure how real this experience can be, I suggest you do some research into what the ancients believed about the “third eye.” I would also remind you of the fact that Jesus clearly stated that the kingdom does not come by observation (seeing of the physical eyes), but that the Kingdom of God has to be realized “within” us.

Please don’t think this experience is going to be quick. If you read Jacob’s life story, you’ll soon discover that life was tough on him, and he traveled a long hard road. But in the end Jacob finally had this Peniel experience that made him “Israel” (remember the name change) instead of Jacob. Jacob was a physical man. Israel was a spiritual man. This is also why Paul tells us that an Israelite has nothing to do with a blood line, but it is a spiritual definition. A spiritual Israelite is one who has had the Peniel experience. Think about Paul’s experience on the road to Dasmascus. Didn’t he have some kind of spiritual revelation of Christ through the presence of a “bright light!?”

I believe the Peniel experience is a type of born again experience. It is also a resurrection experience. If you wish to have this experience too, I recommend that you get to your prayer closet and start a meditation program!

I hope this article has helped go beneath the literal interpretation of the scripture and reveal to you the hidden mysterious of the Kingdom. If you enjoyed this article, consider sharing it on your favorite social network, and don’t forget to read part 2 below which goes deeper into our subject of Jacob and the Peniel experience.

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upperroom March 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Dear Joshua,
Wow. That is heavy. What a revelation…Good for you. Thank you for sharing. The Bible is so cool and deeply intense, it is fascinating. I love to study it and it sure looks like you have! I love your site and you write very well. I am still blown away by the third eye and the light.
Keep seeking and searching and He will delightfully reveal to you more and more. Jesus is perfect love…and love shines bright.
Can’t wait to read more. Thank you and God bless you.


upperroom March 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Dear Joshua,
WOW! What a revelation…that was heavy…and very intense. Good for you and thank you for sharing. Awesome. The Bible is the most fascinating book and I love to study it. It sure looks like you do too and have a sincere interest in finding out the truth. You write very well and you seem to naturally “make it plain”. I enjoyed reading your article and it blew me away. I will keep up with your site, which I think is very cool. Now I am ready to run to my secret place and have my own encouter (like Jacobs’ and Paul). I have had encouters with Jesus and God however, I have not seen their faces. smile.
God bless you.


Joshua Tilghman April 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

Thank you for reading and commenting. Seeing God’s face can be a long road until the process is realized. Don’t give up!


Jami March 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Hey Josh!
That is incredible. You have great insight and the way you wrote it is just as exciting as what I was reading. Hope that made sense-
Just thought I’d let you know I am going to recommend your site to a couple of pastors I know, even though we know the Holy Spirit is our source within that reveals all truth but you have to want to know and search it out. I am really proud of you, very impressive. Can’t wait to see you. Until then I will keep on reading. Love you and Jess.


Joshua Tilghman April 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

Thanks, Jami. The Bible gives us so much wisdom when we internalize the stories spiritually, which is the way it was meant to be.


Norm Dahm April 6, 2012 at 10:30 am

Hi Josh,
just thought you would be interested to know that the human body functions on a circadian system of homeostasis which is mainly regulated by the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the hypothamus.
The SCN is the timekeeper of the circadian system and without going into depth about the different receptors in the pineal gland, it has been proven that the SCN regulates the amount of melatonin that the pineal gland produces.
Interestingly it is not light that stimulates production of melatonin. It is darkness. It makes sense that we eventually become tired toward the end of the day as our melatonin becomes depleted.
It has also been shown that when you put people in a lighted room at night, they don’t sleep as well.
I’ll be interested to hear your explanation of the pineal gland being our “third eye” and the reason Jesus referred to the pineal gland as the “eye” when we know that the pineal gland produces melatonin in response to darkness.
I really enjoy reading your blogs. Keep up the good work!


Joshua Tilghman April 8, 2012 at 11:13 am


Thank you for sharing your medical knowledge on this fascinating subject. It is greatly appreciated. You are right that darkness stimulates the produciton of melatonin. However, light is necessary in the process. The pineal gland as a whole works off the cycle of night and day. Both light and darkness are important for our spiritual and physical health since both help the pineal gland to correctly regulate many aspects of our physical being. While melatonin is a very important hormone, the pineal gland is responsible for so much more. Too much darkness causes too much melatonin which causes depression and other such maladies. Winter blues anyone? So as you can see, light is the key to a healthy cycle as well.

The pineal gland was understood by Christ to be a doorway between physical and spiritual existence, which is really two sides of the same coin. The pineal gland is a regulator of well-balanced existence, making you whole, both spiritually and physically. “If you eye be single, then your whole body will be full of light.” The ancients understood that the spirit world was not just something to attain on the “other side,” but rather a condition of your present life within you, which is really the point of this article. Jacob met God “face to face” in his physical existence. We are meant to do the same!


Norm April 19, 2012 at 11:33 am

Good answer Josh


Ronald J. Foreman April 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Shedding more light on the subject: Psalm 139:7-12 (New Life Translation)

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I run away from where You are?
If I go up to heaven, You are there!
If I make my bed in the place of the dead, You are there!
If I take the wings of the morning or live in the farthest part of the sea,
even there Your hand will lead me and Your right hand will hold me.

If I say, “For sure the darkness will cover me and the light around me will be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to You, and the night is as bright as the day.

Darkness and light are the same to You.

… and speaking of God’s face and light: Psalm 67:1

May God show loving-kindness toward us and bring good to us.
May He make His face shine upon us.

… and from the Apostle Paul: 2 Corinthians 3:6-8

The Law of Moses was written on stone and it brought death.
But God’s shining-greatness was seen when it was given (to Moses).
When Moses took it to the Jews, they could not look at his face because of the bright light. But that bright light in his face began to pass away.

The new way of life through the Holy Spirit comes with much more shining-greatness.

If the Law of Moses, that leads to death, came in shining-greatness, how much greater and brighter is the light that makes us right with God?

… and Paul’s reference to seeing face to face: 1 Corinthians 13:12

What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror;
then we shall see face-to-face.
What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete
—as complete as God’s knowledge of me.


Joshua Tilghman May 1, 2013 at 9:28 pm


Thanks for pointing out these scriptures and giving us more to think about here.

steph July 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

I always thought it was light too. I also learned that tribes would live in caves and the Pineal gland would be a seed in darkness everyday focusing on a thought. They thought it would grow and flourish there first. I read a book saying, to be in bed by 11:30pm. In the hour of 1:00am, melatonin would join with DMT and the hallucinogen from the Pineal Gland stops. The latest of 4:00. I read, this is when monks would get up to do their discipline for it was still floating in the brain. Not before you want full 3 hrs focusing on images and powerful words starting with, I am____ The neurotransmitter is for dreaming and for the body repairing itself. If a leg has slight damage from a bike accident, the brain is aware of the body’s damage so, it flashes images of you running in place not going anywhere. Dreaming is not important at the moment, it has to focus on flashing images, twitching muscles etc. I read your pst about needing both light and dark. I got that.
BTW thank you very much, I enjoyed it

Norm April 19, 2012 at 11:37 am

your writings stimulate questions for people who want to know how scripture relates to their lives.
Keep up the good work


Pat June 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Very interesting thank you.


yolanda August 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm

This is a great article! I’ve recently been talking to our creator concerning our 3rd eye and the verses that came to me were the same ones you put in here. Its difficult letting go of the old traditions but its nice to see I’m not alone in this journey…I believe th bible talks about th 3rd eye in more revelations when john is in the spirit..this is great. Thank you so much for your input


Joshua Tilghman August 12, 2012 at 10:10 pm


Thanks for the encouragement. And yes, the third eye is a very important theme in the scriptures in many, many places. I am glad that you already know and understand these scriptures intuitively. That’s awesome progress. Please feel free to share any other insight that you have gained in your journey. My main wish is that all of the religious would learn to seek spiritually. Thanks for your input into the world. God bless, feel free to comment any time in the future.



Canis Major November 6, 2012 at 6:20 am

Interesting detail. Good work! This makes Old Testament scriptures more exciting!


Joshua Tilghman November 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm


Thank you. It certainly does bring a new dimension to the Old Testament. Blessings!


Carol November 11, 2012 at 7:54 am

Great insight. What does Jacob’s ladder represent? What does Jacob’s dislocated thighbone signify?


Joshua Tilghman November 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

Hi Carol,

Jacob’s thighbone being dislocated represents Jacob not relying on his own strength anymore. The thigh is symbolic of the ego and lower man. Jacob may have walked with a limp, but he still prevailed and became Israel, a true spiritual man operating from his higher nature. Jacob’s ladder is symbolic of the ascension process. Your questions make me want to do another blog post further explaining these concepts. Will get to it when I can.

Thanks for commenting.


Norm Dahm November 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm

hi Josh
I was wondering if you knew there is a Buddist-Hindu advert. on your blog .
It says “take the Chakra test.
Your blogs are great, & very informative.
You’re a special guy Josh.


mike January 5, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I think that the “wrestling match” was with the thoughts of his lower mind, not with God. He stood “by a creek” which is water that is shallow and running rapidly. Water is thought, and shallow is left brain thoughts. He stays back “alone” which indicates meditation.


Ronald J. Foreman April 30, 2013 at 8:04 pm

1. I want to walk as a child of the light;
I want to follow Jesus.
God set the stars to give light to the world;
the star of my life is Jesus.

In him there is no darkness at all;
the night and the day are both alike.
The Lamb is the light of the city of God:
Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus.

2. I want to see the brightness of God;
I want to look at Jesus.
Clear Sun of righteousness, shine on my path,
and show me the way to the Father.

3. I’m looking for the coming of Christ;
I want to be with Jesus.
When we have run with patience the race,
we shall know the joy of Jesus.


Joshua Tilghman May 1, 2013 at 9:27 pm


Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.


Geoffrey August 10, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I have had so many peniel lifting up experiences I have lost count .As Paul said I have seen and heard things that man was probably not meant to see while in the body. Some of these things I can not hope to explain others are obvious .They bring you to a place of total humility knowing while you could never be worthy of such things you were still chosen for some reason related to your openness to receive .I have tried through my poetry to pass on a small amount of this but not well enough . God bless all seekers for in time they will find geoffrey


Tony November 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Greetings Joshua
Is the third eye the same as the sixth sense?
Mediums and psychics are they in the same class as Jacob or Paul,?
I have seen movies like the sixth sense, medium series, ghost whisperer


Tony November 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Genesis 32:29-31
30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, [a] saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” (Pineal = Light = God)

John 1:9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

The light of God enlightens every person born (coming into the world), and it is through the Pineal (Peniel – single eye/third eye) that we see this light, and through Jesus Christ, we see the face of God


Joshua Tilghman December 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Thanks for commenting, Tony.


charlie December 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Ive been studying all types of material concerning the third eye,levels of conciousness, the Bible and whatever info i can come across. Somewhere in the bible i read where it says foolish is the man the takes the words in this book and follows it by the letter ..meaning that the biblein almost every story has some type of other meaning in regards to that state of consciousness where i believe God wants us to be. Which is the holy spirit or the kindom of God…it all plays in to the law of attraction and what not…if you have any other sources to study i would like to know ..and im wondering is this penial place a place where good and evil can be manifested? Is it more bad than good ? We all have heard of the illumanti or the eye of horus …being someone who grew up in the gospel its hard to go to other christains and dicuss this. But i cant deny the connection to it all what do you think?


Joshua Tilghman December 7, 2013 at 10:57 am


Thanks for your comments. The pineal gland is not something bad. It’s a gateway into the spiritual. What can be bad is trying to force kundalini and the opening of the chakra related to the pineal gland. Conscious effort over time is the best way to develop spiritually, and this is not a road that we must force. It is a road that we come to live. Meditation and living in the NOW are some of the best ways to live it. There are plenty of good articles on this blog and over the internet that teach these lifestyles. Ultimately you have to choose the path that feels most comfortable to you, but I would certainly recommend the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and maybe even a simple guide to meditation if you aren’t familiar with it.


Luke Edwareds January 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

I have found how to open our penial gland, , it’s a meditation audio as soon as i heard it i felt very happy and i was smiling, i closed my eyes, i breathed deeply in and out, and i felt very very happy, i also was with god i believe, at first i was just seeing blue swirls with darkness, then i saw white and blue together twice, i saw a blue image of one single eye, i believe i was with GOD! This happened twice while the audio was playing, i think but i definitely remember seeing a light and blue swirls/images, also the light opend up as a door would and bring light with it. I am so happy i’ve been with god, do you think we could see the Kingdom of Heaven this way?


Luke Edwareds January 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

Oh i also Forgot , God Bless!


Yoeli January 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Hi, this is for sure very complex and very well explain all about this research. I would said before I ask that I am studying about this amazing subject and Im very insight of the Holy Word of Almighty. I respect all I’ve read.
– Where in the Bible Paul Speaks about Israel not being a Bloodline?
Hope for your reply soon.
-Would like you to bravely clarify about what happened while Jacob brought his family to the other place. I just quite don’t remembered he sending them, but instead bringing then to the other place and coming back from that particular place he went with his family. I know it Might not be as necessary to be exact about what happened, but such a great work of Yours should not be spoiled or mislead for just a simple detail.
Thanks in advanced.


Norm Dahm January 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm

Hey Josh,
Is wordpress any good for blogs – please see and comment.


JR February 1, 2014 at 5:49 am

This was an interesting read I must say…. I am a FIRM believer in Christ and I started having those swirly vibrations centered in the back of my head about 10 years ago and would hear audible voices and having all types of prophetic visions and out of body experiences while having that experience. I would have them without the swirly vibrations on the back of my head too though but it was just weird when that sensation would come over me. For years, I simply summed it up to God drilling some sense in my head. Recently, I started to do a study on the brain and sure enough it linked with the Peniel Gland. Very peculiar. I even tested the spirit with these odd experiences and would come against it in the name of Jesus but it still continued. During one experience of MANY, I LITERALLY had a full fledged conversation with an Angel as I think it was, word for word. I did not see it in that particular experience BUT it was definitely in the room and SPEAKING audibly. During those swirly vibrating drilling tickling feeling on the back of my head it is really deep and unlike just seeing a regular dream or vision or hearing from God inwardly. It is SOMETHING totally different and I personally feel the heat all around me. I have ALWAYS wondered about it as I do NOT fool around with no evil mess. Over the years, I have learned NOW to just relax when it starts to happen. It happens randomly and frequently at times. I don’t induce NOTHING like those folks that are into foolishness. I can even feel it when it is about to happen at times. I am most certainly open minded as I know that there is MUCH that we do not know concerning the mysteries of God and all the deeper revelations that are written in the inspired Word of God. I know the scripture states in Jeremiah —> Call unto me and I will show you great and might things in which you do not know. Good read. Has anyone else here experienced these types of things? If so, what have you learned and experienced? Please share. ***Christ Preacher***


mag January 24, 2016 at 8:59 am

My experience was completely different because I started seeing death and evil spirits when asleep at the age of 19. At one time, I dreamt that a study mate of mine would die and this dream came to me the last week of august, 2012. To my shock, I received news on the last week of October that same year that my friend had just died. From then on, dreams started flowing every last week of every month. In most of those dreams, I used to see death and evil spirits. At that time, I was not born again. I resorted to psychological books to help me understand what was going on. Maybe they had answers as to why I was dreaming horrific things. I remember at one time, I asked the evil spirit that was tormenting me to show its face. I wanted to be sure that no science was involved. To my surprise, it responded. When I slept that night, it appeared. From then on, I knew I was in trouble. After a month, I went for prayers in a local church around my campus. When I was being prayed for, I felt tickling sensations at the back of my head down to my lower back even though I had felt them before so many times at day times. I fasted for three days after that day of prayer and on the fourth night, those demonic dreams stopped completely. But I was still not born again. I did not feel bad because I knew I was working-in -progress and God was not finished with me. Soon enough, I started seeing goodness and light in my dreams. I remember one night I asked God to help me know If He was still interested in me. Even though deep down I knew I was a working in progress, I wasn’t sure if He had confirmed my perception. That night, I dreamt I was in white clothes but I could see people viewing my body. When they tried to put me in a casket, the coffin became under-sized. When they tried to place the coffin in a hearse, the car refused to drive of.f The cross that was to be placed on my graveyard broke into two halves. My spirit was watching how those people were working hard to bury my body. However, all their efforts were futile. Then I work up. Right there and then, I knew God was calling upon me because I was not spiritually dead and it was not too late. My quest for truth led me to wanting to change and be born again. I focused my energy to finding the truth about God and knowing his purpose for me. And from reading the information above, I now know am enlightened on how I can have a spiritual oneness with my creator. I thank God for this information because I will be able to connect with God in more ways than just dreams. In dreams He has shown me a lot but now I am enlightened to know other channels to experience Him. Praise Jesus Christ.


Stephen February 23, 2014 at 11:52 am

It was a interesting article:

The writer brushed past an important piece of the story-completely over looking the why Jacob divided up and sends family and animals ahead. The article writer says,
“At one point in the journey, Jacob divides up his family and animals into different companies and sends them ahead while he stays back on one side of a creek.”
This is an important part of the story continued and explained in Genesis. Jacob sent gifts ahead to Esau, his brother, whom Jacob stole the birthright blessing when they were children, which is important as to why Jacob is wrestling with God in the first place. (Technically Esau would have received the blessing because he was the first born) so the story gets deeper than the writers version.

My question to the writer would be what am I to meditate on with my pineal gland?

It seems that the author introduces the pineal gland as the way to God, but doesn’t that begin to glorify our limited physical faculties and diminish the purpose of Jesus and the cross? We are too deep in brokenness and sin to connect with God by any means, let’s face it we can’t even do righteous to the people who we do see, feel, and touch. We suck in relationships with humans, and we fail at reaching many if our goals that provide basic necessities we need like food, shelter, etc., so how are we some how able to meditate with a clean pineal gland and reach the Almighty of good? God would have to come to us, because we are unworthy per reality, if we can’t hold a candle to people with physical nature, how on earth, are we going to dial God? Its illogical. Jacob was wrestling with God the way you and I wrestle with Him. Its the fight between our will vs. His will. We won’t get blessed until we yield to Him. In Jacobs time they had a special revelation and covenant with God that they needed to be apart of and now we have the New Testament which is the new covenant (the final piece we will have until He returns) through Jesus.

The most important thing also not to miss then is that no matter how much meditation we focus on, the only way is Jesus. Faith that He is Son of God, the Word of God manifested in the flesh. To take that deeper He is also part of the Holy Trinity we know about, the three natures of God. He died on the cross for our sins and brokenness and was risen on the third day and we are to give our life to Him who paid for it on the cross. Christinity is deep but the core of it is simple and out of this world at the same time! While we were in sin and enemies to God, God shows us His beyond human comprehension love to us by sending His only Son to die on a cross in place of His enemy (us). I think we can easily get enticed to go right or left but the theme of the Gospel is not complex mysterious intelligence but mind bending love served on a cross. Paul says “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his cunning, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” We just don’t want to mediate for meditation sake, that can be dangerous. Christianity is about the ONE way to God! Jesus didn’t say no one comes to the father but through your pineal gland, or pineal gland + Me. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

I just know its easy for the flesh to get caught up in mystery and mystical but the Way is crystal clear and narrow.




Joshua Tilghman March 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm


Good questions. I use to have the same ones. I think the best way to explain this is to remember that the kingdom of God is “within” us. Therefore Jesus Christ as “the way” represents going within ourselves to discover that kingdom which the Gospel writers refer to as God. Remember also that Jesus says the kingdom does not come with observation. In other words, it’s not something we can discover “outside” ourselves through doctrine, dogma, and even belief. All belief is tainted with the rational mind, which can never reach God. Jesus Christ represents that which is already within us and that which we have to discover through crucifying our own ego on Golgotha (the place of the skull, mind) as Jesus did.


last adam April 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Joshua, profound crucifying our own ego at Golgotha = mind! Very deep! Very blessed love reading your comments I just found you today. I look forward to reading more of your articles!

I know Golgotha is also prophecy of how Christ will be crucified in the minds of many people in the last days who will take the mark of the beast. (mt 24:10) But I know from studying that many things in scripture has more than one meaning…. Judges 4=killing our ego at Golgotha = the mind!
Jael’s takes a nail to the temple of Sisera the name Sisera means servant of Ra. Which I see the story being about us killing off the false Christ in our life. Isaiah 30:1-3 God warns his people not to trust in Egypt. Ra is a sun god a false Christ. The gods of Egypt were born on dec 25 raised from the dead. God also warns that they would preach another Jesus (2cor11:1-4). Most people have received another Jesus!
so blessed by you Joshua!


Joshua Tilghman April 4, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for the comment, Adam.


Bob March 17, 2014 at 12:17 am

I completely agree, all the other posts are making some transcendental leap that does not exist and is cultish. Thank you for adding the truth, the way, and the light; Jesus Christ. FYI my good friend is named Steve and he is a Lutheran pastor, you sound just like him.


Joshua Tilghman March 22, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Thanks Bob. Blessings.


Regenia December 12, 2016 at 8:11 pm

Amen and as we see people want to look to their own works and not the finished work that our Lord and Savior Jesus done on the cross, hell and in Heaven. God do give some people over to a reprobate mind. However still they will have to answer to the false teaching and the blood of others on their hands from their false teaching. You explain well that Jesus is the one and only way to the Father and any other way is a false way and is only a thief in the eyes of God. I have see first hand people needed deliverance from the false Christ that enter them by the opening of the third eye. This is only the rise of Nimrod/ Osiris. The antichrist spirit and I have some type of uneasy feeling it also have something to do with the mark of the beast.


Adam March 7, 2014 at 1:47 am

Great article, very rare for me to come across another believer who practices meditation the way you describe. I believe you are correct in that Jacob was changed to a spiritual man through this ordeal. The wrestling represents God coming into our lives, and the thigh is Gods everlasting change in our life. The pineal use however can be for good or evil, as others may know. Satan is also a spiritual being and deals with people in like manner. Hence your secret society members and world leaders, who are all part of secret cults. Be careful going down the rabbit hole, if you do make sure you go with God.


last adam April 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

so true Adam! blessed by your warning!
God warns us to be careful what light we let in that it be not darkness.
2cor 11:14
Satan comes as angel of light!


Bridget March 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm


This is my first time coming across anything about pineal gland since a spiritual experience 8 months ago that has profoundly changed me from the inside. It’s a very sacred, precious and intimate moment for me so I hope others will be respectful with open minds as well as love.

I was sleeping when I began to feel something tapping me on my forehead between my eyes. It felt like the placement of where my third eye resonates. As I opened my eyes, this tapping continued. I saw nothing with my physical eyes above or on the side of me. I saw nothing but the tapping continued. I remembered feeling immense peace and knew instinctively it was Jesus. How I knew this? I don’t know as I was never participated in religion nor ever read a bible before this experience. After this experience however it has changed me, and my life. I began that very day picking up the bible and studying it as well as anything I could get my hands on about Jesus including the lost gospels at Nag Hammadi Library. At first, these gospels frightened me because even though I was spiritual I have a dad who has been greatly influential in my spiritual growth since I was in my teens. He didn’t believe Jesus was God only a prophet, and yes he believes in the Old Testament so I struggled greatly with the lost gospels. I would study them and than run from them in horror and than Jesus would keep bringing me back as now I know, He was helping me overcome things inside myself so that I could see and hear the truth. He needed to turn away from fear and the more I faced it in these past 8 months, the more error and illusion I would begin to see in my daily life as well as in others. Then finally I began dreaming dreams that confirmed my time had arrived and so I went back to the lost gospels for probably the fifth time. This time was different. I felt no fear, only peace which was so strange because once again I overcome. Again!

A few days after the tapping, 8 months ago, I saw a vision of a door glowing, radiating along the door. I searched everywhere for truth in this vision however every scripture at that time (before lost gospels) bible always spoke about an OPEN DOOR. My door was not open. It was just a door that had glowing light coming from behind it. For 8 months, I had out this “door” into the back of my mind because my spirit knew it was important and what I had found wasn’t matching my spirit in truth so I just waited patiently for the unveiling. just this week, it came, the truth. I had a dream about a scripture. Although, I couldn’t read the words w my eyes. My spirit interpreted. What my spirit picked up was that god of Israel, Old Testament is demuirge god and one of the archons we must pass through to get to Heaven. I woke with affirmation that also aligned perfectly with what I had been studying that week about god of Israel being a false god. Next, mind blowing, difficult explain unveilings poured into my mind. As I moved along through them, I grew in awareness. Anyhow, my experiences brought me to your page, this page today where I am reading my own experience in spirit and felt in physical. I can find nothing about anyone having an experience like I had that doesn’t involve mediation or self tapping forehead. Has anyone heard of spirit doing the tapping? If not, why would Jesus select me? What is so special about me?

Jesus has saved me from a rare illness and many others to follow. He changed me and healed me. I have been 8years in remission with a rare illness that I should have died 9years ago from. Anyhow, my pops always told me that I was saved for a reason but however lovely that sounds, it’s difficult to comprehend. I often think about the events, conflicts, works of service during the time of the tapping which I knew in that moment was REBIRTH WHILE IN THE FLESH as I changed in a blink of an eye. Things I struggled with a day prior with, no longer phased me. My entire family has taken notice even creating a believer out of my kids and fiancé to Jesus. Although, they have been extremely irritated with me for these 8 months as I can’t do anything but think, feel, study, analyze – breathe Jesus.

Anyhow, I feel so alone on this world now, a world I hate to be in. This is what the journey has done to my spirit. I never knew this would happened but I did tell Jesus I would give up everything for Him. And this came AFTER the tapping so that can’t be the reason He tapped me.

Anyhow, I know Jesus deeply, I can’t explain it. I just know Him, His Heart and Character as though it were mine. I can spot Jesus in anyone as I can also spot the antichrist in anyone. I can see deception a mile away now, coming and going. I have definitely progressed into some conscious awakening and despite the great struggle of loneliness the lost gospels talk about, I wouldn’t give Him up for anything nor anyone. He is just so worth it. I just wish I knew of someone, somewhere who has experienced what I have experienced or at least knew what it’s all about. The crazy wild part about this adventure is I am learning few know it. It’s not scary but it is again, lonely. And as I continue onward on this path, the farther away I become with others. They don’t necessarily know but I do. I feel a wall growing between me and the world. The larger this wall grows, the more I feel disconnected and just struggle to understand how to fit into the world when I hate it yet I love people, yet I hate the ignorance and their choosing darkness over the light. I fill more with anger as it feels like I’m walking around with the most magnificent secret and NO ONE WILL HEAR ME! What is soooo strange about this feeling is that I felt it as a kid. Never knew why? Guess I was for seeing my future? Another thing I always knew when I was a kid is that this was my last life. I knew at 16years old, I am never coming back, I’m done. I always thought this “matter of fact” mental state is what drew me into living life from a spiritual state, however, I now consider I already knew at different level of an unveiling, my existence in the cosmos? I don’t know and I also don’t know I am sharing all this on this page?! I just know I wish others could understand what it’s like to really know Jesus. TO KNOW HIM. FEW, if any, really do. And it breaks my heart for them and for Jesus, and the mission, the purpose He came for, to help each of us BE THE LIGHT IN THE WORLD!!!

Thank you for this article and also for listening to my response. Blessings to you. 🙂


Joshua Tilghman March 22, 2014 at 11:17 pm


your welcome. And I hope you find even more comfort than you already have in this world. Blessings!


L.J Stoner June 17, 2014 at 8:30 pm

imagine this!!! Wow, I was extremely intriqued reading your message, You feel just like I have felt. Welcome to the fish bowl. I was baptized in yahshua’s name , His original Hebrew name. look in Strongs concord. 3091. Just hang in there, but i had to congradulate you so far!! I’ve had just discovered about this penial gland. I had juat 2 days ago was curious of this. I had been studing on demons and fallen angels. website is , I had found out about the DNA strain from the Nephilim, just to give you a small heads up, any way, I wanted to let you know you’re not the only one who feels neglected, after a while you get used to it, but this “third” eye synopsis is a interesting subject, it might help my praying improve!!! ok Shalom to you in Yahshua ha Messiah L.J stoner


Joshua Tilghman June 23, 2014 at 10:01 am

Thank you, L.j.


Sandy January 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

Hi Bridget,
I can so relate to you. My life experience has been very parallel to yours. Everyone has to beat out their own path to God, yes it is lonely. “Strait (difficult) is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it.” I too feel sorry for the “many” that take the path of least resistance, the “broad” way that leads to death and destruction. We can only do what we can do to influence them and be that light in the dark for them to see, because they have no light themselves. God is light. Got God, got light. By the same token, I am excited what God is doing in my life! And thinking I just stumbled on this site, I now know I am being led by the Spirit. I, like you, just recently become aware of the pineal gland. Actually it was just yesterday I did this search. It started when I was reading about Jacob in the Bible. I was intrigued why he would name the place Peniel. When I googled the meaning, its like a whole new dimension has opened up to me, A very large place that I am still trying to take all in. I feel like God just dumped a truckload of revelation on my plate and this may take a while to digest. There is only one thing about this otherwise fantastic article that I disagree with, by Josh: He believes Jacob’s experience was spiritual. I believe it was both spiritual and natural. Reason being; New Testament 1 Corinthians 15:46 says; “Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.” Everything in the O.T. happened in the natural. N.T. is spiritual. Be encouraged! Keep the Faith and your chin up. It will soon be all over and we will inherit eternal life. 1 Cor. 2:9 “But as it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has entered into the heart of man, the things that God has prepared for them that love Him.” Reference from Isaiah 64:4. God bless!
P.S. Wondering what you mean by “lost gospels”?


Sandy January 19, 2015 at 11:20 am

I’m sorry, I want to say little more…. Another reason I believe Jacob’s wrestle was actual physical was the fact that he walked with a limp the rest of his life. Also, around May of 2014 I ended up getting an MRI because of a headache which I never have! I believe that was the beginning of the Lord leading me to reveal what He is doing now. The result showed some calcification on my pineal gland. The Dr. told me it is very common, most people have it. It is nothing to worry about. I did some searching and find many are searching for an antidote. Medical prof. will say there is no known cause or cure. I am finding there is. There is a great article I ran across: A video on YouTube, “(SHOCKING NEWS) The Pineal Gland – The Greatest Cover Up In History. Burhaan Pattel. Also, DMT & The Mysteries of the pineal gland, also on youtube. I do not advocate DMT, and would never take it myself, there was a supplement mentioned on the first video that I will try, the natural way. God made all the plants and herbs and leaves of trees for our health. Also, by Jesus stripes we were healed. God is our healer. We walk by faith. Of course I had to weed through the eastern religious overtones in them and glean out the nuggets of truth, but it was helpful.


Joshua Tilghman January 19, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Sandy, thanks for providing these resources. So true, by the way. Blessings.


Aaron April 6, 2016 at 11:29 pm

Hello Sister, I read your testimony, Wow I thought i was all alone , I felt the same way after my awakening, it’s been a wild adventure, I too love CHRIST … Pineal gland can be for good and evil, I been so scared off and on, satan offered me the world to sell out, it’s very spiritual, I pray for you and yours, know that your not alone and thanks for letting me know I’m not… May our living Creator bless you in all your ways… Ps how has life been lately for you?


last adam April 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm

very blessed by your article! So many key things you hit on. God has also been showing me these things in scripture.

The Passover plate is a prophecy of spiritual Israel . Everything on the plate is a prophecy of things coming. It’s not only a reflection of the past but a prophecy of our future. Note the thigh bone on the passover plate reps Jacob’s thigh being struck by God. Jacob meets God face to face!
We will either be possessed by the true Christ or possessed by the false Christ.
Ep 2:2 Satan is a spirit.
Jn 13:27 Satan enters Judas … Judas reps those w/666. We must remember Christ had the power to cast out demons. Christ allows this to take place.
2thess2:4 satan enters God’s temple declaring he is God… 2thess2:4 is not about a temple in the middle east. The temple in 2thess 2:4 is our body. 1cor3:16 our body is God’s temple.
Ez7:22 God’s secret place being defiled is the pineal gland!
Gen 3:7 Adam Eve eye’s opened = pineal gland .
Adam & Eve is a prophecy of the last days! God warns us to be careful what light we let in that it be not darkness. (Lu 6:34-36. In 2cor 11:14 satan comes as an angel of light.) Depending what we mediate on depends which spirit enters our pineal gland. Most people mediate on the things of man the things of the world movies,books,news ect . Or they mediate on books written about the bible instead of reading it for their self .

The god Dionysus is the god of theater the god of chaos also the god of wine. The god Dionysus is the god of mass media the god of pleasure. Eve eats the fruit of knowledge b/c it was pleasant to the eye.
Eve was deceived b/c she judged according to appearance . This what the church today is doing living for pleasure . Those who live for pleasure are dead to God (1tim5:6/Lu 15 the prodigal son =Gen 3:6 Eve reps men & women in the church who live for pleasure)
Jn7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
Just b/c something has a godly appearance does not make it good.(2cor11:14-15)
No such thing as gospel movies. Gospel music industry is also corrupt. media the god of pleasure! Dionysus second birth from Zeus after developing in his thigh. Note Jacob’s second birth & his thigh is struck by God. .
Those who part take in any form of mass media are possessed by Dionysus . (all forms of entertainment even sports ! The churches have became a place of entertainment this why the pulpit is now called a stage. Our news has became entertainment ) Another name for Dionysus is Osiris

Tom Horn shares how each president goes through a ritual at inauguration asking for the spirit of Osiris/Apollyon/Apollo to enter into them?” But what Tom Horn did not share is not only the president but those in his new kingdom meaning they want satan’s spirit to enter the people of American also! research Osiris at wikipedia . The beast that rises up out of the sea in Rev 13 is many people becoming one beast! The one dollar bill is about satan opening the pineal gland entering man’s body many people becoming one! Gen 11:6 The tower of babble is about the opening of the pineal gland . Note once the people became one they could do anything they imaged. The anti Christ is many becoming one!
Many people are becoming one thru mass media thinking alike having one mind! The pineal gland is also referred to as a tower. Some say its like a bird in a cage or a princess locked in a tower. The walt Disney movie tangled is about the opening of the pineal gland=demon possession .

The true church becomes One w/God we act as one man! Ro 12:5/Ro 15:6 God name is ONE zec 14:9 . Satan is setting up counterfeit kingdom.

Ro12:5 So we , being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
Ro 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Zec 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

will you choose the right
CHRIST or the counterfeit keep watch be in prayer!
blessings GREAT article!


Joshua Tilghman May 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm


Great comment. Thanks!


Eric King May 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I did meditation of a sort that was… very basic. All I had to do was close my eyes and look upwards at the area where the third eye is on the forehead, focus on that area, and visualize in my mind an eye in that area opening (constantly). The thing is I had only tried doing this one other time, yet on my second attempt I nearly succeeded to my amazement. My body began to vibrate like it never had before, my legs, hands, head, chest, you name it were vibrating. My heart was pounding like crazy despite the fact that I was calm, and honestly I never recalled my heart pounding like that before. I then began to hear a humming, and it did sound like it was coming from the area where the pineal gland was located at. This humming was like nothing I’ve ever heard in my body. Not even close to what I experienced when my ears are ringing or anything of that sort. It made me think of a machine turning on, and it felt like it was struggling to turn on as it varied in strength for the 7 or more seconds it was humming. While it was humming my body was at the peak of vibration, and at this point fear began to set in because this was something foreign to me and intense as ever. Eventually my body began to calm down very slowly and my body eventually ceased to vibrate and my heart beat returned to normal. The fear that set in may have been what caused me to lose focus and cause this experience to halt all together. But then again this was my first experience and so maybe that’s a good thing. Taking it slow is probably the best thing to do, and ensuring your body can handle the intensity of the experience is also a GOOD thing as far as I could tell. By the way, opening your third eye can be accomplished by inhaling DMT which is a chemical that your body produces naturally, but with high doses can forcefully activate it. However, I would recommend meditation.


Joshua Tilghman May 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Thanks for your personal story, Eric. I have never experienced this before, but I have heard many stories similar to yours, especially when meditating on the Pineal Gland. Blessings.


Norm May 29, 2014 at 9:23 am

Hi Josh,
Was wondering how you relate Jesus’s comment: “You are the light of the world. Don’t hide your light under a bushel” to the pineal gland. I was under the impresion that Jesus was talking about our lives-how they can impact other people, either not at all or negatively(under a bushel so our lights don’t shine) or positively( our lights(lives) are shining brightly affecting others with whom we come in contact. It seems to me that this positive contact would involve sharing the experience you have had with God or to go a step further giving a cup of cold water to a thirsty man, or stopping to help someone(the good Samaritan) which would invlve the use of our cerebral cortex, rather than the unconscious, involuntary action of the pineal gland.
Thanks for taking time to give us your thoughts.


steph July 21, 2014 at 8:34 pm

How are we able to have a healthy body w/solar plexus,organs, and nerve systems when food and water contains chemicals in calcifying the Endocrine system. No matter how careful one can be, something still get’s past me of eating too much soy, showed a tumor later. I learned that by preserving the sacred oil is to be celibate and have been 2, years, I don’t care anyway my love is levitating or something happening spiritual. Desiring change in a higher frequency. I have no plan of slipping back. I can’t, I know too much, I see the game and drama of it all. My sacrifices are not my regrets.The only thing I know is depression. I have been to retreats, of doing disciplines and techniques C+E=Reality. Flashing a desired image in frontal lobe along with breathing creating desires. The raising of the energy is what I wanted to do all my life.
If you know anything at all, I would love to hear it.
Thank you any way with all your great work. I am going to absorb every page. I love it


Proverbs31Julia December 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

Hi Josh –
Very insightful article and a nice bridge between the various schools of thought in articles about the pineal gland that I have read in recent years, some scientific and most hippy-dippy groovy new-agey wisdom-of-the-ancients kinds of articles.

I’ve read also about yoga and done the child’s pose, which looks and feels like some of the prayer poses and perhaps that pose helps to increase blood flow to the pineal gland and/or to stimulate the production of the melantonin and possibly DHT ?

I also wanted to share this on Pinterest, but there’s no “pinnable content” so maybe some generic photo or a pineal gland here would work?

Thanks and Happy Sabbath!!


Joshua Tilghman December 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Thanks, Julia. And I appreciate the willingness to share. I didn’t start adding pictures until later articles.


Norm December 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Love debating with you except you’re a lot smarter than I am so I’m at a disadvantage.
But here goes: When Jesus referred to the eye being single, He wasn’t referring to the pineal gland. His disciples were ordinary men, not scholars and certainly not familiar with anatomy such as the pineal gland. If you went up to 30 people on the street today, I’ll venture not one knows or has even heard of the pineal gland.
No, Jesus was referring the attitude of the heart. He futher stated you “can’t serve God & mammon”- the same idea when He referred to taking up the cross and following Him, and when he told the rich man to sell all that he had. Later letters by Paul also emphasized singleness of heart when in in Philippians he says “To me to live is Christ, & in Colossians: Christ in you, the hope of glory & again brought out strongly in the letters of John. In the Old Testament we can see this singleness of heart with David who was a “man after God’s own heart”
Singleness of mind & heart is what that phrase is speaking. You have it in the first commandment- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul & spirit” Paul was a good example of singleness of eye- he was totally sold out for Christ & doing the will of God


Ezekiel: Amenra January 14, 2015 at 9:51 am

Hetep Josh,

Nekhebet has lead me to your blog, in the Sebek cycle of the “New Yr”. Wonderful to see your spiritual insights and dissemination of biblical esoterical truths to the masses in light of the times (4th dimensional planetary shifts). The planet is coded for a few to awaken to the higher functions of the chakras and fulfill the prophecy — return of (Heru) Christ.

What must be also brought to light is the immortality of the spirit. That to be born-again (re-incarnation) is the awakening of the mental awareness of cosmic knowledge (Ajina Chakra aka: eye of heru; 3 rd eye) of the many life-times of the Self across incarnations. How else is one to be ‘born again’ ?? As well as the explanation of the series of senseless negatives occurrences that happen to people of good spirit. The schools of old Gnostic – Greek – Kemetic – Sumerian assertion of reincarnation was veiled within (Jesus) teachings alluding to higher side of Man. This “second coming” is really a retelling of ancient avatars that were once rulers in various parts of the ancients cultures of the world. The study of the Kemetic Tree of Life and Jacob Ladder makes this abundantly clear. The sad reality of the gospel is the negation of the role and value of the woman in the ascending up the ladder of jacob or the healing of the life-force (holy spirit) via the goddesses that were teachers of the temple of hathor and auset…


Joshua Tilghman January 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Thanks for your comments, Ezekiel. I see you have studied quite a bit. Appreciate the extra info.


Angela June 27, 2015 at 5:41 pm

I’d love to learn more… perked up when you mentioned the hathors..


Joseph Robinson March 1, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Breen researching this for sometime wrote something on it also. I believe David was one of the prophets that lived perpetually in this state. See my notes below:


Dawn March 7, 2015 at 6:44 pm

Wholly respect and understand what your references are. Makes total sense. As I read your learnings I felt resonation after resonation. I feel that Jesus’ references were of the heart and love as that was his message wholly but do also see that what you have found is certainly of significance and relevant.
It is said by many that Jesus was a true ‘medium’ so that would fit with his message of love and being led in life by the heart as well as the pineal gland third eye being the way to awakening to the truth. It would be both after all.
No matter differences of opinion from all, thankyou as it was a thoroughly enlightening read.
Best regards.


Joshua Tilghman March 13, 2015 at 9:27 am

Thanks for your comments, Dawn.


geoffreyfranklin June 4, 2015 at 3:09 pm

Matches up perfectly with what Bill Donahue teaches. Thank you.


Joshua Tilghman July 23, 2015 at 7:53 pm


Bill Donahue is a master teacher!


Angela June 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm

I appreciate how you illuminate the mysteries in this story. I grew up in a very conservative religious home, reading the bible very literally, and I have family – that I love dearly – that still have a very literal and narrow interpretation of scripture.

I had a spontaneous Kundalini awakening that began more than 20 years ago. I rarely speak of all the mystical experiences I’ve had in deep meditation and how this has deepened and transformed my experience of the divine.

I recently tried to have a gentle conversation with my own father about the decision I made to put aside “logos” – “the Word” (I actually taught Sunday School as a teen and attended a Bible College as a young woman) and to open up to an experience of God directly through nature, mediation, creative expression, and to follow a more mystical path.

It’s a relatively newer thing for me to revisit childhood stories with my new vision, and a more symbolic language. Very excited to stumble across your post.

I have been tuned in to the idea of the daimon/angels, struggle and inner work. I have been revisiting a myth – The Handless Maiden. (Clarissa Pinkola Estes has a version in her book “Women Who Run with the Wolves” and also I’ve looked at it in a book by Jungian analyst, Robert Johnson). Something about the old story sparked deeper thoughts about this story of Jacob, which led me to your articles.

As someone that has expanded my experience and understanding of spirit exponentially through a commitment to meditation and deep inner exploration, I was tickled to find your interpretation which in many ways paralleled the wisdom in the myth. In general, I felt very validated and soothed by your perspective and deeper understanding of scripture. Excited, actually. It inspires me to integrate and connect more of my current experience of energy and life with my childhood religious background. Also, it helps to give me a language and framework as I struggle to find words to speak to beloved friends and family that ask questions or occasionally voice concern due to fears that I meditate, or have expanded in my thinking so much, and somehow this is dangerous. For example, your answer about Christ being ” the Way” and reference to the inner kingdom of God was very helpful.

Very grateful to find your words. And then, to find reference to the Pineal Gland! I truly had not made this connection. I have had inner promptings about Jacob’s ladder. I look forward to reading more. So comforting to find someone that speaks a language I can soak in and understand.



Joshua Tilghman July 19, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Angela, thanks so much for your comment. The scripture makes so much more sense intellectually when interpreted symbolically, doesn’t it? Thanks also for sharing part of your journey.


Marvin August 31, 2015 at 6:52 am

Most think I’m crazy for this knowledge. They think it’s evil.
Josh you are spot on keep up the good work!


Donna Hobbs September 1, 2015 at 1:29 pm

I had what I could only described spirtual experience, ididnt know about the pineal gland existance at the time. The magazine Hello had a computer generated picture of what jesus look like taken from The Turin shoud, as I looked at the picture I imagine d how nice it would be to meet jesus and was in awe of this thought, when I heard a low humming, noise which came to a crescendo and I was caught up in it. The feeling was inside me a beautiful wonderful feeling so powerful I could never describe in words.I was frightened in a way of the experience but have always wished it would happen again.I always believed in creator god and jesus christ son of god who died for our sins and believe the pineal gland a antenna to connect our creator and jesus christ.


ARUN September 8, 2015 at 8:08 am

Hi Joshua! Ur way of analysis of the Spiritual things is awesome. But in this article U recommended MEDITATION IS THE ONE OF THE BEST WAY..where the THOUGHT-PROCESSES in our brain gets EMPTIED and the EVIL spirits may DWELL in space provided and RULE over him/her.
I am afraid U r using the WORD OF GOD as a weapon to drive MILLIONS in WRONG DIRECTION. I request not to suggest anything that comes to ur mind OTHER THAN WORDS FROM THE BIBLE. OR ELSE WE WOULD FACE THE WRATH OF GOD.


Joshua Tilghman December 25, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Arun, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I will certainly respect yours, but as for myself, I believe that couldn’t be further from the church. Meditation is a powerful practice which has great benefit. Blessings.


ARUN September 8, 2015 at 8:12 am

MEDITATION is the key component in YOGA, MEDITATION OF BUDDHA etc. Which are the most dangerous and SOUL DESTRUCTING PRACTICES of modern days. only PRAYER is our weapon that JESUS TAUGHT TO HIS DISCIPLES….!!!


Xavier September 24, 2015 at 4:47 am

Do you think there is any relation with the kind of meditation we must use?
For example in yoga is normal to meditate with the focus on the third eye point, while in zen you focus on the navel.


Joshua Tilghman December 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm

Xavier, I think all kinds of meditation is beneficial, with Zen style as the best. Of course this is just my personal opinion based on the three stage development promoted by Zen style.


Nigel November 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Well put together Joshua, thank you.
Mathew 6-6 says to pray in private, another
directive that is ignored of late.
But what i do wish to toss into
the convo is the fact (yes, fact) that the
pineal is ‘activated’ in the absence of
the blue light spectrum.
Believe it or not.
When i say activated i mean it ‘secrets’/secretes
the secretions Jacob experienced.
The origin of the word secret is
exactly what the pineal does!
Hence why going deep into caves was the way of
the saints of old. This is of course little known info
these days. However not in some circles!
i have experienced 4 days and nights in
It is a treatment for so many modern ills.
Another trick of the prince/power of this world is
to burn books, destroy information that is vital
to not only our survival as believers but our thrival as believers.
And, to change the meaning of
words, or ‘dirty’ the meaning of words.
for eg darkness/black….there is actually no logical
reason why we should be scared of the dark!
Just because God is light, does NOT mean darkness
or the absence of light is in ANY way wrong/bad or otherwise.

Prolonged periods of the absence of blue light
in the wavelength 450 -495 nm allow for all the cares in the world to simply drop away.
Many reasons, all of which are duplicable in everyone!
This is not some random thing.

Bears hibernate in total darkness after which their energy is renewed.
ok, better leave it there.
But Joshua, you have really opened up what i firmly believe is the most relevant
verse in the entire scriptures for this day and age.

The pineal gland allows us to ‘see’ what the eyes cannot.
When the secrets are actively being secreted we begin seeing/knowing stuff
that will often shock us.
fact is stranger than fiction.


Joshua Tilghman December 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Nigel, I had never heard that bit of information. Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to look more into it. It does make sense. And to reiterate your point, without darkness the light would have no meaning. Blessings.


Anthony Baker December 24, 2015 at 10:50 pm

And they put florid in our water. Interesting. Make you wonder.


Ayanasamari January 30, 2016 at 10:44 am

Hi, I was led to your site as I have seemingly started a journey of discovery which has accelerated since dec last year. I had stopped celebrating xmas from previous years so spent more time researching historical,biblical,scientific and Spiritual interests, on youtube and generally on the web. Iv barely watched tv since oct last year preferring music anyway and am changing my habits regarding what I listen to and have erased some after learning more of the music industry practises and of backdrafting. Eventually I came upon info on the pineal gland and the medical, functional side, and the relation to melatonin, melanin, so I looked up foods that help to decalcify the pineal gland. Green leafy veg, pulses, most types of berries were listed that I can remember right now, so have done what I can to alter my diet. Also found out sungazing may help and have done a few times ,I awoke today and started with a cup of tea as usual and started to pray, in my prayer I was thanking the Most High Yahuah and telling Him that I had Always wanted to Know Him and was searching for Him, asking him to enter into my Life and I will give my life over to him. I was in an abusive relationship and because of this had my son taken from me within this past year , So I prayed, at that timecrying tears that in my growth and Faith in Him that we would be reunited. When I sungazed after that prayer the suns rays shot out bright like silver around the edges growing in length slightly and a lilac light radiated and I felt a little pop behind my ear, after a second time the sun seemed white in color and the rays seemed a little more kaleidoscopic. I had my head covered from praying so was really surprised when the sun still resonated through the headscarf and throughout this time rays of colour, changing to green, orange, mostly pink and purple streamed through the window. When I closed my eyes I could see an eye shape that also changed different colours. Is all of this mean my pineal gland has opened or is it still opening…
I havent done this lightly, I did my best to take in enough info before doing as I espscially didnt want to it if it was disagreeable to having a relationship with the Most high Yahuah. Any more info or advice would be welcolmed. Peace and Blessings


Joshua Tilghman February 21, 2016 at 10:14 am


I really couldn’t say. That’s not my place to judge such things. Opening the pineal gland us a very subjective experience, which honestly, I do not have any personal experience with yet.


Barbara March 8, 2016 at 7:34 pm

This is very interesting information. Again, so glad to have found this blog.

Not 100% sure but it has been said that the water we drink is fluoridated in order to calcify the pineal gland or third-eye.

I’ve since discovered Skate Fish Oil which is favored for decalcifying the pineal gland.

I’ve been a meditating Christian since the 70’s and do see images at times when I close my eyes and “look” between my eyebrows.


Joshua Tilghman March 8, 2016 at 7:48 pm


I have looked into the info you present. The pineal gland naturally calcifies through age as well, but not to dangerous levels like injecting harmful chemicals into our body. Detoxification is a good idea, not only for the pineal gland, but all of the body. Maintaining a good diet of raw and whole foods is our best bet! Blessings.


Dr. Ramon de Torres March 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

I am a Messianic Jew and thought I could add (however late) to the conversation. You wrote, ““…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).

Jesus is not talking about the two eyes that you see the physical world with. Rather, he is talking about your Pineal gland, or what ancient cultures called the “third eye!” Jesus refers to this as a single eye because the pineal gland would not have a left and right hemisphere like your brain.”

The section of Mattityahu (Matthew) you quoted is about wealth, money, and suddenly Yeshua begins to talk about eyes? A single eye (in the translation you chose) actually is better translated as “if you have a good eye” and refers to generosity, not a physical eye or gland. Yeshua is NOT talking about a pineal gland, he is referencing a well know ancient Hebrew saying about generosity. If you have a good eye and are “generous” then your whole body is full of light.

This is not about eyes. Rather this is a well known Hebraic ideom referring to the generosity of a person. A


Joshua Tilghman March 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm

Dr. Torres,

I appreciate your comment. However, I think the mistake made here is considering any of this literal. Mammon does not literally mean money, but is a symbol of the lower-desire nature. Eyes are symbols of mental perceptions, of ideas and feelings. If thine eye be single, then the mental perception is focused, and this happens as a part of higher brain function. Well-known Hebraic Idioms are mostly viewed through the literal interpretation, or the second level of interpretation, and still fail to get to the deepest aspect of reality. Kabbalah would be the correct way to view well-known Hebraic Idioms for the deepest meanings. Blessings.


Michael Kekana June 18, 2016 at 7:35 am

Josh. I’ve always been interested in the transformation experience of Jacob and the naming of the place Peniel. Never have I thought of the deeper explanation and how you brought it down to our spiritual journey. Thank you so much for being a blessing


Servant July 30, 2016 at 12:12 am

Really enjoy reading these articles and comments that follow them. Hoping my testimony might shine a light for someone.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
The same was in the beginning with God. (John 1:2)
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3)
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. (John 1:4)
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:5)

I grew up in a religious home. My father is a Minister. His father was a Minister. Spent the majority of childhood, young adult hood in church. Tried to join in a few times but it never felt right to me. This not right feeling turned into great sorrow for those spending their life looking for something they will probably never find. Blinded by their own ignorance, enslaved by their own bondage, I refused to follow their steps. Sorrow turned to depression, fueled by drugs became oppression which never left my side. I grew to hate the world into which I was born, and more so the God in which this world seemed to worship. I cursed the name of the God of my fathers, refused to take another step in this sick and twisted world, and injested enough narcotics to kill a man 4 times my size. My body started shutting down, I sat againt a wall in the garage as my limbs became to heavy to move. I could feel my heartbeat getting slower and slower along with every breath I drew. In my final moment I prayed, “Father…let my death open the eyes of those whom I have loved.” I gave up the ghost. As the light of life fled my body, a thick, heavy darkness filled the space.
I was 17 years old.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. (Isaiah 9:2)
I woke up sitting in a desert against a dead tree. Instantly I started crying and yelling to God, Why couldn’t you just let me die. I was in my body but not in my flesh. I could see the heat of the sun and the sand blowing in the wind but couldn’t feel either of them. Before me was laid a perfectly paved highway. That stretched as far as I could see. I walked to the edge of the highway, contemplating if I should start walking left or right. I felt a hand take my right hand, and a peace that I had never felt. I look and a little girl in a white shining dress, was looking up smiling at me. Her smile shined brighter then the sun. With her hand in mine she steps me onto the highway and starts walking me to the right of where I awoke.
I asked her where we were. She looked at me and smiled. I asked her what her name is. She said I AM GRACE. Her voice was as the sound of running waters mixed with the melodies of shining light. I know not how else to explain that. I asked her where we were going. She said HOME. I knew when she said home I was coming back to my flesh and I began to beg her to let me stay in the desert with her. She stopped walking looked at me and smiled and said, IT IS NOT YET YOUR TIME. Instantly I was surrounded by the brilliance of her light. I woke again in my flesh outside throwing up with a kids finger down my throat. Not knowing who it was I said why did you not just let me die. I looked up and the kid was one who I tormented in my school simply because he liked my little sister. He told me he openedthe garage door and saw me lying on the floor, he said I was pale and wasn’t breathing. He said he checked my pulse and couldn’t find one. He rolled me on my back and seen an empty pill bottle, so he picked me up and carried me outside trying to make me throw up what I had consumed. I gave him a slight hug and asked him to go find me a smoke. As he left the voice of The Living God Spoke from the very core of my being. My body shook from head to toe in fear. He said “Be Still and Know That I Am.” I knew at this point God is real, yet had no idea what he means. I met my wife 3 months later, dated a year then married at 18. A little over a year she’s pregnant. We find out we’re having a girl. I told my wife at that moment I want to name her Grace. She says to me her name is Hannah. I argued and went and found a bible and Hannah in the bible. And it read Hannah Lit. Meaning – The Grace of God. I wept. She was born on my birthday. When she was seven years old she was the same little girl who led me through the desert when I was 17. What I say, I say the Truth. I found not God in the church. God Found me in the wilderness. I didn’t go to church. I didn’t read the bible. I tried to Be Still and Know That I am. Again at 30 years old God spoke. His voice is the sound of Seven Thunders mixed with Seven Waters that shakes your entire being from the very midst of your core. It’s truely Beautful and Fearful in Harmony. I AM THE LIVING WORD. After years of not reading I asked my dad for a bible. I read these scriptures and my life has changed forever.
The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. (Isaiah 35:1)
Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. (Isaiah 35:4)
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (Isaiah 35:5)
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. (Isaiah 35:8)
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 40:3)


Servant July 30, 2016 at 7:49 am

I can promise everyone that life is not what it appears to be. We get so caught up with the daily grind we forget to simply be still and know. I never wanted God, I wanted to be left alone and live life like everyone I saw. As the son of a minister, there were a lot of things that most children did that I wasn’t aloud to do. My lonely road of faith was a long and hard one. Not knowing walking through it, every step I took was showing me. One can simply be still and study the Nature of the Garden we are all placed in, it bears witness to the Mystery of Heaven and the Glory of God. My Father in Heaven is all I want now. He is all I can see now. There is none other than He. Hear oh Israel, the Lord thy God is One. I promise anyone, if you can’t see as the Apostle Paul states, JESUS CHRIST IS ALL, AND IN ALL, then you’ve missed the mark, your falling short of the Glory of the Kingdom of Heaven. He Alone is Unconditional Love, and this Love is Life. There is nothing you can do that hinders his Love for you. Your flesh would crawl on its belly through the desert just to reach up and touch the Divinity that He Placed Inside of You. My experience changed my life. I’m no one special. I am the least among you all, how greater are you then I. The only prayer my experience has taught me to pray..”Father I Thank Thee, for thou hast heard my prayer. I know thou hast always heard my prayers. If it be thy Will, take my eyes and give them to those who cannot see you. Take my ears and give them to those who cannot hear You. Take my heart and give it to those who cannot feel you. Father, I thank thee, for thou hast made me strong. I will gladly bear the weight of my brothers. Cast their darkness upon me, so they may see Your Light. Cast their fears upon me, so they may know peace. Write their sins in my book, so they may enter Your Kingdom. If one should be lost, let this one be me, for thou hast loved them as thou hast loved me. If one should fall, let this fall be mine. If one must die then Father take my life. Let all enter into Heaven, let not one be left behind. If Hell be their fate, let this fate become mine. I will bear their burdens, I will bear their sins, I will bear their death, so they may enter in. For I know that even in Hell, thou art with me. Let Your Love, Glory and Kingdom reign Forever.


Jacob January 13, 2017 at 5:08 pm

Well,…. this is an interesting subject indeed, however I wouldn’t have decided to leave a comment if it weren’t for the other comments submitted by other individuals on this site. For my protection I’m going to refer to my comment/collective comments as part of an ongoing fictitious transcript for a play(where myself, as will anyone else who chooses to partake in the “creation” of this play, will be the “actors/actresses” whom collectively brought this play into fruition, thanks to their contributions/replies).

Without Prejudice,.

I am going to be as honest as I can be, without putting mine or my family’s well being or safety in jeopardy. So I apologize in advance, for anything I cannot get into at this time.

To start this off as simply as possible,… I am Jacob. The ‘Jacob’ from the Bible. Should anyone have any questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you, and stay blessed.


Jacob January 14, 2017 at 7:55 pm

Well,… seeing as my comment has not made it through your screening process, I suppose it’s safe to assume that you think I’m mentally ill, Joshua. However, I ask you to please reconsider, as this is the only time I’ve ever posted anything regarding the issue. You may contact me through my private email address, and I will gladly answer any questions that you personally, may have for me, in an attempt to prove the authenticity of my words. I guess, for whatever reason, you have a part in this too, because I have chosen your page to share this on. So please, try to understand that this is in no way a prank of any kind, nor is it the product of any kind of mental illness in any way. I truly am Jacob. The ‘Jacob’ whom the bible is referring to.

Without Prejudice,

– Jacob


Joshua Tilghman February 24, 2017 at 8:15 pm

Jacob, anything is possible. And I have been very busy in real life and really don’t have a screening process. I approve just about everything, eventually, as time allow. Anyway, very interesting statements you have made. Please feel free to share anything here that you desire, but truth be known I am a little skeptical. However, open dialogue is always welcome here. So again, feel free to share!


Cody L Belvin February 16, 2017 at 1:59 am

On reading this I thought about Samson in the bible when his eyes were gouged out he himself said he sees God more clearly then ever just a thought


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