The light of the body is the eye: if therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light. --Matthew 6:22
"Throughout the span of recorded human history, Pinecones have served as a symbolic representation of Human Enlightenment, the Third Eye and the Pineal Gland. Our “Pine”al Gland, shaped like (and named after) the Pinecone, is at the geometric center of our brain and is intimately linked to our body's perception of light. The Pineal modulates our wake-sleep patterns and circadian rhythms, remains uniquely isolated from the blood-brain barrier system, and receives a higher percentage of blood flow than any other area of the body save the kidneys.
It is considered by many to be our biological Third Eye, the "Seat of the Soul," the “Epicenter of Enlightenment” -- and its sacred symbol throughout history, in cultures around the world, has been the Pinecone." From Cones and Stones
I was reading about Pinecones before I started this blog and there are several biblical references to the Pinecone through the green pine tree in the bible. This particular site also mentioned the placement of the Pinecone in Egyptian history as well as with the Masonic Lodges and the Masons.
The site is worth visiting just for the information and as an artist I absolutely was drawn to a better understanding of the history of the pinecone in art.
This final verse from Hosea, seems to more directly address the connection between spirituality and the Pinecone/Pine Tree:
O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
I will answer him and care for him.
I am like a green pine tree;
your fruitfulness comes from me.
Thoughts shared from my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist, Laurie Pace
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