Cryptochromes and Our Magnetic Sixth Sense


Scientists have recently made an interesting discovery in the field of animal magnetoreception. Each of us should be familiar with the migratory habits of animals we find in our own backyards. Crows fly east in my neighborhood every year. Geese fly south for the winter. Even Monarch butterflies take to the air when the winter season is beginning to settle in. Magnetotactic bacteria, which you will find written about on this site, have very strong magnetic qualities because of their iron-based backbone. The ability for certain mammals to travel in specific patterns is guided by a biological component in their brains and throughout their bodies. This is called magnetoreception.

“Sea turtles, honeybees, spiny lobsters, dolphins, migratory birds, and more all have a magnetic compass which allows them to use the information that’s coded into magnetic fields.”¹ It allows them to ascertain direction whether in the air, on land or immersed in water. This ability, which sensory biology is just beginning to understand, has been discovered in humans as well.

Dropsophilia (Fruit Fly) Cryptochrome

There are structures found in the human retina which, when removed and placed into a fruit fly, have the ability to detect magnetic fields. They are blue-sensitive photoreceptive proteins called cryptochromes. Scientists are unsure how or if humans use this protein, but what they do know is that detecting the Earth’s magnetic fields may well be the primal sixth sense for us.

Birds, as an example, have cryptochromes in their retina which allow them to see magnetic fields as clearly as they can see visible landmarks. It is asserted that the magnetic fields are layered on top of the physical contours, giving them their amazing sense of direction.

“…cryptochrome isn’t unique to birds – it’s an ancient protein with versions in all branches of life. In most cases, these proteins control daily [circadian] rhythms. Humans, for example, have two cryptochromes – CRY1 and CRY2 – which help to control our body clocks. But Lauren Foley from the University of Massachusetts Medical School has found that CRY2 can double as a magnetic sensor.”²

The discovery of this protein raises all sorts of questions and poses some doubts, but the fact is “that Cry2 is heavily active in the human retina. ‘It’s beautifully poised to sense light but we don’t know if it has the downstream pathways that communicate magnetic information to the brain. The possibility exists.'”

600px-electroreceptors_in_a_sharks_head-svgAn example of these “downstream pathways” are abundantly represented in sharks. A shark has a massive amount of “holes,” or ampullae of Lorenzini, in its head which lead into jelly-filled chambers that disappear somewhere into their body. Changes in DC voltage of the water and magnetic fields emitted by certain prey are detected through this mechanism. How animals in general, and humans, use the magnetoreception mechanism is the current great challenge of sensory biology.

The discovery of human magnetoreceptors opens up the possibility of understanding our relationship with the Earth’s geomagnetic fields and EMFs in general.

What could this discovery possibly have to do with the paranormal? Let’s delve into some information on magnetic fields, first, to find out the answer.

How Magnetism Affects You

The Earth’s magnetic field is absolutely critical to maintaining life on our planet as it deflects the intense solar wind. Without it cosmic rays would harm us and power as we currently utilize it would not be possible. Furthermore, our atmosphere would dissolve away and life as we know it would cease. What you might not realize is that these magnetic fields also directly affect us through emotion, body homeostasis, and overall happiness.

Specifically there are two important fields that need to be considered. The first is the geomagnetic field that emanates from the Earth’s core. Secondly, are the fields between the Earth and the ionosphere. The ebb and flow of these fields change us both mentally and emotionally, causing spikes in us just as they happen within the planet Earth.


It has been proven through multiple scientific studies that our hearts produce electromagnetic fields that are altered with the Earth’s field changes. These EMFs can be measured up close and from a distance. This phenomenon is also what allows Geiger counters to measure activity when placed close to our hearts – especially in the rare cases of demonic oppression and possession. You will notice in the diagram that the heart’s EMF field emanates in a very similar pattern as the Earth’s.

Here are some further concepts to consider:

  • The Earth’s magnetic field is a carrier of biologically relevant information that connects all living systems.
  • Every person, through collective consciousness, affects the global information field.
  • There is a feedback loop between human beings and the Earth’s energetic/magnetic systems. This simply means that humans and the Earth are dependent upon one another for balance. The output from one fuels the input for the other.

The point to be taken from all of this is that all living organisms, especially humans, are inextricably tied to the Earth’s geomagnetic field and the affecting electromagnetic fields. The discovery of cryptochromes has opened the doors for the possibility that humans can not only connect directly with these fields, but that we also may have a direct link to the spirit world through these same retinal proteins.

“These organs could also possibly sense magnetic fields, by means of Faraday’s law: as a conductor moves through a magnetic field an electric potential is generated. In this case the conductor is the animal moving through a magnetic field, and the potential induced depends on the time varying rate of flux through the conductor….”

Might Faraday’s law be perceived differently by phenomena in the paranormal realm? 

Consider This Link…

Have you ever been on ghost-hunting-emf-meters-122013zza paranormal investigation and sensed the presence of ghosts or spirits? If you have never been on a haunted site, have you watched this happen on your favorite television show? Detecting the presence of ghosts, spirits, entities or whatever you may wish to call them is very common when exploring the paranormal world. Devices like these have been used extensively to discover electromagnetic fields and even track spirits. Changes in the magnetic fields are backed up with actual witness accounts:

“In the course of investigating haunt reports at historic Hampton Court Palace in England… the magnetic field changes in areas of the palace where haunting phenomena had been reported were significantly different from the field changes in areas where no phenomena were reported. [Investigators] also found in another statistical comparison that the number of unusual experiences reported by tourists visiting the Palace was also related in some way to the magnetic field changes at the site.”³

There are some, though, who do not need these tools to determine the presence of a ghost. They simply can feel the energies coming from spirits. The information that instruments can pick up are somehow built into certain “gifted” people. How can it be possible that anyone can “sense” unseen forces?

Thus far, there really isn’t any scientific proof that can be offered to explain why people are able to do this. Many folks consider themselves “sensitives.” Others are a bit more gifted and are known as “mediums.” I have personally experienced both of these types of people and can verify their authenticity.

Is there a physiological reason why they possess these “gifts” when others do not?

Might it be possible that the presence of retinal proteins in our eyes allow “sensitives” and “mediums” the ability to connect with the spirit world? Keep in mind that ghosts themselves emit electromagnetic fields and spirit activity can be fueled with EMF pumps and also through the stored energy inside of limestone.

Therefore, is it too much of a stretch in reasoning to say that cryptochromes may have a direct relationship in helping us connect with the spirit world? Science has not figured it out yet… what do you think?

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³ Williams, Bryan., Ventola, Annalisa., Wilson, Mike. “Magnetic Fields and Haunting Phenomena: A Basic Primer for Paranormal Enthusiasts.” pg. 5.