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What Happens to the Brain During Spiritual Experiences?

240px-Mindfulness-present-moment-here-now-awareness-symbol-logoNeuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg on brain changes associated with spiritual experiences:

When practitioners surrender their will, activity decreases in their frontal lobes, suggesting that speech is being generated from some place other than the normal speech centers.

Newberg is a pioneer in the field of neurotheology, the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences. In the 1990s, he began his work in the field by scanning what happens in people’s brains when they meditate, because it is a spiritual practice that is relatively easy to monitor.

Since then, he’s looked at around 150 brain scans, including those of Buddhists, nuns, atheists, Pentecostals speaking in tongues, and Brazilian mediums practicing psychography—the channeling of messages from the dead through handwriting.

As to what’s going on in their brains, Newberg says, “It depends to some degree on what the practice is.” Practices that involve concentrating on something over and over again, either through prayer or a mantra-based meditation, tend to activate the frontal lobes, the areas chiefly responsible for directing attention, modulating behavior, and expressing language.

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Bob Larson Interviews Nikolas and Zeena Schreck

I am amazed that this happened, and even more amazed that Bob Larson refrained from attempting to exorcise the demons out of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WcKrdFHTds

Pastor Bob Larson: An American radio television evangelist. Best known around the internet for his exorcism of a gay demon from Brian, who appears as though he is more in need of a stylist and acting lessons.

Nikolas Schreck: The founder and frontman of Founder and frontman of the experimental occult band Radio Werewolf,writer of The Manson File: Myth and Reality of an Outlaw Shaman, co-director of the Werewolf Order, high ranking member of the Temple of Set, and co-found of the Sethian Liberation Movement.

Zeena Schreck: An artist, musician, author, animal rights activist, Tantric Buddhist, and the spiritual leader of the Sethian Liberation Movement (SLM). Also,she is the daughter of Anton La Vey, the founder of the Church of Satan. She is the first to be baptized in the Church of Satan.… Read the rest

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