posted on Dec, 1 2012 @ 09:11 AM
reply to post by jiggerj
Does the thought of 'nothingness is pure awareness' come from the same part of the brain as religious irrationalities, I wonder?
Now there is a big difference between religiosity and spirituality.
There is a purpose and positive benefits
According to Andrew Newberg, a neuroscience author and head of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania, prayer
and meditation may boost brainpower and mental ability, Tom Heneghan writes for Reuters.
As Newberg’s new book, “How God Changes Your Brain,” explains, religious individuals and “even atheists can enjoy the mental benefits that
believers derive from faith.” Exercises of faith such as meditation and prayer have beneficial effects on our brains, improving concentration and
calmness. According to Reuters, brain scanners showed that “intense meditation alters our gray matter, strengthening regions that focus the mind and
foster compassion while calming those linked to fear and anger.”
Meditation found to increase brain size
People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have
found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators
boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input. In one area of gray matter, the thickening
turns out to be more pronounced in older than in younger people. That's intriguing because those sections of the human cortex, or thinking cap,
normally get thinner as we age. "Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive
and emotional processing and well-being," says Sara Lazar, leader of the study and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. "These findings are
consistent with other studies that demonstrated increased thickness of music areas in the brains of musicians, and visual and motor areas in the
brains of jugglers. In other words, the structure of an adult brain can change in response to repeated practice."
Read more at: phys.org...
that is the state
THETA - 4-7 cycles per second - day dreaming, dreaming, creativity, meditation, paranormal phenomena, out of body experiences, ESP, shamanic journeys.
"The brain is set up in such a way as to have spiritual experiences and religious experiences," said Andrew Newberg,
So even though you don't realize it you are having natural spiritual experiences, and I think those experiences are going to increase for you.
The evolution of religion in tribal societies was necessary, it was/is an evolutionary process, and like it or not we are programed to be spiritual,
also religion/spirituality aided man and created reason.
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