The bestselling authors of How God Changes Your Brain reveal the neurological underpinnings of enlightenment, offering unique strategies to help listeners experience its many benefits.
In this original and groundbreaking book, Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman turn their attention to the pinnacle of the human experience: enlightenment. Through his brain-scan studies on Brazilian psychic mediums, Sufi mystics, Buddhist meditators, Franciscan nuns, Pentecostals, and participants in secular spirituality rituals, Newberg has discovered the specific neurological mechanisms associated with the enlightenment experience - and how we might activate those circuits in our own brains.
In his survey of more than one thousand people who have experienced enlightenment, Newberg has also discovered that in the aftermath they have had profound, positive life changes. Enlightenment offers us the possibility to become permanently less stress-prone, to break bad habits, to improve our collaboration and creativity skills, and to lead happier, more satisfying lives. Relaying the story of his own transformational experience as well as including the stories of others who try to describe an event that is truly indescribable, Newberg brings us a new paradigm for deep and lasting change.
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I was concerned about a book that purports to deal with 'enlightenment'. I should have followed my instincts. Overall, this book is a trivial treatment of a profound topic. The issue of 'enlightenment' has been written about by philosophers with far more qualifications than these authors. The treatment of the topic, and the 'exercises' in the book, are of little use to a beginner, and less use to someone that has seriously explored this topic. The book is wrapped is a thin veil of neuroscience, but at its roots offers little practical guidance. At times, I would have benefited more by rubbing crystals and smelling incense. I would urge readers interested in this topic to read or listen to Sam Harris' book "Waking Up" or anything by Alan Watts.
- Richard J. Langer