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.
Enlightenment! It has been the greatest goal for many spiritual seekers throughout all the ages. We study and emulate the teachings of those who have reached it - be it the Buddha, Jesus, and countless other mystics. In this book, Andrew Newberg, MD, and co-author Mark Robert Waldman have studied what happens in the brain as we reach towards Enlightenment.
Doing brain scans on people who are considered masters of Meditation, Brazilian mediums, Sufi Mystics, as well as Pentecostals who speak in tongues, Newberg dives into the difference between the Big 'E' Enlightenment experiences that are marked by a profound understanding that changes Everything -- forever altering your life in ways that brings greater clarity and peace to everyday life, and the little 'e' enlightenment experiences…. Those little "aha" moments, where you may be flooded with a sense of Oneness with everything, yet it is less life altering than the Big 'E' experiences of Enlightenment.
In this book subtitled: The New Science of Transformation, Newberg and Waldman say that our brains are hardwired to seek Enlightenment. Not only that, but we can actively prime the pump, so to say, and actually train our brains towards both the Enlightenment and enlightenment. Diving into the different regions of the brain and seeing how they engage in Enlightenment experiences by activating regions like the Thalmus (part of the brain that relates to connectedness with others and detachment from the ego self) and deactivating areas like the Frontal and Parietal lobes (the sifting and sorting, thinking parts of the brain) this book gives insight into the science of what you can personally start doing now to reach for Enlightenment. Change your brain, change your life! Evolve into an Enlightened being - with the help of SCIENCE!
-Mela, Owner at Magus