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I have an article and some video to share on the progress of spiritual practices and on the evolution of spirituality… Let’s look first at spirituality practices. There are two examples today.
Prayer Changes Things
Preacher: John Piper, Teaching Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church
The research and the evidence is clear that the Christianity so many of us grew up with, the Christianity of the 20th century and earlier, is changing. In place of dogma, Christians are seeking connections in prayerful joyous worship experiences. We want to sharpen our spiritual practices. We just know that inspiration is an important part of our fellowship.
Not sure about how prayer works? Here is a sample Christian prayer.
Prayer is one method of spirituality that has been evolving for at least 3000 years. Here is more information on how mindfulness and prayerful healing is being scientifically demonstrated as healthy.
Life is Now… using meditation and mindfulness
PRESENT MOMENT: Eckhart Tolle
“The realm of consciousness is much vaster than thought can grasp. When you no longer believe everything you think, you step out of thought and see clearly that the thinker is not who you are.”
For two years, a small man sits quietly on a park bench. People walk by, lost in their thoughts. One day someone asks him a question. In the weeks that follow there are more people and more questions. Word spreads that the man is a “mystic,” and has discovered something that brings peace and meaning into our lives. It sounds like fiction, but today that man, Eckhart Tolle, is known worldwide for his teachings on spiritual enlightenment through the power of the present moment.
The UnCourse provides you with free resources to work towards a deeper level of consciousness. There are nine units of teachings and exercises in the UnCourse. As you finish each unit, your progress forward will be visible. You can return to the UnCourse site at any time; record your feelings and ideas as you progress.
For more information on how meditation evolves healthy spiritual and physical changes, see developing better brains and meditation changes brains.
Additionally today, I have a short video and an article presenting some scientific evidence that spiritual practices change our physiology — so we continue to evolve these experiences — we want to because its beneficial.
What is the evolutionary reason for our capability to achieve spiritual states?
Evidence of biological basis for religion in human evolution
Source: Auburn University
An Auburn University researcher teamed up with the National Institutes of Health to study how brain networks shape an individual’s religious belief, finding that brain interactions were different between religious and non-religious subjects.
Gopikrishna Deshpande, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Auburn’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, and the NIH researchers recently published their results in the journal, “Brain Connectivity.”
The group found differences in brain interactions that involved the theory of mind, or ToM, brain network, which underlies the ability to relate between one’s personal beliefs, intents and desires with those of others. Individuals with stronger ToM activity were found to be more religious. Deshpande says this supports the hypothesis that development of ToM abilities in humans during evolution may have given rise to religion in human societies.
“Religious belief is a unique human attribute observed across different cultures in the world, even in those cultures which evolved independently, such as Mayans in Central America and aboriginals in Australia,” said Deshpande, who is also a researcher at Auburn’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center. “This has led scientists to speculate that there must be a biological basis for the evolution of religion in human societies.”
Deshpande and the NIH scientists were following up a study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which used functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to scan the brains of both self-declared religious and non-religious individuals as they contemplated three psychological dimensions of religious beliefs.
The fMRI — which allows researchers to infer specific brain regions and networks that become active when a person performs a certain mental or physical task — showed that different brain networks were activated by the three psychological dimensions; however, the amount of activation was not different in religious as compared to non-religious subjects.
The above story is based on materials provided by Auburn University. The original article was written by Morgan Stashick. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
Dimitrios Kapogiannis, Gopikrishna Deshpande, Frank Krueger, Matthew P Thornburg, Jordan Henry Grafman. Brain Networks Shaping Religious Belief. Brain Connectivity, 2013; 131126141800007 DOI: 10.1089/brain.2013.0172
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Auburn University. “Evidence of biological basis for religion in human evolution.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 January 2014. [www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140117153635.htm]
Hunt FOR Truth said:
This is a much more in-depth video study of consciousness and spiritual research (Its got some conspiracy issues in it — wish it didn’t):
Conspiracy? I call it scientism.
You’ll find documented and well researched articles in my blog that demonstrate many of the findings that are in the video.
Some Buddhist monks are able to stay with a particular thought so completely that their body changes — able to perform incredible nd impossible feats of change…
and there was this use of energy that isn’t possible according to scientism:
Kimberly Jo Cooley said:
Hi Eric, I really appreciate this blog post! Thank you for giving the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer in layman’s terms. It seems on the scientific plane, we are physiologically wired to be spiritual beings. On the spiritual plane, we are spiritually wired to connect to God and our language is prayer. Prayer to ask and receive. I always love the blend of all knowledge, wisdom and divine guidance offered from spiritual and scientific thought leaders alike. I really appreciate you backing your convictions with evidence of scientific studies. Thanks for such a thoughtful, insightful and timely piece – I will be coming back!
Hunt FOR Truth said:
I discovered that I wanted to write about real science when I began teaching at a medical and computer vocational school. My previous science knowledge was perhaps similar to the average college freshman. I found that being involved with youth, I got to see why spirituality is so dramatically life changing. Especially while working with youth that had difficult family situations, I faced with them the challenges of finding hope and faith. I discovered that when I could point to a scientific studies, that it made some discussions go easier – at training classes or in spiritual mentoring.
We in the West grew up believing in the truth of science.
I discovered however that real science is being used wrongly and even consumed by scientism (an ego feeding near science practice) that is emerging as a power grubbing false science.
This blog just lets me collect all that together to address questions about who, where, why, and how we really are… to the best of a spiritual and scientific awareness that I can describe.
Usually, I speak matter-of-fact about spirituality; but I have the booming voice and charisma too when I want it and I can do some of that in posts especially with inspirational video.
Thanks for your visits Kim. We have much to teach each other.
Its terrific being here at WordPress with you.