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God module and self-transcendence


Why, in a falling plane, everyone starts asking God for help, everyone without exception. They ask God, the Higher Powers, the Higher Mind! This is a comprehensive answer to the question: is there a God?

Example of Juliana Kepke: a fall from a height of 3 kilometers.

Juliane Kepke was a German zoologist and writer who survived a terrible plane crash in 1971. She was 17 years old when she flew with her mother from Lima to Puculpa on board LANSA Flight 508. During the flight, the plane encountered a thundercloud and was struck by lightning. The plane fell apart, and Juliana found herself strapped into her seat, which fell from a height of about 3 kilometers. Instinctively, she turned to God and then lost consciousness. But she miraculously survived, landing on dense foliage in the Amazon jungle. Juliana suffered numerous injuries, including a broken collarbone, abrasions, bruises and a punctured eardrum.

Juliana was the only survivor of 92 passengers and crew members. She spent 11 days in the jungle, searching for a way to civilization. She navigated the river and ate fruits and nuts. She also faced many dangers such as poisonous snakes, alligators, termites and maggots that infested her wounds.

The only thing she thought about was God's help.

She was on the verge of death from dehydration and infection when she finally found a logging camp, where she was given first aid and emergency services were called.

Nobel laureate, father of quantum physics Werner Heisenberg said: “The first sip from the glass of natural science makes a person an atheist, but God awaits him at the bottom of the glass.”

Aron Ralston's story: 127 hours without a hand.

Aron Ralston is an American mountaineer and adventurer who became famous for his amazing survival story. In April 2003, he went on a solo hike through Blue John Canyon in Utah. While descending a narrow passage, he accidentally dislodged a large rock, which pinned his right arm against the canyon wall. Ralston tried to free himself, but was unsuccessful. He had little food and water, and no cell phone service.

He understood that the chances of salvation were very small.

Ralston was trapped for 127 hours (almost five and a half days), during which he tried to keep himself alive by recording his diary on camera and leaving goodbye notes for his family and friends.

He also tried to destroy the stone or cut off his hand in various ways, but to no avail. He realized that all reasonable ways to escape were useless.

Then, he decided to take a desperate step: he called on God for help. Feeling new strength, he broke his wrist bones and cut off his hand with a penknife. After losing a lot of blood, he was able to get out of the canyon and meet with other tourists, who called him a helicopter. Ralston was hospitalized and rescued. His severed hand was pulled out from under the stone and buried.

For many people, God is a Higher Power

For example, ALBERT EINSTEIN, NOBEL PRIZE WINNER IN PHYSICS stated:

“Anyone who seriously engages in science comes to the realization that in the laws of nature a Spirit is manifested that is much higher than the human. A spirit in the face of which we, with our limited strength, must feel our own weakness”.

The existence of God was also argued by ERWIN SCHRÖDINGER, NOBEL PRIZE WINNER IN PHYSICS. He stated that “the experience of God is as real as direct sensory perception or the sense of one’s own individuality.”

How does a person communicate with God?

Science has discovered areas of the body in people that are responsible for communication with God.

God gene

A specific gene called vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) predisposes people to spiritual or mystical experiences. The idea was proposed by geneticist Dean Hamer in a 2004 book called The God Gene: How Faith is Built into Our Genes.The God gene was intoduced by geneticist Dean Hamer in a 2004 book called The God Gene: How Faith is Built into Our Genes. He proposes that human spirituality is influenced by heredity and that a specific gene, called vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2), predisposes humans towards spiritual or mystic experiences.

God hormone

Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a psychedelic hormone/neurotransmitter that exists in the human body naturally, an endogenous psychedelic (produced by the pineal gland during REM sleep,

Research by american doctor Rick Strassman suggested that the human brain releases large amounts of DMT from the pineal gland in the moments leading up to death or during the near-death experience. This explains the intense visual effects reported by people who have experienced clinical death or near-death experiences.

This hormone activates psychological activity for religious feelings and contacts with God or higher powers.

God Module

Neurologists at the University of California at San Diego located an area in the temporal lobe of the brain that produce intense feelings of spiritual transcendence combined with a sense of some mystical presence.

The “God spot” was thought to be the epicenter of the brain, disseminating feelings of spirituality, transcendence and a connection to God or a higher power. According to a new study, spirituality and religiosity may be tied to neural circuits within the periaqueductal gray (PAG) region of the brainstem.

Scientists have speculated that the human brain features a "God spot," one distinct area of the brain responsible for spirituality. Now, researchers have completed research that indicates spirituality is a complex phenomenon, and multiple areas of the brain are responsible for the many aspects of spiritual experiences.


Self-transcendence

American neuroscientist Andrew B. Newberg "discovered is that intensely focused spiritual contemplation triggers an alteration in the activity of the brain that leads one to perceive transcendent religious experiences as solid, tangible reality. In other words, the sensation that belivers call oneness with the universe." The orientation area requires sensory input to do its calculus. "If you block sensory inputs to this region, as you do during the intense concentration of meditation, you prevent the brain from forming the distinction between self and not-self," says Newberg. With no information from the senses arriving, the left orientation area cannot find any boundary between the self and the world. As a result, the brain seems to have no choice but "to perceive the self as endless and intimately interwoven with everyone and everything."

"The right orientation area, equally bereft of sensory data, defaults to a feeling of infinite space. The meditators feel that they have touched infinity.

Self-transcendence is a personality trait that involves the expansion or evaporation of personal boundaries. This may potentially include spiritual experiences such as considering oneself an integral part of the universe. Several psychologists, including Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, Pamela G. Reed, C. Robert Cloninger, Lars Tornstam, and Scott Barry Kaufman have made contributions to the theory of self-transcendence.


Great psychologist Viktor Francle’s self-transcendence

Finding himself in a concentration camp in terrible inhuman conditions, the Viktor Frankl began to analyze the behavior of guards and prisoners.

This helped him go beyond his inner world and mentally distance himself from what was happening.

Sometimes he imagined himself telling students and colleagues about his findings, and mentally talking with his wife.

He noted that in such a state of detachment, freedom of choice becomes possible.

A person suffering from a situation beyond his control can nevertheless choose how to respond to it. He can choose how to treat her.

This was his first experience of self-transcendence.

It was this inner ability that he later called “stubbornness of the spirit.”

He watched as everything human faded away in most prisoners. Frankl did a great deal of work in the camp, welcoming the arriving and frightened people, helping them cope with shock and despair with his experience of self-transcendence. Only those who were able to find a reason to fight, despite what was happening to their body and physical needs, survived. They survived, while those who were apparently more resilient gave up and died.


Self-Transcendence marathon

Founded by famous athlete, philosopher, social activist and meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy, the 3,100-mile Self-Transcendence Run grew out of his vision of the limitless potential of the human spirit. He aimed to inspire athletes to compete with and go beyond their limitations. People run this marathon for a month and a half without a break.

Hence the name “Self-Transcendence”, which is used by all runs conducted by the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team.

For many runners, this race is the best school of life, where to overcome extreme distances, it is necessary to develop and use internal reserves through meditation.


Neurotheology

The neuroscience of religion, also known as neurotheology and as spiritual neuroscience, attempts to explain religious experience and behaviour in neuroscientific terms. It is the study of correlations of neural phenomena with subjective experiences of spirituality and hypotheses to explain these phenomena. This contrasts with the psychology of religion which studies mental, rather than neural states.

Main research centers of neurotheology: Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre (RERC) at Oxford and Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (OCRPL) and Society for Phenomenology of Religious Experience (SPRE), European Society of NeuroTheology.

Nobel Academy set up International online network of neurotheologists-experimentators with different AIs.

Viktor Fersht. PhD

Professor

Institute of World Health Organisation programs implementation




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