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The Spiritual Brain

Neurological perspectives on spirituality and experience

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The Spiritual Brain : Neurological perspectives on spirituality and experience

What is spirituality? What is the neurological nature of spiritual experience? Kenneth Heilman discusses the different areas of the brain, which function in ways that are conducive to spiritual experience of various types.
Brain, Spirituality

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Levik Dubov February 20, 2015

Heilman essentially makes the case that Hisbodedus - what he refers to as sensory seclusion - leads to Hisbobenus - contemplation and a strong sense of the spiritual. His notions on religion, though unconventional to Judaism, are in fact correct in the sense that people are prone to creating narratives to suit their intuitions. He skips the central basis of Torah - that of Sinaic Revelation by the masses, with immense sensory feedback - but that only helps to anchor Torah-true Judaism as the only non-biased word standing. Once we have that premise, the notion of contemplating on the verses and their contemporary works is the starting point for both Nev'uah (prophecy) and Chassidus Chabad; attaining Divine inspiration through cognitive process). Reply

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