Spirituality & The Brain
Magnetic Brain Stimulation, Déjà Vu, Death, God, Sex, Love, Neurotheology, & more
How understanding the Brain helps us understand Life after Death, Visions of God, Romantic Love, Enlightenment, Déjà Vu, and even Out Of Body Experiences
New Book: Déjà Vu & Other Spiritual Gifts (Click to see on Amazon.com)
By Neuroscientist Todd Murphy
Déjà Vu is a spiritual gift, and there are others waiting for you in the same place – your brain and mind. If you have Déjà Vu often, then you probably also have other gifts, like sensing presences when you’re alone, or tingling in your hands. It also gives simple instructions about how to open your psychic “sight”, go deeper into prayer, learn to heal by laying on hands, and other skills that use your spiritual gifts.
Sacred Pathways: The Brain’s Role In Religious and Mystic Experiences
By Neuroscientist Todd Murphy
By Todd Murphy
Foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama
Foreword by Dr. Michael A. Persinger
506 pages, paperback
See it HERE
A new integration of science and spirituality based on brain activity and human evolution. Sacred Pathways explains how the brain areas that support Near-Death Experiences are also the basis for mystic experience during our lives.
“Sacred Pathways is the Principia (“book of basic principles”) or (“first work”) of the scientific investigation of spiritual experiences. … Individuals who appoint themselves protectors of “true knowledge” may find this book disquieting.” – Dr. Michael A. Persinger
“In this book, Professor Todd Murphy recounts what he has discovered about the brain’s role in religious and mystic experience; findings that interested readers will no doubt find illuminating.” – His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
This site is the home of the only God Helmet
endorsed by Dr. Michael A. Persinger.
THE 8 COIL SHAKTI
Spiritual Technology for Altered States, Meditation Enhancement and Mood Enhancement
Designed for intense Altered States
Shakti uses magnetic fields to create mood enhancements, altered states, and to enhance meditation and other spiritual practices. Shakti’s magnetic fields carry signals derived from brain structures known to be involved with spirituality and to induce altered states of consciousness. The 8 Coil Shakti headset alternates this magnetic stimulation between two sets of magnetic coils, building momentum towards more intense experiences. It’s also for mood enhancement and meditation enhancement. Pricing >
Although Shakti is designed for altered states in general, it has been used successfully for these experiences and effects (follow the links to learn more):
NOTE: The 8 Coil Shakti replaced the (discontinued) Shakti Helmet, and is sometimes called by that name, even though it does not use a helmet shell.
SHIVA NEURAL STIMULATION (16 Coil System)
A Windows (PC) version of “The (circumcerebral) Octopus”, developed by Dr. Michael A. Persinger & Stan Koren and found to enhance psychic perception in laboratory studies. 16 Coils (fed by 8 channels) circulate magnetic signals around your head to dampen the ‘binding factor’ for consciousness. This ordinarily filters out magnetic information from the world around us, and inhibiting it can allow psychic perceptions to appear. MORE INFO
Shiva is the manufacturer’s recommended system for psychic work.
Note: The Shiva software has instructions for stripping down the Shiva system to an 8 Coil Shakti.
The Shiva System includes:
- The original Shiva for Windows software (for psychic skills)
- Software for “God Helmet” sessions
- The 8 Coil Shakti software, including the Feelgood session and…
- All sessions for the 2 and 4 Coil Shakti systems
- The magnetic signals used for the (now discontinued) Shakti Helmet
- Report from a Swiss institute using the Shiva System
- Search a scientific database for “Circumcerebral” to learn more
- Note: This configuration was used in the telepathy experiments discussed HERE
God Helmet is a nickname given to the Koren Helmet, developed by Stan Koren and Dr. M.A. Persinger. It has elicited spiritual, religious and paranormal experiences in the laboratory.
Shiva Neural Stimulation System includes software to duplicate the stimulation used in the famous God Helmet experiments in neurotheology. It’s included with the Shiva Neural Stimulation System. This is the only edition of the God Helmet® available to the public.
Endorsed by Dr. Michael A. Persinger
NOTE: “God Helmet” sessions require sensory deprivation, which includes silence. The quieter, the better.
The Original “Koren Helmet” Developed By Dr. Michael Persinger & Stan Koren:
Affordable starter unit. Less powerful, but still capable of interesting effects.
Do you do spiritual healing? If you do, would you donate a few minutes of your time for research?
Click Here to volunteer to help with this site
Listen to podcasts on religion and the brain.
Lectures on Spirituality, Religion and the Brain (with subtitles)
Dr. Persinger on a range of topics on YouTube (Daily routine, Psychotropic drugs, Koren helmet, A few philosophical comments, and more). His most popular online lecture is “No More Secrets“, about the “Octopus” experiments that demonstrated telepathic effects in the lab. Dr. Michael Persinger is a leading researcher in the field of neurotheology, the study of the brain’s role in religious and mystic experiences as well as religious belief.
Basic Reading in Neurotheology
A collection of articles: Spiritual Personality ~ Deja Vu ~ Romantic Love ~ Sexuality ~ Consciousness ~ Archetypes ~ Neuro-Meditations ~ Evolution ~ Near-Death Experiences ~ God ~ Enlightenment ~ “Seeing the Divine in Creation” ~ Sacred Lands ~ Free Spiritual Aptitude ~ Ghostbusting with Shakti ~ Reply to “Neuroscience for the Soul” ~ (off-topic) What Caused the Big Bang? (A Speculative hypothesis) ~ More
VISIONS PAGE – Look at pictures and images from the altered-state experiences of others. Send in your own.
New Research Tool:
The Whissel Dictionary of Affect in Language is a research tool that lets researchers quantify the “feeling” aspect of language. Until it was developed, there was no way to measure how people were feeling when they were speaking or writing. Now, its possible to measure the un-measureable, and turn collections of anecdotal evidence into hard evidence by using this cutting-edge scientific measuring tool. You can use it to assign meaningful numbers to people are feel (if you have their words in text form), without trying to force their free-flowing feelings into the narrow boxes of psychological questionnaires. Learn More about it Here, and Download it Here. It’s freeware. No payment or registration required.
I am a researcher, not a clinician. Neither I nor any products or services mentioned on this website diagnose or treat medical or psychiatric disorders. Credentials
The rest of this page is webmaster stuff.
This page was once at www.jps.net/brainsci