Yesterday my friend Anita Moorjani, the author of Dying to be Me, had an amazing conversation live on Facebook, which was recorded and which you can watch here:
During our chat, Anita described having experienced all five during and after her NDE.
But these are also the identical descriptions I get from people who regularly meet in Power of Eight® groups. And now I know why.
Several years ago, I worked with neuroscientist Dr Stephanie Sullivan on a study of brain-wave of participants in Power of Eight® groups. For our study we had student volunteers – all total novices who’d never even meditated before – and when we were done, we found something extraordinary.
The brain waves of people in Power of Eight® groups were nothing like those that get recorded during meditation.
Instead they showed evidence of immediate and major global brain changes – a highly significant decrease in activity in the right temporal lobes, the frontal lobes, and the right parietal lobes of our participants during the intention sessions.
The greatest changes occurred across the entire right parietal lobe of the brain—the part that distinguishes our sense of self from everything that is not self—the temporal lobes, including occipital region, which usually relates to vision—and the right frontal regions of the brain, those parts of the brain that are involved in negative thinking, fear, worry, and depression.
Amazingly, the brain waves of our participants resembled the very signatures of many of the groups Andrew Newberg has studied who experienced extreme altered states and mystical experiences.
They also showed evidence of greater brain coherence – an increase in communication between the different parts of the brain as though they were operating as a greater whole.
Participants also demonstrated reduced activity in the sensorimotor strip and association areas, the location for sensory and motor processing, the area of the brain that gives meaning to sensations.
This would suggest that the Power of Eight® members had entered another dimension in which they were far less aware of their immediate surroundings.
A moment of ecstasy
Our study suggests that the participants in Power of Eight® groups experience something akin to a moment of ecstasy, which is probably the reason they then go on to have spontaneous healing and other major transformations in their lives.
But unlike Newberg’s nuns, monks, or Sufis, the process doesn’t require hours of priming – or years of devoted practice to achieve that state.
As our study shows, participants enter into into this state within a few minutes of beginning a Power of Eight® group.
And unlike your typical religious or indigenous experiences, there are no mantras, no fasting, no self-denial or deprivation, no sweat lodge, no yoga or prostrations, no speaking in tongues, no icons, no ayahuasca.
In every case our participants had been transported into that state in an instant.
All you need – the only thing you need – is a small group and a common intention and you have a fast track to the miraculous.
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