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The sacred conjunction of all religions and faiths
on 5 July 2001
If you are interested in the subject of religious thought and experience, this book will take you on the most unexpected journey. From the experience of nirvana to the consciousness of the presence of God, from Tantric Sex Yoga to the Catholic Mass, this book shows the common neurobiological roots of religious experience and their links to myth, ritual, mind, self and modern scientific thought.
This book explains in layman's terms the process by which the brain gives birth to all religious experience and explains in a simple and easy to understand way how religions and the myths and rituals which accompany them come to be established. The examples used (both actual and hypothetical) are excellently chosen and the authors demonstrate how religious thinking has been part and parcel of human experience from the dawn of humanity and why, despite the so called 'triumph of reason', it is likely to continue to be so.
They also show that religious belief and experience is not necessarily the sign of an unhealthy psyche (as was thought in the early part of the 20th century) but may in fact be a sign of above average mental health and can be and is accompanied by a corresponding improvement in overall physical health as well.
In pinpointing the commonality of religious experience, the book also points the way to a deeply spiritual approach to life accompanied by an equally deep tolerance of other means of obtaining this experience. In short 'all roads lead to .......'!
Finally, the authors lead the readers to the very lip of the abyss and invite them to look over. Religious experience is a neurobiological event but for human beings all experiences are neurobiological events. Therefore, is religious experience any less real than any other experience? The authors daringly suggest that religious experience might even be more real, for unlike dreams and hallucinations which once past reveal themselves for what they are and even unlike our waking reality, religious experience has a concrete quality which is beyond denial in those who feel it.
The conclusion they leave to the reader.