Infinitas     Thu, Mar 19, 2009  Permanent link
Awesome post. This is just one of the coincidences I just mentioned in the Hyperdimensional Obama thread.

I first became aware of this phenomenon while on a high dose of the psychedelic magic mushrooms. My understanding of how the universe works has been completely changed. I feel "awakened" to the great mystery of life. I have always pondered the mental capabilities of someone meditating on them. I believe that this is basically what shamans do when they ingest hallucinogenic substances, though I could be wrong, I don't have any first hand experience, and currently my meditation experience is lacking for me to test my ideas myself.

“All I can suggest to the mystic and the theologian is that our gods have been too small; they fill the universe. And to the scientist all I can say is that the gods do exist; they are the eternal, connected, and aware Self experienced by all intelligent beings.'
That is exactly what I believe! God is not some big dude with a beard, but rather an all-encompassing, meta-physical essence that we all can individually feel. "He" is what connects everything together within infinity, and possibly everything within higher dimensions.
statk     Tue, Apr 7, 2009  Permanent link
What's interesting about this article is it's talking about a rare moment of clairvoyance - a moment that is only made possible by the elimination of the thoughts that keep us engaged in the everyday and disconnected from the bigger picture.

However that is achieved, whether it is by physically removing oneself from a physical Earthly existence for a time or artificially inducing a less-traveled path within their mind, is not a matter of quantum physics. Being open to the experience and being able to see a larger perspective is clearly not limited to space travel, and I would argue that whatever data is recovered from Newberg's tests will be replicable under different conditions.
dan     Thu, Apr 23, 2009  Permanent link
I have most certainly experienced this, where, for a passing moment everything becomes completely and utterly comprehensible. Suddenly — and akin to zooming out in google maps/earth — I understood the interrelatedness of it all, and rather than feeling overwhelmed, felt a sense of calm confidence. It was good.

I would suggest that the God theory is one of a variety of options though. Could it simply be that when our bodies and brains are in harmony, we reach a greater level of understanding, and it feels greater than us because it is an unfamiliar feeling?