God and The Brain.
Technology is catching up fast with the mystics of old. With deliberate brain change still remaining firmly in the realm of the mystics and occultists, neurotheology has enabled a new generation to discover brain change technologies. Already at our disposal we have the much maligned approaches of inner explorations such as entheogens (ayahuasca etc), chemical inducers (ketamine, extracted salvia divinorum, LSD), light and sound machines, electrical neurostimulators, ritual and meditative exercises and sensory deprivation (floatation tanks).
For the NLPer to do something simple as a submodality change is to perform an action fairly rare on this planet - he/she deliberately engages their brain to bring about a deliberate and directionalised change in conscousness.
It is unfortunate that most drug users are merely getting drunk on a different drug without much of an idea how to "turn on" and deliberate brain change is still intimately associated with "brain washing". Frequently, the action of deliberately changing consciousness is actually an illegal act, depending on the means by which it is brought about.. We still have not achieved the right to internal freedom.
Neurotheology as a field has opened up an entire new area by localising specific spiritual experiences to neuro-function and specific neuro-anatomy. Neurotheology is entirely compatible with religious belief and experience, as Ramachandran suggests, God may have made these structures so we may better experience Him. A theme well explored in the film "Contact" with Jodie Foster and definately worth viewing.
Persinger's work has implicated specific structures with regards to spiritual experiences and even such phenomena as hauntings.
and The Brain
Todd Murphy's site showcasing the Shakti magnetic stimulation helmet and work by Michael Persinger, packed with authoritive articles on all aspects of God and the brain.
Neurotheology and Cognitive Liberty
Collection of interesting articles.
Nicely presented site on all things related to God-consciousness - music, drugs, mysticism etc.
Neurotheology: Which came first, God or The Brain?
Nice student article on the Serendip site by Charlotte Ford.