The Mystical Brain

(Neuroscientists probe the brain to explore its spiritual aspects and to investigate the existence of the soul.)

Is there a mystical dimension to the human brain?  Can science prove the existence of the soul?  Canadian neuorscientists at the University of Montreal under Dr. Mario Beauregard, co-author of the book “The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul,” think so.Facsimile of "The Spiritual Brain" by Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary  

They are seeking to understand the states of grace experienced by mystics and those who meditate. They perform brain imaging scans of Carmelite nuns and Buddhist monks who have been doing meditation regularly for a considerable part of their lives.  

Filmmaker Isabelle Raynauld presents their scientific research which suggests that mystical ecstasy is a transformative experience and could contribute to people’s psychic and physical health, treat depression, and speed up the healing process when combined with conventional medicine.

View the fascinating documentary “The Mystical Brain,” which features the groundbreaking research of Dr. Beauregard and his associates.

Mystical Brain Film Documentary Graphic

Learn more about the connection between science and mysticism at our page The Science Connection.

            “Science, at its very best,
            is very spiritual.”

(From the documentary The Mystical Brain.)

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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4 Responses to The Mystical Brain

  1. Thea says:

    Reblogged this on New Agey Babble and commented:
    We started on an audio book last week while driving, called The Spiritual Brain. It seems interesting and right up my alley of the brain and spirituality, but the first few sections seem a bit too lopsided and biased. The author finds it necessary to obsessively put down the extreme materialist viewpoint we find in most science/society, and as a result comes off as extremist himself. Why can’t both material and spiritual approaches be relevant and helpful?


    • You asked: “Why can’t both material and spiritual approaches be relevant and helpful?”

      It seems that the two approaches (the material-scientific and the spiritual-mystical) are still in the process of converging, of coming together, of complementing each other, harmonizing and, maybe, fully integrating at some point in the future. It is good enough for us presently to see how science is beginning to share the same vistas as mysticism. The human race has gone a long, long way, from the unscientific, anthropocentric belief that Earth is the center of the universe to the concept of an infinite multiverse suggested by theoretical physics and cosmology.

      Nonetheless, I personally believe that both approaches are being relevant and helpful in the sense that they are beginning to cause us to look at the same quadrant of the night sky. The scientific approach is gradually weaning us away from a reality of pure matter only. In fact, we are just learning that the “matter” we are familiar with in our universe is less than 10% of all there is, with dark energy and dark matter dominating the reality of our universe. Much is unseen — an unseen subtler reality — something that mysticism has been hinting at for ages.

      The two approaches are far from being married. They are in a state of ongoing romance and courtship that provide us with much fascination in the meantime. Perhaps, there may never be a marriage between the two: Perhaps it is the very nature of our existence to be a never-ending source of infinite mysteries and eternal fascination. 😉


      • Thea says:

        Thank you for the long reply, Marc! Yes I think you are right, and of course we should be grateful science has gotten this far, all the way from the earth being flat! I just never understand why it always has to be one or the other, as if both are mutually exclusive. This is why I greatly admire modern Buddhist curiosity and participation in science, as well as the catholic church’s interest there.


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