Science meeting spirituality is key and something that is long overdue. The science behind various types of Expanded-Reality Experiences and Peak ExperiencesEncompass a range of phenomena which generally involve seconds to minutes in which one feels the highest levels of peace, connectedness, happiness, harmony and possibility. They often are pivotal moments in a person’s life and are often associated with key insights, waves of understanding, and/or thought balls (voluminous packages of thought that need to be rolled out by the brain in real time in order to be fully expressed on this physical planeThis plane of existence, the physical world or physical universe.) , which are generally integrative in nature (a sense of meaning comes from finding a form of unity and from putting the right things together in the right order). Peak Experiences deeply enhance one’s creative, intellectual, visionary or integrative understanding and/or capabilities. They can serve as useful tools for one’s spiritual adventures or journeys. allows a quantum leap in human understanding of ourselves and our universe. Science and spirituality can combine (rather than conflict) to open new vistas (and provide self-actualization resulting in enhanced/optimal brain and neurologic function). Neuroscience meeting physics to expand and enhance each other is also key. Both neuroscience and physics need to evolve into the 21st century and beyond. They are both slowed by the inertia of outdated and limited concepts and paradigms. Until these disciplines incorporate what are now thought of as largely spiritual and metaphysical dimensions, our models will only be able to account for the most materialistic and mundane aspects of our existence and will miss many of the most important aspects of life and existence.
David Wiebers, M.D.