a universalistic biopsychosocial framework for Spiritual experience
Putting up a quote from the writings of Michael Winkleman, Ph.D., who was interviewed extensively in my film...just to give a taste of the complexities at issue and the reveals that are important — for ourselves and for our civilization...
FROM NEURONS TO NIRVANA: THE GREAT MEDICINES
"Cross-cultural studies establish the universality of shamanic practices in hunter-gatherer societies around the world and across time. These universal principles of shamanism reflect underlying neurological processes and provide a basis for an evolutionary theology. The shamanic paradigm involves basic brain processes, neurognostic structures, and innate brain modules. This approach reveals that universals of shamanism such as animism, totemism, soul flight, animal spirits, and death-and-rebirth experiences reflect fundamental brain operations and structures of consciousness. The shamanic paradigm can contribute to a reconciliation of scientific and religious perspectives by providing a universalistic biopsychosocial framework that explicates the biological underpinnings of spiritual experiences and practices and provides a basis for neurotheology and evolutionary theology approaches."