According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald entitled ‘Scientists Find Biological Reality Behind Religious Experience’, scientific research shows that when people pray and meditate things happen in their brains which give a sense of connectedness to a reality beyond themselves. Researchers have observed increases in what they call the theta brain wave, which calms the confused internal chatter of the higher conscious brain. Professor Andrew Newberg says that if people go far enough in their prayer and meditation they have ‘a complete dissolving of the self, a sense of union, a sense of infinite spacelessness.
But that’s no surprise to those of us for whom prayer and meditation is part of daily life. We know by experience the truth of what the Bible means when it says that it is in the stillness that we truly know God.