Scientific American has a great article on scientific research being done to determine what happens in the human brain during a mystical experience. Some call it "neurotheology." Religious feelings and epilepsy have long been studied but there is more. Scientists are particularly interested in brain activity of people who experience peace, serenity and a sense of union with all things in the world. It is hoped that the parts of the brain which are activated during deeply spiritual experiences can be replicated by scientists because of all the benefits of meditation.
(oh gosh, i know what many of you are thinking and I am thinking too... but the article is quite interesting. -Liz)