"..unknown state of consciousness during prayer"
- [Interfax's translation should read "consciousness" rather
Russian Scientists discovered earlier unknown state of conscience
Moscow, September 1, Interfax - Moscow scientists discovered
scientific basis for the changes that can happen in human life after
The series of unique experiments were held in laboratory of neuro-
and psychophysiology in the famous `Bekhterevka' - the St. Petersburg
Bekhterev psyconeurological institute, Komsomolskaya Pravda weekly
issue reports Thursday.
`We registered an amazing phenomena after making dozens of brain
processes encephalograms during prayer', head of the Institute's
laboratory professor Valery Slezin says.
The paper reminds that till now science has known three basic states
of brain: vigilance, `quick' and `slow' sleep. Slezin's experiments
disclosed another state -'prayer' vigilance. The cerebral cortex
seems to cut off, but a person continues to receive information
bypassing his thought processes and analysis.
`It seems to me, - continues Slezin, - though I cannot prove it, that
conscience begins to exist outside the body'.
He thinks that `prayer' vigilance when the brain is in a `baby's
state is necessary for us like all other states'. If our life lacks
it, the harmony of our body is misbalanced and sickness appears.
`It is not without reason that the Gospel says: be like children and
you will be saved. During prayer the pathological links between the
neurons are disconnected, man relaxes, and stops thinking about his
illness. What is the more important, he becomes free from the fear of
falling ill', professor said.