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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (September 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061095044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061095047
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Morse, a pediatrician who wrote with Perry the popular Closer to the Light and Transformed by the Light, offers what he believes to be a new understanding of spiritual experience, one that comes from his study of near-death experiences, or NDEs. His observation of hundreds of critically ill children who've survived NDEs leads him to conclude that these children are spiritually more settled than others: "They trust their intuitions and feel they can connect again with the divine presence they saw when they nearly died." Drawing on scientific evidence, Morse details how the right temporal lobe of the brain, or the "God spot," enables people to develop their sense of self and find greater fulfillment: "As one child who nearly died of bacterial meningitis described it, 'It's the light that told me who I was and where I was to go.'" The concludes that prayer would be the most likely means by which a well person could stimulate the right temporal lobe. Once a self-described mainstream-medical skeptic, Morse decides to test his theory ("I included in my prayer that I had to have the answer within a twenty-four-hour period. That way there would be a clear end point, and I wouldn't have to wonder if events during the next several days could be interpreted as God's answer to my question"). Though exuberant in sharing his beliefs, Morse also demonstrates the restraint of a veteran man of science, which will help to make his claims more convincing to those who consulted his earlier works. Agent, Nat Sobel. (Sept.)
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From years of working with children who have had near-death experiences, Morse knows that mystical occurrences have a profound and positive effect on people's lives. He and Perry have written two previous books on this subject, and here take a scientific approach to understanding our relationship with God by focusing on the brain's right temporal lobe. Morse believes that this portion of the brain interfaces directly with the universe, and calls it the "God Spot." An area of unlimited potential, the right temporal lobe, the authors explain, is receptive to information found in patterns of energy emanating from the universal mind. The source of intuition and psychic talents, this area is latent in most people because these abilities have been dismissed as superstition and overruled by the left brain, or rational mind. The authors do not attempt to prove or explain how the "God Spot" works, but they do give many examples of how this area can be stimulated, not just through mystical experiences, but also deliberately, through simple, time-honored acts such as prayer and meditation, with inspiring results. David Siegfried
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128 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
'Learning to listen to our inner voice is what this book is allabout.' ' . . . We are just starting to learn how to use it.'
This book combines the perspectives of science and spirituality to consider what right temporal lobe stimulation in the brain is really accomplishing. The best part of the book is that it goes on to propose daring new hypotheses about the nature of the mind and reality. I look forward to future experiments designed to test these hypotheses.
Dr. Morse is a pediatrician whose young patients have often experienced near death. These young people report important spiritual events associated with their near-death experiences. These spiritual experiences include speaking with dead relatives, seeing themselves in out-of-body experiences as the doctors work on them, going through tunnels into another world, and meeting religious figures. When one of his patients asks Dr. Morse what the purpose of these spiritual events is, the question sets Dr. Morse to thinking. The results of that investigation are found in this book.
One of the reasons that the question intrigued him is that he had noticed that these patients seemed to develop an improved balance in their lives that improved the quality of their lives afterwards. This quality of life often meant having better health, happier times, closer relations with others, eating healthier foods, and exercising more.
What he has come to appreciate is that near-death experiences are simply spiritual experiences that anyone can have without having to almost die. ' . . . We have the biological potential to interact with the universe at any time during our lives.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Coolidge on February 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most enlightening books on mystical, or spiritual, experiences and their meanings I have read. The approach Dr. Morse takes is extremely humane, sensitive, and honest. He manages in an interesting and meaningful way to examine near-death experiences, healings, apparitions, and other unexplained phenomenon in terms of the human brain. It seems our brains may at times function in a particular way to connect us with realities we normally are not aware of.
I had enjoyed reading Dr. Morse's previous books, where he related the stories of children's near-death experiences, and described the evidence of the transforming nature of these experiences. In this book, Dr. Morse goes much further in developing his theory of the importance of the right temporal lobe in allowing us to experience the external reality of these experiences.
As a speech-language pathologist, I know a little something about the brain and how it works. The right hemisphere of the brain processes information very differently from the left. We have generally known a great deal more about the left hemisphere, which is where our language center is in most people. However, what Dr. Morse has to say about the right hemisphere and its possible role in NDEs and other experiences connecting us to a "universal memory", or mind, makes a great deal of sense, especially to anyone who has ever had even a minor extra-sensory type of experience.
I especially enjoyed Dr. Morse's personal stories in this book. It was brave and honest, and made the book real to me. After all, one of the big questions raised to him has been, "What is the good in having a near-death experience, anyway?" I appreciated that Dr. Morse attempted to apply some of the lessons he learned to his own life. It made a poignant story.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By ALLISON MORSE on February 17, 2001
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My husband's book describes the secrets of living that he learned from studying children who had near death experiences. He used these secrets to get himself off of five medicines for asthma and high blood pressure, heal his own life threatening illness, and discover his own spirituality for the first time. I have seen him transformed over the years from an arrogant critical care physician who thought he knew everything to a gentle man willing to spend an extra minute with a patient, or an extra hour helping a grieving parent.
His studies document that there is an area in our brain which allows us to communicate with god. This is the same area responsable for intution, telepathy, remote viewing and mind-body healing. He has discovered that there are real angels guiding our lives. He presents a case of a well documented miraculous cure of one of his own patients who had a fatal liver disease, a cure facilitated by spiritual intervention.
His book is oddly practical. He shares with us extremely moving stories of children who have faced death, and learns from them that the secrets of living are to pay off our credit card debt, give money to charity, and to go jogging in the morning with our 12 year old son.
My husband shares with the readers his own spiritual experience, something I was shocked to learn that he had. He had never discussed it with even his own family. He is the sort of guy who watches football on Sundays and likes to say that he doesn't have a spiritual bone in his body. When I asked him about it, he said he wanted to share his experience with his readers because "if I can learn to use my right temporal lobe to have a spiritual vision, anyone can learn to use it. Why wait until we die to have the experience?".
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