Study Of The Spirit
The bible speaks about the subject in many different ways, as being the language of Angels, as praying in the spirit or as unknown languages. Christians tend to describe the practice as submitting control, allowing God to flow through them with repetitive speech patterns and vocal utterances. But a recent study performed by Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have made some interesting, yet unsurprising conclusions about what praying in the spirit, or praying in tongues actually does to different areas of brain activity.
The study results seem to indicate that whatever the manifestation may be, it is a very real phenomenon. The things people conclude they are experiencing, the study shows is, in fact, real.“The amazing thing was how the images supported people’s interpretation of what was happening,” said Dr. Andrew B. Newberg, leader of the study team. Contrary to what common perception may be, the studies suggest that people who speak in tongues rarely suffer from mental problems. In fact a recent study of nearly 1,000 evangelical Christians in England found that those who engaged in the practice were more emotionally stable than those who did not.
Ms. Morgan Co-Author of the study described the phenomenon, “You’re aware of your surroundings,” she said. “You’re not really out of control. But you have no control over what’s happening. You’re just flowing. You’re in a realm of peace and comfort, and it’s a fantastic feeling.”
Researchers from the study took brain images of five women while they spoke in tongues and found that their frontal lobes — the thinking, willful part of the brain through which people control what they do — were relatively quiet, as were the language centers.
In earlier studies they also looked at images of Buddhist Monks meditating and Fransiscan Nuns praying, both of which were noticeably different from what happens to tongues speakers.
For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit
-1 Corinthians 14:2
Article: New York Times