The Institute of OM Foundation (IOMF) is a non-profit research center focusing on peak state consciousness, arising from mystical states in the practice of OM. We are advancing eudaimonia and researching the improvements of OM in the areas of trauma, depression, and general health. View our research summary.

Sex, God and the Brain

How Sexual Pleasure Gave Birth to Religion & a Whole Lot More

A Zoom Event with Author Dr. Andrew Newberg, MD.

Thursday, Jun 27, 2024 | 11am PT / 2pm ET

Sex, God, and the Brain argues that our religious and spiritual experiences are directly connected to our sexual being. While others have speculated on a connection between religion and sex, Andrew is the first to demonstrate—with groundbreaking brain scan research gained through Orgasmic Meditation studies—that the underlying biological mechanism of religious, spiritual, and sexual experiences are identical.

Practitioners of OM have long known the health benefits; scientists and researchers are taking note. IOMF seeks to support further scientific research focused on the practice of OM and its impact on the brain, body and spirit.

The OM Science Library

Scientific Efforts and Clinical Findings

Many people have participated in scientific studies showing that OM has benefits to their mental and physical health.

Researchers Remark on OM


“Future studies will focus on the impact of OM on reducing signs of aging including mental agility, alertness and focus.”

— Andrew Newberg, MD


“Early studies show that in only 15 minutes, OM can provide improved connection and closeness.”

— Nicole Prause, PhD


“Brain activity in OM practitioners is more similar to meditation than sex.”

— Andrew Newberg, MD


“OM may allow practitioners to access similar brain and meditation states attained by advanced Tibetan Buddhists.”

— Greg Siegle, PhD


“Current research suggests OM may improve eudaimonic well-being.”

— Caroline Griggs, PharmD


“OM can reduce cravings for extended periods.”

— Reese Jones

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