Numerous subjects have participated in scientific research showing that OM has had remarkable benefits to their mental and physical health.
As new excitement around the practice of OM captivates researchers and scientists we will continue to share their clinical findings.
To date we have seen rigorous research point to profound outcomes, including:
Based on a study of over 125 pairs OM may:
- Increase happiness
- Reduce anger
- Increase closeness to self and others
- Increase amusement
- Lower anxiety
- Improve positive affect and decreased negative affect*
- Increase arousal
- Through secondary analysis it was discovered, people who reported early childhood sexual trauma were comparably more aroused than people who did not, contrary to most scientific literature
This could mean that OM is a potetnial intervention in sexual anorexia associated with trauma
*the emotions or feelings that we experience and display
Based on a study completed by Nicole Prause, a neuroscientist that specializes in sexual behavior :
- Increased closeness in both romantic and non-romantic pairs
- A higher level of post-OM closeness was seen in non-romantic partners
- Closeness may be a result of sharing in a positive experience
- Benefits, such as closeness, may be more sustainable if you practice OM more frequently
- Closeness can be improved after just one OM
1. Several areas of the brain alter in connectivty during OM and show similarities to meditation based practices.
Specifically, the OM cohort in one study had a change in functional connectivity in the left superior temporal lobe, the frontal lobe, anterior cingulate, insula.
For females, there were changes in the cerebellum, thalamus, inferior frontal lobe posterior parietal lobe, angular gyrus, amygdala and middle temporal gyrus, and prefrontal cortex.
In males, functional connectivity changes involved the supramarginal gyrus, cerebellum, and orbitofrontal gyrus, cerebellum, parahippocampus, inferior temporal gyrus, and anterior cingulate.
2. Neuroimaging study of OM shows brain patterns similar to a psychedelic therapy experience in the brain.
There are changes in the brain during OM that are similar to the brain changes seen with psychedelic therapy experiences such as changes in frontal and parietal lobe activity, along with changes in limbic function.
3. Neuroimaging study of OM shows brain patterns similar to a spiritual experience in the brain.
Areas of the brain involved with a sense of connectedness/oneness, intense emotions, and feelings of flow/surrender are affected in people who OM similar to brain changes in spiritual experiences.
Researchers found significant differences in functional brain connectivity when comparing participants in an active OM versus the control activity (a non-OM experience). OM led to changes in a long list of brain areas, including those associated with focus and flow, spatial representation of the self or self-transcendence and both meditation and sexual stimulation. Dr. Newberg, a leading researcher in neuroscience, notes the responses more closely resembled reactions to religious and spiritual practices than purely sexual experiences.
4. Both cortex and limbic areas of the brain are changed in OM.
There are a number of brain changes that occur in OM and these are likely associated with the spiritual elements of the practice.
5. Males and females show different brain changes in OM.
There are distinct changes in brain connectivity when comparing male and female particpants. This is most likely associated with the different roles each play during the practice. Although, some brain activity changes are expereinced by both male and female, regardless of role.
6. Females showed significant “at one” like patterns in the brain.
This means the female is in a peaceful state feeling a part of or connected to the universe, their partner and themselves.
7. Males showed “flow state” like patterns in the brain connectivity.
This means the males show a state that is generally associated with effortlessness, focused attention, suspension thoughts creating a positive experience of pleasantness and intrinsic motivation. A sense of being alert while letting go.
- More than half (62%) of OM practitioners report a mystical experience with the Johns Hopkins Mystical Experience Questionnaire (MEQ) test
- OM session shows similar MEQ results to a therapeutic dose of psilocybin*
- OM shows to have similar results to the second highest dose of psilocybin
- Johns Hopkins research has shown 60% of people who have mystical experiences from therapeutic psilocybin session recover from depression symptoms
- Therapeutic psychedelic sessions, increase MEQ measures and show efficacy in managing depression, addiction, anxiety, and resolving post trauma (PTSD)