I propose to complete a series of connected essays on faith, using personal narrative and new findings from neuropsychology and neurotheology. Specifically, I am interested in how scientists physically measure and interpret the subtleties of spiritual experience. I call these "braided" essays - each strand tells its own story but together the individual sections work together to create a larger story. I draw on my background as a poet, relying heavily on juxtaposition and metaphor to understand and interpret scientific research. I use my skill as a narrative artist; storytelling is essential when leaping, as I do in these essays, among seemingly disparate topics and moving back and forth from the personal to the objective. What excites me most about this work is combining research on neuroplasticity (how the brain grows and changes, specifically through the lens of prayer and meditation) and personal anecdotes from my own faith explorations.