Dreitcer Quoted in "Spirituality & Health" Magazine

Comments by Andy Dreitcer are highlighted in an article for “Spirituality & Health” magazine about neuroscientific perspectives on how ritual functions in religions.

“The use of movement, scent, repetition of mantra or singing, and rhythmic breathing: ‘These appear again and again,” [Dreitcer] says, perhaps because they evoke a “neurophysiology that really responds to intimacy.” When one examines these practices, Dreitcer [continues], “they do the same thing in humans no matter who they are or what the context.’ And this relaxed, focused state might be a doorway to spiritual growth, he says. “If you have that capacity to pay attention without condemning ― even unconsciously ― it opens up all kinds of possibilities.'”