Belief, religion & spirituality

Oxytocin May Enhance Feelings Of Spirituality

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In the study, men reported a greater sense of spirituality shortly after taking oxytoxin and a week later. Participants who took oxytocin also experienced more positive emotions during meditation, said lead author Patty Van Cappellen, a social psychologist at Duke.

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This would explain why the angry, vengeful, human-killing God of the Old Testiment is seen, by Christians, as a God of love. It gives them a chemical high. And that would make them drug addicts.
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That was definitive, next conclusion, people who breathe air feel more alive study shows.
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Combine oxytocin and testosterone and voila, the mysogynistic rise of the abrahimic religions.
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In other words spirituality is induced through the bodies natural ability to produce this chemical. So who we are as people is already decided before we are born.
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So just what is spirituality?
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LOVE.
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I read that this was only in men, is that true? I would think women feel love more strongly than men.
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On analyzing the genotypes of all participants, the researchers found that the link between oxytocin and enhanced spirituality was strongest for men who possessed a specific variant of the gene CD38 - a gene that is known to regulate the release of oxytocin in the hypothalamus.
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Men who received oxytocin were more likely to say that spirituality was important in their lives at the time of the study and also one week later, compared with those who received the placebo. This finding held even after the researchers took into account participants' emotions at the start of the study, and whether they belonged to an organized religion.
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Researchers found that those who received oxytocin were more likely to report feeling that spirituality was important in their lives and that life has meaning and purpose. They were also more likely to give higher ratings to statements like, “All life is interconnected” and “There is a higher plane of consciousness or spirituality that binds all people.
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Researchers found that those who received oxytocin were more likely to report feeling that spirituality was important in their lives and that life has meaning and purpose. They were also more likely to give higher ratings to statements like, “All life is interconnected” and “There is a higher plane of consciousness or spirituality that binds all people.
Is this getting high? What are the effects coming from.
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Isn't this a hormone we produce?
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Furthermore, men who received oxytocin were more likely to say they were interconnected with other individuals and living things, compared with those who received the placebo.

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The hormone oxytocin is perhaps best known for its role in feelings of love and social bonding. But a new study suggests it's involved in feelings of spirituality as well.
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To test how oxytocin might influence spirituality, researchers administered the hormone to one group and a placebo to another. Those who received oxytocin were more likely to say afterwards that spirituality was important in their lives and that life has meaning and purpose. This was true after taking into account whether the participant reported belonging to an organized religion or not.
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Study subjects also participated in a guided meditation. Those who received oxytocin reported experiencing more positive emotions during meditation, including awe, gratitude, hope, inspiration, interest, love and serenity.

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Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs.

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