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Mystical Encounters with the Natural World
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Mystical Encounters with the Natural World: Experiences and Explanations

Paul Marshall

Abstract

The present study is devoted to mystical experiences of the natural world and the disparate ways in which they have been explained. Typically, these so-called ‘extrovertive mystical experiences’ are characterized by some combination of unity, deepened knowledge, sense of contact with reality, self-transcendence, altered time-experience, light, bliss, and love. The experiences are well represented in modern collections of spiritual testimonies, but unlike some other extraordinary experiences, they have received little sustained investigation in recent years. In Part I of the book, the experienc ... More

Keywords: extrovertive mystical experience, nature mysticism, spirituality, religious experience, theory, explanation, cosmic consciousness, divine presence, contextualism, nondual awareness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279432
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199279438.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Marshall, author
Independent scholar
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