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Paul Marshall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199279438.001.0001

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‘Being All, Knowing All, Loving All’

‘Being All, Knowing All, Loving All’


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Mystical Encounters with the Natural World

Paul Marshall (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The classic characterizations of extrovertive mystical experience by R. M. Bucke, Rudolf Otto, W. T. Stace, and R. C. Zaehner are summarized and their limitations exposed. The author proceeds to give a more nuanced description of extrovertive phenomenology, based on his study of a large number of mystical accounts. Several kinds of extrovertive unity are distinguished, and details are given of other notable characteristics: self-transcendence, expansive knowledge, all-encompassing love, visual and auditory phenomena, altered time-experience, presences and realities, somatic phenomena, paranormal phenomena, and fusion of characteristics, including synaesthesia. The experiences are often uplifting, but there can be disturbing features too, especially in cases associated with drugs, mental breakdown, and kundalini arousal.

Keywords:   Bucke, Otto, Stace, Zaehner, unity, God, reality, body, kundalini, paranormal

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