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Mystical Encounters with the Natural WorldExperiences and Explanations$
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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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Sex, Drugs, and Beethoven?

Sex, Drugs, and Beethoven?

Circumstances and Consequences

(p.82) 3 Sex, Drugs, and Beethoven?
Mystical Encounters with the Natural World

Paul Marshall (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Extrovertive mystical experiences occur under a variety of circumstances. Beautiful nature scenery and psychological distress are common, whilst other circumstances, such as childbirth and sleep, are reported less often. More controversially, sex and drugs seem to be able to trigger genuine extrovertive experiences, and near-death experience can have extrovertive contents. The after-effects of extrovertive experience are often beneficial, but there can also be difficulties. Re-adjustment to ordinary life can be problematic. Communication issues are liable to arise: there can be a taboo on discussion of the experiences, and the ineffability of mystical experience, if only partial in the case of extrovertive experience, can make description difficult.

Keywords:   circumstances, triggers, mysticism, nature, love, meditation, spiritual practice, literature, music, distress

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