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Mystical Encounters with the Natural World: Experiences and Explanations

Paul Marshall


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


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Paul Marshall, author
Independent scholar
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