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Labels for Similar Experiences. Spiritual Mystical Epiphany Transcendent Numinous Samadhi . Triggers of Mystical Experience. Prayer and meditation; Natural beauty; Depression and despair- chronic illness; Religious worship [ see www.alisterhardytrust.org.uk ]

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Labels for Similar Experiences

  • Spiritual

  • Mystical

  • Epiphany

  • Transcendent

  • Numinous

  • Samadhi


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Triggers of Mystical Experience

  • Prayer and meditation;

  • Natural beauty;

  • Depression and despair- chronic illness;

  • Religious worship [seewww.alisterhardytrust.org.uk]

  • Fasting- Jesus in wilderness, vision quests

  • Drugs

  • Childbirth, organism, near death (closes off outside and brings total focus on inside)

    Hardy, Sir AlistairThe Spiritual Nature of Man: A study of contemporary religious experience, (Clarendon Press, 1979), p. 26-29.


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Mystical/Transcendent Experiences

  • Split into two broad subtypes by Levin:

    • Green (transitory, ecstatic and varying in intensity)

    • Mature (long-lasting, enduring serenity eg samadhi [purposely cultivated- meditation, shamanism]

      J. Levin, “Transcendence” in Explore 2005


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Changes in Value Ranking

MENWOMEN

Before After | Before After

WealthSpirituality | Family Growth

Adventure Personal peace| Independence Self-esteem

Achieve Family | Career Spirituality

Pleasure God’s will | Fitting in Happiness

N=58

Quantum Change: when epiphanies and insights transform lives, by William Miller, 2001, page 131


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