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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
Labels for Similar Experiences
  • Spiritual
  • Mystical
  • Epiphany
  • Transcendent
  • Numinous
  • Samadhi
triggers of mystical experience
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.

mystical transcendent experiences
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

changes in value ranking
Changes in Value Ranking

MEN WOMEN

Before After | Before After

Wealth Spirituality | 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