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By Jordan Paper

Explores the human event of mysticism and appears at it in the religious traditions round the world.

The mystic, 0, or void experience—the ecstatic disappearance of self besides every thing else—is thought of by means of those that have had it to be the main appealing, comfortable, optimistic, profound, and critical adventure in their lives. supplying either a descriptive and a comparative point of view, this publication explores the mystic adventure throughout cultures as either a human and cultural occasion. The booklet starts and ends with descriptions of the author’s personal mystical studies, and appears at self-reported reports by means of people who don't hyperlink their reviews to a non secular culture, to figure out features of this common human experience.

These features are in comparison to statements of stated mystics in diversified non secular traditions. The mystic adventure can be positioned inside different ecstatic spiritual reviews to tell apart it from comparable, yet particular, stories corresponding to lucid desires, shamanism, and mediumism. Jordan Paper is going directly to examine how the mystic adventure has been thought of in quite a few fields, akin to sociology, psychology, anthropology, biology, and comparative spiritual studies.

Jordan Paper is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York college and affiliate Fellow on the Centre for experiences in faith and Society on the college of Victoria. He has written numerous books, together with delivering Smoke: The Sacred Pipe and local American faith and The chinese language means in faith, moment variation (coedited with Laurence G. Thompson).

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The Mystic Experience: A Descriptive and Comparative Analysis

Explores the human adventure of mysticism and appears at it in the non secular traditions around the globe. The mystic, 0, or void experience—the ecstatic disappearance of self in addition to every little thing else—is thought of by means of those that have had it to be the main appealing, pleased, optimistic, profound, and important event in their lives.

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Abd al-Karim ibn Hawazin al-Qushayri, who lived a century after Junayd, writes of effacement and union: For anyone grounded in the real, none of this is difficult. When effacement comes to dominate a person, however, he has no knowledge, no reason, no understanding, and no sense. (Sells, Early 115) But if he is snatched from all regard of creation, uprooted from his own self, utterly removed from perceiving any “other” through the sovereign power of reality when it appears and seizes him, that is union of union.

This will assist in understanding the unique character of the mystic experience. This page intentionally left blank. 3 The Varieties of Ecstatic Experience Reading through the thousands of self-reports contained in the Religious Experience Research Centre’s archives, described in the preceding chapter, one encounters a panoply of ecstatic religious experiences, virtually all the types of experiences had by those of British and related cultures in the twentieth century. The following sketch of these experiences is but intended to place the mystic experience in the context of ecstatic religious experiences in general.

Castaneda claimed these imaginary narratives to be participant-observation ethnological studies, and they were enormously influential on those seeking alternatives to traditional Western modes of religion (see de Mille). , The Jivaro) published his Hallucinogens and Shamanism in 1973 that, along with the research of a number of others, confirmed the relationship between psychoactive plants and shamanism. ” Harner’s approach was not to utilize psychoactive substances but drumming and guided imagery.

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