The Ecstatic Journey: The Transforming Power of Mystical Experience

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Ballantine Books, 1997 - Religion - 323 pages
"In this rich and deeply personal book, Burnham describes her own arduous and momentous journey into mystical awareness - the rowing toward God, as she calls it. That journey began with a subtle, unnamed longing, passed through various stages of prayer and spiritual awareness, and broke open in a single transformative moment at the ancient Peruvian site of Machu Picchu. Threaded through her own story, Burnham gives us scores of first-hand accounts of mystical encounters as recorded by ordinary people today, as well as by saints, seers, ecstatics, and holy men and women of every faith." "In addition, Burnham delves into the physical side of mystical experience - levitation, elevated body temperature, psychic ability - and warns against an overemphasis on such powers. She also describes the age-old practices that invite mystical experience - prayer and fasting, meditation, ascetic discipline - and points out the landmarks that one passes on this extraordinary spiritual journey."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Contents

Fairy Tales
28
Drunks and Bums and Saints
49
The Revelation on Machu Picchu
67
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About the author (1997)

Sophy Burnham, mother of two grown daughters, grew up in Maryland. The award-winning author of ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers, The Art Crowd and A Book of Angels, she is best known for her speaking and writing on angels and the spiritual dimension. She has written prize-winning works for both children and adults--novels, plays, films, articles, essays, and investigative journalism. Her work has been translated into twenty languages.

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