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Sacred Places: How the Living Earth Seeks Our Friendship

Swan, James A.

 In the Foreword, James Lovelock descibes a type of EHE he calls "a sense of presence. Not extrasensory, but something perceived by one's senses that can be neither seen, heard, nor felt in the usual way. It would be easy to attribute to this sensation the recognition of something sacred. A momentary contact with some entity larger and outside of the mind" (p.11). The purpose of this well-illustrated volume, in the words of the author, "is to examine the concept of what constitutes a sacred place in nature, and what the modern relevance and value of natural sacred places to humankind as a whole" (p. 39). There is a chapter on Native American sacred places followed by one on mystical or transcendent experiences and a discussion of the sacred place as a trigger of such experiences. Swan describes several varieties of sacred experiences (a form of EHE) associated with sacred places. In an Epilogue, he gives advice on how to visit a sacred place. An appendix consists of a directory of sacred places in the U.S.
Publisher Information:Santa Fe, NM: Bear, 1990. 236p. Chap. bibl; Directory: 225-232; 2 figs; 40 illus; Index: 234-236; 1 table
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