Thanks for this, John.
I haven't seen Alexander's book, but the best book I know on the subject
is Michel Hulin's La Mystique sauvage, which catalogues all kinds of
mystical experiences from non-religious lay persons, with a view to coming
up with a phenomenology of mysticism. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of the
descriptions given coincide more or less completely with those of
> That is surely an annoying thing about Plotty. He has been There, and he
> makes repeated efforts to give us some idea of what it is like in Enn.
> 7, for example, chs 12, 15, or 35, but of course elsewhere as well.
> is normally the noetic realm, but it is clear that he occasionally made it
> to the One. There is an old article of Richard Wallis¹s, in the first of
> volumes of the Neoplatonic Society, that is still worth reading, Nous as
> Experience¹. I think that a comparison with modern attestations of
> near-death experiences¹ would be worth making. Has anyone come upon a
> curious book, Proof of Heaven¹ , by Dr. Eben Alexander, for example? His
> description of his adventures have something in common with Plotinus¹s
> experience, give or take some sillinesses. JMD
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