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The etheric place: Notes on finding the supernatural at the boundaries of sleep

Powell, Adam; Cook, Christopher C.H.

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Whilst conducting qualitative studies with both Christians who report hearing supernatural voices and Spiritualists who report ‘clairaudience’, we have encountered numerous instances of what appeared to be hypnagogic and hypnopompic experiences being deemed spiritual by our participants. Taking place at the boundary between wakefulness and sleep, these occurrences involve voices, visions, and tactile phenomena. We note that they also seem to have common characteristics that may distinguish them from other reported spiritual or religious experiences: 1) Clear and external aurality when involving voices, 2) Ambiguous messages or initial meanings, and 3) Later attribution to a supernatural agent.

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Powell, A., & Cook, C. C. (2021). The etheric place: Notes on finding the supernatural at the boundaries of sleep. Journal for the study of religious experience, 6(1), 45-51

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 7, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 8, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Sep 7, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 20, 2021
Journal Journal for the study of religious experience.
Publisher Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre (RERC), University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 1
Pages 45-51
Keywords spiritualism; clairaudience; hypnagogia; dreams; attribution
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1262273
Publisher URL https://rerc-journal.tsd.ac.uk/index.php/religiousexp/article/view/81

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