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The Iranian MetaphysicalsExplorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny$
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Alireza Doostdar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163772

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.001.0001

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Cosmic Mystics

Cosmic Mystics

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(p.145) 15 Cosmic Mystics
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The Iranian Metaphysicals
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Alireza Doostdar

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.003.0017

This chapter deals with Cosmic Mysticism. The popularity of Cosmic Mysticism in Iran should be understood within the context of spiritual-therapeutic movements that have proliferated since the early 1990s, a development that is in turn connected to significant economic and social shifts in the years following the end of the 1980–1888 war with Iraq. A dual process of economic and cultural liberalization enabled the rise of alternative spiritual models that encouraged entrepreneurship, material ambition, and self-realization while lessening restrictions on publishing. Alternative spiritual ideas and practices soon emerged. Cosmic Mysticism entered this field of spiritual-therapeutic alternatives with a cosmology founded on a tripartite differentiation of existence: matter, energy, and consciousness. The chapter discusses Cosmic Mysticism's cosmological doctrine and two integrated healing systems, metatherapy and defensive radiation (also called “psymentology”).

Keywords:   cosmology, Cosmic Mysticism, entrepreneurship, matter, energy, consciousness, healing, metatherapy, defensive radiation, psymentology

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