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Mystical Experiences And Numinous Abilities

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The early Quanzhen adepts claimed that intensive training regimens would result in the attainment of specific types of experiences. After consistent ascetic and alchemical praxis, one might receive "signs of successful training" and gain numinous abilities. This chapter provides some information on encounters with immortals that occurred within the early Quanzhen movement. It further talks about signs of successful training and various benefits and numinous abilities that were expected to result from Quanzhen religious praxis. Many of the early Quanzhen adepts had mystical encounters (both visionary and auditory) with "immortals" or "Perfected". In the lives of early Quanzhen adepts, such experiences provided spiritual guidance and support as well as signs of successful training. Closely associated with signs of successful training, but nonetheless distinguishable from them, are specific benefits and abilities acquired through religious praxis. The religious praxis resulted in transformations of self, in a different way of being.

Keywords: alchemical praxis; mystical experiences; numinous abilities; Quanzhen adepts; religious praxis



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