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Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience Hardcover – August, 1994


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 682 pages
  • Publisher: Book Sales; 2nd edition (August 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785802029
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785802020
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Where was this reference when libraries first needed it 20 years ago? Guiley ( The Ency clopedia of Witches and Witchcraft , Facts on File, 1990) provides 500 cross-referenced entries which emphasize major personalities, mystical techniques and traditions, locations of interest, and mystical and paranormal phenomena. While the coverage is not inclusive, Guiley manages to detail most areas and personalities particularly well--albeit with a slight New Age bias. Her organization, which features bibliographic information following each entry, is sensible. Along with other recent publications in the field (e.g., The Encyclopedia of Parapsychology and Psychical Research , LJ 12/90, and The New Age Encyclopedia , LJ 8/1/90), this reference should prove useful to both serious researchers and curious browsers.
- Jeanne S. Bagby, formerly with Tucson P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I work full-time in the paranormal and metaphysical fields, which means I lead a most unusual and highly adventurous life. I have written more than 50 books, including single-volume encyclopedias, on a variety of topics, A-Z, angels to zombies and everything in between. I cover the entire spectrum of the paranormal, for everything fits together, even the paranormal and the metaphysical. My work is part of my spiritual journey; probing into the Unknown, the Other Side, and other dimensions is my search for Truth.

I undertake field investigations of ghosts, UFOs, aliens, ultraterrestrials, Shadow People, Bigfoot, mysterious creatures, Djinn, demons, angels, fairies and more. I am frequently out on the road, and I have had plenty of first-hand experiences of many of the things I document in my books. We live on an "Interdimensional Earth" that is increasingly revealing itself as our consciousness expands. My work is devoted to the how and why we have other-reality experiences, and to helping people understand their experiences and integrate the value of them into life. I also deal with problem hauntings and spirit attachments.

On the metaphysical side, my work is devoted to helping people develop their spiritual path for more enlightened and prosperous living. My areas of emphasis are angels; dreams and dreamwork; intuitive, psychic and manifestation skills; the afterlife; spirit communication; meditation and prayer; past lives; and other experiences of an intense spiritual nature. I am a certified hypnotist with the International Hypnosis Federation, and have trained in various energy healing modalities.

In addition to my research and writing, I keep a busy media and lecture schedule, publish a complimentary e-newsletter called "Strange Dimensions," and run my own publishing and productions company, Visionary Living, Inc.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on October 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
One could do far worse than make this handsome and hefty volume one's primary reference for topics of a spiritual, mystical, and paranormal nature. You will find every thing described here from the perenial wisdom literature to various "new age" movements and personalities. I know I've refered to it any number of times over the years. The author generally gives concise but fairly comprehensive entries that leave you informed about the essentials of the subject without overwhelming you. Should you desire to know more, she gives you both cross references to other entries, as well as, a listing of sources that go into more depth.

It is obvious to me that Rosemary Ellen Guiley knows what she is talking about on such subjects. She fully understands what she has gleaned from her sources. She is is very perceptive. Nor have I found an error to date with those subjects that I am personally familiar with. Also, she is clearly not totally credulous- if a topic is somewhat...dubious... she doesn't hesitate to point it out.
Perhaps it isn't totally comprehesive, but no source short of the Akashic Records (page 4) can claim that....
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "skapunkbluesjazzrock" on July 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This encyclopedia covers anything and everything that is considered mystical or paranormal. There are so many entries in this book that it is hard to stop reading because almost every listing is interesting. This encyclopedia contains almost everything that is related to the paranormal, such as important people in paranormal fields, natural oddities, legends such as Loch Ness monster,ect., religious cults, ufos, the list goes on and on. If it is considered paranormal its in this book. This encyclopedia is very well written and is a great source of information, if you're interested in these sorts of things I would recommend buying this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on October 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
One could do far worse than make this handsome and hefty volume one's primary reference for topics of a spiritual, mystical, and paranormal nature. You will find every thing described here from the perenial wisdom literature to various "new age" movements and personalities. I know I've refered to it any number of times over the years. The author generally gives concise but fairly comprehensive entries that leave you informed about the essentials of the subject without overwhelming you. Should you desire to know more, she gives you both cross references to other entries, as well as, a listing of sources that go into more depth.
It is obvious to me that Rosemary Ellen Guiley knows what she is talking about on such subjects. She fully understands what she has gleaned from her sources. She is is very perceptive. Nor have I found an error to date with those subjects that I am personally familiar with. Also, she is clearly not totally credulous- if a topic is somewhat...dubious... she doesn't hesitate to point it out.
Perhaps it isn't totally comprehesive, but no source short of the Akashic Records (page 4) can claim that....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Kevin Rabago on December 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As the name implies- Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal is just that- all entries are comprehensive and presented in a textbook format. This could be a valuable research tool- entertainment value is somehow on the low end- but it (somehow) makes up for it for the well researched entries as well as the unbiased discussion of the Mystical and paranormal.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1997
Format: Hardcover
All entries in this resource guide are very applicable to todays current trends in spiritual thinking. Most helpful are comments and observations on native NA spirituality. These particular entries are concise and to-the-point. This volume is also strong on references at the end of each entry. The editors should seriously consider producing a second volume
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By woodswitch209 on September 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I'm glad I purchased Harper's Encyclopedia of Mystical & Paranormal Experience to add to my collection.it's a great reference for enthusiats. the text is easy to read and very informative.
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