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Mystical Experiences of Henry David Thoreau
(1817 - 1862)


Did Thoreau have mystical experiences during his years exploring nature? William James thought so. In his seminal work, The Varieties of Religious Experience, James pulls this passage from Walden:
"Once, a few weeks after I came to the woods, for an hour I doubted whether the near neighborhood of man was not essential to a serene and healthy life. To be alone was somewhat unpleasant. But in the midst of a gentle rain, while these thoughts prevailed, I was suddenly sensible of such sweet and beneficent society in Nature, in the very pattering of the drops, and in every sight and sound around my house, an infinite and unaccountable friendliness all at once, like an atmosphere, sustaining me, as made the fancied advantages of human neighborhood insignificant, and I have never thought of them since. Every little pine-needle expanded and swelled with sympathy and befriended me. I was so distinctly made aware of the presence of something kindred to me, that I thought no place could ever be strange to me again."
 

Quoted in James, William. The Varieties of Religious Experience (London: Collier Books, 1961), p. 222.

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