Moments of Awakening: Religious Myth and Reflexivity
in Boccassini, D. ed. (2018), Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei X, 307-318.
In this contribution to Daniela Boccassini’s wonderful journal, I talk about my ‘moments of awakening’ through music, and also the author Fred Gettings’ similar experiences in the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte in Florence. I discuss the difficulties that arise in trying to theorise on such experiences within an academic discourse, drawing on the work of Iain McGilchrist, Jeffrey Kripal and Bernardo Kastrup on the need for a new reflexivity in our approach to the emotional and intuitive ‘extraordinary’ and ineffable insights we all have but often struggle to put into words.