June 28, 2022 BY

What is NUMINOUS?


The word NUMINOUS was coined in 1917 by Rudolph Otto, a German theologian and scholar of comparative religion.  Otto defined the numinous as a nonrational nonsensory experience or feeling whose primary and immediate object is outside the self.

Numinous is defined as “having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity.” Others define numinous as an ancient, strange beauty; something that is spiritual, religious, divine, holy, or sacred; while being mysterious, otherworldly, unearthly, and transcendent.

Author, CS Lewis and founder of analytical psychology, Carl Jung, used the word prominently in their writings, which made the word more well-known.

Numinous events typically fill us with a sense that we are in contact with something more significant and greater than the individual self or ego.    Although, the Numinous is ineffable, numinous dreams and experiences have a lingering presence that stay with us and continue to impact us each time we recall them, and they can often influence us for our entire lives.  Being able to live a life that makes room for the Numinous, seems to bring us back to that sense of awe and wonder we had as children, and infuses life with greater energy and bliss.

Unfortunately, many pop-culture media experiences, bottom-line business practices, and even many religious rituals can make little room for the numinous…which can lead to feelings of emptiness, despair, and powerlessness.  NUMINOUS programs are designed to help access the space in your own consciousness that is a reliable reservoir for well-being and wonder.

 

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