Poets and transliminality: Relationships with mystical experience and religious commitment in Iran.

Poetic and mystical consciousness may be related, and transliminality may be a thread that ties mystical with poetic but not with religious experience. In the present project, Iranian poets and nonpoets responded to measures of mystical experience, transliminality, religious commitment, and psychological adjustment. Poets scored higher on mystical experience and transliminality, but not on measures of religious commitment. Transliminality fully or partial explained connections between being a poet and self-reports of mystical experience and between some but not all aspects of mystical experience. Transliminality displayed no linkages with religious comment and in fact suppressed the relationship of the religious interpretation of mystical experience with an extrinsic personal religious orientation. These data most importantly revealed a connection between poetic and mystical consciousness and suggested that transliminality is a selective thread that ties the two together. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)