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Where Psyche & Soma meet

Where Psyche & Soma meet

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Published by Lisa Mendes
An academic research essay looking at the relationship between the concept of embodiment and near death experiences, as well as differing conceptiuons of the soul and the subtle body in the western esoteric tradition.
An academic research essay looking at the relationship between the concept of embodiment and near death experiences, as well as differing conceptiuons of the soul and the subtle body in the western esoteric tradition.

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Published by: Lisa Mendes on Jul 28, 2009
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