Second, both religious reflection measures should predict higher levels of psychological and religious openness as made evident in positive correlations with Openness to Experience, Need for Cognition, and Integrative Self-Knowledge and with the Extrovertive and Interpretation, but not necessarily with the Introvertive mysticism factors.
Removal of two items from the Introvertive and four items from the Extrovertive factors maximized their internal reliabilities.
Intellect Oriented Reflection exhibited direct linkages with Extrovertive Mysticism, Interpretation of Mysticism, Need for Cognition, Openness to Experience, and Integrative Self-Knowledge.
All three mysticism measures correlated positively with each other, and the Extrovertive and Interpretation of Mysticism factors also predicted greater Need for Cognition, Openness to Experience, and Integrative Self-Knowledge, with these results once again suggesting their more adaptive psychological implications in Iran.
Her remarks on the beauty of the trees in the park reflect the essence of this as an aware, extrovertive experience of nature, rather than of her inner consciousness, and the sense of great beauty parallels the feelings of "blessedness, joy, peace, happiness" often described in mystical experiences (Clements 7).
Scientific method, despite its dangerous effects, has its value because the natural world is enormously present and alive; like the extrovertive mystics before her, Dillard encounters the divine in nature.