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Spiritual Meme Question Twenty-Three

23--what are your most powerful spiritual experiences? if you've transitioned to a different religion/spiritual philosophy, did you recontextualize the experience in any way? did the power or depth of an experience diminish at all due to a transition? if so, why?


What is a spiritual experience?  Supernatural?, emotional?, strange? Is every experience in some way spiritual?  Is the spirituality in the experience or in the person's interpretation.  I have never had an experience until very recently that i thought was "spiritual" at the time. Here are a few that i later interpreted as being spiritual.

1. Age 6 or 7, an ether induced dream of demons.  Was it trying to tell me something?

2. Age 9, bliss.  toes in mud, face bathed in sunlight, glimpse of the infinite, eternity in a minute.  Silent serenity,  All senses but vision suspended, saw only white light.  Not interpreted as spiritual until years later.

3, Age 16, darkness, interpreted as nihilism, duration: three months.  No background to interpret this as spiritual or positive.

4. Various perceptual anomolies all interpretable as neurological and/or psychological phenomena

5.  Awe viewing the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.  Later interpretation was that whatever i needed to learn could be learned from nature.^.

6. Age 60, Teleportation.Knees passed through the kneeling bench to the floor beneath.
(It is said that a Shoulin priest can walk through walls, but can an agnostic's knees fall through a kneeling bench?)  Message: The Hindu mystics are correct, this world of shapes and concepts is a delusion; beyond it is the real world, accessible to the awakened.

7. Ages 69 to 82,  Various optical phenomena induced(?) by Avistan injections.  One blinded me to all forms, replacing them with white light.  (Not a possible side effect of the injection says the doctor).

8. Age eighty, Sensing a "thin place" in my back yard?  An opening to the  other side?

None of these experience (except maybe #2) were directly related to any change.  #s 1 through 6 were not defined as spiritual at the time they occurred, though that interpretation of # 6 came shortly after the event at Dianne's prompting.  #s 7 and 8 confirmed things that i had already come to understand by other means.

Regarding #6: Did my knees really go through the kneeling bench or was i simply so attentive to something else that i have no idea what the relationship of the knees to the bench.  Did i melt into it and become, momentarily, part of it.  The author of the Cloud of Unknowing and the wise people of Asia advise against paying attention to these "experiences."  They are distracting and have nothing to do with enlightenment.  But i don't know, abandon the illusion of material reality for even a brief moment and "impossible" things might happen..


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blue_eye
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:38 am (UTC)
Would talking to and seeing people "on the other side" count?
bobby1933
Feb. 29th, 2016 06:39 am (UTC)
Of course they would.
I have never had such experiences myself;
though i have had the feeling recently
of the presence of loved deceased dog.
The feeling is not very strong,
but i am not very sensitive.
mamculuna
Feb. 29th, 2016 04:32 pm (UTC)
"The author of the Cloud of Unknowing and the wise people of Asia advise against paying attention to these "experiences." They are distracting and have nothing to do with enlightenment."

My teacher shares that view. He asks us, "So if you're able to float in the air, are you more compassionate? Do you perceive reality more clearly?"
bobby1933
Feb. 29th, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
Yes!
Exactly!
Thank you.
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