I distinctly remember a day a while ago. I was driving in Illinois, where you can see from horizon to horizon in places, and the sky domed above me, blue with puffy clouds. I looked at it, and suddenly, I sensed the whole of it, and felt a Presence. I felt God; at least, that is how I interpreted what I felt.
I now wonder just where that feeling came from- what in me felt God? Why did I interpret what I felt that way? Was it just a moment when my right brain took over, or was it a true mystical experience?
It felt to me that God was there, and that He was trying to speak to my heart.
When I was 24, I awoke to see a woman, glowing blue, next to my bed. I will never forget the feeling I felt as she spoke to me, nor do I doubt that she was real. (To read about the vision, go to this question here on Inward Quest, and I tell of what I saw there.) Where did she come from? Why did she appear to me? I am sure it was not a dream, for I tried to wake my then-husband of the time, but he would or could not wake up. Where did Mary come from- inside of me, or from heaven?
Man has a long history of worshiping the spiritual world. There is plenty of evidence that this goes back many thousands of years. But was it God, making His presence known, or is it something within us that feels like it comes from outside...or both?
Where does my spirituality originate? And why do I feel it in the first place?
All my Love,
All good questions, and all ones I truly believe the answers are within you.
In the interest of Q&A, I'll reply with what I think.
I think (clearly) spirituality originates from within. Hence, I find it humorous to read a question like "Where did Mary come from- inside of me, or from heaven?" As I would have to reply to that with a "yep." I guess, it's very hard for me to understand a 'heaven' that is out there, over yonder. I mean, understand it within Reason.
Within us, I think, is everything that exists, that actually exists. Now, we can imagine that to be very small, as it could be tempting to think of 'all that' (or everything that exists, as existing) within a human body/mind. Yet, logically it follows that our perception of ourselves within a physical reality, as a human body, is also within us. And if we mistake our entire reality for only that which the body perceives, then we are projecting meaning onto existence from a very limited perspective. The non limited perspective is to experience or perceive things as they are, or allow meaning to be received beyond the projection of body perception.
So, I think there are experiences that induce that 'allowance' experience well. And being able to see oneself within a 'horizon to horizon' field that is vast, and tranquil, I think is type of experience where past projections simply won't capture what that 'is' for the part of mind that projects. Therefore allowing a greater presence (within) to reinterpret that as 'I am here now.' Or put another way, as if Creator is making Her Self known through me in this not so easily defined moment.
I do think of your Mary experience as one of encountering spiritual Guide within physical perception, that is clearly mystical. Can also be right brain, or simply physiological response. But I am one that believes, will discuss matters as if physiological experiences are, quite plausibly, mystical. Again, depends on the filter one is giving allegiance to in finding purpose and meaning within physical experience.
In response to 'why do we feel it in the first place,' I would say it is because we are spiritual beings in the First Place. I consider this Self evident. But also lacking evidence if said evidence must be found within physical existence, or that which is perceived as 'outside of me.' As the physical world is literally a displacement of reality, I ultimately think such proofs are folly, and do not matter. IOW, if it is felt, and felt as true, while offering no harm to yourself or others, then honestly what does it matter where it comes from, if there is doubt about 'where do we/I come from?' Or put yet another way, just go with the flow of Presence, er I mean, the Present.
answered 25 Jul '13, 09:18
Its all because you are a SPIRIT in the core!
I will elaborate this point.
You think you are what you see in the mirror—a physical form with a mind! But your body is a bundle of foods you gathered; and your mind is a bundle of impressions you gathered. What about the more important thing, something fundamental that holds both these things, something that still works even when you are asleep, the one you feel from inside, the real essence of who you are, something that is called by different names such as the pure essence, the pure I, the pure consciousness, the soul .. etc.?
That substratum is the self that observes all the activities of our waking hours. At night too, when we enter the deep sleep state, the Self oversees all the activities of the body such as digestion, various circulations, separation of vitamins and waste, renewal of cells ... etc., and in the morning, reports to us on our dream-experiences and the blissful oblivion of sleep. That is why we are called human BEING! ( hūmānus, Latin, means earthly, from the ground; BEING means conscious existence.). Human is merely descriptive of our physical costume whereas BEING is the substratum on which the body exists! Hence substratum is more pronounced, more important than what is being sustained. This realization helps us to find out the answer to the greatest question: Who am I?
Let us not speculate. Rather, let us start from what we know from our first hand experience! We all came THROUGH our fleshly parents—not from them! Take this backward indefinitely, your parents, their parents ....each one came through his parents, finally we will reach our Heavenly Father FROM whom we came! Hence we are actually the children of the Heavenly Father, THE SPIRIT. (John 4:24; Mathew 23:9) All the children of a Father who is THE SPIRIT are SPIRITual children, primarily spiritual, or same in essence for the simple reason that the effect (copy seed) contains the essence of the cause (Master Seed)! Hence we are all spiritual beings having a human experience! This means , in the core, you are divine, pure “I”, a pure consciousness. God, the Supreme Soul, is the Ruler of the macro universe, whereas every one’s soul is the ruler of the micro universe called body. The only difference is that Father who is the Supreme Soul is unlimited in His qualities, whereas His children are limited in qualities, just as each drop has the same properties of the ocean. This is what is called self-realization!
answered 25 Jul '13, 09:39
T D Joseph
We are spirit children of Heavenly Parents and we are here on earth to gain a physical body and to learn to live by faith. As part of the plan for our eternal progression God our Father in Heaven sends his spirit - referred to in the scriptures as the Holy Ghost to guide and comfort us. He can also send angels to give us guidance and help us understand his plan to bring us home to him.
answered 25 Jul '13, 11:07
though our nature is truly
answered 26 Jul '13, 14:17
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