Our next Sciligion (Science/Religion discussion) is this Wed. 2-17-10. We will be discussing the supernatural… is there any evidence for it? Do you have any ghost or Holy Ghost stories? All details are here:
I wanted to share some of my experiences. I don’t really have an explanation for it yet (well, maybe a partial explanation).
About 12 years ago I was a Christian and searching for ‘the filling of the Holy Spirit’ (for example, speaking in tongues). I was with a group of Christians at church who were seeking spiritual signs and wonders. For awhile (a few years previously) I had been seeking the ‘the gift of tongues’ and being ‘filled with the Spirit’ (speaking in a different language, heavenly or otherwise).
There was a group of Christians in a small circle, about 6 of us, praying over me and laying hands on me. This is when the experience happened.
To back-track a little, I want to explain that in my spiritual training I had learned that not all spirits received are necessarily godly, so the spirits should be discerned. We shouldn’t just let our body go to any spirit that came by. So I was willing and ready to test any spirit that might come upon me, to make sure it was godly (although not sure of any test, but just being aware of the possible problem).
So then, here’s what happened. As my eyes were closed and people were praying over me, it felt as though there was a tractor-beam (like in Star-Trek) coming down from above and scanning my brain. After maybe 30 seconds of this, suddenly the beam went away and it felt like a curtain was raised from my mind, so I could think clearly. Then I felt the impression of these words “Bernie, you know that feeling you had after you did those Christian TV shows? That’s the Holy Spirit!” I thought, “Oh, so that’s what it means and feels like to be filled with the Holy Spirit… I don’t have to speak in tongues to be filled with the Spirit. And I am (and have been) filled with the Spirit already!”
I’m looking forward to getting some ideas of how this can be explained naturally. By the way, I no longer believe that god exists.
You can discuss this at the Sciligion message board here: