soma Posted February 17, 2011 Share Posted February 17, 2011 We can experience God on different levels and in different ways, each being a personal experience. The difficulty with classification of a 'real' or 'artificial' experience is, to me, one of setting. We do not need music, books, speaking of prayers, or any other external vehicle to bring us to such a state. God cannot be 'induced'. We do need to quiet ourselves. to calm our minds, our hearts, close our eyes, and listen with nothing more than our breathing and being as an activity. This 'waiting on the arrival of God' is something Quakers of the silent worship tradition have been doing for 350 years Russ very profound. It made me think that all experiences are legitimate because they are real for the person in the experience. I managed a half way house for the mentally disturbed. Some would hear voices in their head and they thought they were real even when they told them to commit suicide. We never said they were crazy, but we did try to help them understand what they were going through. It was real for them even if we thought they were imaginary. Sbnr1 you had some good points. I didn't see your post until I posted. I got called away in the middle of my reply so I edited to let you know. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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