.. it's my contention that what you and Serah term a 'spiritual experience' happens to believers and non-believers alike and is usually prompted by an intense emotional state including grief, fear or euphoria ..<quoted text>
It truly is!!!
It has to be experienced to be understood. Trying to explain it to an unbeliever would be like a bird trying to explain what flying is like to a turtle. The only difference would be that the turtle would be more open minded about what the bird is saying.
That's why I think it's so funny when the atheists in here say that they are "open minded" and that they are "free thinkers". The reality is the only thing they're open minded about is what they can observe with their five senses. And the only thing they're free thinkers about is what other atheists say that they also believe.
Truth be told the most closed minded people you'll find are atheists. Which we see on display in here on a daily basis.
.. believers interpret it as a sign of God while non-believers look to science for answers. These experiences are personal and difficult to articulate ..
.. the day I watched my grandfather die, I don't know if my 'spiritual experience,' my exquisite 'high' at the moment of his death, came from the neurons in my brain or from some Higher Power transmitting energy ..
.. I don't know what it was all about and, frankly, I don't need to know; a rational or irrational explanation is not necessary ..
.. was it a gift from God, an altered brain? Who knows? All I know is I had the power of a million and when he finally died, I experienced a profound love. For me, that is the very essence of a spiritual experience and it goes beyond definition ..
.. I don't want to play word semantics because it was my experience and I choose to define it as spiritual ..