posted on Jun, 19 2010 @ 11:48 AM
This thread will be the last one focused on my personal experience - it's a rapidly tiring theme I can appreciate. It was spawned in a response to a
thread by Ptenjakin ('My Dreams & Visions' in Paranormal forum). The thing I'm getting at it this - does my experience of 'religion' as
described below leave me to be considered as a heretic, or as a 'Christian'..? This thread is not a discussion about whether 'God' is
real or not. With all due respect, please don't come in with comments about the validity of religious experience.
Having experienced a lot of whacked-out, scary and freakish things since a very young age, I sought answers everywhere. I desperately tried to
avoid the Bible - and Christianity - as I had an aversion to what I saw as conflicting philosophies/worldview and a total lack of scientific credence.
What I discovered, after years of trying to find answers in the New Age, was that positive changes only began to occur when I accepted my limitations
and stopped seeing myself (my'Self') as the centre of the universe. I reached out to the God who I wasn't sure was listening, or cared, and said
something along the lines of:
'If you're there, and you give a stuff about me, please give me a sign.'
The next day I was drinking heavily, and was completely wasted, floating and stumbling around the town centre in a completely ruined condition. A lady
walked past, then suddenly stopped, looked at me, and said:
"You've been praying. God answers prayer..."
She spoke with authority; it was a statement of fact, not a question..! She proceeded to get me booked into a local hostel, and afterwards sat
chatting about all sorts of things related to her beliefs; there was a great aura about her, and I started to feel peace for the first time in years.
That night, I had a dream. I was being chased by a military special forces group, and was running at full pelt through a bombed-out school building
complex. I was jumping over piles of smashed desks and chairs, when out of the window I saw a helicopter gunship (Apache) doing a rotational strafe,
rapidly firing heavy, high calibre rounds. It was rotating towards me, and I became aware that there was nothing I could do - I turned to face it..
Within seconds I would be dead.
Sure enough, three heavy blows struck my torso (no pain, just impact sensation) as the helicopter came round - I saw the pilot, they were that close
(about twenty yards away). After the bullets hit, I felt myself falling gently backwards, through a blanket of darkness, which - while seemingly empty
blackness - felt very comforting. An ambiguous length of time passed (at the same moment it seemed like less than a minute, and yet somehow an age of
eternity; very strange). I found myself waking up, as though from a totally unconscious state, lying on the floor of some pristine woodland; sunlight
filtering in golden rays through the trees, birds calling out melodiously, and warm, gentle quietness.
I pulled myself up, and immediately saw two magpies, standing next to a large golden ring - it was faced with onyx, inlaid with a raised gold insignia
of some sort. I turned and saw a man, dressed in white. Bearing a peaceful aura of immense power, He headed towards me. I asked him what was
happening, and He said "It is finished; no-one will persecute you any more". I felt immense joy, an emotional upwelling of gratutude as I realised
what that meant. As I fell prostrate onto the floor in reverance / as a gesture of servitude, He left, and I felt that I was being given time to
I woke up in the hostel. Soon after, I gave my life over to Christ - I have since struggled to reconcile usual aspects of doctrine with the hidden
mysteries, but despite this, for several reasons, I believe that Christ is the Commander-in-Chief of the Universal Powers. I don't resonate
well with much of what Christianity appears to be, but I am confident that the Truth is in Christ. The Bible is a book of codes, mathematical
precisions, layered meaning and metaphor, which can be read and understood in different ways, hence differing doctrine. I see key aspects of
correlation between Christian philosophy and scriptures, and the scriptures in the Bhagavad Gita. Most Christians would deem me a heretic at this
point, but I think the point is we should not be bigoted, that GOD reveals Himself in different ways to different cultures etc.
So that's my 'religious' background... I believe that the Supreme Being is leading us all to a position on Earth wherein we will have personal and
collective decisions to undertake, that will lead us through (in one way or other) massive changes in the cycles/progression of the galaxy, time,
multi-dimensional/ universal 'masterplan'. Dreams are a key aspect of this plan...imho.
PS - On waking from that dream I just described, I realised that the two magpies symbolised 'joy'. (The old rhyme goes: 'One for sorrow, two for
joy, three for a girl, four for a boy. Five for silver, six for gold - seven for a secret that's never been told...') Only later was I told that
the ring may have symbolised the 'seal of the King'. There's another experience relating directly to this possible element of symbolism, but I'll
save that for another time...
Keep searching everyone..!