posted on Aug, 25 2012 @ 08:33 AM
From the title and opening paragraph, I thought this would be about religious experiences, in the sense of what some people rely on as a foundation
for their beliefs. Your examples, however, are everyday "favors" that gods have gotten credit for, since long before Jesus showed up.
BTW, since I see threads about those things all the time, why on earth would you suppose that "fear" motivates people not to write about
What I have seen alluded to, including an occasional statement of reluctance to write openly about them, are religious experiences of a spiritual
character. That is, an experience which is interpreted by the person as increasing their knowledge and understanding of spiritual matters, including
spiritual possibilities. These would include some "near death experiences," but also visionary epsiodes that have no illness or injury associated
with them, often dreams, but also waking experiences.
One sourcebook of the classics would be William James' Varieties of Religious Experience, in the public domain and available from many places
on the web for free. Here's a famous incident, which happened to Richard Bucke, while riding in a cab after a visit with friends,
His mind, deeply under the influence of the ideas, images and emotions called up by the reading and talk of the evening, was calm and peaceful.
He was in a state of quiet, almost passive enjoyment.
All at once, without warning of any kind, he found himself wrapped around as it were by a flame-colored cloud. For an instant, he thought of fire,
some sudden conflagration in the great city; the next he knew the light was within himself.
Directly afterwards came upon him a sense of exultation, of immense joyousness accompanied or immediately followed by an intellectual illumination
quite impossible to describe. Into his brain streamed one momentary lightning flash of Brahmic splendor which has ever since lightened his life; upon
his heart fell one drop of Brahmic bliss, leaving thenceforward for always a foretaste of heaven.
Among other things he did not come to believe, he saw and knew that the Cosmos is not dead matter but a living Presence, that the soul of man is
immortal, that the universe is built and ordered that without any peradventure all things work together for the good of each and all, that the
foundation principle of the world is what we call love and that the happiness of every one is in the long run aboslutely certain.
He claims that he learned more within the few seconds during which the illumination lasted than in the previous months or even years of study, and
that he learned much that no study could ever have taught.
The last paragraph explains some of the reluctance somebody might have wiritng, not "fear," but rather simply that these experiences are difficult
to write about. If you add to that the possibility of a snarky reaction, then you never reach "fear" as a possible explanation of the reluctance.
Why go to a lot of trouble writing something difficult for somebody who won't get anything out of it? Sharing the experience is apt to be futile
unless the audience is either sympathetic, or can be prepared to discuss the matter usefully.