Originally posted by guitarplayer
reply to post by dominicus
With all the extra teachings what brought you to Christ?
I was done with everything. I saw the emptiness in everything, forever unsatiated afer having done it all, had large amounts of $, seen a large
portion of the world, various women, a hose, cars, liquor & substances, tried it all. Still remaining an Atheist, I just said basically, "God, if your
real, prove it." Next day, I guy I hadn't talked to for over 3 years calls to ask if I want to do Bible studies.
I was intrigued, so I set aside my Atheism and sat down to listen to his presentations. Granted I started hitting him with all the arguments atheists
have, but he hung in there w/ love and devotion (something I had not seen for while, heart!!!). So I remembered Buddha's test ....when he said not to
take his word for it but to test his theories. I did so w/ the teaching of Christ as a sort of daily experiment to see what would happen and I was
genuine about it and did mostly in solitude.
Fast forward 14 months later and this Bible guy tells me I now know enough that I should consider getting re-baptised as an adult. The old atheist in
me laughed at this, but the experimenter in me went with it. Baptism happened in Lake Michigan one night and was no big deal. However 3 weeks later
was when all the Mystical experiences began. Holy Spirit literally entered into my body slaying the ego and filling me with ecstasies, transcendence,
timelessness, empathy, the Now, third eye open, longing for meditation, and the list can go on for miles.
Some of those things remained permanent, while others, like the third eye, came and went. Eventually I went through a few years of the Dark Night of
The Soul, where I was stripped of all attachments, emotions, desires, longings, leaving me only utterly aware that I am not the body or the
Throughout the dark night, there was an inner longing in the heart to experience God, Union, etc. The only Christian folks who talk about Union
Experience are monks, mystics, hermits, desert fathers, and Eastern Orthodoxy has a rich library on the topic. Still none of their writings no longer
beckoned to me. They spoke of decades and decades of techniques to reach Union, but I felt there was a faster way.
I used to get epiphanies reading science on topics such as the vastness of existence and the source of energies, and so forth. Then when exploring
Christianity, I got the same epiphanies when studying Theology, i.e. God being Infinite, can God create a rock so heavy, even he himself can't lift,
Well eventually I came across a book on Nonduality & Awareness. In the book there was a Zen Koan. I read the Koan (which was pure logic & reason) and
after 15 minutes of wrestling with it, Union happened!!!! Everything was One and there was no me in the One. This koan did not belong to any religion
or path, it was just simple logic & reason that basically stunned the limits of my mind in such a way, that I shot beyond it, to it's very source so
Since that Koan, I've been popping in and out of the body, remembered pre-existing, detachment, in and out of the One, subtle channels/Nadi's opening
up in the body, bliss and ecstacy, and a whole bunch of other things.....leading me back to the point of this thread.
My motivation for writing is to destroy the mental and skeptical box that so many live in. A lot of people think these things are illusion, fantasy, &
delusion. But the real illusion is living in a mental prison that has been constructed by the collective programming of this world. I understand where
they are all coming from, because I once laughed at all this. But now I have no choice but to sit in the Transcendent realities that reveal themselves
daily ....and my heart longs for others to know this, because this is the next evolutionary step for mankind, where we finally transcend all the ills
we see in the world.
We're heading there regardless. Probably another thousand years or so.
Originally posted by AfterInfinity
reply to post by dominicus
I dearly hope "Christ in me" isn't your answer. It's such a pitiful answer. Give them something they can use and relate to, instead of sycophantic
mystical guru nonsense. Your original post is a perfect answer, provided you give them a reason to believe your story. Be HONEST. Be a PERSON.
Far too many people pretend to be mysterious with their answers.
I'm an open book friend. Many stay quiet about these things and lurk secretly amongst us. I can't help but shout HONESTLY from the rooftops that I,
once a hard core atheist, have seen that there is a Spiritual reality accessible to all ...and I urge everyone (instead of arguing about it) see and
check for yourself. There are various manuals & blueprints
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