Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's the Devil Disguised as an Angel of Light!!!!

Have you ever had a discussion about an extraordinary experience and had someone tell you to stop praying or whatever you've been doing because it's really the devil?  Ever read or heard someone say the Church forbids whatever it is you are doing and all such experiences must be reported to your priest?  (Reminds me of reporting lawlessness to the "proper authorities.") 

It took 14 years for me to find someone with a similar experience to talk to.  four.....teen......years  I started this blog because of that, because no one should wonder for over a decade if they are the only one.

This can leave you feeling pretty isolated, when there is no one to talk to who gets that nothing like this can be from anything but Divine Love.  That we just can't choose between a gift from God and an opinion from a person, because there is no choice: God wins.

I thought I'd just talk about the things that happened to me on the experiences pages above and write some stuff about what I feel and think from all of it or about it.  But, maybe you or someone you know has had these experiences, too.  Or something like them.  I thought a poll would be an easy non-threatening way for someone to be able to say that. 

I was so surprised and excited to find another person describing just what I had felt, I was sure there'd be people who would want to connect.  I don't know, maybe not.  Here's a list of the things, generally, that came from my contemplative prayer life:
  • Lost time
  • feelings like your face is clay being modeled or whipped
  • scent of flowers like roses
  • increase in spiritual wisdom (major effect)
  • experiences of Divine Love and Joy
  • Light phenomena
  • physical healing
  • mental healing
  • visions and/or hearing something no one else can
  • esp experiences
  • miracle other than healing
  • increase in creativity and inspiration
  • feelings of direct connection to God
  • healing ability
  • connection with people who have passed
Those are just things I experienced, you might have something else you know is an extraordinary experience.  You can leave a comment about that if you like, I'd love to hear from you. I realize read in a list it seems pretty out there if you haven't had the experiences. But I don't think this is as uncommon as people think.  I think we just don't talk about it.

2 comments:

  1. I have had all of those experiences. I have had visions, locutions (auditory and visual), experiences during the Consecration and the elevation of the Host at Mass, experiences during Communion. I have never experienced the "loss of time" however that you expressed. I have talked to two priests about my experiences in detail: they both said that I had a "gift" and that my experiences were sacred. I process it mostly as a means for God to increase our faith so that we can more boldly proclaim the Gospel and lead others into the Catholic faith. My mission in life is two fold: to evangelize everyone who is seeking and willing to a better relationship with Christ through the Holy Catholic Church, and to combat the Devil. The mystical experiences give me a more vigorous prayer life and allow me to help others in a more profound way.

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  2. Metaphysical CatholicApril 27, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Beautiful comment. I think it's important for everyone to understand that these things are not about us; they are about God.

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