Thing on Thursday #6
This week we come to the spiritual experience itself.
“Spiritual” may not even be the best word for it necessarily, but it is that unique experience or range of experiences encountered in moments of transcendence or depth. For some, it might be encountered in religious ritual, for others in camping overnight in the wilderness, contemplating the infinity of space, or exploring the dream world.
Attempts to describe the feeling of spiritual experience have been made by Schleiermacher and Otto, among others. But truth be told, it is a subjective and misty topic. It can be different for different people, and different for the same person at different times. Yet how we choose to describe it can say a lot about our values.
This week’s question, then, is: What feelings do you associate with “spiritual” experience?
Please choose your top three.
Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
About Thing on Thursday
Each week until the Winter Solstice, Thing on Thursday will explore a new controversy. Participation is open to all – the more minds that come together, the better. Those who have been vocal in the comments are as welcome as those quiet-but-devoted readers who have yet to venture a word. We value all constructive opinions.
There are only a few rules:
- be constructive – this is a council, so treat it as such
- be respectful – no rants or flames
Comments will be taken into consideration as we determine the new direction of Humanistic Paganism. This will also greatly shape the vision that unfolds in our upcoming ebook Our Ancient Future: Visions of Humanistic Paganism.
So please make your voice heard in the comments!