For many years, I followed the New Thought beliefs at Unity and Religious Science meetings. I attended Self Realization Fellowship. At all of them, I enjoyed the meditation and the message. I believed strongly in the teachings and became involved in these groups, including board activity and teaching the kids. I studied New Thought literature and read books by sympathetic thinkers such as Emmet Fox. When our minister was out of town, I often conducted services.
This involvement had a positive effect on my life. But it took a health crisis to really connect with spirit.
I woke up from a three-week coma a couple years back, and the person who woke was different from the person who entered the coma. When I woke up, something else was looking out through my eyes. Something larger than the little me.
As I recovered, learned how to walk again, and resumed my life, the sensation or presence didn’t go away.
In trying to understand what was happening, I read further than deeper. I now think that what I’ve experienced is what is often called oneness or non-duality. I’m the same person walking around, working, and interacting with family and friends. My personality is generally the same, but there is a presence that is with me all the time, something positive that seems to neutralize negative feelings. Anger and frustration are gone. And while humor is still part of my life, the cynical side of humor is absent.
Reading about spirituality is quite different now that I’m trying to understand what’s happening to me rather than trying to make something spiritual happen. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect the decades of spiritual study helped bring about this positive change. Don’t know. But the world – which once seemed inhospitable – now seems beautiful.
Wow that is an incredible story. Thanks for sharing. I also believe the world is a beautiful place! Don’t want to sound sappy sweet, but there is love and beauty and joy everywhere….Pam
I agree Pam. There more that love is seen and experienced, the stronger it gets.
This may sound odd to many people: aren’t you glad you went into a coma?
Yes, it was a blessing, viewpacific. For one, it was part of the process for getting through the the physical condition I had to solve. And apparently, it was needed so I could set off on a positive new path.
Thanks Rob for sharing your story…There comes a moment in time when quite a few of us come to that same point – when change is necessary in one way or another in order for some forward movement – I am glad you recovered and are now sharing with us all! Many Blessings, Barbara xxxxxx
Thanks Barbara. I’ve long believed that if you do not grow gradually, you’ll have to grow abruptly.