Thou art the One, there is no other

The risen Aten.  Michele T. Knight©

When I was a child, I began to randomly experience unusual other-worldly phenomena.  I can’t remember when they first commenced because it seems as though they have always been a part of my life, and I simply can’t remember a time when they weren’t.  Whether or not I knew it then, these experiences were teaching and showing me that another reality co-existed with the one I lived in as an embodied being.

Throughout my life and across the years, they have continued to occur unexpectedly with little or no warning, challenging my understanding of linear time and slicing through the permeable barrier which separates the visible material world from the non-material spiritual universe.   They have taught me about a reality which I would never have known existed otherwise.

They have always been completely unexpected and still are, and writing about them now some fifty-five years or so since I first began to experience them, can say that there is always something consistent which accompanies them, something which throbs in the background like an unmistakable energy or vibration.  When I was little that was unnamed, but now as an adult I know it to be the presence of the Divine.

I know people can experience other-worldly phenomena and states of being using for example mind-altering/enhancing drugs or through other activities, however I’ve never done so.  And when I reflect on these approaches there seems something harsh about them, something intrusive or artificial perhaps, as though one is trying to force one’s way in (I could very well be wrong of course).  I have always been aware of a profound gentleness accompanying these experiences, and though they can be sudden and occur unexpectedly in the midst of daily activity, I have never tried to stimulate or bring them on and in truth have always had a life of their own.

And though this phenomena and its manifesting experiences last only seconds in measured time, they are enough, they are enough.

Michele T Knight Written by:

Dr Michele Knight is a Social Worker, Social Scientist, researcher and independent scholar. Her interest and research in the end-of-life has its origin in the lived experiences of her own bereavements, her near-death and shared-death events, the returning deceased and attitudinal responses to those experiences. Since 2006, she has been extensively involved in community development, support and advocacy in both a professional and community services/voluntary capacity in the areas of bereavement and grief, hospital pastoral care, and academic lecturing/tutoring. Her PhD, Ways of Being: The alchemy of bereavement and communique, explores the lived experience of bereavement, grief, spirituality and unsought encounters with the returning deceased.

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