We’ve all been there. We’ve all had an experience, thought or idea that we thought was amazing. Too good to just share in conversion. So good, in fact, that we must orate it to our lucky audience.
No one else could possibly have had this experience; we alone must bear the burden of passing this amazing insight on to the world. Maybe we saw a special kind of light, perhaps a wonderful being spoke to us, we might have been given a special mission to fulfill or seen a particularly spectacular past life.
This makes us special, right? Wrong.
It was just an experience, it probably didn’t mean much and it might have included a generous dosage of imagination. No one’s immune to the Great Spiritual Experience (GSE). I once closed my eyes at night to go to sleep and saw flashes so blindingly bright that I thought one of my flatmates was taking the piss and taking photos of me in my sleep. Or the time I saw myself as a Victorian chimney sweep dying a sad and sooty death. Nice little story, not worth preaching about.
Also, don’t be intimidated by people who have these big experiences, or think that they’re better or more evolved than you. People get information in different ways, most generally in the way that they will notice and listen to. What for one person might be include flashes of light, beautiful beings emerging from said light and singing a piece of information, might for you just look like a thought popping into your head. Not better, not worse, just different.
If you, or one of your friends, have a GSE acknowledge it, enjoy it, but don’t believe in it. There’s a very thin line between getting fantastic information in a mediation that would help people, and demanding a stage and crowd to watch you spirituality masturbate.
You’re probably not The Messiah, nor Jesus reincarnated, nor Kali in human form. Most likely you’re a nice, normal little person, with nice, normal (not so) little issues. Enjoy your GSEs, they’re fun. They can be insightful, entertaining and useful. But if you’re telling a ‘spiritual’ story where you say ‘I’, ‘me’ or ‘my’ more than twice per sentence, check that your ego isn’t hijacking the experience.
*What have been your most ‘OMG, I am the Messiah, better go tell everyone’ moments?*