Type of Spiritual Experience
Mike was a clever 14 year old who was dying of cystic fibrosis. During his last days he made the decision that he wanted to die at home comforted by his family and not hooked up to machines in a clinical efficient but soulless hospital. He had numerous experiences as he was dying, which somewhat frightened his family, but which were an enormous source of great comfort to him
A description of the experience
“The visions come when I am awake. They scare me because I don't know when they will end and how they will stop. It scares me because I don't know reality. I see my reflection in the television set, and I know I am here. I feel my hair and I know I am here. Then the visions start.
In them, there are lots of people in the room. God is here too. He is in control, but sometimes he lets me be in control with him. There is bright light and people all around. But then I come out of it and I am Mike Smith and I am mortal.
There is a religious part to these visions too. I can sometimes see a cross of light”
…........ he bashfully revealed one very poignant cue from his other world – Mike could have an erection, a very important event to him as it is to most teenagers. He had never had an erection or orgasm because of the ravages of the disease. Only in the other world could he have them.
The source of the experienceOrdinary person
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
Closer to the Light – Dr M Morse