Quakers - Holy rollers rolling
Type of Spiritual Experience
This is a complex observation. Laura herself is able to see the aura of people, probably via her inherited genes, but the observation also includes a description of what she sees in others as they have a spiritual experience – which I have classified loosely as a vision, as it is not clear from the description what they experience.
The way they have their vision, and in fact the way that may even help Laura, is via the form of Pentecostal service being employed with its beating sounds and chanting and high emotion. What is fascinating is that she can see the high emotion the service creates.
Incidentally I groan when I see sentences of the sort "poised, intelligent and very constructive woman who is head of her own large organization", they are the last people one should look to for any form of spiritual experience, the nutty wacky funny off the wall, bright but artistic, yes, but not someone this dull, but maybe Dr Karagulla felt she needed to say this to satisfy the sceptics of the day. Or maybe Laura was able to put on a good front - it can be done.
A description of the experience
Breakthrough to Creativity – Dr Shafica Karagulla
Laura is a poised, intelligent and very constructive woman who is head of her own large organization. Early in life she was able to see energy fields around plants, animals and human beings. Her parents were Quakers and accepted her gifts more or less as a matter of course.
She had one teacher in her childhood who also accepted her gifts. However, she learned early that most people did not see what she saw, and she began to be cautious about discussing her experiences.
Laura is able to see the vital field within and around the physical body. She can also see the emotional and mental fields. She knows immediately whether an individual is healthy or has some serious physical problem.
As she looks at the vital field around the physical body it appears to her to extend outward for several inches from the body. If the individual is healthy this vital field looks bright and clear. If the field is dull and the width narrowed she knows the person is not well. If it appears very shrunken there is some serious condition in the body.
When the vital field shows a slightly broken up and grainy appearance in any area this indicates the area of disease in the physical body. Laura sees the vortices of force in the vital field and in the emotional and mental field, but her observations are not as precise and clear as those of Diane [Dora van Gelder Kunz].
Much of the time Laura is more interested in the emotional and mental state of individuals. These are usually the so-called normal individual with mental and emotional problems. She sees the mental and emotional fields as changing, moving patterns of colour. She observes the size and colour of the fields, and the clarity and brightness of the colour. In a fairly well-adjusted and intelligent individual the colours are clear and bright and more on the pastel side. In the case of an individual who has intense periods of depression, Laura observes a leaking of energy in the vital field and the emotional field shows a great deal of grey colour.
Laura sees that under certain conditions one or more of these fields appears to be slightly dislodged from its symmetrical distribution in and around the physical body.
She observes that in Holy Roller meetings the beat of the music seems to dislodge the emotional field and push it far out from its usual symmetrical pattern. She believes this accounts for some of the peculiar emotional behaviour of the individuals in these meetings.
The source of the experienceQuakers
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsEnacting ritual and ceremony
Listening to beating sounds
Suppression of learning