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Saint Columba - Eleanor C Merry - The light of initiation

Identifier

013953

Type of Spiritual Experience

Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 1

Background

A description of the experience

Eleanor C Merry – The Flaming Door

On one night one of the monks crept into the chapel to pray, while Columba was engaged in his devotions in the oratory adjoining, the door between having been left a little ajar:

"But the brightness of that same celestial light bursting through the inner door of that chamber, filled the interior of that other little house where Virgno was doing his best to hide himself, and not without a certain degree of intense fear. And as no one can gaze with direct and undazzled eyes upon the summer and noonday sun, so also Virgno who saw it, could by no means bear that celestial brightness because that incomparable flood of light much dazzled the sight of his eyes. He was so greatly frightened at the sight of this terrible and lightning-like splendour, that no strength remained in him."...

The literature of the day abounds in such descriptions of how the ‘light of initiation’ shone from such persons.

The source of the experience

Saint Columba

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Aura

Symbols

Science Items

Aura

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

References