Verna Muitt at eight years old finds the top of the tower
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
From the JCS forum
I tend to have ‘plate-glass’ experiences, it seems, when I suddenly walk into a glass door and stop to recognise that I was experiencing something I’d missed previously. This happened to me when I was about 8 years old, and was sitting on my bed looking at a glorious sunset -- I suddenly found myself at the top of a tall, lighthouse-like tower, looking down at the circular floor a long way beneath me. On it was a small indistinct lump of something. Just as I thought ‘that’s me’ I found myself rushing down and entering this ‘me’.
I looked up at the two windows at the top of the tower and thought to myself: ‘Things will never be the same again when I look at the world’ (not in so many words, but the meaning was somehow implicit in the looking).
Then I was looking at the sunset again, and feeling very very solitary – no one else came into my thoughts at this point – only the question of ‘Why did God make this whole world for me? What does He want me to do?’ ((I was only 8). That was a little cloud on this glorious sky lying before me.
And I was wrong – nothing really changed for me in my everyday existence immediately. However, this came back to me when I was questioning everything in late middle life, and I discovered that not everyone had this really strong visual reaction to the realisation of their selfhood – Galen Strawson said that most people just drift into self-consciousness without recognising it as such. Presumably they do not experience the truly awesome feeling of solitariness either. Fortunately I was too young to worry about it then! It’s only now that I’d like to know the physical underpinning of such experiences better......
The source of the experienceScientist other
Concepts, symbols and science items