I remember that somebody posted this topic a little while ago, but I can't find the thread.
With all this talk about the Pope coming to North America, I have remembered somthing.
The summer that I was going into grade 3, Pope John Paul II came into town to perform an outdoor mass and address. My parents are Catholic so the whole family went to see him. It was kind of a surreal experience. There were som many people there at this park, probably from all over (I didn't realize at the time how rare this visit was). Any way, when the Pope drove by in His Popemobile, I got my dad to lift me onto his shoulders to see the Pope's face. It was such an amazing feeling. I realized that I was having some sort of religious experience. I was 7. I remember thinking, "Oh crap, does this mean I have to be a nun now?" :chuckle
Jul 28, '02
One Easter Sunday, back around 1980 or there abouts (during my music college days), I attended a service at a church in Copely Square in Boston, MA. The Episcopalian church hired members of the B.S.O. who played during the service. The ensamble was playing Bach chorales.
Now, I can appreciate the genious behind a composer's work. . . hear and analyse the interplay between melody, counter-melody, harmony, etc. . . . and appreciate the beauty of it all. But this was different. For some unknown reason, I felt this strong presence of God . . . higher power. . . call he/she/it what you will. . . . while listening to the music being played by these talented musicians, composed by Bach. It was more than just an appreciation of well-composed, well-performed music. At that time, it was more intense than any feeling I've felt during any day to day living.
This has happend a few times throughout my life-time. . . usually while listening to music. I don't feel a need to analyse these experiences . . . so I don't. All I believe . . . all I know, is that I'm not alone; that this "higher power" . . . this loving "higher power". . . occasionally touches my heart (or at least I open my heart to the experience) and I'm brought to peaceful tears.
Religous exerience??? I don't know. Probably more of a spiritual experience . . . at the very least an intense awareness of something or someone or some wonderful, loving power making his/her/its way into my heart. . . . through music.
I'm interested in reading other experiences from other demoninations . . . from other religions . . . interested to know just how similar or disimilar the experiences may be.
Last edit by Ted on Jul 28, '02