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View Poll Results: Which is the best definition of "Spiritual Experience"?
A deep sense of connectedness to all things. 4 14.81%
A sudden loss of subject/object perception. 2 7.41%
A deep sense of meaningfulness. 9 33.33%
Other of Depends. 12 44.44%
Getting drunk on Bud with Prof. Mikey! 0 0%
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Old 01-12-2007, 05:00 AM
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How would you best define a "spiritual experience"?

Would you define such an experience as "a sense, feeling, or perception of the connectedness of all things"?

Would you define such an experience as "a sudden loss of subject/object perception in which the continuum of experience remains but one no longer feels there is a knower standing apart from the known"?

Would you define such an experience as "an experience of meaningfulness"?

Or, would you define "spiritual experience" in some other way?

Last, would you define "spiritual experience" as "getting drunk with Prof. Mikey on Budweiser and landing up on a strange couch in an even stranger apartment"?
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Old 01-12-2007, 05:37 AM
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How would you best define a "spiritual experience"?
A heightened awareness of life that surpasses the ordinary experience of life and that may challenge ordinary interpretations of life.

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Would you define such an experience as "a sense, feeling, or perception of the connectedness of all things"?
No. That's just one example.

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Would you define such an experience as "a sudden loss of subject/object perception in which the continuum of experience remains but one no longer feels there is a knower standing apart from the known"?
Just another example.

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Would you define such an experience as "an experience of meaningfulness"?
Another example.


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Spirituality, as I understand it (and maybe I don't!) is psychological. It is the psychological seeking and experiencing of divinity.
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How would you best define a "spiritual experience"?
A heightened awareness during which I feel totally "connected" to everything in life - I am part of everything and everything is a part of me; time looses meaning....
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A heightened awareness during which I feel totally "connected" to everything in life - I am part of everything and everything is a part of me; time looses meaning....
I like Michel's definition and add a "Me too!". Although I was very tempted to vote getting sloshed with Mikey....if only he drank better beer.
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I chose a deep sense of meaningfullness.

This is an entirely personal answer. Having gone through periods of philosophical nihilism, finding individual meaning in a possibly absurd existence is necessary for me. A spiritual experience is often associated with natural events or sojourns, such as sunrises, sunsets, trips to the woods or the ocean, eclipses, stargazes, etc. Or listening to music. Music is a big part of spirituality for me.
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How would you best define a "spiritual experience"?

Would you define such an experience as "a sense, feeling, or perception of the connectedness of all things"?

Would you define such an experience as "a sudden loss of subject/object perception in which the continuum of experience remains but one no longer feels there is a knower standing apart from the known"?

Would you define such an experience as "an experience of meaningfulness"?

Or, would you define "spiritual experience" in some other way?

Last, would you define "spiritual experience" as "getting drunk with Prof. Mikey on Budweiser and landing up on a strange couch in an even stranger apartment"?
may I ask why each experience you've listed cannot all be mere examples of various spiritual experiences? Not all are the same, but they aren't all that different either
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ITo me, it's more important to try to find a meaning in the words and metaphors others are using to "define" spirituality than to formulate one myself. I find that pretty much anybody's formulation "works" for me when and if I can bring myself to approach the symbols and words used with an open-mind and a willingness to listen.
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A heightened awareness of life that surpasses the ordinary experience of life and that may challenge ordinary interpretations of life.

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i really like this response
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ITo me, it's more important to try to find a meaning in the words and metaphors others are using to "define" spirituality than to formulate one myself. I find that pretty much anybody's formulation "works" for me when and if I can bring myself to approach the symbols and words used with an open-mind and a willingness to listen.
Guess you can get wasted with Mikey then 'eh?
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