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Which Is the Best Definition of "Spiritual Experience"?

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by Sunstone, Jan 12, 2007.

Which is the best definition of "Spiritual Experience"?

  1. A deep sense of connectedness to all things.

    14.8%
  2. A sudden loss of subject/object perception.

    7.4%
  3. A deep sense of meaningfulness.

    33.3%
  4. Other of Depends.

    44.4%
  5. Getting drunk on Bud with Prof. Mikey!

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  1. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora Staff Member Premium Member

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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"?
     
  2. eudaimonia

    eudaimonia Fellowship of Reason

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    A heightened awareness of life that surpasses the ordinary experience of life and that may challenge ordinary interpretations of life.

    No. That's just one example.

    Just another example.

    Another example.


    eudaimonia,

    Mark
     
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  3. Radio Frequency X

    Radio Frequency X World Leader Pretend

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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.
     
  4. michel

    michel Administrator Emeritus Staff Member

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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....
     
  5. Buttercup

    Buttercup la vita è bella Premium Member

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    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. :p
     
  6. Guitar's Cry

    Guitar's Cry Verisimilitudinous

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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.
     
  7. Buttons*

    Buttons* Glass half Panda'd

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    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 :)
     
  8. doppelganger

    doppelganger Through the Looking Glass

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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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  9. Buttons*

    Buttons* Glass half Panda'd

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    i really like this response :)
     
  10. Buttercup

    Buttercup la vita è bella Premium Member

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    Guess you can get wasted with Mikey then 'eh? ;)
     
  11. Random

    Random Well-Known Member

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    Spiritual experience cleanses, purifies and reinvigorates the mind-body which is soul: it is healing and health, love and kindness, beauty and transcendence, bliss and fortitude, awe and wonder. It is all inclusive and non-exclusive: it is a deep sense of connectedness to all things, a sudden loss of subject/object perception and a deep sense of meaningfulness: which is why I chose other-depends in lieu of an "All of the above" option.
     
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  12. doppelganger

    doppelganger Through the Looking Glass

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    As long as my wife says it's okay. :yes:
     
  13. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora Staff Member Premium Member

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    I think you're right, Ashley: They are ways of describing the same thing. But it interests me what people choose to emphasize about the experience. For instance, it's my hunch that "a sudden loss of subject/object perception" would appeal more to people who are interested in causes, and "a deep feeling of meaningfulness" would appeal more to people who are interested in meaning of life questions.
     
  14. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora Staff Member Premium Member

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    Spoken like a true philosopher!
     
  15. Sunstone

    Sunstone De Diablo Del Fora Staff Member Premium Member

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    I think we should all get wasted with Mikey! (But strictly on a BYOB basis)
     
  16. EiNsTeiN

    EiNsTeiN Boo-h!

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    Well, 2 cases I feel like a different person in, and I think both are spirtual cases:
    When I fall in love, and when i get a deep feeling of faith, or i could explain it as a sudden shock in the mind that reminds you of what you feel deep inside..

    I also feel it when I look at stars, at the sea, and at anything that shows me how much I'm nothing to this fascinating universe..

    I dont know how to describe it though....
    I think people have different spirtuality...someone might experiance it when seeing spaghetti and start feeling how much he is hungary!!
    I think it's relative from aperson to another

    However, I guess people who believe in God, get the same feeling when they deeply feel their faith (understand me?)
     
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  17. EiNsTeiN

    EiNsTeiN Boo-h!

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    Hehehe:D ...seems like that at the end!!
     
  18. autonomous1one1

    autonomous1one1 Well-Known Member

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    Good posts. You guys continue to amaze me. For me personally, before I read the posts I had decided that none of the choices could be selected because all were the result of 'Spiritual experience,' not the experience itself. Now I am not sure.
     
  19. DiscipleOfChrist

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    Meaning, purpose, freedom, re born, brand new, clean all over, pure, friendship, fellowship, truth, trust and so much more all at once.
     
  20. Hacker

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    I said a deep sense of meaningfulness.
     
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