For years, when a vivid spiritual experience would land on me, I would cherish it like my very own, brand-new, fuzzy, bouncy tennis ball. I wished the experience would last forever; but it never did. Then I started to think of spiritual experience as a gift in the back-and-forth with God, as part of a conversation. It is like tennis, where he serves, and we receive and return. To keep the ball in play, we find some way to act on the gift we have received–interpreting it partly in practical terms, then making a decision and acting on it the same day. When we do this, spiritual experience comes more frequently.
Spiritual experience is the heart of our realization of truth, beauty, and goodness. In spiritual experience, our thinking, feeling, and doing are most alive–if they are not plunged into silence. This philosophy emphasizes the concept that each person is a divinely created, infinitely loved, spiritually indwelt, evolutionary, free-will son or daughter of God. That concept adds meaning to prayer, reflective meditation, worship, and service to others.
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