‘A way of understanding spirituality which makes it integral to the experience of being human.’

Psychologists have often struggled to quantify spiritual experience. Carole Sutton discovers a more liberating approach

‘It is sometimes tempting to dismiss one’s own spiritual experiences as the random firings of one’s over-stressed brain.’ | Photo: by David Matos on Unsplash

Consider the following account, from Raynor Johnson’s The Watcher on the Hills (1959): ‘I prayed for help from out of the darkness, and there, behold, as a flash, the scene changed. All became alive, the trees, the houses, the very stones were animated with life, and all became vibrant with the life within them. All breathed effulgent light, vivid sparkling light, radiating out and in every direction and not only that, but everything seemed to be connected with everything else. Although all separate forms, and all vibrating with their own intensity of life, yet they all seemed to be connected by their vibrations into one whole thing.’

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