Discussion by: Machinehead
When I was 18 I was working as a runner at a film studio outside London. After a particularly stressful and busy morning, I managed to grab five minutes to sit down and relax a little. At that point something weird happened – it was like a light switch being flicked on. From feeling tired, pissed off and frustrated it suddenly felt like I had limitless energy – my internal monologue switched off and I remember being unable to think a clear thought. Despite this I felt supremely happy, confident and content. I viewed inanimate objects around my office with compassion, as if I understood them and felt connected to them. It was like I had a nuclear power station in my chest and I immediately went about asking my colleagues if I could do anything for them. The silence in my head was noticeable but it didn't prevent me from driving home, making dinner, etc. By the time I woke up in the morning I was back to normal.
I think if I had been religious then maybe I would have dropped to my knees to praise Jesus, or Buddah or something. I did think that maybe I'd had a 'mystical' experience and since then I dabbled in sufi literature and the Gurdjieff system but ultimately walked away and got more interested in magic and the science of the mind.
Atheists like myself sometimes decalre that we are capable of "spiritual" or "numinous" (thanks for that word CH), experiences, e.g. listening to music, falling in love and so on, but I've seldom heard of a similar experience to the one I described above.
Has anyone else had an experience like this and can they offer any explanation as to what the hell happened?
I'm pretty sure I didn't have a mini-stroke!