Many people have experienced various types of phenomenon during their lifetime - yet keep it quietly to themselves.
Why? Most likely they are afraid someone will think its "crazy talk," if they share what happened.
Today, I'll step up to the plate and say that I believe in the phenomena that we experience.
I'm humbled that for decades, people have entrusted me with their stories, which I will continue to hold confidential, as requested.
I can, however, tell you the top four categories that people have discussed with me. To put this in perspective, these are only a tiny sampling to illustrate a diverse topic.
But first, allow me to preface this column with some academic researchers' points of view.
Know there is scholarly methodology in academia that researches unexplainable phenomena. It is called phenomenology, which in simple lay terms, looks at trying to understand the unexplainable. It is a methodology originated by Edmund Husserl, for those interested in further reading.
A book that was of particular interest to me during my Ph.D. studies was called "Researching Lived Experience" by Max Van Manen.
Also, phenomenology includes much more depth and breadth of potential topics and philosophies than what is mentioned here.
I wanted to begin with "academics" as a jumping-off point, so that you might find personal validation in your curiosity; as many have gone before you to study these very real "conscious" experiences.
I also would be remiss to not mention that in many cultures, these are regular, welcome and respected topics of conversation.
So think about your experiences. Some probably impacted you to your very core - wondering if you actually saw or heard what you did.
Some of you may have become more open and accepting of what you "know," while others may feel confusion, a sense of "what do I do with this?" or, perhaps, continued skepticism. Only you know your experience.
My goal today is to validate phenomena happening in our lives, without giving the impression that I can explain it.
In my conversations with people, some of the topics that seem to be more common include the following:
1)A sense of "knowing" - most commonly, I've found that people have a "sense of unfathomable knowing." While some may call it intuition, others may want to delve deeper into the fascination of what they somehow "know." I am always captivated with the profound, are you?
2)Seeing and-or hearing someone that is not on this world's visual level - if we're honest, many of us have prayed to see and talk with a loved one that has passed, or to do so in a dream. Many people have seen or heard what they called "spirit". It has often been argued that children are more likely to see and accept these interactions more than adults. From these incredibly curious experiences, many increase their studies of religion and the afterlife.
3)Energy given when someone was passing Some of you have held the hand, or touched the body of someone who was getting ready to pass. Suddenly you felt an indescribable electrical type energy radiating up your arm. "What was that?" is typically the startled question. My understanding is that people who are about to pass, may give some of their life energy to a loved one. (It does not mean that it makes them pass sooner.) I, too, have experienced this extremely personal phenomena - but it does not make me an expert on this topic.
4)Questioning whether or not to share a "message" - I know some of the biggest skeptics that have been fraught with their experience, and whether to deliver a message they received. I also know other people more comfortable with what "they've come to understand."
Yet both ask "How would you tell someone?" "Should I?" "What would be my true intention to share this?" "Would it comfort or distress the person?" "What is the cost to your relationships - if any?" "Do I truly understand the message?"
These are only a few of the many questions I encourage you to ask yourself when considering the scope of a message.
As a person of faith, I know my conversations with God are very personal. Yet I will tell you that I truly believe that through Him, all things are possible. We will learn many lessons if we are open to them.
I have experienced phenomenon. I don't always understand the messages immediately, yet trust I will at the right time.
Philosophically, there's always something to think about, as "unexplainable experiences" have been an important part of how my life changes.
May peace be with you as you experience the wonders of this world.