It was the Fourth of July. I was home alone. Work had prevented me from joining my wife, Kate, and daughter, Erin, on our traditional trip to northern Minnesota. We rarely missed a Fourth of July celebration in Kate’s hometown.
Early that afternoon, I laid down on the bed to close my eyes and mentally sketch out the rest of my day. Two minutes later, I heard Kate’s voice cheerfully calling out, “Hi, Phil!” Her greeting was loud and clear, as if she were standing right in front of me. The kicker was, I heard her voice inside my head.
I was stunned. I had always dismissed reports of “hearing voices” as a sign of mental illness. Yet, there was no mistaking what had occurred. I had heard Kate’s voice—not with my ears but with some unknown sense. I remember thinking, So that’s what that feels like. Cool!
When Kate called the next day, I asked her what she had been doing at the time I’d heard her voice. She said, “Hmmm, oh, a bunch of us were sitting on the dock at Bev and Bill’s cabin. Someone said, ‘It’s too bad Phil had to stay home,’ and I said, ‘Let’s all say hi to him!’ So we all shouted, ‘Hi, Phil!’ at the same time. Why? Did you hear us?” I shivered, and told her that, yes, I had. “Oh, my God!” she said. “I can’t believe it!” We were so excited, we had to go over the details again and again until we calmed down.
That was more than twenty years ago but it still tops my list of Metaphysical Moments I’ve Personally Experienced. Like most people, I was, and to some extent still am, skeptical of such experiences until it happens to me.
Only when we wake up to the possibility that there is more to existence than our five senses can detect do we begin to understand that “miracle” is a word used only by people who do not understand how the universe operates.
We eventually recognize that a path relying solely on research, rationality and reflection has its limits. Although logic and reason are indispensable pillars of a civilized life, eventually you must be willing to leap beyond your intellect into the arms of faith. That is where enlightenment awaits; it cannot be explained, it can only be experienced.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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Phil’s eBook, The Logic of Living a Spiritual Life: Supporting a Life of Faith Through Logic and Reason, is now available for 99 cents on Amazon.
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In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?
Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.