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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Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, is a road map for living a more peaceful, beautiful life. It’s the one book that explains how dozens of spiritual principles interact, how to weave them together into a cohesive worldview, and how to practically apply this spiritual wisdom to daily life.
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