Mystical Experiencer: Female in mid-thirties
Current location: Ireland
Age at time of experience: 29
My experience was the most formative of my life. During a meditation class we were asked to set an intention. Mine was to find peace of mind. At this time in my life, I was working a hectic PR job, consumed with the material. I had no idea I was miserable or unhappy. Within two weeks, I had a very bad fall off my bike. Right outside my house I fell. I required emergency surgery, plates and pins to fix a smashed elbow. I was instructed to take at least two months off work.
During this time I self-reflected, read spiritual literature and continued to meditate. I also visited family in France. One afternoon on that holiday, just having read another chapter of Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth under the sun, I felt as though I was swept up into the eternity of everything. It was as if I had downloaded all of the secrets of the universe. I was the universe and everything including my individual self was formless, timeless, eternal. It was pure light. Everything was love. I have no idea how long I was in this state for. But it was as if I had downloaded all of the secrets of the whole world since before time began, and totally forgotten them when I became conscious of my individual self again.
Very shortly after I came to, three eagles a few meters up circled around my head for a few moments. Then, the sky swirled (it had been bright blue with the afternoon's summer sun) black. There was just this powerful swirling. I was in awe. Not afraid as such, but overwhelmed. Then some sort of light appeared within that. I just had this sense of magnitude. Of total awesomeness. Of clarity in a sense, even though I had no idea what was happening.