Mystical Experiencer: Male in mid-fifties
Current location: United Kingdom
Age at time of experience: 41
I was on holiday with my wife and two children. We arrived at a particularly striking beach in north Cornwall UK, on the Atlantic coast. It was a lovely fresh day, the sun was shining in a blue sky dappled with high cloud. There was an energetic sea breeze keeping us cool.
As we walked along carrying our clobber to the beach, I looked down over sand dunes at the people enjoying the beach: Children playing, dogs running around, folk sitting picnicking at the foot of the dunes. I looked up to the sky and saw a large blue eye, just there, blue iris with a black pupil. It seemed to somehow just radiate serenity, peace, a sense of total oneness and love.
I thought my eyes must be tricking me, I tried blinking and turning my eyes away and back, but it stayed there. I then felt I knew just how everything worked. There are no words I know to describe this, but I had this overwhelming sense that I knew exactly how life functioned, all connected. I felt that I didn't need to be me as I had always felt it, I wanted to be this… everybody, everything seems just utterly marvellous, perfect, not a speck of dust out of place. Everything is connected, everything is alive, everything is one.
You can give this any name you like, God, the Universe, but it should not be named it seems to me, it is everything and can't therefore be differentiated. In that moment, I had no worries, concerns anxieties. Time seemed almost not to exist. Love was everywhere, calm serene, perfect. What can I say? It’s very hard to describe, but it unlocked a view for me that has never left and which I experience almost on purpose now.
I was absolutely struck by how utterly right under my nose this had all been all along. Life with its secrets, the true reality actually stands naked in the open, laughing and playing like a child. I find it by simply experiencing without naming or differentiating. I find our need to name and separate things a block. Immediately after this experience, I had the most wonderful day with my family. I felt calmly serenely happy and at one with everything and everybody.