Mystical Experiencer: Male in early sixties
Current location: U.S.A.
Age at time of experience: 62
I experienced sitting in the “Holy of Holies” in the Temple in Jerusalem. (I am Jewish but do not believe in god.) I felt the unity of the universe, that I was sitting in the nexus of the universe, but I was certainly not the center of the universe. I was connected with everything. It was all one. There was a profound silence. I experienced the spaciousness of the universe. There was no ‘me’. I was floating in the spaciousness, groundless, falling, rising, spinning.
After a period of this experience, I looked up and saw ‘god’. God was a black figure. I saw no detail. I was in the shadow of this energy field that I experienced as god. I said to myself “I don’t believe in god, but this is clearly god.” This lasted for a long while as I looked away and back toward the black figure.
Finally, it was no longer there and I went back into the floating in space. I felt LOVE. I felt that love unifies all in the universe; that the universe is love. I became very tearful as I experienced love for my wife and my two sons. I felt an existential love for them much deeper than I had EVER experienced before.