A Mind Once Stretched
The idea expressed in this quote touched me deeply because just a few short years ago my mind was stretched so far that I did a complete 180-degree turn in my view of life, self, and the Universe. I experienced a profound "awakening" to the wider reality and higher self.
For most of my life, I had been an atheist/agnostic scientist type with absolutely no spiritual beliefs. In early 2014 a dramatic shift began. I'd been in a protracted "dark night of the soul", a depression that I couldn't kick. My self-worth was in the toilet, and I had sunken into a deep dark pit of despair.
I thought I should be able to fix myself but after many years passing and no change I finally surrendered and sought professional help. Less than a year after starting counseling something clicked and suddenly, my depression dissolved, and an overwhelming feeling of fearlessness, confidence, and empowerment came over me.
Then strange and wondrous things began happening — enhanced intuition, constant synchronicities, a heightened sense of the beauty of everything around me, and lots of good luck. Everything fascinated me. I started studying all sorts of topics with a burning passion — like I was on a quest — except I didn't know why.
After three or four months of constant magic that couldn't possibly be explained scientifically, I finally threw my hands up in the air and surrendered to the Universe. “OK, OK, I give up. The Universe isn't what I thought, not with all this divine magic going on. I'll bet it has something to do with spirituality, and I intend to get to the bottom of it! ” I said in my head.
So my quest continued, and I turned my studies towards spirituality and metaphysics. It wasn't long before I had a completely new understanding of myself and the Universe, and it resonated deeply with me.
Since then the divine magic has continued unabated, and I continue to feel graced by the Universe. I experience frequent moments of utter bliss where I break down and cry like a baby. I've continued my spiritual/metaphysical studies, and my understanding continues to grow.
What we are is utterly magnificent and with this knowing nothing will ever be the same again!