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Heavenly Vision


I have had an experience that I carry with me everyday but cannot fully comprehend that something so beautiful could happen to me! About 2 years ago, 10 months after my father died I had a very strong dream that my father, on his journey to the other side was in a coffin in a High Church with seven monks praying for his soul. It was an exceptionally clear and very unusual dream and one that left a strong impression on my mind.

Several weeks later, I decided to go on a retreat to a monastery for three day's! This was a strange thing to do as I know no-one who has done such a thing and until the dream I had no idea about monks or their life, all I knew for certain was I had to go, upon reflection it was like I was being driven to go there. I started feeling that God was calling me and couldn't wait to feel close to God and talk to him in private and to pray for my beloved father on his journey to the other side. My friends and family were concerned for me as they thought it was a very unusual thing for me to do and in fairness to them it was,

I loved being on the retreat and felt uplifted, it felt that my soul ran before me in freedom each day, I felt I wanted to dance and laugh with happiness at being so near to God. The day to day running of the monastery was very disciplined and everyone could only speak one hour per day, I found this enforced solitude a comfort and I felt humbled.

On the last day, I was attending another service and the Abbot ran the church bell (as he did at the start of each service) and as I stood I was aware and sensed very strongly that something seemed to come into the church to join us, easiest way to describe it was something like a breeze, gentle but strong wind, a definite presence. It seemed to come from out of nowhere and circled somewhat around the altar. I was keenly aware of it but thought I was imagining thing's.

Then about ten minutes into the service as I was standing praying with my eyes closed, totally relaxed and feeling at peace, a very strange thing happened. In my minds eye, at a distance I could see a dot of a white light, the light grew as it moved very quickly towards me, then BOOM, I saw the face of Jesus Christ as if on imprinted on stained glass, clear as crystal right in front of me. I stared into it just long enough to confirm what I was seeing and then opened my eyes in shock as quickly as I could. But if I said to you, I saw it through my heart centre would you understand what I mean, it came from my heart although I saw it with my eyes.

I was too scared to tell any of the monks what I had seen and sensed, in case they thought I was a lunatic, or it was my imagination plus I felt how could I, a sinner tell such Holy men that I am there for a matter of days and see something like that when they have dedicated their lives to Christ.

I appreciate that it probably sounds like I have a fanciful imagination or grief distorted my view but I can assure you before God that I saw this. Neither the Church or any part of the Abbey has stained glass nor was I reading anything of the like or seeing pictures to leave an impression like that on my mind

I wonder was God responding to my prayers letting me know that he heard me. I am ashamed to say I am not a regular Church goer but do believe in him with all my heart, so why would I a sinner be blessed in this way?

Having researched this, I now know the Holy Spirit is known as wind, breeze and that it talks in the Bible about the eyes of the soul and this I now also know was the Holy Spirit responding to my most ardent prayers and a vision. It is certainly something I shall carry with me for the remainder of my life as it was such a deeply personal experience.

So please, if anyone doubts the existence of Jesus Christ, I beg you, reconsider

Kind regards and thank you for your time.

Patricia Nichols

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NaturalScience (3 stories) (110 posts)
12 years ago (2010-12-02)
Who knows really what is good, what is bad? We approximate to it and we patch the gaps up and often we realise we have lived in a mess of misunderstanding, what we thought good gave bad fruit and we did not know what we were really doing - it is a pity that this not too rarely happens only near dying. The original sin was to think man can really see what is good and what is bad. But he can only see what is good or bad as to the informations he has and this means that the thought we know good from bad is a delusion. A bad trip. The apple from the Forbidden tree was a thorn-apple, bewitching Man to fear and to suffer shame. Look up thorn-apple in Google. It is a poison, of which it is said that primitive tribes of prehistoric time took it to get drunk, or to "trip". Perhaps the scary images it caused in many consumers - snakes or other dangerous animals for example - and the shame and suffering experienced during the hang-over afterwards mirror in the old Original Sin story. The task of Jesus is also to set our image of the world right, exterminating the delusion from the old collective bad trip. He did not want to fix us upon the Sin idea but rather exorcise the delusion of Learnedness and ability for Judgment out of our brains. This is why He attacked most harshly the theologers ("You say that you can see, thus your sin remains") but spared the prostitutes and soldiers.
awsome_hunter (10 posts)
14 years ago (2009-02-19)
Wow I wish I could talk to my father on the other side but sadly I can't but at least you can and that's all that matters.
Onyx (10 posts)
14 years ago (2009-02-06)
wow this is interesting... You should continue to talk to him and see what he shows and tells you as of now.
Heaven (guest)
14 years ago (2009-02-06)
That is so weird I had the same experiance when Iwas 1 but then I became a christian and connected to the paranormal
devapriyaanthony (guest)
14 years ago (2009-02-05)
you are blessed I also hope one day I could see him in this world, pl pray for me
kunu (guest)
14 years ago (2009-02-02)
That was great. It is God's way of telling us that he is there and if you love him earnestly he shows himself to you. Good luck and God bless.
Holychick (guest)
14 years ago (2009-01-30)
That's awesome. Just because you are a sinner doesn't mean that God does not want you. That could have been a message from God for you to draw closer to him and develop a relationship with him. I truly believe in what happened to you. And you know what it can happen a whole lot more, when you develop a relationship with God. Good Luck and God Bless
vagabondfaith (49 stories) (90 posts)
14 years ago (2009-01-26)
Wow! Patricia that was an amazing account of your very special experience. I do not doubt it one bit. As for being such a sinner and all the monks being so Holy, it is better not to judge either way. We are all sinners including the Monks. God has a very special plan for your life and I think that going to the Monastery was a good start to finding out His will for your life.
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