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I have been thinking about what a religious experience means to me for some time now When I first started this class I have to admit that I thought that I could only have a religious experience if I followed my religion Catholicism My views have now changed I am not really sure if I now what a religous experience is but what I do know is that it contains a sacrifice of the ego and an understanding of imperminence A person does dont have to have a specific religion in oder to have a religious experience In Lame Deer-Seeker of Visions the grandmother had most definetly had a religious experience because she willingly underwent the two elements that I feel are essentual to having a religous experience She cut forty pieces of her arm and gave it to her grandson for strenght Giving pieces of your skin have to be among the greatest sacrifices that anyone can make She understude that she was part of a greater whole and that she wasnt the most singficant part of this whole She also understode that the our psysical fitures dont live forever and that giving them up is part of the journey of life I think of a religious experience as a journey that people go through It is something that we cant cause or prevent it will happen when we are ready A religious experience does not come easy it involves truely giving up the ego and facing the true self And understanding imperminence We must be willing to give up the I The one thing that we identify our selves with Take me
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