Inspired by the Belief-o-Matic, I visited the Quakers again yesterday. The thing that bothers me is that although I feel some things in the silence, I don’t feel God. It makes me wonder: Is it possible that your experience of God is often dictated by your upbringing?
Most of you probably go to church pretty regularly. You probably pray regularly too, and sometimes talk these issues over with friends. So if you’re going to have an experience where you feel God is present, in what circumstances is that experience likely to take place?
For me, those experiences are generally when I’m alone. I realized that the other day, but it occurred to me more forcibly at the Quaker silence. I’m almost always alone, in fact, and usually I’m outdoors. The one exception is the Catholic mass I went to, but the music was so overwhelming that it precluded almost any interaction with the people there. I guess I’m used to having these experiences while I’m alone. So what’s that all about? Do I need isolation from humanity to get in touch with God?