In every individual’s life, there comes a stormy turning point. It leaves a mark on you forever. For me, that turning point came on 27th December 2007. I call it the ‘Year of Shivam.’ Shivam means “That which is indestructible.” Funny, it left an indestructible impact. That's what turning points are all about.
2007 is the year I experienced my first near-death experience at an astral level, followed by a series of out-of-body experiences.
You can laugh. But that was my first spiritual turning point. I was alone and I didn’t understand what had hit me then.
Last year, I read books by writers such as Khurshed Bhavnagari, Nan Umrigar, Ruzbeh N Bharucha. Then I understood that I wasn’t going crazy, turning stoned or hallucinating. I was actually having an astral experience and being guided to the Spirit World.
Another book I read is called A Journey of the Souls. A doctor documents the inner journeys and experiences of many individuals who had out-of-body experiences and were able to recall the exact details of their past lives as a result of their astral experience. It is the doctor's case diary with key observations about the out-of-body experiences of his patients and how it is directly linked to their behavior, relationships and the choices that they make in real life.
What shocked me is this: the experiences are so similar to what I had gone through. There’s just one tiny difference. These folks had the courage and conviction to write about it. I didn’t. So, here are some key takeaways:
1. When you face a turning point, face it with courage.
2. Follow your heart. Do what you believe is right
3. Be aware that this is an important test from God. Don't run away.
5. Take a clear stand on what you strongly believe in. Stick to it and accept whatever is happening as an experience that will make you stronger.
My spiritual turning point taught me a powerful lesson: You have free will but ultimately, only divine will manifests.
We all go through seemingly illogical experiences at some point of time in life. The problem begins when we identify and get emotionally caught up with it instead of contemplating on it like a witness.
A turning point, particularly a spiritual one, has implications in the real world. That’s why the test is so tough to pass. You have to put away your rosy glasses and face the reality with a big smile.
As J Krishnamurti says, “To experience, all identification must cease. To experiment, there must be no fear. The more we struggle for or against identification, the greater is the resistance to understanding. ”
Thank you, Shivam. Losing you became the spiritual turning point in my life. You live forever in my heart. Rest in peace.