The year was 1970 and I was 10 years old. It was a winter evening and I was outside in the front garden looking up at the stars.
High and spread across the night sky I “saw” what resembled countless giant frog’s eggs of golden light. The golden lights were of different sizes, and from each light came a golden thread down to Earth, and at the bottom of each thread was a person and every person had a thread and a light above them. And then I saw that every group and every town and every country had a light above it.
At the time I had the impression that these lights were gods or something like gods, and that every person, group, town and country had a god connected to them.
The vision was not of long duration but was clear and vivid. And it was not like a vision of the mind but more like a sight in the sky which for a few moments I saw.
I was a Christian boy. My mother taught me and my sister to say the Lord’s Prayer before bed and to say grace before meals. We went to Sunday school at the local Methodist Church. At that time I believed in God as being someone or something all big and powerful who made the universe, and I believed in Jesus as being a son of or someone come from God and who was good and healed people and taught people about God and about how to be good. So the sight in the sky did not fit neatly into my Christian understanding, but I did not think that it misfit either. I just did not make sense of it and simply thought to myself, Everyone has a God? I wonder how that can be? Then I forgot about it and barely thought about it again for about twenty years. I think though, that a glimpse was granted and an idea was planted that evening to assist my understanding later.
And by the way, I am still a Christian, and I still say grace and the Lord’s Prayer. Of course my understanding of Christianity is not as it was when I was ten. For I was a boy and I understood it as I was then. Now I am a man and I understand it as I am now.