Can't say that I have.
i even if you haven't what would science say?
Iv'e always wondered if it was just some type of energy that created the feeling.
Science would say you had a spike in your Serotonin levels.
Serotonin is the neurotransmitter of pleasure and enjoyment, feeling good. Serotonin is the main hormone associated with good mood, feeling happy, enjoying your life, family and friends.
I have had pure feelings-love, wonder, awe. But I had an understanding that these are very human feelings, and they are wonderful-feeling so connected to something or someone outside of yourself. I have talked with others that have had these feelings under similar circumstances-looking over Glacier national park, or Yellowstone, or watching my mother's reaction to seeing masterwork-Monet's Waterlillies, or seeing my children for the first time. Quite a few interpret these feelings as a god presence, and stop their inquiry there. I come to the opposite conclusion: the processes that create these things are incredible and work just fine-not perfect, but beautifully flawed, and sometimes terrible in their power without any divine intervention, and caused me to study more. Yellowstone is a supervolcano, Glacier was formed by not only seismic activity but devastating climate events, and childbirth and parenting is not without its pain. Yes, I know the feeling is created by complex chemical/hormonal reactions, but it doesn't make them any less wondrous.
I'm not sure if you could call this experience 'pure' But I used to take lots of drugs. I don't now, all better, but when I still did I had a few interesting experiences.
One of these, on a head filled with LSD, time stopped, I became one with the universe, which as it turns out had its own consciousness. Connected to this higher consciousness I floated about in ultimate peace and tranquillity until something told me I needed to go back to my body and start experiencing time again. Of course this was completely due to drugs. But think about shamans and Indian spirit journeys, I have no doubt that the beginning of 'spirituality' was some guys, drooling on themselves, off their faces on drugs.
I would like to point out that I do not in any way condone the use of drugs, nor do I take drugs nor would I again. I had some amazing experiences, but let me put it this way, I know how people came up with the idea of hell to.
Lol yep drugs and people don't mix i kinda think it was what wendy said.
I've gotten a euphoric feeling from Christian music. When I was religious I thought it was God. I've had the same feeling from secular music after leaving religion and realize that it's just an evoked emotion. The music was designed by the musicians to be evocative, so it shouldn't be too surprising.
yup, Like the conversation in the one about the sky, a great feeling does come from observing beauty in many forms. I think its very liberating that we can have those feeling and emotions all by ourselves. That we can recognise beauty, even create it without the need from a guiding force is nothing if not empowering and amazing.
No but often times people wish there is a god because of circumstantial situations. Such as wanting to see the loved ones they lost again someday, or fear of death and uncertainty of life after death.
Such factors can play into situations where people might have emotional thought processes where they rationalize themselves into believe there may be a god.
I have no evidence or stats, but I think you just listed the top reasons for religion there. Makes sense to. I find these subjects hard to deal with, though no harder to deal with than the next person, religious or not.
In any case, the want for an afterlife, or the feeling of need for something more, is unfortunately not enough to make it so. neither, is belief equal to proof, no matter how hard its believed. Will only has positive effects when action is taken on it, and we cant create an afterlife, or a god. But what we can do is leave a legacy, a better world than we found, live on in real tangible works. That's good enough for me :)
Are you into the Death of God Theology thing? I ask because you said "may have been a god" in stead of "is a god," using the past tense.