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Hell

Postby Collective » Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:47 am

Not sure where this goes so I apologise if it's in the wrong area.

I'm very religious (Christinity) but currently going through a massive crisis of faith (you'll say it's mass liberation) wherein I'm more and more believing in nothing. The relevant topic is hell and hell fire. Ironically I don't believe in a literal hell but...

Something happened to me last night as I was falling asleep. I experienced voices in my head (not literally) more like 'hearing a transcript' if you know what I mean. I usually experience this kind of stuff when dropping off but it's mostly inconherent snatches of dialogue. This time however I clearly/read/experienced/understood (not actually heard) the phrase 'we will kill your family', and I saw in my mind's eye, as clear as anything, the word hell.

Religious beliefs aside you would find me a rational individual not prone to flights of fancy.

Any thoughts? Quite unnerving

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Re: Hell

Postby Ben » Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:09 am

Hi Collective
Its actually quite a common phenomenon. Many people experience auditory and visual hallucinations as they enter sleep. My advice to you is not to place any importance on the event, it is merely the effervesence of phenomena.
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Re: Hell

Postby Collective » Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:11 pm

Thanks Ben, that's what I was thinking too


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