Ever had a quote that haunted you? One that made you stop and think? I came across such a quote attributed to seventeenth century Christian poet, Henry Vaughan. He was quoted by Eben Alexander in the Neurosurgeon’s book “Proof of Heaven”.
Alexander said that he found the quote after coming out of a coma induced by an illness. While in the coma, he experienced heaven, but found it very difficult to describe it. He struggles in his book to come up with the right words, the best words to describe his experience. No words seemed to suffice, but the closest he came to being able to describe the “vast, inky-black core that was the home of the Divine itself”, are these words from Vaughan:
“There is, some say, in God a deep but dazzling darkness. . .”
Dr. Alexander said that those words were the ones he was looking for. The heaven that he experienced was “an inky darkness that was also full to brimming with light.”
Enigmatic description. As it should be. As it is.
I am only 58 pages into the good doctor’s book, but I am fascinated by his journey. It was a journey taken by someone who thought that everything had a logical explanation, but to his own satisfaction he proved himself wrong.
Is true bliss not having all the answers and being open to something bigger than ourselves?