Let's define spiritual experience as "a period of time in which you perceived a profound unity and interconnectedness to existence, an unusually piercing clarity, and/or a sense that 'everything is just as it should be,' far, far above and beyond whatever your normal intellectual and emotional apprehension of reality may tell you." A couple of things to point out here. First and foremost, having a spiritual experience DOES NOT REQUIRE A BELIEF IN GOD or any other metaphysical system. I am not interested here in what people believe or don't believe, only whether or not they have had a spiritual experience as described above. The most passionate atheist may have a spiritual experience, while the most fervent clergyman may not. Second, do not take the "far, far above and beyond" qualifier lightly. It is quite normal for people to take a step back, look at things, and appreciate them in a profound new light. But this does not constitute a spiritual experience as I am defining it for the purposes of this poll. What I am looking for is the type of experience so intense and powerful that you never forget it, perhaps powerful enough to have a lasting impact on your life. Such an experience is markedly, blatantly distinct from the vast majority of your waking experiences and most probably has the flavor of an altered state of consciousness. If you are unsure of whether or not you have had such a spiritual experience, then you most probably have not had one. Third, it doesn't matter whether you may have attained such a state spontaneously, or via some intentional means such as drugs or meditation. Again, all I'm looking for is whether or not you have experienced such a state. Be honest! If anyone here has experienced such a thing, sharing the details might be nice too.