Is spirituality real or imagined?
At the age of nine, I had an experience while meditating on God. I was looking for God apart from reality because that was what I was taught. A voice inside of me (it was distinct from my normal thinking voice) led me to seeing God as a cosmic singularity that underlies all of reality. At the time I couldn't talk about it to anyone because I couldn't relate it to anything I already knew. Any attempts at that time were responded with remarks that implied I was having some kind of mental breakdown.
Eleven years later while studying nuclear physics, I learned about the unified field theory of physics. I had no trouble accepting it because I had seen it before (through associations rather than mathematical models). How did I know before I knew? Can anyone answer that question? It has far reaching implications because it brings into question a lot of what religion is teaching. I was a Catholic. I am now a non-denominational Christian because I believe in what Jesus taught. But I know to question anything that doesn't make sense.