Webster’s dictionary defines revelation as “the making known of something that was previously secret or unknown.” A Course in Miracles defines it this way. “Revelation induces complete but temporary suspension of doubt and fear. Revelation unites you directly with God.” I certainly was not expecting to have a revelation at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday night during the Madonna concert. I’m still not completely certain which definition describes my experience. Whatever it was, I know I will never forget it. If felt like a tiny glimpse of Heaven, Perfect Oneness, Atonement, or Being One with the Light. To me these words are interchangeable. After it happened, I wasn’t sure I would ever share the experience with anyone. I didn’t say a word about it for two days. Then, on Miracle Monday, I felt inspired to talk about it at the beginning of our ACIM discussion group during the time I invite people to share “miracle moments” from the previous week. As I did, I felt the peaceful energy wash over me again and fill the room. I guess that’s why I’m sharing it again here. Perhaps that same peace will wash over you as you read these words.
I was already feeling deep gratitude simply for being at the concert. My friend Vito had surprised me last summer with the gift of a ticket for my birthday. We had great seats on the second level overlooking the entire stage and cross-shaped runway. The heart-shaped platform at the end of the runway where Madonna performed much of the show was right below us. The show began with dramatic images displayed on the huge video screen behind the main stage. Madonna’s voiceover invited us to join her in starting a revolution. Dancers wearing robes and carrying gleaming metallic crosses swarmed the stage. They created different formations all along the runway as Madonna made her entrance descending from the ceiling in a metal cage. Needless to say, there was a lot to look at! The costumes. The choreography. The crosses. The visual effects that danced across the stage and that huge video screen were mesmerizing. The lighting design was spectacular. I noticed very quickly that there was a row of super bright backlights aimed right at us in the second tier. Many times we couldn’t see what was happening onstage because those powerful lights were shining directly in our eyes.
It must have been the end of her first or second song when those lights got so incredibly bright that they slowly filled up my entire field of vision. Eventually all I could see was that magnificent light. The rest of the arena melted away and it got very calm and quiet. I’m not quite sure how that happened in a stadium full of approximately 14,000 people. It felt like a luminescent blanket of peace had been placed over the entire arena, much like the stillness that happens after new fallen snow. For a few moments, time stood still. The only thing I felt was complete love, contentment, and gratitude. While it was happening, I distinctly remember thinking, “This must be what Perfect Oneness feels like. Just love, peace, gratitude, and light.” I couldn’t tell you how long this lasted. It was probably only a few seconds, but those few seconds changed me forever. I now know what it feels like to be completely content and to see only light everywhere. I don’t know if anyone else experienced this phenomenon. I haven’t asked Vito if he remembers a moment in the show where the lights got so bright he couldn’t see anything else. It doesn’t really matter whether I experienced what the Course calls revelation, or just a moment of super cool lighting effects and extreme gratitude during a concert. Either way, I definitely experienced “the making known of something that was previously secret or unknown.” And for that, I will always be grateful.
Are you ready for a revelation of your own? They happen all the time during Family Constellations workshops and private sessions. That’s one of the many reasons they are so amazing. What was previously secret or unknown is revealed, allowing that presence of peace to wash over you. The same thing happens during Life Coaching sessions. I would love to share some of the principles of A Course in Miracles and other light-shedding tools with you to help you illuminate some of the dark and challenging areas of your life. Please visit my website for more information about both, or contact me directly if you have specific questions.
Until next time, may the peace that passes all understanding bless you with its presence no matter where you are…