All at once, without warning of any kind, I found myself wrapped in a flame-colored cloud . . . I knew that the fire was within myself. Directly afterward there came upon me a sense of exaltation,
of immense joyousness accompanied or immediately followed by an intellectual illumination impossible to describe . . . I saw that the universe is not composed of dead matter, but is, on the contrary, a living Presence; I became conscious in myself of eternal life . . . I saw that everyone is immortal; that the cosmic order is such that . . . all things work together for the good of each and all; that the foundation principle of the world, of all the worlds, is what we call love, and that the happiness of each and all is in the long run absolutely certain.
– R.M. BUCKE