Part 3: "The Soul, Inspiration, Prophecy, and the Supernatural"
Ch. 4: "The Prophetic Experience"
Just as nothing rattles the mind more than hesitation, nothing settles it
more than certainty. So the prophets could be said to have had the most
settled, calm, and composed minds.
But as we've seen, that was only after they'd first been thrown into a state
of upheaval (and before they'd have passed their revelations on to others
who may not have reacted as calmly as they). In any event, the first and
most stunning reaction to prophecy was surety -- the clear and abiding
awareness that the prophet had encountered both truth and G-d Himself
And it's that same clarity and surety that convinces the aspirant when he'd
first achieved true prophecy -- that the images he'd envisioned were indeed
prophetic messages, and that the knowledge he'd been granted came to him
from an encounter with G-d. There would simply no longer be any doubt in
his mind by that point what had happened to him.
But that would only come about after a lot of training and discipline, as
This series is dedicated to the memory of Yitzchak Hehrsh ben Daniel,
and Sarah Rivka bas Yaakov Dovid.