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Anonymous 55824

A tornado ran through my town and basically played hop scotch with all of my relatives towns. I could see the tornado from my yard, as could my brother from his yard in the next town, and yet none of us got hurt. The way I feel now is so strange. All of my problems feel so insignificant now and I feel so much more awestruck by everything. Seeing a tornado circling my home is the closest thing I can imagine to how it would feel to see a deity. I looked up how people tend to be affected by surviving natural disasters, but it was mostly about PTSD from loved ones dying. Has anybody else experienced this? Is this normal?

Anonymous 55922


That was kind of beautiful. I don't know what to add, but yes, I do understand, but not from a near death experience. Sometimes it feels after trying to seek Christ my soul gets put back in the right place and I feel the essence of being alive, and stop worrying about small things. He makes me smile in my soul.
I wish I could see tornadoes in real life, but without people at risk, like in a desert. Were you afraid when you saw it? Or just in awe? Do you have preparations for these things?

Anonymous 56322


Thank you, and yes, it was like my soul had just been sorted back into place. That's a great way to describe that feeling.
I was extremely afraid when I saw it, because it sucked every cloud out of the sky within minutes and was bigger than I could even comprehend (and it was still not a particularly large tornado). I had prepared my house, as I live in a part of the country with a lot of tornadoes, and have been drilled on what to do since childhood. I've been through probably hundreds of tornado watches and warnings in my county and neighboring towns I never went to, but never one that went directly through my small town.

Anonymous 56329


this thread is very strangely comforting. yesterday i dreamed that it was doom's day but it was weirdly peaceful and welcoming, and your story evokes a very similar sentiment. very powerful…do you feel like your view on spirituality has changed in any way? or your relation with the concept of life? i'm glad you gained back some sense of normalcy anyway.

Anonymous 56331


The way you feel about your dream is very similar to how I feel about the tornado. It's something that's supposed to be huge and overwhelming and horrifying, but instead it leaves a positive effect. I know it sounds strange, but the tornado passing me over actually made me stop having recurrent suicidal thoughts. A lot of people describe storms as "angry", which I can definitely understand, especially if it destroys everything you love. But I don't think they are angry – I think they are just so astronomically powerful that they cannot help but destroy anything in their path, because humans and everything we build are miniscule in comparison.

I'm not sure how to describe my new view on spirituality, but it certainly feels different. I feel much more connected to the world around me, especially nature. I am less in my own head and I feel less like a solitary person with the world existing around me – I now feel more like I am one of many living with a world much bigger than I am and much more powerful than I could ever understand, but it is comforting in a way I don't quite know how to describe.

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