I was happy to learn that there were many people who had experiences similar to my own. Although I didn’t agree with everything I read, I always tried my best to keep an open mind and learn as much as I could. Slowly, over time, I began to see that what I had experienced with God had been experienced countless times throughout history. People, I learned, had been trying to describe what they felt to be true for thousands of years, and I was shocked to see how similar even some of the oldest accounts were to my own.
Growing up as a Christian, I was even more surprised to see how rich other faiths were in their descriptions. I had always been taught that Jesus was the “only way” to God. Without the testimony of Jesus, it’s quite possible that I never would have come to know God myself, and for that I am eternally grateful, but I’m just as grateful to God for showing me the many other beautiful horizons. It wasn’t easy letting go of some of my dogmatic beliefs, but I put my faith in God. I stepped into the river of spirit and trusted where it was going.
My experience of God was one thing; I understood it, but I still could not articulate it. I knew I was getting closer. After all, every river eventually leads to an ocean.
— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 37)