Q: Smelling Roses--What is the Meaning?
It happens that we are asked about the meaning of "smelling roses." People
perceive the fragrance of roses although there are no roses present in a room or
house. The experience is frequently related to a spiritual event of some
importance. How do we explain this?
The fragrance of roses and the smelling of roses is frequently mentioned in
records of mystical experiences. How to explain it? I am not sure if
there is a scientific answer. I haven't seen any, not so far.
However, it is a fact that strong spiritual, as well as other mental
activities, can trigger accompanying sensory perceptions. The imaginative
power, for example the intense thought on behalf of a beloved person, may
produce a physical impression and presence of that person. The smelling of
roses, being a refined and exquisite sensation, may be the equivalent of a
highly-spiritual and, likewise, exquisite experience. Or it may be the
spiritual compensation for a painful spiritual experience. Some mystics
are invited to experience the dolors of Christ's Passion. The smelling of
roses may be the recompense for this ordeal, or a way of letting them know the
deeper life-giving meaning of their experience.
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