A Modern Christian Mystics Diary

Haiku & the Divine Scent

August 30, 2022
This morning I began the format of the paperback for “my” book Holy American Haiku and as I was scrolling through it, making more edits (of course, a profoundly spiritual task) several times during the process, I had to stop what I was doing when I was utterly overwhelmed by the sudden DIVINE scent that filled me as I was breathing it and immersed in it. It was so delicious and pungent it was almost too much for me to endure. I had to rest my hand on my chest as I breathed, "Oh, my Lord!” and “Oh, my God!” Editing came to a stop. Then when I began working again, after a while the overwhelmingly strong and divine scent overcame me again. 

This happened several more times, almost as intensely as the first time (perhaps just as intensely) but I was prepared for it now. Nevertheless, I was astonished, and awed, and felt very, very humble about the experience, for I have read that it is a sign or a mark of grace and God's favor. Yet I felt I knew the cause, which made me so happy: Our book, the work my Lord has given me, inspired and filled me with so I can give birth to it and send it out into the world.

And not surprisingly, the devil attacked the files, the original and the new print file. In all the time I have owned this computer (years) this has happened only once or twice. WORD froze, but unlike on any other occasion, Control-Alt-Delete did nothing; I could not “End Task” and had to shut the computer down, praying I hadn't lost my latest edits on both versions of the files, because I always hit SAVE after every edit. Yet I didn’t panic. How could I? That divine overwhelmingly potent fragrance in a sealed room with the AC on and no flowers anywhere remotely near my closed windows!

When the machine finally booted up, my virus protection program went crazy, promptly cleaning up all sorts of issues that had abruptly cropped up. I recovered the files as READ ONLY because the program informed me the files were corrupted, and that when I opened them they would probably be empty. Well, they weren’t corrupted or empty, and I was able to switch them out of Read Only and continue working, having lost only a couple of edits.

I felt an Angelic algorithmic battle had just been fought on my PC.

Later, I looked up this experience of being overwhelmed, surrounded by, filled with a fragrance as of a whole field of divinely-scented flowers. Or maybe an abundance of only one flower with an overwhelmingly wonderful fragrance?

This is the second time I have experienced this phenomena. The first time was on November 15, 2021 the day before the night I was blessed with the dream I AM God

"All Odors of Sanctity are described as sweet, with notes of honey, butter, roses, violets, frankincense, myrrh, jasmine, and lilies being the most frequently reported accompaniments. The scent of roses in the air when no rose flowers are nearby is a sign that an angel may be communicating with you. A rose fragrance may also be a sign of God's presence with you (the odor of sanctity) or accompany the delivery of a blessing from God."