A non-religious Jewish woman from Europe called and asked for an appointment to discuss something very important. She came exactly on time and began to tell me about her spiritual life.
"Ever since I was a little girl I was very spiritual. I could look at things and feel like I was them."
I asked her if there was anyone else in her family who had these types of experiences. She said that her mother had them too. I explained that such things do run in families.
She said that the main reason she came to me was that she heard that I might be able to explain to her the meaning of her secret language. I asked her what she was talking about.
She said, "I will talk to you in my secret language and you will see." She sat up straight, calmly looked me in the face and began, "Ya ka fugle herky namni So can hagi for tur ran Tuska miskal eisshe won."
As soon as she started I began shaking my head, "No, don't do it."
"Why? What is it?"
"You think that it is a secret language and a sign that you are unique, spiritually higher than those around you. But all that is happening is when you begin to speak like this you let your emotions overwhelm your intellect and the words come out as feelings; garbled, instead of sensible words.
She nodded that was the experience.
"There are thousands of pentecostal and 'charismatic' x-ians doing this today. They believe that it is some sort of divine revelation or 'heavenly language'. It is called 'speaking in tongues.' They want to feel that they are successful in their religion, but obviously all they are doing is fooling themselves. Don't do it. To have a successful spiritual life you have to have your feet firmly planted on the ground. You have to live a practical physical life while you seek G-d."
She thanked me saying that I was the only one she had met who could explain things to her.
Will she listen? Some do, many do not. But now at least she has the information. One of the main problems with these types of confusion is the longer one does it the more difficult it is to stop.