Paul McCartney Reveals How Drugs Led Him To See God

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Paul McCartney is in his twilight years. The 76-year-old singer-songwriter behind "When I'm 64," along with several more classic tunes, is among the most famous and beloved musicians in the world. But, the former Beatle knows he won't be around forever, and that death is inevitable even for Paul McCartney. Which begs the question: is there an afterlife? Everyone has an answer, including Paul McCartney. In a recent interview, McCartney talked about his personal religious beliefs, and why he believes he saw God when he took drugs during his younger years. As the veteran musicmaker admitted, it took him time to process what he saw in that moment, but it clearly had an affect on him, and it has greatly impacted the way he views the world and, more specifically, the afterlife. Here's what Paul McCartney said.

We were immediately nailed to the sofa. And I saw God, this amazing towering thing, and I was humbled. And what I'm saying is, that moment didn't turn my life around, but it was a clue.

Talk about a life-changing experience. The quote came during Paul McCartney's recent interview with The Times, where the former member of The Beatles talked about a variety of different talking points. Even though he's closer to 80 than 64 these days, McCartney is keeping himself as busy as ever, but that doesn't mean the fun is going last forever. One of these days, McCartney will no longer be with us. And, McCartney believes that's when he's going to meet his maker. As for the religious experience, Sir McCartney talked about what it was like, in his vision, to see God before him while he was sitting on that couch.

It was huge. A massive wall that I couldn't see the top of, and I was at the bottom. And anybody else would say it's just the drug, the hallucination, but both Robert and I were like, 'Did you see that?' We felt we had seen a higher thing.

It certainly had a lasting impact on Paul McCartney, it's safe to say. And while McCartney has had no shortage of experience with hallucinogenic drugs, this one was profound enough to stay in his long-term memory, even after all these years. Celebrities don't often talk about their religious beliefs, and this interview is a rare glimpse into Sir Paul McCartney's personal beliefs on God and what comes next in this life we share. There's no denying that Paul McCartney has lived one hell of a great life in his many decades on this planet. These days, he finds himself thinking about what's set to come hereafter.

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Will Ashton

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