No lies here
This is what happened to me.
I guess it was hysteria. You guys tell. I'll poll it out.
One night in 1979 I was convinced that God showed up as I was praying.
The mind goes into weird places when you get all those emotions going like that.
It only took like 8 hours of prayer for me.
What I experienced was a big deal, but it wasn't real, I can accept that now.
Congratulations on having a gratifying experience. Even better if you can apply something you learned.
A lot of different experiences are possible from meditation or drugs, but unless they can provide actual new information that can be shared and put to use, where are you going with the story? If you think you have established contact with God, where is that going to take you? Are you getting credit for your achievement? Why do you need that credit? When you can bring back an insight that can be conveyed and helps others besides yourself, then let the world know.
I'll share this. In the high of psilocybin, I repeatedly perceive a symmetric mandala that becomes infinitely fine in the center, and this perception seems perfect and complex enough that it suggests a spiritual origin. But that's it. Given it's repeatability, I can't rule out that this is a drug-induced pattern, in spite of its intriguing character. Really, the same applies to all the visual hallucinations. The experience is intriguing, but NOT instructive. No insightful information is gained.
The reality is that people have been taking drugs and meditating for thousands of years, but no religion has ever come up with new, valid information about our reality.
Ugh. Being forced to choose what I think by parameters. Not a fan.
There are many forms of meditation that have not a thing to do with divinity.
Even 'Spiritual' if you will, does not always equate a God, or Gods.
IMHO there are forms of both that relate to one connecting with their inner self for lack of a better word. And none of it requires a so called 'Higher' power.