Is having a mystical experience proof of God? I don’t know. Growing up it was all the proof I needed. But even when I had it, I wanted more evidence.
A tall, stoic Nigerian expat in a lime green Reebok jumpsuit approached me at a party one December night in South Korea and asked me “so what do you do? What brings you to Korea?” I was 19 on a ministry trip. I just wanted to serve God and have adventure. I felt embarrassed as I explained my uncertain life path, but the sound of agreement and respect in his voice sticks with me to this day: "Ah. A man of God."
He didn’t ask for the name of my guru, religion, or God. It didn’t matter to him, because my identity was clear. That’s when I realized, “devotee of God” is a type of person independent of race, religion, or creed, and that’s who I'd be for the rest of my life no matter what else.
Some people call us “seekers.” We’re called mystics, spiritualists, existentialists, ministers, philosophers, missionaries, devotees of God, shamans, monks, prophets, occultists, I don’t care to define or differentiate myself from anyone else. All I know is I’m an eternal being having a relatively short human experience, and my primary mission in Life is to know Truth, and help others do the same.
Real quick: Some people don’t like the name “God.” I get it. “Truth” is a good name. I say call it what you want, it’s all the same to me. This concept works no matter what your perception of the “Powers That Be.” Truth is a good name for God. The Sikh call it “Sat Nam”.