I saw God, says Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has described his experience of coming face to face with God.
Paul McCartney has described his experience of coming face to face with God.

Paul McCartney has told of his belief in a "higher" entity - and says he once came face-to-face with God.

The Beatles star said the experience - which came after he had taken drugs - had given him the "sense" that there was "something higher".

Speaking to The Sunday Times, he said: "I once took a drug, DMT... And I saw God, this amazing towering thing, and I was humbled."

Describing the encounter as a "clue", rather than a life-changing moment, he added: "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... we felt we had seen a higher thing."

Dimethyltryptamine - or DMT - is a naturally occurring psychedelic that is often inhaled through a pipe, with many users reporting out-of-body experiences and "spiritual" insights.

The 76-year-old singer, who is due to tour his new music, also told the paper of the moment he believed his late wife Linda had "come back to give me a sign" after her death.

Describing seeing a white squirrel in the country, he said it was a "great moment", and added that he had allowed himself to believe that lost loved ones were "looking down" on him.

McCartney's Freshen Up tour, which starts in Canada this month, will be his first outing to support his album Egypt Station. The album will be released on September 7.

Australian Associated Press