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Allison G's Experience

Experience description:   

During the weekend, we were not allowed to speak.  We wrote, but did not share and were guided in the writing exercises to consider our present life, then to write about past events and then to write about a specific time in our past. We then picked a spiritual figure from the past time, imagined going down deep in a well and finally meeting that spiritual figure at an underground stream.  At that time I transitioned into an alternate state of consciousness in which I understood complete love and acceptance, a sense of oneness, no such thing as time, no judgment.  Everything and everyone was interconnected.  When I came back to awareness, tears were streaming down my face because of the power of love.  It was intense and beautiful.  I didn't talk to anyone at the retreat weekend about this and pretty much forgot about it until recently when I came upon a book about the Progoff method and read it and realized that the program was designed to encourage this kind of experience.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     One aspect was timelessness, another was that everything was equal...no better or worse, everything was accepted, powerful sense of peace and love.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Not aware of my surroundings at the time.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   It was unlike reality.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain      No awareness of my body.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Awe, delight, release of tension, love.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?    No           

Did you see a light?           Uncertain     

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Uncertain      I had a sense of others, but no one in particular.

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          No      

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?          Yes     There was no such thing as time.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes     I knew that everything was accepted, there was no "better" or "worse".  It was as acceptable to be a beginner as it was to be an expert.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No       Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Uncertain      It did not cause me to believe in God, as I had been raised to do but had gone away from, but it gave me a sense of everything being okay, ultimately.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       No, not until recently.  Now I am looking to understand the concept of a Higher Power and to define what that is.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Not much of a reaction.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Right afterwards, tears of gratitude.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      It was all good.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        No

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Uncertain     

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Yes