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Alva H's Experience

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            In the year my story took place I was doing research and teaching at a university situated in the mountains of the province where I was born.  I frequently traveled to the capital city to visit my family and I would return by bus to the university on Sunday nights.  The bus was usually empty by the time we traveled through the final section of the mountain chain.
On the night of my experience I traveled by a bus that, in the final stages of the trip, went through elevations where one could see valleys covered with pine trees and oaks.
On the night in question there was a full moon of exceptional beauty and luminosity that rose in a corner of the sky.  It's light was of such intensity that it was nearly possible to read the faint words of a newspaper.  The valleys below were illuminated with a blue light that allowed one to see the details of the landscape and the silhouette of the pines.
I was seated by a window in the nearly empty bus, absently looking out at the strange view, when I was overcome, without warning, by the event I am referring to. 
The first thing I felt, or rather at the beginning, it was a sensation of inexplicable ecstasy that I had never felt before in my life that increased in strength until it almost became painful.  I lost perception of where I was and ceased to hear the noise of the motor. I then experienced a feeling of incredible unfolding of a reality impossible to explain that I can only describe as a melding of my consciousness with everything that was around me; like the physical integration of my being with the physical substance of the forest and the totality of nature.
I do not believe there is a way of expressing with words the feeling of joy and euphoria; of complete happiness and a super expanded consciousness I experience at that time.  This feeling was so powerful I felt it possible to die from their strength.  My chest felt very heavy and to my astonishment tears flowed from my eyes.  I was unable to contain my agitated breathing.  A sensation of ecstasy and rapture, a current of overpowering happiness completely overcame me at that time and I wanted it never to end.
From that moment I felt myself soaring out of my body.  I saw myself outside my body, without knowing or having any consciousness where it my physical body was.  I saw everything from a great height and I felt a type of vertigo and a slight sensation of fear at feeling so high up and moving at an enormous speed   At the same time I felt great happiness similar to how a child feels when riding the horses of a carousel; a sensation of incomparable power, of euphoria and contentment.  Each detail of the landscape below was visible as if my eyes were endowed with powerful telescopes.  Nothing in the scene changed during moments that seemed like hours and even the moon continued shining upon me and lighted a landscape of overwhelming beauty that exuded a kind of peace and serenity that I could clearly see in my indescribable flight or unfolding.   And just as my experience took me to its apex, all of a sudden it ended without my feeling the slightest sensation of transition or abatement from one state to the other.
I wouldn't be able to tell you how long the experience lasted were it not for the fact that, when it was over, the bus had  gone over 2 kilometers.
When we arrived at the university, already late at night, I couldn't get into the dormitory.  I couldn't sleep that night and I kept trying to reflect upon what had happened, deeply disconcerted but without loosing the extreme joy and ecstasy over what I had experienced.
I would like to say that at that time I had never taken drugs nor alcoholic drinks.  I don't take any sleeping medications nor psychotropic drugs, nor have I ever taken them even today at age 60.  I have never been, even now, a religious man and have practically never gone to any church of any denomination.  I'm simply a man, just as I was at that time, with a solid scientific and philosophical...and even humanistic...background, but nothing approaching a mystic.

After reflecting on the experience, I can extract several conclusions.  They are the following:
1. I had no premonition of what was going to happen at that time.  I traveled without paying much attention and looked absently at a beautiful nocturnal landscape.
2.  I wasn't tired or sleepy.
3.  The intensity of the experience got stronger until it became so painful that the sensation of joy and extreme happiness were almost insufferable.
4.  My pulse rate stayed elevated for several days.  I lost my appetite and went for several days without eating or needing to eat.
5.  The feeling of "unfolding" or disintegration of my personality and the fusion with everything was overwhelmingly real.  Reality itself cannot prepare one for what happened.
6.  The reality of the experience was absolute.  I completely lost all notion of where I was and my surroundings completely disappeared.  I  could not hear anything going on around me, nevertheless, I am completely sure that my sense of hearing was never lost at any time.
The results of this experience were noteworthy and long lasting.
1.  My character and conduct changed from that day on.  I felt I had a greater capacity for understanding the actions of my fellow beings and I became more tolerant of the faults of others.
2.  My arrogance and predisposition towards treating others with disdain became much less.
I became much more simple, social and cordial.
3.  I returned to God later on, although I almost never went to church and do not pray.  The absolute certainty of God's existence and the assurance that Jesus was his son and messenger sent by Him to save us became part of me.
4.  The absolute faith in our transcendence over death became a part of me and I lost all fear of death in the sense that death is seen as the complete disappearance of the self.
5.  Although what I'm going to say may seem strange, from that moment on I felt compassion towards people who do not feel within themselves the presence of God.

This is my story.  It's not about a Near Death Experience, like I would have years later.  I was completely conscious when I had it, everything was transformed for a little while into a state that could be called hyperconsciousness or something far beyond consciousness.  There is nothing I have ever experienced that can even come close in comparison with this.
I have never told this to anyone except to a woman who a few many years later.
By the light of a life that has been almost completely lived, with the passage of nearly 30 years since the event, and after thinking about it for decades, having visited many countries and had many adventures, I firmly believe that that night, by some incredible, inexplicable and unmerited grace, God put His finger upon my head.  
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words?      Yes       the intensity, the overwhelming reality and beauty are impossible to translate into words. 
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?        No       
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?           See my account above.  My consciousness and alertness during this experience was magnified.  Even today I feel overwhelmed and even fearful when thinking about having experienced this event.
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal
Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?       Yes       I could see everything although I didn't focus in any particular direction.  My field of vision was extended to a point that's impossible to understand.  The colors were normal but the detail of objects was extremely intense.
Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?
            Yes       I ceased completely my hearing of the noises around me in the physical world.  During the sensation of flying through an open space I could hear, not only the sound of the wind that blew at a great height, but also the brushing of it against me.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?      Yes
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Marvelous and indescribable.

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?   Yes       See my description of the event.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time?      Yes      Although the experience evidently only lasted a few minutes, I had no sense of time during it.  It could have lasted hours or minutes.  The time space was completely "porous."  I had the sensation of traversing thousands of kilometers or none.
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?        Yes       See my account.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?       Yes       See my detailed account of the event.
Did you become aware of future events?        Yes         I acquired the occasional capacity of seeing things that will occur.      
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?    Yes       That perception is absolutely intuitive and immediate, without prior analysis. 
Have you shared this experience with others?            Yes       See my account.  I related this experience a little afterwards to a very spiritual woman who I loved and who died a little afterwards.  I have never told anyone else. 
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?      No       
How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:  Experience was definitely real     

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:     Experience was definitely real           
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Yes       See my account
Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Yes       I firmly believe in life after physical death.  God is part of my life.
Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?    No          
Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?    Yes       Although brief, yes they do.