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Betty L's Experience

Experience description:   

I went to my friend's house for a facial.  When I arrived, I was really stressed out.  I did not think that I would be able to relax.  A few minutes into the facial I became very relaxed.  My body felt like it became very heavy.  I felt like I was in a coma and was unable to move.  I felt myself float upward.  I then felt myself traveling toward the light.  It was powerfully bright, yet soft.  As I got closer to the "end" of the light, I felt the presence of God and my grandfather who passed away 30 years ago.  There was also an angel there that I was able to see.  She is my guardian angel.  The light was so welcoming, I could not wait to reach the source of it.  I felt that if I got to that place, I would be permitted to stay in that place. 

At some point I went into a dream-like state.  I saw myself lying in a hospital bed.  A man (presumably my husband), was standing beside the bed.  The same angel was there and she was holding a newborn baby.  She handed me the baby and that was the end of the dream. 

Somehow God communicated to me that it was time for me to return to my life/body.  I begged him to let me die so that I would never have to leave that place and the light.  Despite my pleas, I was sent back to my body.  I was disappointed because that was the happiest, safest place I have ever known.   

I am still trying to make sense of this experience.  I wonder why it happened to me and what I should do with my knowledge.

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


Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     It is hard to describe the light, the travel, and the communication that took place while I was in the presence of the light.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes    

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I was conscious enough to be able to answer questions.  I was getting a facial and was occasionally asked if the towel was too hot, if I felt comfortable,...

           
Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes, however I was not asleep.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     My body became very heavy and I felt as if I were in a coma and unable to move.  I then felt myself float up out of my body.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Everything about being in the presence of the light and of God was positive.  I felt the safest and happiest I have ever felt.

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?           Yes     The light was very bright and powerful.  It was a whitish-yellow.  It was bright, but it did not hurt my eyes to look into it directly.  I felt as if the light were enveloping me and I never wanted to leave it and return to my body.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     I felt the presence of God and my grandfather who passed away 30 years ago, as I was traveling toward the light.  I did see my guardian angel and presumably my future husband.

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 response           

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Uncertain           

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     I felt as if the experience lasted for a very ling time, but it could not have been more than a matter minutes.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No       I was traveling toward the light.  I felt as if I was getting very close, but I never reached it.  I had the sense that if I reached the light, I would no longer would be alive and would be able to stay there.  I was so comfortable there.  I begged and pleaded with God not to send me back- not because I was unhappy with my life, but because I did not want to leave that place and feeling.

Did you become aware of future events?       Uncertain      There was a dream-like portion of this experience in which I was lying on a hospital bed with a man next to me and my guardian angel was there handing me a newborn baby.  I am not sure if this was a vision of the future.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No response            I was so comfortable in the presence of the light.  I begged God not to send me back.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Yes     I've always had some (undeveloped) psychic abilities, but they seem to have increased since this experience.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I have a stronger belief in the existence of God, I am certain that angels are always with me, and I have no fear of death- in fact I will welcome it when it is time.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I feel more spiritual and more aware of my surroundings.  I am also more aware of my mortality.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No response           

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I shared this experience with two friends.  I wasn't even sure what had happened to me so I called a friend who lives out of state who works as a spiritual counselor.  He listened to my story and then told me that it followed the pattern of many out of body experiences.  I then told another friend who I knew would believe me.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I felt confused as to why I was given the opportunity.  I am not sure how I am to use this knowledge in my life.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best was experiencing the light, feeling the presense of God and my grandfather, and seeing my guardian angel.  The worst was having to return to my body/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 accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               No       I will never be able to fully describe this experience in words.