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Carla F's Experience

Experience description:   

I was a fairly naive and innocent teenager. In fact, my childhood ambition was to become a missionary. As I got older this urge was replaced with a passion for the arts and I became a keen artist. Despite this experience happening in California in the 60s I had never experimented with drugs and rarely drank. I lived in a small apartment block and had a fairly conventional life. It's fitting then that this experience occurred in the most conventional of settings.. at home, drying my hair whilst listening to music. I was sitting on the floor drying my hair when suddenly I became aware that I had left my physical body... the transition had been seamless and I was still combing my hair. However, becoming conscious of the situation I broke out of this trance and looked down at myself.. it was as if time was frozen.. my physical body was motionless, frozen in time and still combing. It didn't seem as if my soul were bound anywhere in particular and I became agitated. I recalled my father telling me that empty bodies could be possessed by evil spirits and this is why we say gesundheit when we sneeze.. to keep the devils out. I panicked and began shaking my physical body, at some point I found myself back 'in' and awoke. Upon awaking I found scorch mark on my leg and realized I had been electrocuted by my poorly earthed hair dryer.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes  I was electrocuted by a hair dryer.

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  Yes     The moments of transition in and out of the body.. time, space.. can't explain.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    before i was aware it was taking place.. e.g. when I had left my body but hadn't noticed.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Normal consciousness and alertness   I think I interrupted the process and became my normal self.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I was more aware of small details.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   Can't recall.

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?   Yes   I saw myself.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   Bliss and panic.  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   No  

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   No

Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)?   No  

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   Yes   My grandmother was there

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   No  

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   No

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   No

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   No

Did scenes from the future come to you?  No 

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?   Uncertain   I know there is existence outside the body.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any other specific information / awareness that you have not shared in other questions that is relevant to living our earthly lives?   No  

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   No  

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience  

How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience?   I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience 
 
My experience directly resulted in:   Slight changes in my life

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?  
No  

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   Yes   I could dream the future.    

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  My children. They believed me 10 years later.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   No  

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was definitely real  

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real  

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No  

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   No  

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   Yes   When I was dying of cancer I was visited by deceased spirits.  

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