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Dawn M's Experience

Experience description:   

I was in the school bus in front of my secondary school waiting for it to pull out to take us home.  In general, I was a very stressed kid due to major family dysfunction and abuse. I was also very shy, was attending a huge school, and was obsessed with getting A's.  I noticed how extremely nervous I felt. Just then I became aware of a presence behind my right shoulder and I received the message, "Everything will be alright." I also received a feeling of incredible peace and joy.  I was soaking this in when I became aware that the presence was leaving. It's hard to say how I knew this because I never saw the presence. I thought I may never have this chance again, so I asked, "Even after death?," and was told, "Yes, everything will be alright." I am less certain about one thing, which is that I think somehow I had this knowledge that everything is interconnected and fits together. I went home and sat on my bed and did my homework with a tremendous sense of joy, peace, and well-being. I think it's strange that I didn't tell anyone for a long time. It's like it didn't occur to me to do so.

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

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     Hard to describe how I received information without (if I'm remembering correctly) hearing a voice.

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?           High

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No. It seemed like the fact I was on the bus with others became irrelevant during the experience. I'm not sure I even noticed my surroundings during the experience.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain      It's more like I was consumed by the experience and the material world was irrelevant.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Joy and peace are the emotions I remember.

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            I wasn't shown anything that I specifically remember except I think I may have been given a graphic depicting how things work in unison. As mentioned above, this aspect of the experience is less clear to me.

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     I was aware of a presence behind my right shoulder. Not right behind me, just in that 

direction. And above me. I did not have a sense of who they were. See #4.

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     It was as if I wasn't part of the scene on the bus during the experience.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes            See #4 above.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       Yes     Just in general that everything would be alright. Life has certainly been hard, but I think the messenger may have meant that everything will be okay on a grand scale, and there's a purpose to everything.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No response            Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?      Uncertain      Very rarely, for hears following the event, I would know what was going to happen and it would. However, I'm not sure if this was also true before the event.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I felt calm and happy at first. But soon after I either forgot the experience or just didn't think about it. I remembered it when in grad school. It was such a profound experience that I am much more certain that there is a higher realm than I would be without the experience. I am also more convinced that here is a purpose to his life.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I am calmer than I otherwise would be. I feel that life has a purpose and that our suffering is noticed on the other side. I feel so grateful that I was told that everything will be alright after I die. My childhood was so traumatic. I sometimes wonder if this gift was somehow a concession for what I went through.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     I don't think I would be as certain about God, goodness, an afterlife, or specifically that I will be okay after death if I hadn't had this experience. I just wish I could share it with others on a way that they could also believe.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I eventually told some people. My sister and old boyfriend seemed to believe this. Most others have little response. A couple people did not seem to believe me (or maybe just thought it was all on my head). This is surprising to me. Why is it that most people believe in God, but disbelieve someone's encounter with the other side.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  See #4

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      Best - knowing I'll be okay after I die.

Worst - when others discount this profound, beautiful, life-changing experience.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        Just that years later I had a strange thing happen. I woke up and had no memory of anything. It was frightening. I was aware and that was it. I didn't even know what kind of being I was. This state only lasted a short time. I don't know if parts of my brain stayed asleep or if I was taken somewhere and returned.

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?               Yes