Donna D's Experience
I was on a two week trip of the Mediterranean when I had just arrived at the resort hotel in Anavysoss and checked into my room, having just come from Port Piraeus and Patmos Island, Greece. As I was setting the last piece of my luggage on the floor near the bed, my body suddenly 'fell' (for a lack of a better way to describe it) onto the bed and the next thing my consciousness knew, suddenly I was no longer in my physical body. My spirit was traveling at a high rate of speed upwards, through the ceiling, through the roof, into the sky and past the clouds, as though I were being pulled up, not propelled up from behind. Beside me, one on each side, were what I automatically and somehow knew without a doubt, angels holding my hands and traveling upward with me. These angels did not have wings as depicted in Christian art, they were long wispy, and white misty looking spiritual beings, their wispy shape could belie the possession of wings, but they were not wings.
During this upwards travel, as I looked to the side and saw the wispy angel being to my left, I kept thinking how amazing this was and wondered where I was going, where I was being taken. I thought for sure I must have died in the natural world, although I hadn't felt even so much as a twinge of pain anywhere in my body prior to being yanked out of it.
The next thing I'm aware of is coming to an abrupt stop (without the natural feeling of stopping, just like I couldn't 'feel' the speed of travel, I could only see it), incredibly high in the sky, and when I looked ahead into the bright blueness of the sky, I saw what appeared to be a walled city that looks much like Jerusalem, Israel, except it was in the sky amidst and atop a bunch of clouds. The angels beside me made no sound, there was absolutely no sound whatsoever in the environment around me at that moment. As the angels began to move, slowly this time, and usher me toward the city, a very clear and resounding thought came to my mind, a thought my mind seemed to utter aloud for the angels to hear, and that thought was, "I shouldn't be here."
The next thing I knew, in what seemed like an instant, I was traveling at an ever faster speed downward (seeing the speed, not 'feeling' the speed as we naturally feel it) as what I had traveled upward, and slammed back into my body with a very jarring, very aware painful type of experience of going from feeling absolute bliss, completely weightless, and feeling nothing untoward phsyically, to painfully feeling the heaviness and confines of my physical body, along with all of the natural world senses that come with it. As soon as my self was quite literally slammed back into my body my eyes flew open, I jumped up off the bed and spun around to stare at it, and thought, "WTF just happened to me and why did I stupidly say/think I didn't belong there!!!"
The experience was amazing although to this day I still don't know why God allowed me to experience it, and to this day I still regret being back in my body with all of the aches and pains my body has.
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience? No
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
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? Perfectly alert, and I knew I was no longer in my body. I thought I had died somehow.
Was the experience dream like in any way? No, it was not a dream. Nothing even close to a dream.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? Yes I couldn't see myself other than my hands, which were, how do I put this, it's hard to describe...my hands were there but not there, they had mass but in a different way than in the natural world. Two angels, one on each side, were holding my hands. I could feel their grasp on my hands, but not in the same way touch is felt in the natural world.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Awe. Complete and utter awe and amazement. I also felt at complete peace, and love and joy beyond the comprehension of human words.
Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises? No sounds except those of my own thoughts, and my last thought, "I shouldn't be here" was incredibly loud compared to my other other thoughts. Oral words seemed unnecessary, the angels could hear my thoughts and somehow I automatically knew this when I was with them, so I did not speak.
Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures? No What was weird was that this city I saw, I didn't know it looked like Old Jerusalem, Israel until 4 days later when I actually traveled to Jerusalem. I had never been there before, nor seen photos, prior to this happening to me. The revelation of similarity to Jerusalem occurred while I was in Jerusalem standing at a vantage point on a hillside overlooking Old Jerusalem.
Did you see a light? Yes The light surrounded the city I saw in the sky. It was bright, but not in a way that hurt to look at. It was beautiful.
Did you meet or see any other beings? Yes Yes, two angels. These angels communicated to me that I have been invited into the house of the Lord, he has called me as one of his people, for me not to worry, that my name is forever in His book, and that the Holy Land in the natural world is not what matters, it is but stones and dust that in time will naturally disintegrate, as all earthly things do, but the Holy Land in heaven is what matters, God's kingdom in the sky, for it is eternal.
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? Yes Touch was felt in a different way than how we feel it in the natural world. It was felt as a slight pressure of 'knowing'. Our consciousness knows what it feels like to touch or be touched, so it fills in the gaps with the memory of 'knowing' what it felt like while we were in the natural world. It's different, but the same. Odd way to explain it I know, but it's the only way I know how to explain it.
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes I felt like I had been gone for at least an hour, when in reality I had only been gone a few minutes. I had checked my watch when I checked into the hotel, and had checked it again when I got into my room so I would know how long I had until breakfast was served in the downstairs restaurant. After the experience I checked it again, 4 minutes had transpired. It felt like much longer.
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes I somehow knew I wasn't going to be married much longer and that I would have to leave just about everything from that marriage behind...and that came true. 3 yrs later I was divorced from a 20 yr marriage that I thought would never end, coming out of it with very little to show for it.
I somehow know how many years I have left of my life, how many more God has granted me. Somehow I know He plans on keeping me around on this big rock for another 28 years. No more and no less. 28 more years, whether I like it or not. It's His will, not mine, and I must obey His will.
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
Did you become aware of future events? Yes Please see answer to number 16 and I also knew of some of the weather specific tragedies here in the U.S. prior to their occurrences (hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, etc) , although no one I spoke to about it prior to believed me.
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? Yes Yes and it ticks me off. I don't know why or how I could have so stupidly thought I didn't belong where the angels had taken me. It was almost as though they had given me choice, to remain dead and go with them further, or to continue living. And I stupidly chose to live, and not only that, God added many more years to my life apparently (remains to be seen) than I originally thought I was going to have.
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience? Yes A gift of healing, though not purposefully pursued. A gift of just knowing things are going to happen prior to them happening. Again, not pursued. And knowing things about people and their lives without being told. Something I can't stand, it makes me feel like I'm intruding on other people's privacy and I hate that.
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes I'm not afraid to die anymore. And since I now know that God has no intention of me dying anytime soon, I've taken up skydiving.
My religious beliefs have solidified. Where there was doubt before, there is no doubt, and my beliefs in what happens to those who don't get to heaven are changed also. Life is eternal, I know that, and heaven and hell are real, I know that too, but there is also another realm, an in-between world, purgatory is how the Catholics describe it, where some souls get trapped for a variety of reasons.
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? Big difference! I no longer care or worry about what others think of me like I did before, I accept me for who I am and how God made me. I think of humanity as us all being part of one humongous family, the family of God, a family where it's our duty to look out for each others best interests and welfare. We are all each other's neighbors.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes I smile a lot more, not much bothers me like it used to, mole hills don't become mountains metaphorically speaking, they stay as mole hills. I don't have the fear associated with certain things, like skydiving, that I used to have, therefore I enjoy life more.
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes Mostly with my mother and church people. My mom's heart is very close to the Lord, she has a great relationship with God. She knows God's ways are not mans ways and that with God, all things are possible.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? The absolute best parts were not feeling the heaviness and confinement of my body...although prior to this I never really felt confined in my body, I didn't have anything to compare it to, it was all I knew, up until then...and seeing actual angels!! That was beyond awesome! And having 'eternal life' validated in a way for me that cannot ever be denied as existing! It's real, and it's awesome!
Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience? If it ever happens again, which I doubt it will but you never know, I definitely will not make the same mistake twice!
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 Pretty much. It's a mind altering, mind blowing experience that is truly difficult to accurately describe in words, words just fall short of its magnitude and awesomeness. Like trying to describe the peace, love, and joy felt....there is no way I could describe it in human words to accurately reflect the magnitude of it, it's that great! It's all encompassing, your spiritual being is part of the peace, love, and joy, you are made of it and it is made partly of you. It's everywhere yet nowhere. Try wrapping your brain around that without ever experiencing it first hand and you just can't, your mind will always fall short.