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Experience description:   
I have had several experiences, especially while I was in my late 20's, early 30's, but now that I am 50 it all seems to have stopped.

Two dreams were particularly interesting. I have always had a fear of water, but only at night ever since I was young. Just before I turned 20 I was with a large group of people, living beside a lake. I had gone to bed one night and woke up in a panic. It took several minutes? seconds to collect myself and figure out where I was. I had dreamed that I was a man in Ireland maybe in the 1800's. I had just come out of a bar? pub? late one night, drunk as usual, when I tripped into a canal or docking area face first, drowned and washed out to sea. I was relatively young and fit.. It felt like I was a laborer of some kind lots of brawn and muscle, dressed in some type of white shirt, but it was a flowy sort of pull over and brown pants to the knees and then shoes and stockings. And oh so drunk. I am not a big drinker today.  

The other one I had several years later. I dreamed I was a nurse. I was in a very old fashion uniform, starch white apron and those old nurses caps and the watch pinned to the apron, like a nursing sister, very strict, button down. But I was watching myself walk down the corridor and then I was walking down the corridor. I heard someone crying out in pain, but just then I thought to myself, "Oh it's someone else s problem now there is nothing I can do because I am dead." There were people in the hall, but they ignored me and I wasn't trying to attract attention. And I woke up. There was nothing frightening about this, if fact it was rather happy, rather like the next big adventure was waiting at the end of the hall.

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?           I was asleep both times. Not like the visions I have had, also of past lives, while very much awake.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Well it was a dream, but both sure felt real to me. Like I was looking at short clips of past lives or deaths as it were.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I was watching and experiencing at the same time.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           Nothing that you wouldn't hear in a busy hospital ward. But it definitely was not a modern hospital.

  After I staggered out of the pub which was noisy and I think bright, it was quiet, very dark and I was alone, probably headed to where ever home was, but I don't really know. Then I tripped, hit the water and that was that.

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?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

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     The times were very much in the past.

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      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No      

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   No, in fact the nursing dream was probably the one of the last ones. As I said I used to have a lot of experiences, all relating to various people that I knew when I was younger.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     My fear of water at night has greatly diminished and I when I go, I do not want to drown, I have done that.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I have always said in this life I am not a nurse.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I find that most people tend to open up with experiences of their own, but not influenced in any way.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  I tend not to "get wasted" on alcohol and have a very low tolerance of alcoholics, because it is such a waste of life. I am more puzzled by the nursing one. When I woke up I felt certain that it was a profession that I had spent many years in because it was a natural death I had died of, I felt like an old lady.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was the realization of where this fear of water at night came from, because I fear it much less now. The worst was the realizing the waste of life from it and that I have very little compassion for alcoholics.

The best part of the nursing dream was that the end of life was like walking off stage and life went on. The worst part was that I could not see further, to where I was walking off to.

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