Hermina A's Experiences
During one of the many routine admissions to the hospital I started to have what I had termed "dreams in their own category". At first I was plagued with hellish nightmares which made me scared to fall asleep. Every morning after one of these nightmares I would be extremely happy to have woken up and know that it was day time again. But as soon as the afternoon and evening approached I dreaded to go to sleep because I did not want to have these nightmares.
However the final dream of these "dreams in their own category" was so beautiful and very peaceful that it was able to cancel out all the distress which was brought into my being by the previous nightmares.
If a person can have a choice to choose what to dream every night when you go to sleep, this last "dream" would be the only "dream" I would choose every night I go to sleep for the rest of my life. It was such a beautiful dream, and I don't think there are actually words fit to describe how wonderful this dream was and do it justice. All these "dreams' happened while I was in hospital in 1998.
The nightmarish dreams were actually many since they did not happen during one night, but I am going to share the latest nightmare which was then followed by the most beautiful 'dream' I ever had. I must also add that this last nightmare was the most terrifying of all nightmares I had prior to this nightmare, but no matter how its terror was intense, it was superseded by the joy I experienced in the dream which I just dreamed right after this nightmare.
However, up to this day I am not sure what kind of period of time separated these two dreams, the most terrifying dream and the most pleasant dream. I am not sure if the day or night separated these two dreams, or I dreamed them in the same night. All I know for certain they came following one another, first the terrifying dream, then second the pleasant dream.
I will first present the terrifying dream and then I will end with the pleasant dream, in the same order as they came.
The nightmare started off by me running away from men, but both me and the men who are chasing me were in the air, although I was using my legs to run in the air. The man were pulling or riding a cart (like a donkey cart), but I am not exactly sure which animals were used to pull this chart as I did not see the actual donkeys who are supposed to pull the chart.
I was running making a lot of turns inside of a house which is having a setup of a chief's house in attempt to loose these people who are chasing me but I was not able to loose them, neither they were able to catch me in the air. I perceived that inside the cart which was being pulled there was snakes, but I did not see them with my eyes, I perceived it.
At one point I got too tired, and upon realizing that no matter how hard I ran, I was not loosing these men, I made a decision just to surrender and give up my attempts to loose these people. When I made that decision I let myself to slumber to the ground in a total hopelessness state with a purpose of waiting for my fate.
When I lend on the ground I was facing south and I could see the men chasing behind me but still a few feet away from me and they were still in the air, it was very clear they were coming for me. Immediately in front perhaps 3 to 4 feet of me there was a group of women seated on the ground. Should I have been still trying to run when I lend on the ground I could have ran straight into this group of women seated.
These women were seated facing north, and it means we were facing one another when I lend facing south. They were seated on something which gives an impression that they were seated on the carpet, but they were actually seated on top of semi-dried waste which is normally comes from the stomachs of slaughtered cattle. Even the smell which was emanating from where these women were seated was exactly the smell at the butchery (I am not sure if I am correct if the place where the slaughter is done is called a butchery), a smell of a mixture of semi-dried blood and stomach wastes of slaughtered cattle.
These women were all wearing black (veils on their head and long dresses which completely covered their legs as they set with their legs folded underneath their dresses. I perceived that they were there to meet me so I can go with them somewhere, but it was not clear to me as to where these women were supposed to take me. The skin of these women was dull but it was clear that they had smeared something reddish to their skin as well because through the dullness I could see a red tone like that of blood. The way they had done their headgears on their heads it was done in the same manner as the Ovaherero culture women in our country do their headgears, with something resembling the horns. Only the "horns" of the headgears of the women in this dream were much shorter then that of ovaherero women. I must add that at this time in 1998 I have never seen Ovaherero women before in my life despite the fact that we live in the same country. This is due to the fact at that time I was never travelled far from the nearest town which is close to our village. And the most ovaherero people are in the urban areas, and the ones who are still in villages these villages are very far from where I came from. I only came to meet the ovaherero women and discover their unique traditional outfits when I travelled to Windhoek, the capital city of our country in 1999, a year latter after this nightmare. As I stand in front of these women who are seated in front of me and whom I just perceived they are there to meet me so that I can go with them somewhere which I did not know exactly where, I was able to notice live medium size millipedes sticking out from underneath the dresses of these women. At the same time I was also able to notice the same size live millipedes sticking out from the headgears of these women at the spot were the headgear resembles horns, and they were really giving a resemblance of little horns. The atmosphere amongst these women was similar to the people who are in mourning.
As I am just standing there waiting for my fate when the men I was running away from in the air catch up with me and just looking on these women in front of me, all of the sudden I saw my aunt emerging from my right hand side and walking between me and the group of seated women. She was holding an iron stick resembling a hockey stick. As she was walking between me and the group of these women she was asking the question in a state of somebody who wants to fight. She said: What is it? What is it? She was addressing the people who were chasing me in the air because they are still coming after me at this point although they were still a few meters away.
When my aunt emerged from my right, at the same time I saw my mother standing on my left hand. Both my mom and aunt did not say anything to me, but I was relieved because I perceived both my mom and aunt are there to defend me.
Immediately when the men who were chasing me saw that I have a defender, my aunt, they turned back toward the north (remember they were behind me and I was facing south). All of the sudden the group of the women all also joined the men and left me alone. I was also able to notice the disappointment on the faces of these women when they realized they will have to leave without me because I know have a defender. Then end of this nightmare.
Now I am going to give account of the most pleasant dream I ever had. As I said before, I know these two dreams follows one another, but I don't know what kind of period separated them. I do not know if I had them in the same night or in separate two nights. And if it was in the same night I do not know if I awake in between them either. All I know I had this two dreams following one another, first the most terrifying one, then followed by the most pleasant "dream" ever.
This dream start off with me looking after cattle (I am a village girl who used to look after animals, this alone was not strange to me) with two other people. These two people were an elderly man and a young boy who appears to be under ten. We were seated under a shade of a tree forming a triangle. My back was against the west, the elderly man was seated on my left, with his back against the east, while the young boy was on my right also with his back against east. It means between the three of us we were forming a triangle.
The cattle which we were looking after were behind me, meaning our western side, and they were also heading to west.
This elderly man and the boy did not have natural bodies, but their bodies were like the images of a projection.
As I was with this two people I was completely at total peace and I can compare the feeling when one is around you own family, although at this point their exact identity was not known to me. I was also conversing with them freely, especially the elderly man, although we did not speaking with outspoken words. It was more kind of reading each other minds.
At one point the elderly man send me to go and turn the heads of the cattle towards us, which means to turns the heads of cattle to the east. I went with a heart with a full of joy, but all of the sudden above my head appeared a string-like purple silk cloth hanging from above. It turns out that I will not walk by myself to turn the heads of cattle, but instead this cloth is the one would take me. I hold myself to this cloth with my hands and it started to move me to go and turn the heads of cattle as the elderly man instructed me to do. Immediately when I hung onto this cloth it started to move as if there is some kind of a machine controlling it. I was able to look above me and I was able to see how this cloth was hanging from the clouds, but this clouds were very close to me just like the ceilings of the house.
As I hung on this cloth it was the most amazing feeling I ever had when the cloth was taking me to turn the heads of cattle because I did not feel any weight of my own body as it should be if one is hanging from something normally. As I turn the heads of the cattle I perceived that these were our own cattle (me and the elderly man and the boy). I was able to see that these cattle are into two categories and are equal in number in both categories although I did not count them. The first category was the half which is leading the other. This category looks healthy with good shiny fur, but they are not extremely fat, it is just cattle with healthy shiny skins. The other group which was following and behind the first category was looking ill. Their skins are very dull and their fur in "chaos".
When the cloth I was hanging on took me to turn the heads of these cattle it moved from the southern side of the cattle, turn their heads to the east away from the west were they were facing and bring me back to the tree where we were seated with the man and the boy coming from the northern side. In the process I made a full 180 degrees from the tree and back to the same tree.
But when I came to the spot where there was a tree where I was seated before with the man and a boy, the tree is no longer there and the man and the boy are also not there anymore. It appears as if the tree had turned into the well where people normally draw water from in the villages, and the man and the boy are now seated at the bottom of this well and I must join them there.
The same cloth I had been hanging on started to lower me down the well in the same manner as it had taken me to turn the heads of cattle. It was if there was some kind of a machine above the clouds which known exactly what to do at what time.
As the cloth was lowering me down the well and while halfway from the opening of the well to the bottom, I became aware as to what was the identity of this man and the boy. I notice how the boy has changed into the normal form of body, not like a projection image anymore like how it was when we were in a tree. However, the body of the elderly man still stayed in that form of a projection image, but I was also able to know his identity.
I recognized the boy as the boy who had passed away in the 1980 from our village. This boy passed away in a car accident and he was a son of a pastor. When this boy was alive I had no any kind of association with him because he was much younger than me at the time of his dearth, and there is no way I could have associated with him, being the son of the pastor and me being from the nobody's family, but here he was in my dreams many years later after his dearth. When he died he was of the same age as he was in this dream, the age of not more than 10years. The body of the elderly man who was still in the form of a projection image but this time his identity was known to me as being God.
When I recognized the boy I started to welcome him by calling out his name like how we normally do in our culture when one meets with a loved one whom you have not seen in a long time. The name of the boy was Shipandeni and I started to mention his name in my welcoming fit. However, although Shipandeni showed signs that he also recognized me and happy to see me, he did not respond to me as it should be. He just kept looking at me with approval in his eyes but he did not say any word back to me.
When I finally arrived at the bottom of the well, I found God and the boy Shipandeni seated in exactly the same positions they were seated in when we were in a tree. When I arrived I also set in the exact same position as I was seated when were in the tree and we formed a triangle exactly the same as before when we were in the tree.
I learned that the bottom of the well was not covered by water as it should be and we were seated on the dry ground. However, there was a little amount of water on a small spot on the right hand of God, and on my left hand side, a little bit on the sides but still very close to where we were seated.
When I set in my position, God spoke to me (kind of mind reading and talking) showing me a certain place on east side of our position. He said to me: "We were supposed to go to that place, but now I will just give you this living water and we will go back (referring on top of the ground where we were before coming to the bottom of the well).
When I raised my eyes to see the place God was showing (I did not quite see a hand of God raised to show some place, but I knew exactly where he meant when God said "we were supposed to go to that place" and I raised my eyes to see the place where we were supposed to go.
The scenery I saw very beautiful and it was if we were on a top of the hill, looking over a valley. After the valley was a forest and in the middle of this forest there is this specific spot which is very green and I knew that this specific extra-ordinary green spot is the place God was referring to when he said that we were supposed to go there. Although we were at the bottom of the well, from the western side of the well it is a wall of the well as it should be, but on eastern side of the well it was if the well has been cut open in half so that one can have a complete view of everything on the eastern side of the well.
The trees in this extra-ordinary green spot in the middle of this forest were appearing to be in perfect rows, like it is some kind of a garden. The trees appears to be shrubs but I knew this was due to the distance between the well and forest, there was even a valley in between the well and the forest. But it was such a very beautiful scenery to look at.
When God said "I will just give you living water", he scooped water from the small spot of water which was next to him with a calabash which is usually used to drink water with in our culture. I do not know where the calabash came from, but in this dream God gave me water in the calabash and I drank this water.
The taste of these water was sweetish but not too much sweet. It was just sweet enough to quench someone's thirst in a very good way. After I finish drinking this living water I saw myself going up out of the well by the wall on the eastern. This time however I did not have the silk string like cloth any more, and I am not sure exactly what mode was used to bring me back at the opening of the well from its bottom.
I must add that at the time of this "dream" I was not familiar with the term "living water" which is found in the bible.
End of this most beautiful dream I ever had. This became the last of this kind of dreams until 2007 when other supernatural incidents happened. After this dream I also got better, and when I got released from the hospital the next time around, I never go back to the hospital again as it was happening before. I got completely well as far as the illness of 1998 is concerned.
Later on when I got discharged from the hospital I used to make my living water because I used to miss it too much. I used to take a small amount of a sprite cool drink, then add a lot of water until all the traces of gas is out, it used to taste exactly how it tasted in the dream. I also made sure that when I made my water of life, I would drink it from the calabash, just like in the dream. Otherwise it will not taste perfect for me.
At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes I had been in and out of hospital for the last half of the 1998. The routine was that I would be discharged from the hospital to go home, only to return after a day or two and stay another month or two in hospital. At first it was frustrating because the doctors kept telling me they can not tell what illness I was suffering, finally I was diagnosed with the TB of the blood. The following year in 1999 I was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure.
Was the experience difficult to express in words?....Yes....The words in my vocabulary are very inadequate to express the feelings of these dreams, whether the pleasant feelings or feelings of terror.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?....More consciousness and alertness than normal Since I had been calling my experiences "dreams", thought both of the dreams I shared I had perceived to be sleeping, but had I really been asleep?....The images of these dreams are super vivid, that is why I can remember every detail of each dream after so many years. I am sure after these dreams I continued to dream just like any other person but I can not even recall some of the dreams that I just had about three years ago with specific detail like how I was able to account the dreams of 1998.
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Everything in my dreams is specific with details. I took notice of things I would not bother to think about normally if I happen to encounter a similar setup in the natural world.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. In the most beautiful dream I was able to read the mind of those I was with in the dream, God to be specific.
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 During the nightmares I could experience something like of having two separate minds. I could see what was going on or see someone who just walked in the room. I would trying or attempting to tell this person to wake me up or trying to wake myself up as there are times I was well aware that I am asleep dreaming during these nightmares.
What emotions did you feel during the experience?....With nightmares, extreme terror. With that one pleasant dream, it was a such joy. It was if I never experience pain ever in my life, be emotional or physical.
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?....I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin I encountered a beings with body forms of projections images. One being later was transformed into the normal body, but the other being stayed in the form of a projection image thought the dream. This is the being I was able to recognize latter in the dream as God.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?....Yes The boy I mentioned in my most beautiful dream has died many years earlier. I was not related to this boy at all, neither he was an acquaintance of mine whatsoever. Yes during my encounter with this boy it was if just someone I had not seen in a long time, but I did not remembered that this boy was dead at all.
Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?....No....
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?....Some unfamiliar and strange place....The time I was at the bottom of the well with God and the boy, but when I raised my eyes to the eastern side of the well it was an open scenery whereby I can see the valley and the forest behind the valley with a kind of the garden in the middle of this forest.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down?....No....
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?....No....
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?....Uncertain....I am not sure if the wall of the well counts as the boundary.
Did you come to a border or point of no return?....I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was "sent back" against my will....
Did scenes from the future come to you?....No....
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?....Yes....I was able to know which spot God was referring to when he said to me: " we were supposed to go that place".
Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:....Moderate changes in my life....I developed a thirst for the things of God.....
Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience? Yes I became aware of the need for every human being to live a holy life here on earth.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?....Uncertain There are people who believe I am gifted in the prophetic ministry, personally I am still looking for confirmation of that fact.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared immediately with my mom after my discharge from hospital 1998 and everything seemed to be out of my memory until it all came flashing back in 2007 and I was able to share with a group of people who were members of a prayer group which I joined in 2007 as well, 8 years later. The reaction of my mother was natural, she could not understand much of my dreams either. but when I shared these dreams with the prayer group they were convinced these dreams were specifically meant for them. they were inspired.
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 It is difficult for me because immediately I termed these dreams "dreams in the category of their own. I was definitely certain these dreams took place.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:....Experience was definitely real....At the time I did not know any other person who had a story like mine. Only recently when I started to read about the near dearth experiences I came across about similar incidents happening to other people as well. Since for the past many years I had no idea others are having similar experiences and to know that I am not the only one who goes went through something like this makes it real.
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?....Yes....I look at people of who they are, from within. The outward appearances of people does not affect me. I am always trying to locate the real person, his/her character.
Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?....Yes Up this point I was put off from the religious practices and I was comfortable with that state. However after my experience I developed a hunger for the things of God. I tried or pretended to suppress it at some points, but deep down I always knew I want something more our of this life, and that was God. I missed God in my life.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?....Yes The supernatural experiences I came to experience in the year 2007 came very close to what these dreams stood for. It is not a wonder that the experience of 2007 helped to bring back the memories of 1998 vividly.
Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes Every area is adequately covered.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Yes, when God gave me to drink the living water in the dream I have come to learn that the living water speaks of the Holy Spirit. I found a lot of significant that I had been given living water by God.