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Janet G's Experience

Experience description:   

My life seemed to be unraveling as I experienced a second divorce and my sons were moving on with their lives and I was alone and felt very empty and fearful.  I was in the the place asking "what is life all about?"  With the failure of yet another marriage and my sons moving on with their lives, I found myself alone and in a full blown spiritual emergency.  My full life was now very quiet and I was all alone.  I asked for growth and I began to study Healing Touch a form of energy therapy.  I marveled in my new-found spiritual knowledge, but underlying these new beliefs was a very deep fear that was ingrained from my Catholic upbringing.  We were not to think outside the box of dogma for we were questioning the truth and this certainly was the temptation of the devil. I felt such despair that I began to consider ways to commit suicide. I prayed for insight and this is how I received my direction. 

One sunny winter morning, I woke up to a beautiful winter wonderland outside my window.  I had a deep desire to feel the rays of sun on my face, and as I sat receiving this radiating warmth on my face I fell into a deep meditative state.  I felt like I was floating in light and I asked from a profound place in my heart, "Am I on the right track with my studies?  Is this light work where I should proceed?"  That is when I hard a loud, deep voice clearly say, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Light."  I opened my eyes to scan the room.  No one was there but I felt a serenity and peace that I had never experienced before.  I remembered hearing that verse in church during gospel readings, so I searched to find the source.  I noticed that I head the voice clearly say "light" yet in the Bible the word used in this verse if "life" (John 14:6).  This gave me the feeling that my specific question was answered.  It freed me from the box of fear and guilt and it freed me to study, be open and expand my practice of energy therapy and focus my life on service.  All of the suicidal thoughts left me that day.  Through years of study, I grew tremendously.  The total structure of my belief system changed and expanded.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Uncertain  I felt a sense of fear and hopelessness.

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  Yes     It was as though I touched heaven.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    When I was bathed in the light and I heard the voice.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      More consciousness and alertness than normal   I felt a total connection with the Universal Source of unconditional love.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   The evening before I felt despair and hopelessness.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   It was clear and resounding.  If felt the sound of the words reverberate clearly with such precision.

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 already described above.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   True unconditional love and acceptance.  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   Yes   Very bright and radiating warmth.

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   I heard a voice I could not identify

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?   No  

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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   A clearly mystical or unearthly realm

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?   Everything about the universe

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   Uncertain

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   I came to a definite conscious decision to "return" to life

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   Just felt a beautiful loving presence of light surrounding me.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   Yes   I felt protected and loved because he cared enough to answer my distress signals.

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?   Yes   Felt true bliss of love.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   Yes   You are not alone.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   Yes   You are not alone.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   Yes   Total acceptance.

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?   Yes   Service is the most important element of this life's experience.

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was both consistent and 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:  
Large 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?  
Yes   Religion is a path but there are many ways to heaven.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   Uncertain   I do feel much more intuitive and fearless.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?    
Again, clearly the most important aspect of life is service to others.

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  Probably 5 years.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   Uncertain  

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?   Yes   I am in a very healthy partnership and I have a very active energy practice.  My website is janetgarfield.com

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Yes   I practice Healing Touch everyday and find peace in the healing energy.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   No     

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