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Jenny's Experience

Experience description:   

Whilst I was in the induced coma, I felt periodically so much pain, heat and discomfort. I actually asked to die because of the discomfort, it felt so bad. This was something I asked for forgiveness for afterwards. When the pain got so bad, I found that I went to a place which was very warm and loving, a beach scene like that of 'Footprints' which has always had a profound affect on me. It is probably of no significance to anyone, but the view was from the opposite direction to how that 'scene' is normally portrayed. It was beautiful, I felt such a sense of warmth, no pain, just 'at home', so peaceful. Then writing appeared before my vision, it is hard to describe, like scrolls of printing without a typewriter, rolls and rolls. And all of the knowledge of the universe was there, and I had all of the knowledge of the universe. The answers to questions like 'why do children have to suffer?' etc. And I knew the answers to these questions, and my response was 'so that's why', and I felt at peace with the answer, even though in my earthly life I wouldn't have understood. And then I was back in my hospital bed, in the coma, hearing things around me, but unable to communicate. However, whenever my physical condition deteriorated to the extent that I felt so much pain, I was able to go back to that special place where peace reigned

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes  I had an undiagnosed condition which caused my lungs to collapse, leading to cardiac arrest and being put on life support. My family were told to expect the worst. My condition was never diagnosed, there were a number of tests which showed no known virus, it was put down to some unknown 'super bug'.

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  Yes     I do express this experience when I feel it may help the recipient, however I do feel it hard to express normally due to the fear of being seen as 'abnormal' in a clinical world.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    I always felt that this experience was real, I would have been very happy to have stayed

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   It is very difficult to explain, I KNOW that I understood the reasons behind life itself, I KNOW that I had all the knowledge of the universe, yet now I no longer have that knowledge, but know that there is a reason for everything. I also had some dreams during this experience which I KNOW were different to this experience and were due probably to the drugs I had been fed

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   It was a case of pain versus absolute lack of pain, warmth and peace, knowledge, love and beauty

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   nil

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?   No  

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   my emotion was a case of 'wow, so that is why!', and warmth, peace, all is wonderful  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   Uncertain   I did not see an unearthly light, however the place I went to was beautiful beyond compare

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   No


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?   No


Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   No


Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   Everything about the universe
Absolutely! All of the knowledge of the universe was mine, I have struggled with your questions because I did not see the 'light' etc, however that peace and knowledge of the reasons for everything and happening on earth was answered

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   No


Did you come to a border or point of no return?   No


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”)?   Yes   Yes, I had all of the knowledge of the universe in the 'scrolls', I knew there was a reason for everything and every experience

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   Yes   via the scrolls

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   only that there is a reason for everything that happens in our lifetime and everyone else's

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   Yes   As explained above

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   Yes   As explained above

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   Yes   With the hard questions eg 'why do children have to suffer?', within the reason/answer I sensed love always

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?   Uncertain   Only that there is a reason for everything in life

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   Yes   Absolutely! The knowledge of all the universe, and that was mine

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   Whilst I have always considered I have faith in God, there is always the 'doubting Thomas' within me.  This experience has helped to make me more spiritual rather than religious

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   All I can say is that this experience will remain with me until my death, I believe there is  a reason for everything, even my survival. It hasn't always been easy in my life, I have experienced some great trials since my recovery as well as some great joys. I am more empathetic with others and more understanding. I currently work with a religious program for children, teaching them that God exists

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   I guess I could say that I was more a spiritual and open thinker before, now I KNOW that there is a reason for everything.

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   I was profoundly grateful to have survived, mainly for my children who were young at the time, I wondered for quite some time, why I had been 'saved'. At the end of some thinking, I realised it really wasn't so important to work out, I just needed to do the best I could. After I retired, the opportunity to work with children in this religious program came to me, rather than I sought it, and it seemed 'meant to be'. My aim is not so much to indoctrinate children, but to let them know that God, a supreme being, exists, and He is good and we must do the best we can

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   No  

    

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  It was probably quite some time before I shared my experience because I come from a conservative background. However there were times when I felt it appropriate to share this experience, sometimes with people who are struggling with faith in a 'supreme' being, a number of people have said that they feel goose bumps, which is something I feel when I recall the experience

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

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was definitely real   I KNEWit was real

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   I KNOW it was real, and I KNOW that we are all here for a reason, and to experience certain things. It was real!

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Yes   People say I am different, more tolerant and easy going

Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?   Yes   I would say I am even more 'spiritual' now than religious

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

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience?   No, except I went through these experiences desperately wanting to see some similar to my own, I guess in my earthly body, still wanting to validate my experience. Sadly, mine is different, and like most living beings, I wanted my experience to comply with the 'normal', unfortunately it doesn't

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

What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you?       I would so love to hear about similar experiences to mine! Or is it that, when things are especially dear to us, as the poem 'Footprints' was to me, we see things that are dear to our hearts? Sometimes I still doubt, and then I return to my vivid memory and my doubt disappears