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Jim D's Experience

Experience description:   

While riding in a car with my sister and her friend, while traveling from one part of Connecticut back to the home of my parents I had the first experience.  I was the passenger and it was dark in the early evening.  Suddenly I had, in my mind, the red flashing of an ambulance roof light parked in front of my parents house.  I was positioned at the end of the driveway looking into the opened back of the ambulance from which emanated the interior light.  My father who was on a stretcher was being placed into the back of the ambulance.  My mother then got in the back also.  I was then standing directly in front of the house looking at the house.  The front of the house contained a large picture window and I could see the silhouette of my youngest sister standing at the window looking out.  The image then suddenly disappeared as quickly as it had started.  When we arrived at the house of my parents I first saw the silhouette of my sister standing in the window.  I approached the front door and asked if my father had been taken to the hospital to which the answer was "yes".  I can still vividly remember every detail of the scene and exactly where I had to have been standing. 

In 1984 when I was living in CA, I was out on a jog when suddenly I got a euphoric feeling of wonderful happiness and joy.  For some reason I began reciting the Lord's Prayer in my mind.  When I returned home, my wife met me at the door to tell me that my mother had called to say that my father had died.

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?          Yes     Not to me.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Fully conscious.

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes, in a very vivid way.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     See above.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Exhilaration in the second instance.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No

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 response           

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes    

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     That there is more to our existence than we know about.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Difficult to determine

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     Made more open to possibilities.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Interested.  They did not seem to be influenced.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Loss

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The illness and eventual death of my father.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I would like to have more experiences like this.

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