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John B's Experience

Experience description:   

I was in the Air Force during the height of the Viet Nam war and was getting ready to ship out to Viet Nam.  I was kind of 'down' and happened upon a book by Daniel Logan called the Sleeping Prophet.  I decided to follow his instructions on how to meditate.  I had some time alone every weekday at around 4 pm so started practicing meditating.  Over a period of about three weeks, I noticed That I (or my consciousness) went deeper and deeper "within".  Finally I began moving down a type of tunnel. The Tunnel had cloud-like walls, fluffy multi-toned gray in color.  I seemed to be moving slowly but perhaps the walls of the tunnel were farther away than I realized.  Suddenly I came upon an opaque light which engulfed me.  A feeling of intense love and warmth overwhelmed me.  I could only respond "I love you too".  Then I got the feeling that I didn't belong where I was and I quickly came out of the meditative state. 

The feeling of not belonging there, kept me from attempting meditation again until I was in Viet Nam.  There, I had no success reestablishing the experience. The experience changed my life for a while, giving me solace and hope versus the frustrations of military service, Viet Nam etc.  I became more active with my church, got involved in discussion sessions, etc.

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       I was in deep meditation

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    In the tunnel and with the light

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?    More consciousness and alertness than normal

If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain:            In the tunnel and with the light

Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?  Yes     The main sensation was feeling, I was almost 'seeing' the feeling.  There was only the opaque light.

Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?
            No       It was quiet

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            An unbelievable love and warmth.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          Yes     See No. 3

Did you see a light?           Yes     See No. 3

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?    No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?           No           

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     The tunnel I went through was altered, not earthly.

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain      I didn't or couldn't go past the light, and fealt compelled to return to the physical.

Did you become aware of future events?       No           

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?     No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     It was a matter of years before I told anyone.  When my mother died in 1986, I thought it would help my siblings if I told the story.   But the story was not well received by the siblings.  They were doubtful.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    Uncertain            My experience was in 1970, five years prior to the Moody book.  I had already been reading books re Jean Dixon, Edgar Casey, etc.  So I had a previous interest in the Afterlife, etc.  However, I had no advanced idea that the meditation I experimented with would lead to my experience as described above.

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was definitely real    See Nos. 3 nad 39.  There was and is no doubt on my part regarding the reality of my esperience.  I don't just believe in the afterlife, I know.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            The engulfing Light of love and warmth.  When I came back to the reality of heading for Viet Nam, I fealt comforted/protected, and that I had a hopeful future after my military service.  And the hopeful future happened.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real    I remember the experience like it was yesterday.  But with all the work, challenges, and difficulties of life, the heady feeling which followed the experience leveled off.  I'm still growing spiritually, and getting a lot of help from 'over there', though.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Uncertain      At first, yes, but worn down over time.

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           
Yes     Used to be strict, traditional Catholic.  Now I consider religion a tool to help us grow spiritually, to get us started on the road back to where we are headed.

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 so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes     You seemed to cover everything.