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John P's Experience

Experience description:   

I was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the US Navy during this event, and was very much into meditation and auto-hypnosis. During one of my sessions, I was in a very dark space and was listening to "new age" music. I went through the normal relaxation techniques one does for auto-hypnosis. About 15-20 minutes into my session, my consciousness  was no longer housed within my body, which happened instantly, and I would not hear my music anymore.  

I was then in a very dark endless void, with a light in the upper left hand corner that is very hard to describe. It was very bright, but you could look at it and not hurt your eyes. there was also knowledge in the light, but I cannot really describe it.  

Then a being appeared to my right, which I could identify as make, however all I could see was the silhouette of the being, but I could sense it was a male. The being "said" to me, "Your father is going to die." The being more communicated it to me in a telepathic sense. I then snapped back into consciousness instantly and was very freaked out.  

I told a close friend about it within a few minutes, and called my mom back home the same day to relay the story to her. I also told her to tell my father to go to the doctor. He did not, and died of a massive heart attack a month later.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words?

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?  

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

Was the experience dream like in any way?   Absolutely not. I was 100% aware and more awake then I have ever been in my life.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?   Yes   I was in a vast dark void with no noticeable physical properties or geographic features, except for a light I cannot adequately describe.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?    None at the time, but confusion and fear immediately after the event.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?
   Not unusual, but I was spoken to by a male being with no noticeable features.

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?    Yes    The best was I have found to describe the way the light looked, would be to immerse yourself in a pool during a very dark night and have someone shine a very bright light into the water. The way the light refracts.  

It was also very bright, but you could look at it and not hurt your eyes. there was also knowledge in the light, but I cannot really describe it.

Did you meet or see any other beings?    Yes    I met a being I knew was male, but I could not make out any features, but I knew intuitively that it was a male being. The being told me my father was going to die. Which he did one month later.

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state?   No   

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?   Yes    Yes, the being I met told me my father was going to die. He did die, March 1991 one month after my experience.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?
    Yes    Everything worked as normal, but I could not feel my physical body. I was free from my body.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?    No   

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   

Did you become aware of future events?   
Yes    The death of my father.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?

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

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   Yes    I went from being a recent born again Christian to being a non-religious person with strong spiritual beliefs.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?    I am no longer religious, but highly spiritual. I have been on a quest ever since to understand what happened to me that day. I study religion, theism, and NDEs.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?
   Yes    Yes. I now have no doubt that there is more after physical death. Our consciousness goes on after death. There is nothing to fear.

Have you shared this experience with others?    Yes    There reactions were ones of disbelief. My mother told me it was the work of Satan. I think some may have believed me.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?   Not being able to fully understand what happened to me and that I may never be able to explain or understand what happened.   

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?    No