Lewis J's Experience
In The Temple
My first recollection of this experience was to find myself within a large circular white marble temple. I was standing on a galleried landing, the balustrade was made from carved marble and atop was a smooth handrail, also made from marble. From the landing I could peer over to the main floor of the building and see many people wearing robes milling around with some kind of expectancy. In the centre of the main floor appeared to be a large round solid marble table, to my mind, this was the buildings centre stone. A few moments later, in walked a powerful beast it had an vulgar exaggerated human form, with its large muscular arms it hurled one of its fist at full force onto the stone. The impact was so great that the building actually shook, so much so that the building began collapsing segments of white marble pillars, began falling from above and crashing to the floor. At this moment, the people in the temple hurriedly began to leave the temple through a large pointed arch open doorway which radiated with white light.
My own journey at this moment took me from the galleried landing, down a wide marble staircase which was curved to the shape of the building, looking down I noticed I too was wearing a robe and was careful so as not to trip up on it whilst trying to leave the temple as quickly as possible. The feeling of anxiety grew the longer I stayed in the building. I descended the staircase, walked from the main floor, looked across the main floor towards the beast which was still striking the centre stone and walked out of the temple.
The Light and Gathering Outside
As I left the temple I walked into what can only be described as pure dazzling white light, the air was still, it was calm. Looking back I recall seeing the temple doorway being dark, the shape of the doorway was clear to see.
The people who had been in the temple were assembled outside, some in groups, others alone, there was still a level of anticipation amongst everyone as they stood on the level ground. I couldn't physically make out peoples faces, just the presence of them being there, everyone was dressed in robes, which I remember were a deep red/purple color and may have been fastened around the waist with a tasseled cord.
During this experience I didn't interact with any of the other people, but feel like I do most of the time, content with being just myself and happy enough being on my own.
Where I was standing, there appeared to be a cliff face, it went up very high and was made from marble as well, but in its natural "rough" form. I should add that I couldn't actually see the cliff, it was almost like I "knew" without having to see.
People begin Rising
The air of anticipation was so great here, we had to leave this place. With that thought in mind I looked across the groups of people and witnessed some of the people beginning to gently float upwards, they assumed a horizontal position, mid-air, and seemed to be drawn upwards in a very gentle floating motion. Somehow I knew this was the only way to leave, and that these people were of God, to leave it would take every ounce of faith we had. My dilemma began in that very instant, the faith I had wouldn't even be enough to raise a speck of dust. With my heart heavy and feeling weak, all I could do was close my eyes and see what happened. Feeling a bit foolish and very self conscious I stood there for a few moments desperately wishing to get away. With eyes closed it seemed quite dark, my mind darting around with a whole myriad of feelings and emotions, but then, it happened , my heart jumped into my mouth! My body became weak, so much so I couldn't sustain it, but in the same instance it was overridden by another force, the air became warm and billowed around as I began rising upwards, my chest filled with the same comforting warmth. My eyes adjusted, and while still closed everything seemed light again, but this time things felt more sensuous than physical.
The Angel Singing
Whilst in this heightened state, I began to hear a most beautiful female voice singing, this wasn't just ordinary singing, its range went far beyond that of anything human. The tone was compelling; it filled the air with beauty and came from all directions. My heart told me who was singing this, it was not a person, but an angel, only a heavenly being could sing in such a crystal clear and infinite way. The angel didn't sing words but rather what you might expect from an angel - every heavenly note possible strung together to make a tune which I cannot explain in human terms. It was the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. At one point I wanted to join in, but alas, my voice wasn't a match - I relented and absorbed myself in this present beauty.
As I floated higher, embraced by the warm air and the beautiful angel singing, my spirit, (that very part of us that our Father placed there when we were ourselves created) began to awaken. It was like someone had turned the ignition on, I was getting closer and closer to the top of the precipice, my eyes which were closed could see the light becoming even brighter, the warm air became increasingly absorbing my anxiety was gone, this place felt like home.
I sensed that not so far away from where I was going there was waiting a very special person, the brilliant warm white light appeared to radiate from a circular area not so far away and from it came the most overpowering and enveloping feeling of pure Love. I was almost leaping for joy, I knew in that very same instance that it was Jesus who was there, even thought I didn't see him his loving presence was quite prevalent. My spirit and very being was filled to overflowing with pure love, much stronger than any humanly ties, I knew instinctively that I was loved eternally and was astonished to know that my Lord could ever contain so much "Love" just for me.
that very same moment, I found myself sitting up in bed, out of breath in a
state of shock/surprise, where had I been? This wasn't just a dream, it was a
journey that I'd been sent on. Maybe the reasons for it will never be known, was
I being called to higher service that night or was I given such a privileged
insight into the heavenly realms to help me on my walk through life.
At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event? No
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Throughout, it was an intense experience
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 Everything was magnified, usually I am very placid and easy going. This was quite intense and emotionally fuelled.
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Vision was the same, only when I closed my eyes I could still see - it took sometime to be aware of this.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Perfect hearing
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 heard the most beautiful angel singing as I was being carried, it was incredibly beautiful, being musical some of the notes were far beyond what anyone could achieve on earth.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Initial anxiety followed by incredible comfort towards the end.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Everywhere external (i.e. not inside a building) was bright white, the end of the experience I was faced with a bright white light
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
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.)? Yes I am most certain that if I had carried on in the experience I would have come face to face with Jesus.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes There were lots of other people in the experience, I didn't know any of them.
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
At the beginning I was placed in a large circular white marble temple, marble staircase, balustrades and huge marble columns. When I left I was faced with a bright white flat landscape, there was also a huge white marble cliff, but because the light was so bright I couldn't actually see it - I just knew it was there.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes
I reached a huge white marble cliff, but this was overcome later in the experience.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
I know if I had carried on I would have entered eternity, but before this point I awoke.
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 This confirmed what I believed to be true
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist? Yes I was enveloped in such a pure love I instantly knew this was my creator.
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 I knew as if by acquired "knowledge" there is more to life than the physical
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose? Yes Not particularly, but following the experience my family experienced several extreme hardships that without the experience I wouldn't have been able to carry on.
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships? Uncertain Not particularly, but following the experience my family experienced several extreme hardships that without the experience I wouldn't have been able to carry on.
During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love? Yes I learned that I was deeply loved beyond all understanding and this love was eternal.
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 Several things were apparent to me, this was purely by thought - I knew they were correct.
What occurred during your experience included: Content that was entirely 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 Even to this day, and it was quite a few years ago the experience is crystal clear.
My experience directly resulted in: Moderate 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? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The angel singing was beautiful and the end when I was bathed in pure love/light.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Quite a while but people told me it was a "nice dream" I know it was not a dream, I dream all the time and never have I experienced something so intense before or after. Since then I have kept it to myself as a lot of people aren't particularly tuned into the "spiritual" realms.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
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? No
Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes I stopped going to church and found my own faith without their distractions.
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? Uncertain I didn't see a tick box for "near death like experiences", I know I wasn't dying or in danger of dying.