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Luana D's Experience

Experience description:  

It was about 11 o'clock at night and I was sleeping peacefully when the telephone rang and I was given the news that my great-grandmother, 92 years old, died in her bed.

I was immediately upset about it. I was truly very grief-stricken and I couldn't stop crying - I missed her so much.

My mother took me to her bed to sleep because I was shaking and I continued to cry.

I couldn't manage to sleep at all, despite all of my mother's efforts to comfort me.

At a certain point, I suddenly fell asleep, much to my mom's amazement, which she told me afterwards.

As I had fallen prey to the total fatigue I found myself in a place, identical to any other place one can find on the earth. Only it was doubly wonderful. Everything shone and all was as if it sang about the colors, the light, the intense and joyous warmth.

In front of me there was a stretch of glimmering azure ocean. The air was luminous and warm. I felt intense pleasure, peace, tranquility, infinite joy, and total well-being all from within and even if I tried to think about all of my earthly problems, I didn't care at all about them. They were only transient things and of little importance.

I looked at myself. I was dressed in a white, very luminous tunic. I looked at my left and I realized that there was a poplar forest and I thought that people were supposed to arrive there once they were dead but I had already found myself in the center of this magnificent meadow.

I found myself on a sort of sea-cliff, so high that I couldn't see how high it was but I knew anyway that I was extremely high and I also knew that its rocks were white, extremely white. There were some white pathways in the grass and one led in front of me off of the cliff that presented a continuation of the cliff towards the sea before falling off the cliff onto itself.

I tried to go towards that direction to look at the sea at the edge of the cliff. However, as I advanced, the cliff elongated itself automatically, therefore not permitting me to overlook the cliff.

The sea was extremely luminous. There was direct, high sun in from of me and it illuminated everything. However, I saw that there was another fountain of light, father away at my right, semi-hidden behind the headland that overlooked the cliff. So I was interested in this fount of light, still stronger than the sun, extremely luminous, intense and teeming with luminous sparkles. I don't know how to explain it - it was a pure and white fountain. In that moment, a fount of white and luminous light appeared at my right, but semi-hidden from my view. As I was trying to look at it "in the face," it hid itself. I turned to look at my right and  that sort of "column" of light seemed to play hide-and-seek. It didn't want to show all of itself.

It then transmitted to me telepathically, without words or any gesture but only with direct thoughts in my mind, that my great-grandmother was absolutely fine and that she was there (even if I couldn't see her). I was tranquil and happy and I also wanted to stay there and for that reason I was tempted to follow the white spring at my right, not thinking anymore about anyone or anything earthly - not even my family. My only thought was the column of light and that I wanted to pursue it and stay there. Just as I was about to follow it towards my right in the white spring (that anyway went beyond a sort of palisade if I don't remember badly) it told me severely and still telepathically, "No! It's not the right time!!" I then woke up in a very abrupt way.

I immediately told everything to my mom. I was much better than before. I wasn't crying anymore and I managed to sleep the entire night.

My mother was shocked by this dream and how it happened was unexplainable, even because she herself told me that I suddenly fell fast asleep.

I swear to you that I've never had a dream so beautiful, never a dream of this kind, even though there have been many losses and I've suffered for many other things, I've never dreamt something of this type.

I say dreamt because the sensation that I had was of sleeping and finding myself physically in another place, in another place where one would find above the earth and also above the earthly sky. It was a place much farther above, very high.

I've even tried to draw that place but I can't seem to fully communicate all of my feelings and do them justice.

That column of light that met me I thought could have been Jesus Christ, or anyway some holy and important saint, even though i couldn't tell with precision.

I have never been able to, no matter how much I've tried, to communicate the totality of my stupendous experience with simple words.

At that time I wasn't at all familiar with near-death experiences. They started to interest me some time after when my aunt, very believing, having recounted to her my "dream," and very surprised, gave me a book "Life After Life" by Raymond Moody, Jr., that in the end I read entirely only last year.

When I lived that marvelous experience I wasn't dead and in fact I saw nothing in particular that had to do with my live on Earth.

I was amazed that I wasn't judged because I was worried that I had sinned.

I still don't know how to explain how this experience could be classified as so similar to an NDE, especially since I wasn't dead and I continually search for an explanation for it.

I would be very grateful to you if you could help me...

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     le emozioni di pace, tranquillità infinita, armonia con tutto, piacere e benessere interiore, felicità e gioia immensa

Emotions of peace, infinite tranquility, harmony with everything, pleasure and inner well-being, happiness and immense joy.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    non appena ero nel luogo meraviglioso

As soon as I was in the wonderful place.

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:            non appena ero nel luogo meraviglioso

As soon as I was in the wonderful place.


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     si, era come se riuscissi a vedere a 360 gradi, sapevo esattamente cosa mi stava intorno, è strano da spiegare, e anche quando mi voltavo vedevo comunque tutto anche ai lati.. l'unica parte che non potevo vedere forse per qualche strana ragione, era ciò che mi stava dietro, forse era da dove ero arrivata io, forse non potevo vedere come ci ero arrivata li... i colori erano molto più vividi e luminosi rispetto alla nostra realtà, tutto era luminoso, avvolto in un'aura di luce quasi "calda" provavo sensazione di tepore, di calore...

Yes, it was as if I were able to see 360 degrees around. and I knew exactly what was around me. It's strange to explain and when I turned I saw all sides. The only part that I couldn't see maybe for some strange reason, was that which was behind me was from where I arrived. Maybe I couldn't see as I arrived there. The colors were much more vivd and luminous than our reality. Everything was luminous, at times in an aura of light almost warm and I felt the warmth and the heat.

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.)?
            Uncertain      non c'erano rumori riconducibili a cose o azioni terrene. e l'essere di luce mi ha "parlato" tramite il pensiero, ma forse dire che mi ha parlato non è corretto, perché mi ha trasmesso le informazioni direttamente nel mio pensiero, quindi senza voci e rumori vari

There were no sounds having reference to earthly things or actions. The being of light talked to me by way of thoughts, but maybe to say that it "spoke" to me is not correct because it transmitted the information directly in my thoughts, therefore without voices and various sounds.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            pace, clma, gioia infinita, armonia con tutto, felicità, piacere e benessere assoluto e totale interiore, contentezza, sensazione di tepore e calore, spensieratezza, menefreghismo (in senso buono) del mondo e dei miei e dei suoi problemi

Peace, calm, infinite joy, harmony with everything, peace and absolute inner well-being, contentedness, the feeling of warmth and heat, the feeling of being carefree and uncaring (in a good sense) about the world and I and its problems.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          No      

Did you see a light?           Yes     c'era il sole, e c'era una luce che era lontana e seminascosta dal promontorio che stava alla mia destra (e probabilmente dietro di me dato che dietro la mia skiena non riuscivo o forse non mi era concesso di vedere), e per raggiungerla dovevo rposeguire per un sentierino bianchissimo sulla scogliera, ricca di erba verde e lucente

Yes, there was the sun and there was light that was far away and semi-hidden from the headland that was at my right (and probably behind me given that behind my back I couldn't or maybe I wasn't permitted to see), and to reach it I would have had to take the white path on the cliff, rich with green, shiny grass.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     l'unico essere che mi ha trasmesso informazioni era la colonna di luce brillante pura e bianca che mi stava a fianco alla mia destra, non la conoscevo personalmente e non mi è stata rvelata una sua precisa identità anche se supponevo potesse essere Gesù o qualche spirito importante e sacro. Comunicavamo esclusivamente tramite il pensiero, senza gesti e senza suoni o voci. Solo col pensiero diretto e fulmineo. Ciò che io pensavo l'essere lo poteva sentire e viceversa.

The only being that transmitted thoughts to me was the column of pure and brilliant white light that was at my right side. I didn't know it personally and it didn't reveal itself as a precise identity although I supposed it was Jesus or some important and sacred spirit. We communicated exclusively through thoughts without gestures and without sounds or voices - only with thoughts and flashes of light. That which I thought to be could be heard and vice-versa.

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?            Yes     era un bellissimo posto di mare, ero sopra una scogliera con un oceano immenso e azzurro che si estendeva davanti a me, stupendo, vivido, luminoso, la scogliera era alta e c'era erba verde, prati stupendi, l'erba era luminosa, così come tutto lo era, più vivido, brillante, intenso, alla mia destra si estendeva soprala scogliera, un poco più dietro di me, un promontorio,alla mia sinistra invece un poco più in la c'era un bosco, meno vivido e brillante, e supponevo che da li arrivassero le persone morte..

Yes. It was a beautiful place at the sea. I was on a cliff above a blue and immense ocean that extended itself in front of me - stupendous, vivid, luminous. The cliff was high and there was green grass and stupendous meadows. It was all most vivid, shiny and intense, extending itself above the cliff. A little more behind me there was a headland and rather at my left there was there was a forest, less vivid and shiny, and I supposed that from there arrived people who had died.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain      non saprei, mia mamma ha detto che quel sonno mio strano e profondo non è durato molto, però io avevo una sensazione dilatata o comunque alterata del tempo che scorreva li in quel luogo, ma comunque non mi preoccupavo del tempo che passava, non ci pensavo, solo quando mi son "svegliata" pensavo di aver dormito di più di quanto avessi fatto in realtà.

Uncertain. I wouldn't know. My mom said that my strange and profound dream didn't last long, although I had an enlarged sensation or anyway altered from time that flowed in that place. Anyway, I didn't worry about the time that passed. I didn't think about it, only when I woke up I thought to have slept more than had in reality.

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

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes     quando ero li volevo continuare assolutamente il mio cammino verso la luce brillante lontano alla mia destra. così presi il sentiero di destra per proseguire, e mi pare ci fosse una sorta di steccato, di qualcosa, che veniva poi superato dal sentiero...ma non appena mi diressi in quella direzione l'essere di luce severamente mi trasmise "No! non è il momento!" e mi ha "rispedita" nel mondo reale... non so cosa sarebbe successo se avessi oltrepassato lo steccato, comunque secondo me non mi era possibile muovermi in completa libertà in quel luogo, perché io non ero morta, stavo solo dormendo.

Yes. When I was there I absolutely wanted to continue my walk towards the brilliant light far away at my right. So I took the path at the right in order to follow it. It appeared that there was some palisade that was then passed by the path. As soon as I put myself in that direction, the being of light severely transmitted to me "no! It's not the right moment!" and sent me back to the real world. I don't know what would have happened if I had passed the fence. Anyway, it wasn't possible to move in complete freedom in that place because I wasn't dead, I was only sleeping.

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?     Uncertain      una settimana prima di questo sogno mistico avevo avuto un sogno premonitore della mia bisnonna che moriva, realizzatosi appunto la notte stessa in cui ho fatto poi l'esperienza mistica.
Successivamente ho avuto altri sogni premonitori, su cose personali.

A week before this mystical dream, I had had a premonitory dream that my great-grandmother died, which came into fruition exactly the same night that I had the mystical experience. Successively, I've had other premonitory dreams about personal things.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     ne ho parlato immediatamente con mia madre, la quale ovviamente mi crede.
Poi i giorni seguenti con la mia migliore amica.
E poi coi familiari più stretti, molto credenti, che mi hanno creduta, ma non con tutta la famiglia, perché non me la sentivo e tutt'ora non me la sento.
Non ne parlo mai con qualsiasi altra persona che conosco, nemmeno col mio ragazzo, perché non mi piacerebbe essere schernita, derisa o considerata pazza, e so che non comprenderebbero l'importanza e la verità di questa esperienza, per cui me la tengo sempre per me, tranne se capitano occasioni come questa dove posso essere creduta

Yes. I've talked about it with my mother who obviously believed me, and then in the following days with my best friend, and then with people in my family who are the most close to me, very believing, but not with the whole family because I didn't feel to and I still don't. I don't talk about it with just anyone who I know, not even my boyfriend, because I don't want to be taunted, scoffed at, or considered crazy. I know they wouldn't understand the importance and the reality of this experience that will always mean so much to me.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    No      

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was definitely real    ero assolutamente "fresca" dell'esperienza a quel tempo, e comunque ero sicura di averla realmente vissuta, la sua intensità non lasciava ombra di dubbio, e soprattutto il collegamento col mio sogno premonitore di una settimana prima, e i successivi sogni premonitori

I was  absolutely fresh from the  the experience of that time and anyway I was  sure to have really lived it, its intensity not leaving a shade of doubt and overall the connection with my premonitory dream from a week before and the successive premonitory dreams.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            tutta l'esperienza è stata molto importante

The entire experience was very important.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real    io credo sia stata qualcosa di reale, anche se più passa il tempo e più purtroppo non riesco a rivivere totalmente quelle magnifiche sensazioni di pace felicità gioia assoluta, armonia...

I believe it was something real even though more time passes and more unfortunately I can't totally relive the magnificent feelings of peace, happiness, absolute joy and harmony.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           No      

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           
Yes     la mia fede si è rafforzata

Yes, my faith has strengthened.

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

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        niente

Nothing

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes     credo siano esaustive

I believe they are complete.

Are there any other questions we could ask to help you communicate your experience?   non penso

I don't think so.