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Maria C's Experience

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My wife is hard of hearing and does not speak English very well.  I can say she has had some experiences that I at first scoffed at being a person trained in physical science but later I came to understand that there is something beyond our five senses and normal perception.  She has had many uncanny but realistic dreams.

She has had what appear to be two near death experiences.  Not sure if they were but the characteristics appear similar.  There were in the form of dreams.  Since a young girl she has had dreams that came absolutely true.  All dreams were negative in nature foretelling some sort of tragedy.  At one point she became fearful of sleeping because of the predictive nature of these dreams.

Two appear to be something related to NDE yet are not exactly:

1)         She thought she was dying.  Actually, we feared she was having a stroke by the symptoms she presented.  For two weeks we visited doctors trying to determine the problem – nothing was found.  As it turned out, her middle ear had ruptured and was leaking fluid.  It finally was repaired but before the repair she reached a point where she thought she was dying. 

In preparation for this she cleaned the house, showered, put on clean clothes, and lay down on the bed in preparation to die.  I was at work during this time.   

She had a dream in which she was standing not too far from a tunnel from which a soft, warm, yellowish light drew her toward it.  A wagon drawn by two galloping horses approached.  They were headed for the tunnel.  Standing in the bed of the wagon were two skeletons.  One skeleton had the reins in hand and the other reached over to pick her up and pull her into the wagon racing toward the tunnel emitting the soft light.  She was frightened and ran away from the wagon that was approaching, heading for the tunnel. 

2)         In another dream she saw her father (who had passed away about four years prior).  She had visited him and helped him in his last moments pass from this life.

Four years after his death, she had a dream in which father was standing on the side of a steep mountain.  He smiled, looked at her, and beckoned her to follow him as he started back up the steep mountain.  She started to follow him up the mountain.  But after a few minutes she called out to him, “Papa, I do not want to go with you now.  I want to stay here with my husband.”  With that, he turned toward her, smiled, turned back around, waving as he turned continuing back up the steep mountain.   Her father also was extremely clean, remarkably clean in appearance.  It was a radiating cleanliness.

She has had many dreams in which she sees what may be the souls of people or animals that have died.  She had some of these dreams prior to knowing of the deaths.

A)        One was Maria’s young nephew who was killed & his body hung from a tree near San Diego when he was 14 years old.   This happened on Halloween of 2000.  The boy’s mother was extremely stricken with his death.   She could not eat, could not sleep, she struggled to keep her job while undergoing this extreme reaction to the extremely violent death of her son.  She cried day and night seemingly for months on end.   Finally, after 10 or 12 months the mother slowly started to come out of her grief.  But she still struggled. 

One night Maria had a dream of the boy.  In her dream she entered their home through the front door and saw the boy lying face up on the floor with his eyes closed, as if sleeping.   She was surprised to see him there and exclaimed, “Christian, what are you doing there?”  With that, the boy opened his eyes and turned his head toward Maria.  He said, “Auntie, please tell my mother I am okay.  Please tell her to be well.  Tell her I love her, that I am well, Auntie.” 

The boy appeared to be super clean, shiny clean.  She describes his cleanliness as not of this earth.  The nature of this cleanliness was remarkable and highly notable.  It was not just the clothes but rather the skin and hair seemed to radiate a cleanliness.

Maria telephoned the family to tell them of the dream and of the message.  They were mystified and visited a church to speak with a priest about the meaning of the dream.

B)        Maria’s sister had three dogs.  One was particular close to Maria and when she flew to visit her sister she would take treats to the dogs. 

A few days before traveling to visit, Maria had a dream in which she saw the favorite dog.  In the dream, Maria opened out patio blinds to see the dog sitting on the edge of the concrete facing away from the house.  When Maria opened the blinds, the dog turned toward her, seemed to smile by the way she opened her mouth with the tongue partially sticking out breathing.  Turning its head, the dog got up on all fours and started walking away from the house all the while looking back at Maria.  The dog was extra ordinarily clean.  It was again a cleanliness not of this world.  It was highly notable.  

The next day Maria called her sister to discuss her visit and to tell her the time she will arrive.  She asked about the dog.  The sister told her the dog had died.  It had died the night Maria had the dream.   Maria did not know this until that moment yet she had had that vision of the dog in her dream.  It was as if the dog came to say goodbye. 

C)        Maria had a dream in which she saw the face of Jesus Christ in the sky.  It was translucent.  It was as if it were made of a clear ice-like material.  It floated in the sky and appeared very sad, looking with down cast eyes in sadness.  She then saw the Virgin Mary.  The Virgin came down from the sky and started approaching Maria.  She felt fear and tried to run away.  She entered an old, abandoned house nearby, and peeked out the window to observe the Virgin walking (actually floating just above the ground) toward her.  She felt fear of the Virgin Mary. 

The next afternoon a neighbor lady of Maria’s brother called to tell her he had passed away the previous late afternoon (the afternoon before Maria’s dream of a sad Jesus & Mary).  We came to see this as some sort of vision of his passing.  But, Maria did not know about his death until the day after her dream.  We came to perceive this as a vision of her brother’s passing.  

D)        I have friends in Shanghai, China.  The elder fellow is my friend, not especially a friend of Maria’s.  In 2008 he died.  Remarkably, apparently the time of his passing, Maria had a dream in which she saw him and her father (who had already passed away several years ago) standing together in obvious conversation.  The two elderly gentlemen were obviously enjoying their conversation.  The day after the fellow’s death, family members contacted me to advise me of the news.  There was no way Maria could have known of this prior to the email giving me the news. 

E)        9/11 – we lived in Carson City, NV.  I was working in Las Vegas during the week and Maria stayed home in Carson. I had the TV on in my hotel room while preparing to go to the office and was catching the reports of the attack.  At first, the business news channel thought a small plane had accidently hit the buildings.  Later it became obvious that was not the case.  As I drove to the office, I called Maria to tell her of the news of the attack.  She was asleep still besides being hard of hearing.  Finally she answered the telephone.  As I started to tell her of the news, she interrupted me to tell me of a dream she was having when the phone woke her.  In the dream she was near the top of a skyscraper.  She felt enormous fear.  She looked out the window and saw dark smoke and papers flying by the window.  She felt great fear when looking toward the ground. 

There is no way she could have known of this having still been asleep when I awoke her by the telephone call.

Maria’s vision type dreams started when she was a young girl.  It was as if a switch was suddenly turned on.  She awoke late one night crying that her father was hurt and bleeding badly.  In a dream, she saw blood running down his face and head.  She saw him stagger in the street. She cried for her grandmother to take her younger sister and brother out to look for him.  Finally, the grandmother and the kids went out to search for him.  They could not find him and returned home to go back to bed. Not too long later, her father indeed staggered through the door and into the small home.   He was covered in blood.  Someone had jumped him with a machete.  The police took the information while the grandmother dressed his wounds. 

After that point, Maria had many, many dreams that came true.  While our two children were small she would dream of an accident on a school playground.  The next day we would get a report of an accident while on the play ground.

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     Thought it was stroke from the symptoms but turned out to be a ruptured middle ear with loss of fluid.  Took two weeks to discover the problem.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    Same throughout.

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:            Same throughout.

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.)?  No      

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      

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Fear of skeleton's driving wagon.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          No       Standing, observing the tunnel with warm, yellow light emitting.  Ran away when the wagons with skeletons approached.

Did you see a light?           Yes     Saw warm, yellow light emitting from tunnel. 

Saw translucent, saddened face of Jesus Christ when brother died.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     Saw two skeletons driving the wagon pulled by galloping horses.  Did not know them.  Felt much fear.

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?          Yes     Dream of death of brother; death of dog.

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?   No      

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

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No      

Did you become aware of future events?       Yes              Dreams of brother's death; dog's death; father's incident, etc.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience you did not have prior to the experience?     Yes     Dreams of events about to happen.  Are always tragic.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Within hours.

A first my husband was skeptical. Later he believed.

Other family members also believe & tell me to not tell them if I dream of them.

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    I view it as a choice to live or pass on. 

The dreams of others who have passed, I view as seeing their souls, even the dog's.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            Vision of Jesus Christ & Virgin Mary at the time of my brother's death. 

The extreme, unearthly cleanliness of my father, my father and the Chinese gentleman, my nephew, the dog.  The cleanliness is not of this work and is remarkable.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real    I just believe it is reality.   

With the dreams, they have come true so many times that I know it to be a true event.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Yes     I am closer to my loved family and appreciate them with my soul.

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           
No            I just believe in Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, and God.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No       None produced by medications or substances.  I do not use drugs or drink or even meditate.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I would like to understand why or how this happens.

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         No       Words are not sufficient.

Are there any other questions we could ask to help you communicate your experience?   Dr. Long's book helped a great deal.  When I have tried communicating with certain others they simply do not respond.  It makes me believe they see it as fantasy.