Mark B's Experience
Before I begin, I would like to stress that I had not been to church since the age of 14, other than for weddings and funerals. This occurred at a particularly "down" time in my life. I think I was suffering from depression (no girlfriend, no job, no real direction in life whatsoever), although the thoughts of suicide never entered my mind.
I went to bed one night in March 2002, and upon falling asleep, found myself sitting in a clearing surrounded by beautiful trees and landscape. This was unlike any scenery I had ever experienced on earth, and the only way I can really describe it is that the colors were 100 times brighter, and everything was vivid and crystal clear. I looked around and saw the figure of a man approaching me. I knew right away who it was (Jesus), but being the stubborn person I am, had to ask just to be absolutely sure. I asked Him, "Are you who I think you are?" He said "Yes I am". Not really knowing what to do, I shook His hand and said "Cool!" I then asked, "So, do I get to stay or what?" He replied, "Not yet, we still have plans for you."
Before I could even open my mouth in protest, or at least ask Him to be more specific about these "plans", I found myself awake, sitting straight up in bed sweating like I had just done a full day's work. The entire experience seemed to last mere seconds. I will never forget His EYES. I have never seen kinder eyes. We have all experienced dreams that seem very real. This was
different. The only thing that would have made it more real is if I had found grass stains on my rear end. I still remember this as if it happened five minutes ago. I have since started reading the Bible. This experience still kind of freaks me out when I think about it. I asked my aunt about it (a nun) and she thinks the experience was indeed real. She said that according to the Bible, the Lord often came to people in their dreams.
Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience? Uncertain
I was a marijuana user at the time (moderate)
Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No
At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event? Uncertain
This happened during the night while I was sleeping, so I am unsure if there was anything physical involved
What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience? Asleep
Was the experience dream like in any way? Dream like but I will not say it was a dream
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? Yes
Time did not even seem to exist while I was there
Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body? Uncertain
I wanted to stay, but He would not let me
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? Yes
Before the experience, I was straddling the fence, so to speak, regarding the afterlife, not really believing or disbelieving. I am definitely a believer now.
How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices? Before the experience, I was very mistrustful of others because of past experiences with those I thought were my friends. I realize now that this is a very unhealthy way to go through life. I try much harder now to make friends.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? Yes
I seem to be a much happier person these days, and I have since quit using marijuana. I intend to start attending Church again shortly
Have you shared this experience with others? Yes
My aunt (A nun) She believes it was genuine. My younger sister who is a true believer in the afterlife
What emotions did you experience following your experience? I wept
What was the best and worst part of your experience? The best part was talking to Jesus. The worst part was having to return to my body
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 accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes