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Mark S's Experience

Experience description:   

I remember speaking about for years as a young child what I always thought of as my first 'remembered dream'.  I feel my experience is rather an unimpressive story next to some of the fabulous NDEs I have read about. I was around 2 years old and lying in bed asleep.  I remember floating out of my body and seeing my small form lying face down, apparently asleep.  I went through the ceiling and immediately found myself in a dark void.  I felt myself being pulled along, through this dark, featureless space.  It was neither cold nor warm.  I do not recall seeing my own form or body, but nor did I look down at myself.  Beside me, as a floated, were various people.  They were entirely still, reminding me of manikins.  These figures were watching me, expressionless - neither smiling nor grimacing.  I recall feeling perturbed but not scared as their eyes only followed my movements. I had a sense they somehow knew me but I did not know them at all.  These figures all appeared to be dressed in what I considered old fashioned clothing - 1940's or 1930's.  I felt a pull downwards and a sense of falling and I found myself back in my body rolling out of bed to land on the floor - I had fallen out of bed.  For many years I told my parents about my vivid 'dream' - my first dream - and thought nothing more of it until I started reading about NDEs and saw some synergy between these and my own experiences.  I wonder if I perhaps was having a late stage cot death or had a fever...I will never know. 

Interestingly I recall an even earlier memory of being a tiny infant, still unable to walk or even speak and my mother was over the top of me trying to make me laugh.  I remember thinking with an almost adult thought pattern - 'please stop that and listen to me! I have something really important to tell you!'; I have always wondered what that important information was...my memory seems to tell me it was something big and fundamental and not that I needed my nappy changed!

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?    When I was out of my body

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Normal consciousness and alertness   the memory seems to indicate that my level of consciousness was beyond that one would expect from a child of that age

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I had much more clarity and more of an adult mind

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I do not recall hearing anything

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?   No  

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   Slight fear and wonderment  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   Uncertain  

Did you see an unearthly light?   No  

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   No

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.)?   No  

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   Yes   Unknown - they seemed to know me, but I did not know 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

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?   No

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   No

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”)?   Uncertain  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   Uncertain   I did have a vivid dream as a young adult which was me being chased in Nazi Germany, being cornered and shot (I felt myself 'die') and at that point I woke up.  I only mention this as it seemed so real and powerful and it ties in with the figures I saw in my OBE

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   No   

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?   No  

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was both consistent and not 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     

My experience directly resulted in:  
Unknown

Did you have any changes in your values or beliefs after the experience that occurred as a result of the experience?  
No  

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?  

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   No       

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  Thought it was a dream and told the story as such

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 probably real  

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was probably 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?   No  

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