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Martin L's Experience

Experience description:   

This incident could not really be described as a NDE in my present life experiences. I'm still debating with myself if this memory is just a false memory or something caused by an active imagination.

Here is my story. I can recall living on a farm at the age of 10 years old.  I was helping my father with plowing the fields. He was preparing the field for planting and I was carrying a bag of seeds on my side, dropping them in the furrow, and covering them up. My father often hired helpers during harvest to help with the picking of the fruit and vegetables. We lived in a mud thatched house with a sun decoration on the top of the door. We had a hard dirt floor with one bedroom and a patio for cooking. We also had an altar, dedicated to various Gods, that we would place incense regularly in respect and admiration for them. My father would take me to school in town when he didn't need me for the farming. Often he would have me help a local fisherman so we could have fish.  That was lots of fun to bring the fish home.

The school was originally a vacation home for a wealthy politician, who donated the building to the community when he died. The teacher was a mean, old Greek slave who loved to cane his students when they made a mistake. Here I meet my best friend named Simon, whose family was Hebrew.  His head was shaved, which was common for Jewish children at this time. I remember playing with Simon, going into the tunnel, and looking out at the sea.  We could also see the jetty with boats tied up to the walls. We would go down to the shore and watched the men bring in olives to be processed at the local plant. A slave would count the number of bushels in a scale and document the number in a ledger. I remember going to Simon's house up on a hill where his family had a business. He loved to drink goat's milk and eat cheese when we went there. I saw Simon's older brother once.  He embarrassed and angered his family because of his claims of being a special teacher from God.  They were mad because Simon's brother had left after the father died and didn't help with the family business.

All I can remember is I drank some water from a community well and later got really sick.  I threw up and had a high fever.  My parents tried to help the sickness by burning incense, which made me very very sick. Later I lost consciousness but remember looking down on my body and twirling around in a circle. I felt very bad because my father was so upset and crying that his only son had died. My mother was very distraught. I guess I really loved my parents and knew they needed me. Then I remember flying over the town and city towards the north.  I flew into a tunnel and light.  Then I saw a beautiful field of flowers that had a bright monument in the center of it. I can't remember anything else about the incident.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Yes  Death was the result of drinking contaminated water of a community well. This probably caused Cholera conditions - high fever, vomiting and extreme dysentery. The high fever caused death. At the time no one knew of germs or the germ theory.

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?    In the field of flowers and near the light.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Normal consciousness and alertness   I don't know

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   Normal

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   Normal

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   The beautiful field of flowers and very bright monument in the middle

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   sadness to be leaving my family when they needed me.  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   Yes   Twirling and rapid pace towards a light and a beautiful field of flowers.

Did you see an unearthly light?   Yes   a very luminous light at the center of the field like a monument.

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?   No  

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   Uncertain   I don't have any of recollections it was a very long time ago

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   A clearly mystical or unearthly realm

a very beautiful and warm place

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
from death to the tunnel and field toke very little time to happen. I lost track of time.


Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No


Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   Yes
the city or I guess heaven

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”)?   Yes   I was given a choice to have a new life on earth of in heaven. I chose earth and a new life to start over.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being either does (or does not) exist?   Yes   The monument of luminosity was the kingdom of heaven. I didn't know God or Christ at this time.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   Uncertain   The main reason that man exists is to retain the spirit of God or infinite life. As it was told to me by the light.

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, mankind is a combination of spiritual or supernatural and natural or physical elements. which defines our finite mortal existence.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   Yes  


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?   Uncertain   My family didn't speak of love like Christian love; they were very paternalistic and followed the old Gods of justice, power, loyalty and strength.

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?   Yes   Follow your conscience. Mankind in fail-able and finite while God is not.

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   Yes   Same as above.

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience   I was a monotheist that believed that the Gods were fail-able while mankind was not.

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 as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the ex   My memories are very detailed and explicit. they are like any past memories that I have had in the last 56 years.

My experience directly resulted in:   Large 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?  
Yes   I know that I can have a relationship with God or not.

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?    
Yes, I was given a second and third chance, which I screwed up. I going to do better in the future.

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  a couple of times but they discounted this; except a women for Korea who believe this was a past life memory

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   Yes   I don't remember it was so long ago

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was definitely real   I don't remember it was so long ago

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   I can't remember is was so long ago

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 try to follow Christ and listen to what he says to me. Often I don't I am sorry to say. I am influenced by the same worldly concerns everyone else is I guess.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   Yes   Yes, I am still afraid of vomiting and GI problems.

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience?   Yes, I have some hope!

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Yes   as best as my recollection could be, for so long a time has pasted.

What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you?      To support moral life that is consistent with the wishes of God. While at the same time allowing the right for a person to chose if they want to follow God and his kingdom.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience?                        Don't have so many questions. Ha Ha!