Martin P's Experience
"I had had a long and trying day at my cousin's retirement Home in Quebec City (where she cares after old people), and needed to have a nap. It was about 6 or 7 pm. I sat in a long chair, and fell asleep.
Next thing I knew, my cousin was trying to wake me, shaking my knee gently with her hand. I found myself trying very, very hard to wake up, but could not at all return to my senses. I could not come back from "where I had been" : and this implies that I had left my body and had to reincorporate, due to my cousin's attempt to wake me. It took me about 10 to 15 seconds to return to my senses/body, that is, to recognize my surroundings, what I was, where I was, and thus to readjust to earthly circumstances. Much like a hand trying to adjust into a glove.
All I can say is that I was/am definitely NOT my body: I was/am something else. And I am going to try to explain what that something else is after my reincorporation because, to this day, I still divide my life in two episodes: before and after reincorporation.
I was--I am, we are--a totally gentle, pure, soft, caring and perfect 'mind' (mind is the right word). A mind so light and so pure one totally admires oneself and others! and then wants to find out more about what that mind is. (To the point where one wonders why we come into a body after having a taste of what is real). It also felt like I was taking something from beyond with me on earth; the word 'message' is somewhere in these reflections. The lightness, tenderness and purity of the self or mind are qualities so totally beyond this world that it is, still today, difficult to bear the violence, the impurities and the lack of care towards one another, which are due, I believe, to the body. I earnestly and hastily want to say to readers that the softness and purity of the mind are also that of others and, as such, any description of who we really are should immediately have a consequence on how we treat each other on earth. The description of what we are is directly involved with our behavior towards one another. So a description of what I felt I was at the time of my OBE totally and immediately implies my relation, the way I act, treat, welcome my fellow brother.
I always was a very kind person by nature. But now, after having had this experience, I am committed and devoted to my fellow man on the street. For he is truly my next-of-kin, just as much as my family "by flesh". I am convinced--by an inner knowing that is more real than any empirical and scientific proof--that we are One, but that the body separates us and makes us believe that we are divided. This world is indeed temporary: I don't know how much longer it will last, but it is temporary. To be in a body is an utterly wrong state of affairs (it is harsh, violent, cold, brutal, it is painful and scary because it is destined to die). And though I cannot prove this, my OBE gives me plenty of evidence that we have 'chosen' to come and experience incorporation through free will. And that the violence, the lack of love, compassion and care this earthly world shows is evidence enough that this choice was WRONG. I know now that I am a mind caring about other minds like me. And that we are, ultimately, of the same Mind.
And though I am not religious at all (in fact, I criticize all religions), I somehow know the name of the Mind where we all come from: Jesus."
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?....Normal consciousness and alertness Yes.....
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. 'Vision' here includes my fellow man: my vision comprehends him or her. I prefer speaking about a total and comprehensive vision than 'eye sight' or eye view. Vision is from the true Self (as described above)
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Instead of hearing, more an 'understanding' and an all around comprehension of the mind which includes vision and hearing (more 'I hear you' as in 'I understand you/know you'). The body is responsible for the fragmentation of the senses, nothing else. Seeing, feeling, hearing, knowing, tasting is all one inseparable element that the organs of the body divide into parts. One feels kind of dumbfounded to realize how stupid and selfish the body is, and thus our choice to have want to come here and experience it.
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?....An overwhelming sense of perfection, oneness, care about my true self/mind; a sense of purpose in my life on earth; an optimal vision of thought realized (see above). Words are limited, however, to fragments of the oneness we share, and to which we will return.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel?....No....I don't know. But I without a doubt I did return from some place beyond. No error is possible here.
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 deceased (or alive) beings?....No
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....This is all induced by the clear vision of who I am from the OBE. Knowing what I am (a Self that is antithetical to the body), I can safely say, beyond anything that we think in this world, that that Self of mine comes from some place I can only imagine and speak of in superlatives.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down?....No....
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?....Everything about myself or others....
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....
Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?....Yes....Yes. To share as much as possible what I am writing here.
Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:....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 am now actively involved in helping, caring for my neighbor/brother.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?....Yes More knowledge of the afterworld. In fact, it should be called the 'Foreworld' because it precedes us, time wise. There is no time in the realm beyond. And time is actually in the past here on earth (as shown in quantum physics today): my image reflection in the mirror is 7 nanoseconds in the past. It is in the past, because that is the amount of time light takes to travel from my mind to my refracted image on the mirror. So science can help prove real inner knowledge.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The next day.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?....Yes A little, as I got interested in knowledge of what happens after death.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:....Experience was definitely real
What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:....Experience was definitely real....
Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?....Yes....
Have your religious beliefs/spiritual practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?....Yes
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?....Yes Confirmation of the knowledge of what I am through helping others in charity and kindness. I fell that helping others gives me more awareness, more health, more positive emotions, more force and more power. When one gives oneself to others, one become stronger, more loving and more positive due to these actions. This is in the New Testament as well.Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes