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5th EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION

 

1st Experience description:   

This is not an NDE as I was in perfect health at the time.  I was not inclined towards spirituality, had no interest in such matters, and my mind was far from any thoughts of the Divine when this suddenly happened to me.  The most important event of my life occurred in the early autumn of 1947 two weeks before my fourteenth birthday. If I had not experienced it and someone else told me this story, I would probably not believe it, so if any reader is skeptical, I will understand.

Feel free to post the experience.  I am at this moment listening to a CD playing, "I Love to Tell The Story".   The Christian Bible, which is my guide tells us to be witnesses of what we have experienced of God's grace.  I feel one of the reasons for such experiences is to be a witness to truths not commonly experienced. 

 ENCOUNTER

I was picking cotton on a plantation in northeastern Arkansas to earn money for school clothes. A neighbor of ours was transporting people from our area to and from the cotton fields about twenty miles from my home. There were about fifteen of us , I believe, from my age to elderly, working in the field that day. Among them my pal Polly, a year older than I, and her mother and step-father.

Polly and I were picking a row each and a "snatch row" between us. That is, the two of us picked three rows as we went along. The one having her row ahead would pick the snatch row to keep all three rows even. Polly's parents were picking two rows each, as most of the workers were, so we soon pulled ahead of the others, giving us privacy for our conversation which we needed for it mostly concerned our plans for rebellion and living the life of a libertine.

After a bit Polly's parents scolded us for doing more talking than picking. Polly sassed back using profanity. Emboldened by her performance, I sassed too, but without profanity, as I had not picked up that habit. It wasn't done in our home. We did, however go to work in earnest because we knew we needed the money .We had about decided to use it for bus tickets to Texas to stay with a depraved uncle of Polly's who allegedly could get her a job singing on the radio.

We worked hard for awhile, Polly "walking" on her knees to save bending her back, and I standing bent over the rows, as I never was any good at picking from a kneeling position. When my back began to complain in earnest, I stood to give it a rest. It was a pleasantly warm, but not hot day with a clear blue sky dotted with a few small fair weather clouds. I think I was facing roughly northwest staring aimlessly into the blue and thinking of nothing that I recall, enjoying a gentle, refreshing breeze that began to blow over me---------then THROUGH me!! Through every cell of me!! Cleansing me entirely. I have never in my life felt so clean, so refreshed.

And then HE spoke to me. I didn't hear a voice nor see a form. But I was clearly and intensely aware of a communication directly into my consciousness from an OTHER of indescribable goodness, kindness and power.. and I recognized him as I would my mother or father. I felt I had known him before but had somehow forgotten him until that minute. I trusted him completely with no apprehension for he was, I knew, completely to be trusted.

Here, as nearly as I can express it in the clumsy medium of language, is the content of that communication:

I was made aware that sin was destroying me. I was shown the image of a form, that as I recall it seems now to have somewhat resembled a fetus (though at the time I had no idea what a fetus looked like) which I understood was myself. It was being eaten away by a horrible sore, disgusting and revolting in the extreme. I was made to know that He felt great sorrow for this state of affairs. He told me that if I would choose a path characterized by love and peace that he would be with me to guide me all the way and at the end of the path I would come to him. I was shown an image of a path through a wood and a light like a spotlight shining down upon it ahead of me. Then when he spoke of my coming to him I was caught up into the midst of a glorious golden light; suspended there, embraced in perfect love and peace and joy beyond expression, the joy of coming home at last. For this destiny I had been created.

Suddenly I was back in the cotton patch just as before, except my face was wet with tears. I was so terribly sorry for every unkind thing I had ever said or done. I felt a deep love for all people and a feeling of how infinitely precious each person is. I looked at Polly kneeling between the cotton rows looking up at me and her face was wet with tears as well. We had apparently had the same or very similar experience.

The first thing we did was to run back to where her parents were working and try to tell them what had happened and to apologize from our hearts for the way we had so recently spoken to them The next Sunday we astonished everyone by appearing in church

I have , over the ensuing years, considered many "explanations" for this event, and can honestly find none more believable than the one I unquestionably accepted at the time; We had an encounter with the living God.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes

I received understanding beyond language.  There are not words to express the content.  I can only use approximations as Jesus used parables, because the facts are beyond ordinary human comprehension or expression.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I was perfectly alert but oblivious to my surroundings for a short time, engrossed in the experience.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   No

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Uncertain

When I was suspended in the midst of the light I was unaware of my body but do not know that I was out of it.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Cleansed & refreshed.  Wonder and awe. Revulsion of sin.  Sorrow for sin.  Joy in the Holy Spirit.  Love and compassion for all people.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?            Uncertain

When I was caught up in the light I equated it with an entrance into Heaven but it was unlike any description I had ever heard of Heaven.  The Father was there, but was also with me before I went there in communication.  He was present as a spirit, not visual not tangible in any way. All spirit.

Did you see a light?           Yes

It was a bright golden light and I was suspended in the midst of it.  The light was full of love and peace and joy.  I felt at home at last.   It was a light beyond light of which earthly light is a shadow.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes

Almighty God.  Yes, I knew him as if from a forgotten memory.  He told me sin was destroying me.  He told me  this caused him great sadness, that if I would choose a way of peace and love he would be with me to guide me all my life and at the end I would come to him.  I was then enveloped in the Light, a sample of  what awaits me at the end.

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?
No


Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes

As far as I could tell they were working normally.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain

I am unsure how long the experience took but suspect only seconds or maybe a few minutes.  Enough time elapsed for my face and the face of my friend to be drenched in tears.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes

That my purpose was to live in a loving and peace promoting way in order to go to be with the Father.  I presume that is true of all people for I experienced that all people are very precious.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No

Did you become aware of future events?       Uncertain

Not in this life.  Only that  I could go to be with God at the end of  my life on earth.

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Uncertain

I had a few other strange experiences over the years but may have had them anyway.  I do not know that this experience made me susceptible to them or not.  I don't think so.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes

God was real and personal to me.  I loved people, I loved the Lord.  I wanted to be good.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Profoundly.  I want to do what God approves in all these things and not to make willful and selfish choices.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes

I belong to the light.  I do not want to serve darkness.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

Mixed.  Some think I was nuts.  Some that it was real.  Some have had similar experiences.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Very tenderhearted and compassionate. Very easily disturbed by negative behavior around me.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?     

worst was seeing what sin was doing to me.  Best was to be saved from it.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        It was the most important thing in my life.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes

I have had a precognizant dream, A dream/memory of a divine structure of which I was co-builder, material/ inhabitant.  Terrifying OBE in space.  Encountered unearthly "specter" like being also seen by two other people at same time.

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?               Uncertain, As well as it can be.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    None

2nd Experience description:   

I was lying in bed one night, my husband and child were already asleep and I was looking out the window beside my bed at the night sky full of stars. As I lay idly gazing at the stars the thought came to me how wonderful it would be to be free of earth and to  be up there amid the stars, free in space, when suddenly I found myself in space and it was not wonderful.  

 I could see stars but they were all still far away and for the first time I had an awareness of how empty space is, how  very, very, terrifyingly far away the nearest star was.  I was seized with agoraphobia, a terror of the vast emptiness.  Every direction  seemed to be down.  Worst of all was having nothing to hold on to, nothing to touch, not even my body.  If I had a mouth I would have been screaming.  As it was I cried out in my spirit, "God help me!!" and instantly I was back in my body in my bed.  

For a long time I would not look at the stars for fear of triggering such an episode again. 

Years later I happened upon  the book, Rings  Around  Tomorrow" by Hugh Downs.  One of the things he described was an episode of a SOBE he experienced while testing scuba diving equipment in a hotel swimming pool  which had been heated to body temperature for a TV cast of infants swimming/floating in the water and showing no fear, which he had worked on.

He also found himself in space and described it almost exactly as I had experienced= it except  he also perceived a  large rock, perhaps an asteroid that seemed to him morbid, like a tombstone.  He was initially frightened but as he stayed in this state he began to feel comfortable  in it and at peace, but in a while the sound of his breathing brought  him back to earth and he climbed out of the pool but with complete loss of memory for about thirty minutes.  he said that he had discovered since then that this experience is common to LSD users. 

A few years ago my older sister related having had  the same experience  while walking outside at night as a teen ager.  She also was afraid for some time to look at the stars.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      


Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Normal

           
Was the experience dream like in any way?   It didn't seem to me to be and I don't recall falling asleep nor waking up.  There was no detectable transition from wakeful state to dream state.  It seemed to me a waking experience.

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     Yes     I could not see my body, as some do, because I was FAR away from it.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Terror.  Agoraphobia.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No.  Only silence.

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?            Uncertain      I recognized stars, at least that they were stars.  I have no knowledge of star maps and would not know one star from another, but they are very far apart.

Did you see a light?           Uncertain      The stars had light.  I did not see any other light.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

I WANTED MY BODY BACK!!! No interest in experimenting whatsoever.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          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?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes     I decided in seconds that I wanted back in my body and mentally said so.  I took it for granted  that returning immediately to my body was an answer to prayer, but cannot say for sure.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I believed that I do not want to float around in space unless Someone who knows the ropes is with me and holding on  to me and keeping me safe.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Has not except for me having a little more respect  for how much I do not know.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Uncertain      I think an increased sense of awe colors my attitude in a general way.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Seemed interested and my older sister related having the same experience long ago.  She had not mentioned it before.  She usually is not interested in the paranormal.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Unease about looking at stars.  Avoided looking at them for years.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best part was that it was brief!  The worst was just experiencing  the horrible vastness and nothing to hold on to.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        No

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    

3rd EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION:

I don't know how to categorize this experience as I don't know what it was.  Some have suggested  a ghost or specter, I do not feel it was or ever had been human.

 This one is the strange experience I do not like to think of but is more certain than the others in that I am not the only one who saw it and had approximately the same reaction.

My older sister, a very level headed, no nonsense kind of person, her two children and my three children were in her car on a rainy dark day driving 15 miles to visit relatives in another town. She was driving, I sitting beside her and all the children in the back seat. I was in my mid thirties, I think.

As we passed through the countryside in late winter or early spring (the fields were still dormant and brown) I saw ahead of us standing about ten feet off to the side of the road in a field a dark form. While still too great a distance away to tell much about it in the rain, maybe an old tree stump? NO, somehow I knew it was something alive. I said nothing but continued to stare at it. When we were closer I could see it appeared to be a human like form clad in a long black robe with a face concealing hood, Arms down at the sides also concealed in the robe. It seemed very tall and was leaning forward at an angle that a person could not maintain without losing balance. It seemed to be gazing intently at the scudding dark clouds behind us. I could sense it was somehow exerting a great effort of some kind.

I cannot explain how I knew, but I did know it was not human. It seemed to radiate an emotional "field" that made me feel like helpless and terrified that if this creature should shift it's attention to us it would be lethal. It emanated a great and terrible aura of power. Though I did not feel it was evil or had evil intent toward us it was rather as if we were bugs in the path of a giant who would step on us and crush us beneath it's foot without intention or even caring thinking about it. We simply did not matter to it. I said nothing. I was afraid to say or even think anything that might draw it's terrible attention to us.

As we passed the "specter" my sister exclaimed, "What is that thing? It looks like a witch casting a spell!!!

I did not see it as a witch or anything else familiar. To me it was simply something horribly other and powerful and frightening. I did not want to pursue the subject and said, "I don't know but just keep driving!"

We did not discuss it further and spent the afternoon with the relatives without mentioning it. On the way home we drove past the place where the fearful figure had been and there was nothing there. I did not feel like speaking of it for sometime. I feared to do so might somehow make it appear again. Finally I did broach the subject with my sister and she said she did not feel frightened of the thing but like me was very aware that it was not human and also felt the great power. She said she was in awe of it but not afraid because she felt no evil intent toward us. None of the children except my youngest son saw it and he had much the same to say as my sister. He was in awe, but not frightened. We all drew pictures of how it appeared to us and all agreed as to how it looked and that it stood at an impossible forward leaning angle and also that it was doing something, which my sister likened to "casting a spell". To me it merely seemed to be expending great effort at something. I felt it did not want to be where it was and had somehow gotten there by mistake and was attempting to go where it belonged. I am not sure.

I have no doubt this was a real thing as three of us saw it plainly and were very affected by it.

I can find no virtue in this occurrence other than perhaps it helps to remind me that the universe is much greater and more mysterious than I had imagined and that we humans are not the sole intelligence within it.

I will not say that being is superior to us. Certainly incalculably more powerful, but perhaps power is not proof of superiority. We are capable of love. I am not sure that being is. I don't know, I don't want to know, I simply hope fervently never to see it again.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      


Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     There was the experiencing of an "emotional field" that is outside general experience.  It is hard  to describe.  Also a mental telepathy type of communication or spiritual awareness

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Uncertain      I felt threatened but there was no dangerous thing happening.

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Normal

           
Was the experience dream like in any way?   No.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Fear, surprise.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No.

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     In addition to the others in the car, I saw a being  beside the road as I described above.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     I observed that my sister was seeing the same  thing I was and later, at home my son told both of us he saw it  as well and drew a picture  like the one I drew.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes            They seemed the same as usual but  there was the added sense of the "emotional field" and awareness of  the strength and potential danger of the being that seemed for the moment to ignore us.

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?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No response            Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?      No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I believed in the existence of non  human and very different life forms.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       Not especially except to  intensify my sense of wonder.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     People are interested and like to speculate as to what it was.  I think that is all.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Relief I got past it alive.  Dread of meeting it again.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best was that IT did not seem to pay us much attention.  Worst  dreading that it might.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        No

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    

4th EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION

Vision of Weed by The Pump 

The  Problem of Evil:  Some interesting theories about something that as far as I can see we have no answer understandable to human intellect.  In a way I once had an answer by revelation. 

My water supply at the time was an old iron pitcher pump in the back yard where I pumped the handle up and down with my water bucket hung on the spout.  I was starting to pump water when I casually observed a reddish looking weed growing at the base of the pump.  It had doubtless been there all summer and was in no way an exceptional weed, I think it even had some blighted leaves or maybe a  bug bite or two.  I was in no way meditating on the existence of the weed or anything else, but suddenly it was as if a light switched on and that I had been viewing all in a twilight dimness and only seeing a blurred suggestion of the real world.  For just the briefest blinding instant everything was glorious.  The weed was utter perfection, everything to the uttermost of the cosmos was revealed to my consciousness and it was just as it should be. ALL WAS WELL.  Then the light switched off, more as if it had been a lightening flash revealing all clearly and now it was gone, but I had the memory of the reality I could no longer see. 

There is a thing called faith.  We are told in the Bible it is impossible to please God without it.  (Read Hebrews chapter 11.)  I believe all is well and still believe in the existence of evil and our duty to flee from it and pursue love with our lives.  I don’t know how both can be true at once, but I am only human.  I also don’t know how light can be both a particle and a wave and the last I read about it neither did anyone else but that it is and science treats it accordingly.  I have faith in God (“I believe, Lord help thou mine unbelief”) and do not have to understand it all, only how to walk the path he has given me.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      


Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     It was beyond my usual comprehension

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I think I entered into a different kind of consciousness not normally available to the human mind.  I would call it a superior level of consciousness.

           
Was the experience dream like in any way?   No, it was strange but quite real.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Wonder.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No.

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?            Uncertain      I seemed , for an instant to see all of the cosmos and I cannot describe it.  There was like the dark emptiness of space and many spherical shapes but also it all seemed to be in layers one on another and I was impressed that it was all glorious and perfect and as it should be.

Did you see a light?           Uncertain      In a way, it seemed that normal seeing/perceiving is darkened and dim but that a "light" flashed on and revealed what was hidden in darkness for just an instant.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Uncertain            I think my five senses were the same but that another sense was activated.  A superior sense.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain      Perhaps for that instant time was not relevant.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?    Yes            That all is perfect and glorious and cause for rejoicing.  That the concept of the imperfection and evil we perceive is based on inadequate  knowledge.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No       As far as I know, I did not leave my body.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     Yes, I think it caused me to  believe in the good even in dark times and to have a more positive attitude based on faith no matter what appearances may indicate.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I think it makes me more confident and positive and less inclined to be fearful or negative in all areas of life.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     I think so in that it  sets an underlying tone to my life.  The influence is subtle but pervasive.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I have not shared it often except on forums and am not sure it ever produced any reaction.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  Surprise and puzzlement but also encouragement.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The best was the conviction that all is glorious no matter how I  usually perceive things.  The worst was not being able to "get my head around" the experience or put it into words.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        No

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?               Uncertain      I can't explain.

5th EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION

I was a young housewife about 19 years old with one child at the time. I was alone in my kitchen, my husband away at work, my year old son playing in the next room when suddenly I seemed to remember a dream. I have done this before and it would be a dream I had dreamed the night before. I would be aware of this. This time I had no idea when I had dreamed the dream, but it unfolded in a very clear way:

The Dream

I was climbing on some sort of golden edifice, something like a tower with intricate carvings decorating a series of niches. As I ascended this structure I was feeling very exhilarated (I used to love to climb tall trees as a child, but cannot tolerate heights any more).

I was very high up. When I looked down the golden edifice disappeared into a blue distance like the sky. When I looked up it was the same. I could not see the base of it nor the top of it. I was joyful at the beauty of it, at the wonderful height of it. I felt it was my Heavenly Father's building and that I was greatly privileged to be climbing it.

Soon I came to a niche that I knew was mine and I was overjoyed that I belonged there.

I somehow was convinced that in some way I was helping build this wonderful structure and that I was a part of it. I had a place in it. I was building a part of it, I was a part of the building material itself.

end of dream

I feel that this dream was in fact a kind of vision. I believe it is a true vision as it corresponds to scripture that tells us we are the temple of God, that we are God's building and that we are fellow workers with God.

Ephesians 2

19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      


Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     The concept was not a familiar (to me) one at the time and the impact, the  vividness, and the emotional quality, are difficult to express.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           I think it was normal.  I don't recall, but I may or may not have continued with my work as I "relived" the dream.  I think I went about my work normally though the dream was startlingly vivid.

           
Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes, it was as if I were remembering a very vivid dream.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Exhilaration, joy, very privileges, reveling in the beauty of it all, acceptance and belonging.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           No.

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?            Uncertain      I  recognized the clear blue sky around me, above me and below me but I did not recognize the structure as anything I had ever seen or imagined nor heard of.  It actually seemed to be shaped like a square  tower, the same size and shape all the way up and down and I was climbing on the outside of the wall.  I am not certain if  there was an "inside" or if the edifice was solid all the way through.  The niches were carved in the surface and were such that one could sit in them as you see  niches with figures carved I them in  buildings.  I think more like some far eastern temple structures.  Though I thought of no comparisons at thetime.

Did you see a light?           Uncertain      Only what seemed the normal light of a sunny day.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     I seemed to be functioning normally but rather entranced by the remarkable unusually vivid "remembrance" of a dream.

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?    Yes            Yes, that I  and others (for there were many beautiful "niches' that belonged to others) were involved in the creation of something glorious that is God's "building".

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No       Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Uncertain      I think I had a deeper awareness concerning spiritual matters and when I later found corroborating statements in scripture I had a new insight, I felt, into what the scripture meant which strengthened my faith.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I take life more seriously as I think the building that I do/am depends upon my making the right life choices, to build lovingly.  I also value life more as I see  that it is "golden" precious and beautiful in a spiritual way that we do not usually appreciate.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Uncertain      It is a part of my life experience and all life experience influences us.  In that sense it must have changed me to some extent and is probably still changing me, but I do not know what would have been the result if I had not had this experience. I think I would be a less positive and optimistic person without it.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     People usually seem interested but I have no idea  if any are influenced by the story.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  A sense of wonder.  Happy that I had it.  Somewhat puzzled by it.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      It was all good.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I believe it was a true vision of what is.

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     As much as average human communication permits.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.    Can't think of any.