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Maryann B's Experience

Experience description:   

It was on Long Island in the spring of 1970. It was around 7:oo pm in my kitchen talking w/ my friend and mother. I had skipped lunch and had a busy day. I suddenly felt very weak and nauseous. I told them I had to lay down. I went to my room on unsteady legs closed the light, shut the door and lay down. After a few minutes at most and fully conscious it happened. I was in a tunnel. My impression was I was still and the tunnel was moving at great speed. In the tunnel I saw objects in more than 3 dimensions. I would see an objects height, weight, color (vivid) depth and what can only be described as its "Platonic essence; (finally understood that concept). I then was thrust into what was a rural setting. I appeared to be travelling at great speed and head first about a few thousand feet over the landscape. I spotted a farmhouse and literally headed for it. As I got closer I saw I wasn't slowing down and indeed was heading for a wall! I was terrified I was going to crash head on. I braced for the crash but instead and much to my relief I went right through it. I began to slow down and saw a room, a dining area w/ a large family eating. I seemed to be aware a young girl was aware of me. Just as I began to get control of this "Maserati body" and this was kind of cool I'd like to explore...I was back in my bed, fully conscious. What the hell happened I thought. I perhaps had heard of this phenomena but had no details on it. The best way to describe this experience was as if my physical body was an old, rusty model T driving clumsily down a rutted road transformed into a Maserati doing 90 kilometers on the autobahn. When I returned to the kitchen my mom said "Have a good rest".

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Uncertain  I was diagnosed w/ hypoglycemia. I strongly suspect this condition caused the experience.

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  Yes     It is ineffable. Again please read my detailed experience.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    The whole time.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      More consciousness and alertness than normal   Please read of my entire experience for details.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I'm sorry I really don't understand this question. But I was feeling poorly and I strongly believe I suffered a severe hypoglycemic incident.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I heard a tremendous whooshing noise while in the tunnel. When I exited the tunnel there was silence.

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?   WONDER while in the tunnel. Perplexed while flying head first over the area. Terrified I'd crash head first into the house. Relief when I passed right through the wall of the house. Then delight as I began to get control of this new fantastic body. Ultimately disappointment it didn't continue just as I was able to control the "Maserati body".  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   Yes   Again my body seemed to be still. My sense was the tunnel was moving at great speed. I saw objects in more than 3 dimensions. I grasped the concept of "Platonic essence" though I can't grasp it now. I was not only conscious during the tunnel but "super conscious". After my psychic abilities increased.

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?   No  

Did you become aware of past events in your life during your experience?   No  

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   Some unfamiliar and strange place
After the tunnel I zoomed over a rural landscape. I saw a farmhouse and was uncontrollably drawn toward it. I found myself not slowing down and saw I'd crash into a wall. To my relief I passed through the wall and saw a family having a meal. I began to slow down. I believe a young girl even seemed to see me. Just as I began to feel I could control this I was back in my body. Bummer.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
Time was meaningless.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No
I seemed to have a super consciousness. It wasn't transcendental or euphoric but incredibly and ineffably dynamic. Afterward I seemed to become more intelligent and more intuitive. It caused me to explore and study the phenomena of the "out of body" experience. Friends remarked I seemed to be "glowing".

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   Uncertain
If there was a boundary it I suspect was my naturally rising glucose which dumped me back into my clumsy, slow "model T" body.

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   No
The experience just stopped.

Did scenes from the future come to you?  No 
Not during but soon thereafter.

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”)?   No  

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?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   Uncertain   I did encounter an awareness of an interconnectedness of all things in the universe during the tunnel trip. Oh how to describe the indescribable!

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?   Yes   As I wrote I became aware (while in the tunnel) of realities, dimensions and meaning we can barely comprehend. I never discussed nor gave much thought to the paranormal, though I'd have experiences; some very dramatic.  Eventually others noticed and my mother nicknamed me "the witch". The NDE erased all doubt to this "rational, highly scientific" person.

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   At the time I was in denial about my psy. experiences. It was the hippie era and we were too busy having fun and demonstrating to be concerned w/ mysticism. I was really rather agnostic about this stuff.

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   It was yhe most vivid event of my life.

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   Wow you guys dig deep! I had this particular experience in 1970. I was 18. I'm now 60 and in moderately poor health. It was the hippie era. Religion was so passe! What this particular experience did was cause to cross that great, unfortunate divide between mysticisom and skeptical science. I became a "believer". I could no longer deny the powerful paranormal events that were occurring w/ some frequent regularity. I've never had an experience nor a feeling of a supreme being as nice and comforting as that would be. As a catholic school kid I believed but never truly felt it.

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   My values didn't change. Back then kind atheists called ourselves "ethical humanists". Even now I toggle between calling myself that or "ethical agnostic:"

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?   The entire event was neaningful and revelatory. The tunnel experience felt as if I was being shown the existence of a deeper reality; Though I didn't see a presence I sensed a greater mind teaching me. Interesting in that it wasn't warm or cuddly but rather emotionless but truthful. Almost non-human. It showed me the possibility that consciousness could exist outside of the body. It also showed me that you could go through a solid wall in that state and be just fine. I also wonder about that young girl who seemed to make eye contact w/ me. Did she perhaps see (or sense) a "ghost". This all brings to me Shakespeare famous quote: "There is more to heaven and earth that are dreamed of in your philosophy..."

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   Yes   Absolutely. The "NDE' was a turning point in my belefs but now I see it as a continuim of varied and multitudinous psychic experiences. My abilities ebb and flow but in a dangerous or stressfull situation it's never failed me.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?    
The entire event was neaningful and revelatory. The tunnel experience felt as if I was being shown the existence of a deeper reality; Though I didn't see a presence I sensed a greater mind teaching me. Interesting in that it wasn't warm or cuddly but rather emotionless but truthful. Almost non-human. It showed me the possibility that consciousness could exist outside of the body. It also showed me that you could go through a solid wall in that state and be just fine. I also wonder about that young girl who seemed to make eye contact w/ me. Did she perhaps see (or sense) a "ghost". This all brings to me Shakespeare famous quote: "There is more to heaven and earth that are dreamed of in your philosophy..."

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  It took a few weeks for me to reveal what happened to me and I only told close friends. They knew and trusted me and were witnesses to my abilities anyway. I strongly suspect it deepened their spiritualism. I can't know for sure. They really didn't know what to make of it. Back then little was known about "NDE's". They were more impressed by my telepathic and prophetic abilities.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   Uncertain   I think I had heard something about it but it seemed so bizarre. Remember it was 1970. I don't believe it had any influence on my experience. Later on I actually got my hands on the ponderous "Deathbed observations of doctors and nurses"; I believe it was the first published study of the phenomena. It was a cross cultural study between India and the U.S.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was definitely real   As I already wrote Isee the experience as a continuim of psy abilities. It literally changed my life turning me into a believer. As to "why" it occurred you'd have to ask a higher auyhority.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   What is said real. It was akin to having to slog through deep, heavy mud w/ heavy, poor fitting boots to dangling your hot, naked feet in a cool pond. I view it ultimately as revelatory. The body is slow and heavy. The spirit is light, lightening fast. Please read my "Maserati" analogy. What is said that your spirit vibrates at a much faster pace rings true.

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   My skepticism about the paranormal was erased in a matter of a few minutes. I practice no organized religion. Once you try to codify spiritualism, religion you trap the fly in amber. Then all hell can break loose.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   No  

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience?   This event was the most lucent, dynamic thus far of my life.

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Yes   This experience is ultimately ineffable. I used metaphors and analogies to best describe it. I do have one more comment. If you could travel at the speed of light reality would "bend". Your percetion would be as if you were standing still and your enviroment was speeding past you. This somewhat mimics the tunnel....Food for thought. Please offer any suggestions that you may have to improve this questionnaire.  Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience?  

What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you?        You seem to be doing it. Keep accumulating accounts, speak w/  scientists both skeptics and believers.

Please offer any suggestions that you may have to improve this questionnaire.  Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience?                    It was very thorough. I've been wanting to share my experience w/ a group such as this for a very long time. I highly commend you and the work you do.