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Melanie M's Experience

Experience description:   

I went to bed one night extremely depressed. I had been battling depression for some time now and seemed to be at my wits' end. I remember falling asleep while praying, "God, why? Why do I have to be lonely? When will I find the person that's right for me? Why? Why? Please help me!" 

I don't think I actually fell asleep, but shortly after I prayed, I was in a wooded area standing next to a bright figure. I was happy and felt honored to be next to this being. It was the form of a man, but I could not see his face. I was smiling at him and he reached out and took my hand. I immediately put my hand in his and I knew he could read my mind. I was still praying/thinking I'm lonely, why do I have to be lonely? I'm a good person etc, etc.  He responded to me in my mind, "You must give your burdens to me. Release them to me and forget about them. This is the first step."  I stood puzzled and then asked, "How?  How do I give it to you?"  He then told me that I held the problem in my chest and for me to simply reach my hand inside my chest and take the burden out and hand it to him. I thought "heh...easier said than done." 

But despite my doubt, I did as I was instructed. My hand went easily into my chest and I felt around then my hand hit what felt like a huge "brick". I grabbed it and with all my might, I pulled it out. It was dark brown and heavy. It had wiry things on it like stiff spider-type web stuff wrapped around it. I looked at it carefully and then he took it easily out of my hands and placed it on his shoulder with ease. I could see that it was not a problem at all for him to handle it. I remember being impressed that he was so strong. I then thought about all the people on the face of the earth and all of their burdens. I then became very curious as to how this man handles everyone's burdens. I wondered if he had a huge closet he stored them in. He just stood there looking at me with my burden brick resting on his shoulder. As if he anticipated what I was going to ask, he answered me at the same time I asked him, "So, what do you do with everyone's burdens?"  He reached up to his shoulder, picked up my brick and placed it on the ground in front of me.

I watched with great curiosity as he slowly took my hand in his again and together with his hand covering mine, he waved both of our connected hands slowly over the brick and the brick was slowly transformed into hundreds of thousands of sparkling jewels!! Some small, some large and every size in between! Some expensive like diamonds, some inexpensive like emeralds, rubies, ect.  I was staring in awe at the beautiful, twinkling sight of all the jewels and if He could read my mind (I wanted those jewels bad), He asked me, "You want those jewels, don't you?"  He was smiling at me and he seemed to be tickled and amused watching me enjoy myself. I nodded my head 'yes' looking up at him.  I said, "May I have them? They are beautiful!"  He chuckled lightly and said, "My child, they are yours already. They have ALWAYS been yours."   I was confused and I asked him to explain..... 

This is what he said to me:  "You asked me what I do with people's burdens. Well, it's simple:  I hang onto them until you learn the lessons from them, then I give the burden back to you as jewels. The jewels are the lessons you learn. Some lessons are more important than others, hence some jewels are more precious than others, but all equally important."  I was astounded!  I felt very honored to be talking with Him.  

I did not want to let go of his hand. And I was very sad when I woke up. I wanted to visit with Him again. I longed to be with him and ask him more questions. The longing in me to be with him again was very strong. Kind of like when you go somewhere and have a REALLY nice time like on vacation and you want to go back badly.   

I believe this was a real visit with God and I am thankful that I had this experience.

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

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

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal every day consciousness and alertness?    Normal consciousness and alertness           

Did your vision differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any aspect, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?  Yes    

Did your hearing differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any aspect, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?
            Yes     My thoughts were read simultaneously.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was happy to be in the presence of such an important being. He was kind, loving and very intelligent. He was very sweet to me and made me feel accepted.

Did you see a light?           Yes     The being was bright. I could see the shape of a man but could not see his face.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes    

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

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes    

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was definitely real   

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real   

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Yes    

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Yes     Actually, when I started taking antidepressants, the OBE experiences stopped. When I go off the medication, I can induce an OBE on myself.