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Michéle's Experience

Experience description:   

First experience: I was on the way to Lyon, I was driving on the A7 highway and all at once, I didn't feel my body anymore, and I felt myself leaving to the right, outside of my car in a very bright tunnel. All this happened very fast, it was pleasant. I was aware about what happened and stopped on the emergency lane. I was lucky to come back to reality fast. I went to the next highway station where I took some rest.

Second experience: I was in Lyon with my mother. I went for shopping in the neighboring mini market and wanted to get back to my car on the parking, when I was dazzled by an immense white light, almost golden. I couldn't walk straight anymore and was wobbling as if I was drunk (I don't drink). I had the feeling like falling and I didn't want to fall down, as I was thinking about my mother who needed me, as all other family members had left for vacation. I made an effort to join my car, sat down, drank some water, and got back to the family home. When my mothers nurse came, she wanted me to inform my brother in law who is a doctor, and he called an ambulance for me. I was admitted to the hospital where tests have been performed. Nothing special was found.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Uncertain  difficult to answer this question : extreme tiredness or heart problem ?

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  Yes     This experience was fascinating and enchanting, it would have been enough to let yourself being taken away, how to explain?

The beauty and softness that you see are unique, no words to describe them... Nobody can understand it.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?            In both cases, for sure when I made the effort to break the spell to come back to life.

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   I was entirely focused upon what I discovered, totally involved, more so as when I was reading, reflected, translated a text.

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   Afterwards, it seemed to me it was less sharp, but this is only an impression.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I only remember the 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?   Happiness, and fear for my mother that I risked to abandon without help..  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   Uncertain   In the first experience, yes, I entered a tunnel, but I stopped along the way, then I went out of it.

In the second experience, not really, it was as if the real world disappeared completely and I was entering this immense brightness, like being sucked into another world.

Did you see an unearthly light?   Yes   What was the most fascinating in the two experiences, is this light that I cannot compare to anything else in normal life.

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

It was not the world of the daily life, even the most beautiful part.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Then the notion of time has no meaning anymore, it's another time. Time seems to be extended, infinitely long but short at the same time, one is elsewhere.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?
  No


Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   Yes
Yes, the end of my life...

Did you come to a border or point of no return?
   I came to a definite conscious decision to "return" to life
I only had two possibilities:

- let myself leave towards this elsewhere -        make the effort to go back, back to life and its obligations

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   It was another state of being, a different form of 'life' which I entered in both cases.

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?   Yes   Those experiences, I experienced them like “passages” (that you take or not...). Passage towards the beyond that all religions are mentioning.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   Yes   Only our will can make us overcome the difficulties of our earthly life.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   Yes   Only our will can make us overcome the difficulties of our earthly life.

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?   Yes   Love, is maybe, to choose to give more value to another one than to yourself..

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   We should give more importance to beauty in our earthly life!

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   Yes   The earthly life has no price and death is nothing more than a passage.

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience   No suffering, no real fear, an immense peace. All wise men teach us that death is nothing.

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's a unique and indelible experience.

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   My mother died on 1st January 2014. Maybe I could have been better present at her side.

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?  
No  

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   No  
  
Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
Yes  My cardiologist. I was a little anxious that he might take me for nuts, but he has been on the contrary very curious and interested.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?   Yes  In the seventies I read a book that doctor friends lent me. I don't think that I was influenced, as one is totally involved in what one is living, and the intellect has no time to interfere with this space.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:   Experience was definitely real   This cannot be invented!

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   Very real experiences, I would like to have a scientific explanation. For me it was a dysfunction, a trouble of the organism, thus a physical trouble of a cerebral or cardiac origin, etc.

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?   No  

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   Yes   Visual problems. I have light flashes that last several seconds.
  

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Yes   But nothing better than the experience!

What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you?       Involve the doctors more, so that following those experiences, they will investigate deeper. I know that I'm twice on borrowed time....

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience?
                        As I see it, it would be wise to get documentation about the medical profile of the experiencers, in order to direct a possible research on the scientific scale.

I'm convinced that in my case it was rather a physiological distress, than a divine intervention.