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Mike C's Experience

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THE FIRST THING FOR ANY ONE READING THIS TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT I WAS IN PERFECT HEALTH, 32 YEARS OF AGE, AN OFFICER IN THE US AIR FORCE, ON FLYING STATUS. I HAD NOT BEEN DRINKING OR TAKING ANY KIND OF DRUG ILLEGAL OR LEGAL. AFTER THE EXPERIENCE I WAS IN PERFECT HEALTH AND HAD NO ILL EFFECTS FROM THE EXPERIENCE. IN SHORT, I WASN'T 'NEAR DEATH'. I WAS ASLEEP IN BED AT THE WAIKIKI VILLAGE HOTEL IN HI AT THE TIME OF THIS 'EXPERIENCE'.

THE EVENING OF THE EVENT I WENT TO BED AT APPROXIMATELY 10PM OR A LITTLE AFTER. I HAD AN ITALIAN DINNER A FEW HOURS EARLIER. NO INDIGESTION AFTER THE MEAL OR DURING THE NIGHT. THE ROOM WAS A TYPICAL 'TOURIST' SPECIAL. DOUBLE BED SEPARATE BATH, FLOOR TO CEILING 'BLACKOUT' CURTAINS. BEFORE TURNING IN I CLOSED THE CURTAINS AS BEST I COULD BUT THERE WAS STILL A 'GAP' BETWEEN THE WALL AND THE CURTAIN SO THAT A SLIVER OF LIGHT FROM THE STREET CAME INTO THE ROOM. ALONG THE WALL ABOUT THREE FEET FROM THE 'CRACK OF LIGHT' THERE WAS A CHEST OF DRAWERS. THE BED WAS ACROSS THE ROOM FROM THAT.

AROUND THREE AM I FELT AS IF I HAD SAT BOLT UPRIGHT IN BED. I SAW NO LIGHT  COMING INTO THE ROOM. THE FIRST THING I RECALL WAS A SORT OF 'RUSHING' SOUND COMING FROM MY LOWER LEFT. ALONG WITH THE NOISE I NOTICED A 'PULLING' SENSATION. NOT A PHYSICAL PULLING BUT MORE OF A COMPULSION TO MOVE OR LET YOURSELF GO WITH THE 'FLOW'. IT WAS TOTALLY BLACK. I DON'T MEAN JUST DARK I MEAN 'BLACK'. THE BLACKNESS WAS ALMOST PALPABLE. I FELT A PRESENCE IN FRONT OF ME JUST PAST THE FOOT OF THE BED. I DIDN'T 'SEE' ANYTHING JUST 'FELT' A PRESENCE. THE FIRST IMPRESSION OF THE PRESENCE WAS 'SURPRISE' BORDERING ON DISBELIEF. I FELT MYSELF THINKING 'THIS IS WHO I REALLY AM!' TIME WAS EITHER NOT PASSING OR IT DID SO EXTREMELY SLOWLY. WITHOUT 'ME' ASKING THIS QUESTION I FELT MYSELF ASK (WITHOUT WORDS BUT COMMUNICATING) 'WHO AM I?' ANOTHER DIFFERENT PRESENCE, THIS TIME TO MY RIGHT, 'SHOWED' ME A PICTURE 'IN MY MIND' OF A BRILLIANT LIGHT. THE LIGHT WAS SO BRIGHT THAT I KNEW I SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO LOOK AT IT BUT IT DID NOT HURT MY 'EYES'. EMANATING FROM THE LIGHT WERE AN IMMEASURABLE NUMBER OF RAYS OR BEAMS. ONE OF THESE BEAMS OF LIGHT THAT WAS STILL CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE (AS ALL OF THE BEAMS WERE) WAS COMING IN MY DIRECTION. I GOT THE FEELING THAT THE VERY TINY TIP OF THE BEAM WAS 'ME'. AS IF TO SAY THAT I WAS 'PART' OF THE LIGHT. THE NEXT QUESTION THAT WAS 'GIVEN' ME WAS 'WHY AM I HERE?' AGAIN, A PICTURE IN MY MIND, THIS TIME OF A HUGE ROUND GREEN TREE (NOT AN EVERGREEN) WITH SOME SORT OF RED FRUIT ON IT. I TOOK IT LATER TO MEAN GROW AND HAVE CHILDREN.

I KNEW THERE WAS A BIBLE IN THE DRAWER NEXT TO THE BED (A GIDEON'S) AND 'I' ASKED, 'IS THIS THE ANSWER?' THE PRESENCE 'SMILED'. I DON'T KNOW HOW I KNOW THE PRESENCE 'SMILED' I COULDN'T SEE IT, I JUST KNEW. THE FEELING I GOT AFTER ASKING THAT QUESTION WAS 'YES, BUT ONLY A TINY PART'. I THEN THOUGHT 'WOW' YOU COULD ASK ANY QUESTION AND FIND OUT THE ANSWER. I THEN BECAME MORE AWARE THAT IF LOVE WAS A THING I WAS IN A PLACE WHERE IT WAS EVERYWHERE! I THEN 'FELT', 'KNEW' (IT IS HARD TO DESCRIBE) THAT THERE WERE OTHER BEINGS (SOULS) IF YOU WILL, OUT IN THE STREAM OR RIVER THAT SEEMED TO BE 'GOING' AND 'FLOWING' AT THE SAME TIME. THE NEXT THREE THINGS THAT HAPPENED, HAPPENED ALMOST SIMULTANEOUSLY. I FELT MYSELF 'GIVE IN' TO THE PULL AND STARTED TO DRIFT UP (ONLY SLIGHTLY), I FELT AND HEARD (IN MY MIND) A 'STOP' OR 'NO' COMING FROM WHERE THE FLOW WAS GOING, AND THEN, BANG, I WAS BACK IN BED WIDE AWAKE AND COULD SEE THE CRACK OF LIGHT THROUGH THE CURTAINS AGAIN. I IMMEDIATELY ASKED MYSELF 'DID THAT REALLY HAPPEN?' I OF COURSE KNEW THAT IT DEFINITELY HAD. I WAS SO EXCITED THAT I THREW ON MY FLIGHT SUIT RAN OUT OF THE ROOM TO TELL SOME ONE, GOT IN THE ELEVATOR WENT DOWN TO THE LOBBY. WHEN THE DOOR OPENED THERE WAS SOMEONE MOPPING THE FLOOR IN FRONT OF THE FRONT DESK. AT THAT MOMENT I STOPPED LOOKED DOWN AND REALIZED THAT I HADN'T EVEN PUT MY BOOTS ON AND 'WHO' WAS I GOING TELL ANYWAY? I GOT BACK IN THE ELEVATOR AND WENT BACK TO MY ROOM. THE NEXT DAY I SHOWED UP AT BASE OPERATIONS AT HICKHAM AFB AND DIDN'T TELL A SOUL. IF I HAD SAID ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT HAD HAPPENED I WOULD HAVE BEEN JERKED OFF FLYING STATUS FASTER THAN IT HAS TAKEN TO WRITE THIS. I TOLD MY WIFE WHEN I GOT HOME AND THE ASSISTANT PASTOR OF OUR CHURCH. THEY BOTH HAD THAT 'DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS' LOOK AS I TOLD THE STORY. I NEVER SPOKE OF IT AGAIN UNTIL 1989 WHEN I AGAIN TRIED TO TELL ANOTHER PASTOR. AGAIN, I GOT THE 'DEER' LOOK. I HAVE TOLD MY SONS EACH AT DIFFERENT TIMES AND A COUPLE OF OTHERS WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT.

WHEN I THINK OF THIS 'INCIDENT' IT IS MORE VIVID IN MY MEMORY TODAY THAN ANY OF THE HORROR I WITNESSED IN VIETNAM. SOMETIMES I QUESTION THAT IT REALLY HAPPENED, BUT I ALWAYS COME TO THE SAME CONCLUSION. IT HAPPENED..... AND I DON'T KNOW WHY. I HAVE TRIED TO MAKE SENSE OF IT EVER SINCE.

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     MANY 'FEELINGS' THAT I NEVER EXPERIENCED BEFORE OR SINCE. DIFFICULT TO DESCRIBE.

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

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    AT THE START

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

If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain:            AT THE START

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.)?  Uncertain      TOTAL BLACKNESS

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.)?
            Uncertain     

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            ELATION, WONDER, AWE

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          No      

Did you see a light?           Uncertain      NOT IN THE SENSE THAT IT WAS THERE AND I SAW IT. IT WAS 'SHOWN' TO ME.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     PRESENCES COULDN'T DESCRIBE WHAT THEY 'LOOKED' LIKE. THEY WERE CLOSE AROUND ME. I DID NOT KNOW THEM. THEY COMMUNICATED THEIR FEELINGS AND QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?    No      

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

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?            Yes     BRIGHT LIGHT IN MIND.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     THINGS EITHER MOVED FASTER OR INCREDIBLY SLOWER

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     Yes     A 'FEELING' THAT ANYTHING I ASKED COULD BE ANSWERED.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes    

Did you become aware of future events?       No           

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     A WEEK OR SO. DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS. NOT INFLUENCED

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    No      

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

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            THE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS

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?           No      

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

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE NOT JUST HERE TODAY AND GONE TOMORROW. WE HAVE A PURPOSE.

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes