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Miriam A's Experience

Experience description:   

In the middle of the night I woke up and as I got out of bed I was encompassed by a love that reached to my soul. I knew that the feeling was sent from God and that he definitely exists. I felt as if he was telling me that love is the only way. It was so much like those described in 'God and the Afterlife'.  Those people who wrote about their experience put words to the incredible feeling I had that night.  The feeling I had brought tears to my eyes and continues to do so even today when I tell someone this story.  It didn't last for long...I'd say about 30 seconds.  Then it was gone and it has not happened to me since that night.

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 immense love I felt cannot be expressed in words.  As I say the words to try to explain I always fall short because the feeling was so overwhelming, how do you communicate that with words?

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?          Totally alert

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?           Overwhelming love.

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?    No      

Did you see a light?          No      

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?         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?   Yes            At the time, I believed there was a God, but I was also somewhat uncertain.  After my experience I knew for sure that not only does God definitely exist but also that I am loved and that love is the way.

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     The total belief in God.  Also, I think the experience made me a kinder, gentler person.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I don't think anything has changed except as noted above.

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

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Those few people I have told have listened politely but did not inquire about details.  This is good because I can't give any details except as I have explained above.  Until now I had no name to put on what happened and I didn't know that this had happened to anyone besides me.  My present partner, however, has been awed by my experience, remarking on how lucky I am to have had this experience.  I still cannot really relate any details.....can't relate a feeling.

What emotions did you experience following your experience? Wonderment.  Couldn't believe what had happened.  For weeks afterward I felt so loved.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?     No worst part.  The best part was actually knowing that there really is a God and that he/she is all about love.

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     I have described my experience as well as words will allow, but I still can't convey the overwhelming feelings of love directed toward me.

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.   I think you did a good job with the questionnaire.  Thank you for this opportunity.