Norma B's Experience

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Experience description:   

I had been in prayer, reading my Bible when I fell asleep.  A man came to me and motioned with his hand for me to follow him.  We crossed over an arched bridge to a wonderful place that I never wanted to leave.  This man didn't speak, he gestured and I knew what he meant.  We walked along a ditch bank where the soil was rich and moist but not muddy.  We stopped and he motioned with his arms.  I knew that he meant for me to step back, the ground was going to open.  I looked down and the ground separated.  Below my feet was a beautifully clear pool of water, clear all the way down without a muddy bottom.  I saw a fish and as it moved through the water sprinkles of colors rippled through the water which I could feel through my body.

It was wonderful and I didn't want to return.  But the man put up his hand and motioned that I had to go back.  I argued, No, I don't want to go back and shook my head and repeated it.  He said again, "You have to go back".  I began to slowly float down to my body.  I pushed at the air trying to stay up but I kept sinking anyway.  As hard as I struggled I found myself back in my body anyway.  I jumped off the bed really upset that I had to come back. This was in 1974 before I had ever heard of this type of experience.  I'm convinced there is another existence out there.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No

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

I can describe it but it seems diminished.  It was an overwhelming sensation of wonderfulness with no doubt about wanting to remain there.  I

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?           completely normal

Was the experience dream like in any way?   It was real as life.

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

I felt normal until the sensation of floating down to my body on the bed.  I struggled to remain up by pushing in the air like swimming.  I felt some resistance but I continued to sink back into my body.  I wanted to remain and fought hard to do so.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I was very upset and immediately swung myself off the bed. I couldn't believe I was back in my body but there was no way to remain once he pushed at me in the air with his hand and told me I had to return.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           It was a feeling of wonderfulness at being there and everything I looked at.  I felt the colors as they rippled through the water and I felt flutters through my body as I saw the fish swim.

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?    Yes

I wondered if this was the river of living water and that we are all one because I could feel it all as I looked at it.

Did you see a light?           No

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes

He beckoned me to come and I followed.  He seemed familiar and I wasn't afraid.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes, Everything looked more lush and alive and I could feel it's ecstasy.

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, There is another reality more real than this, a place of awesome splendor.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             Yes

We went over an arched bridge.

Did you become aware of future events?       No

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       Yes

I was told I had to return to which I strongly resisted.  I shook my head and and insisted I didn't want to several times and He insisted you must go back.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Yes, We communicated through thought.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes

There is no doubt that God and heaven are real.  There is a time and purpose for everything even if we don't understand it at the time.  There is another  place waiting for us when we leave here. What is spoken of in the Bible is true.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I feel that I want to be more loving and tolerant of others.

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

I have an undeniable knowledge of God and a hereafter. I see things on a more spiritual level.  All people and living things have more things have more significance.  One day all earthly matters will mean nothing.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes

You never know for certain how other feel but I hope they believe it. God is real!

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  There was great peace and joy beyond belief.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      There was a place where we really belong. Our real home is a place of love and harmony in all things.  It was as if all things were alive and in love.  The worst part is that I had to return here.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I went up and I floated down through the ceiling.  I believe everything to be as described in the Bible.

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