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Ray K's Experience

Experience description:   

I am 62 yrs old with a science and engineering background and have been interested in the afterlife and how it has been viewed by various religions and spiritual paths. Throughout my life as far back as I can remember I have never feared death, even though I have had a lot of "close calls" because of my adventurous life style.

In my dream, I saw myself as a adult in a car accident. I did not see my present self (as a child), but I was looking at the car from the front. My adult self was in the front seat, and my body was crushed by the engine. I felt that I was watching myself die, and knew that my death was imminent. This dream has never repeated itself, nor have I ever had a similar one since. At present time, I have come to a conclusion that although this dream did not produce a conscious effect, I think it produced a subconscious one. I feel that this may be why I have shown no fear in death, and have a strong positive view of a Afterlife.

I have read much about  consciousness and the mystery of death, as viewed by Stanislav Grof, Aldous Huxley, etc, and have spent a lifetime researching this subject.

I've always been curious about death and the possibility of reincarnation and feel that this dream could have been a answer which I did not realize till some 50+ years later.

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

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?    Can't really be sure since it was a long time ago, and I was very young. I do believe That I was very conscious during the whole episode till I woke up.

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:            Can't really be sure since it was a long time ago, and I was very young. I do believe That I was very conscious during the whole episode till I woke up.

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.)?  No      

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.)?            No      

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Not sure. Maybe surprised. Too young at the time.        

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain      Seeing myself as a adult, though I was a very young child.

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     No      

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No      

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?     Uncertain      Never have had a fear of death. Always felt that I was being watched and protected by a presence not of the physical world.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     Told my sister last year, so ~50+ years after. My sister is not a spiritual person like myself, so there was no further discussion.

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    Since I was so young at the time, although it seemed so real, I never contemplated about it till I was much older.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            Have questioned "Existence", and "Life after Death" for most of my life. I guess the experience fortified my present beliefs.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real    I think the answer is in previous answers. I've been a very spiritual person, with a firm belief that there is something beyond this life.

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?        No. Just am interested in input. Maybe someone else had a similar experience and would like to discuss.

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes     Although this happened to me as a young child, the memory has never left. Only the vividness of the experience has diminished.

Are there any other questions we could ask to help you communicate your experience?   none