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Ray T's Experience

Experience description:   

I was resting in a recliner in the back yard, I didn't really think I was asleep, but perhaps I had drifted off.  I had just had a long discussion with a couple of friends who said I should run to Canada and not go to Viet Nam.  It was an extremely unpopular war.

Anyway, I was standing naked in the dark.  I couldn't see anything really but I knew I was naked and it was raining.  The water was cold.  Suddenly there was a blinding flash of light and I went flying through the air.  I remember the noise when I landed.  Everything went black and there was just nothing.  Then there was a blinding light and I looked at the light, it was beautiful, all different colors but still white.  Out of the light walked a man in a long white robe.  His hair was shoulder length and he had the kindest eyes. He spoke to me and said "You are going to be OK.  You are not going to die. Do not be afraid, everything will be fine."  Then as fast as he came, he was gone.  I was once again back in the dark and rain.  Immediately I felt my body and actually stuck my left hand into my left side.  There was nothing there and then the pain hit.  It was incredible and I was crying and begging for help.  I could smell burning flesh and hear the cries of others also begging for help.  Then all of a sudden I was back in my back yard in the recliner. 

I was a radio man in Viet Nam.  Our camp experienced a rocky attack.  When it occurred, I was taking a shower, it was 3am and dark and I was naked and the water was cold.  I got hit.  I lost 4 ribs on the left side, my spleen, my left kidney, 1/3 of my intestines and part of my stomach.  My pancreas was severely damaged also but they managed to save it.  I spent the next year in hospitals from Viet Nam to Japan to Hawaii to Long Beach Naval Hospital.  I saw men injured far less than I was die because they gave up.  But I knew I was going to be OK.  It never occurred to my that I would die.  I endured four major surgeries to keep me alive over the next year. But I lived, as promised by the man in the long white robe.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No       Just fear and panic of being drafted and going to Viet Nam, I had just gotten married to my first wife when I received my draft notice.

Was the experience difficult to express in words?   No      

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    Beginning and end

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 noticed smell and hearing much more than normal

Did your vision during the experience differ in any way from your normal, everyday vision (in any way, such as clarity, field of vision, colors, brightness, depth perception degree of solidness/transparency of objects, etc.)?            Yes     Colors and smells and hearing

Did you have any visual impairment during your normal everyday life immediately prior to the time of the experience?            No      

Did your hearing during the experience differ in any way from your normal, everyday hearing (in any way, such as clarity, ability to recognize source of sound, pitch, loudness, etc.)?            Yes     More acute and intense, heard every little sound,

Did you have any hearing impairment during your normal everyday life immediately prior to the time of the experience?            No      

Did you experience consciousness / awareness apart from your physical / earthly body?            No      

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring at a time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body?            No      

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during the time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body that you later (after your experience) verified really happened or was real?            Yes     What I saw actually did happen to me but almost six months later

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during the time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical / earthly body that you later (after your experience) verified did not really happen or was not real?            No      

Did you see or hear any earthly events that were occurring during the time that your consciousness / awareness was apart from your physical body that were located far beyond any possible physical sensory awareness of your physical / earthly body?            Uncertain      Not sure exactly what you are asking me

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Uncertainty, then fear, then extreme peace and understanding, then extreme pain and fear once again

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?            No      

Did you see an unearthly light?            Yes    

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       Only the man in the long white robe

Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth, but whose earthly lives had ended prior to the time of your experience (they were deceased)?            No      

Did you encounter or become aware of any earthly beings who were alive at the time of your experience (they were not deceased)?            No      

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence?           This is redundant but the man in the long white robe with the kind eyes

Did you become aware of past events in your life?            No                

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?            No               

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there is continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?            Yes     I was told I would not die, no matter what and I didn't

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there is no continued existence after earthly life (“no life after death”)?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being really does exist?            Uncertain     

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that God or a supreme being really does not exist?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that some or all of us currently living our earthly lives did have some type of existence prior to our current earthly lives?
            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that some or all of us currently living our earthly lives did not have some type of existence prior to our current earthly lives?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there exists a mystical connection, oneness, or unity that connects some or all of us currently living our earthly lives with something else, such as other being(s) or other thing(s)?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there does not exist a mystical connection, oneness, or unity that connects some or all of us currently living our earthly lives with something else, such as other being(s) or other thing(s)?            No      

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?            No       Was told I wouldn't die if I was hit

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?            Yes     Was told I wouldn't die if I was hit

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding love?            No      

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?            No      

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?            Yes     I knew when I came back, woke up or whatever, that I would not die in Viet Nam

What occurred during your experience included:
            Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience                 Was raised in Catholic religion but had stopped attending mass by then.

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 has always remained in mind.  Can still hear screams and smell the smells and see the man clearly

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   I think I learned that every day is a gift and you have to make the most of it.

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 following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?            No      

Are there one or several parts of the experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?  I always wondered who the man was that came to me.  He possibly looked like Jesus, but I'm really not sure.  Could have been an angel, but there were no wings, could have been a prophet, I just don't know and he didn't say

Have you ever shared this experience with others?            Yes     Never told anyone until I met and married my second wife.  She is the only one I've told, her and my three sons

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

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

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:            Experience was definitely real   

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?            No      

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience?        no

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?            Yes     Think you ask a lot of questions that are basically the same over and over.

It's like how many times can you answer the same questions.  I think a lot of this is redundant, don't mean to be disrespectful, but that's my feeling.

What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you?        Prove to the world unequivocally that there is something after death.  Prove where premonitions come from and the fact that so many are right on accurate