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Saul R's Experience

Experience description:   

I was asleep and about 2.30am I felt a massive hit in my chest. It woke me up with a fright and I sat up in bed startled. At the end of my bed stood what only can be described as a ghostly figure shrouded in bright light. I can only describe the figure now as what I have seen of statues of the Virgin Mary. However I cannot say for sure if it was her apparition. The experience lasted  for about two minutes. 

I felt at peace and lay down and went back to sleep. The next day I was admitted to hospital and from there I was taken by Air ambulance 400 mile to Melbourne where I had a "Stent" inserted immediately.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   Uncertain  Three days prior I had been in hospital where my pulse rate dropped to 30-36 beat per min.

I was discharged without treatment

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?    When I was sitting up in bed.

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Normal consciousness and alertness  

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   The same as everyday vision except the figure was more focused,

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.
   Normal

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?   Peace  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   Yes   At the end of my bed stood what only can be described as a ghostly figure shrouded in bright light. I can only describe the figure now as what I have seen of statues of the Virgin Mary. However I cannot say for sure if it was her apparition

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
I didn't hear a voice only the figure as previously described

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.)?   Uncertain   I now believe it could have been a religious figure. Virgin Mary perhaps?

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   No  

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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   No

Did time seem to speed up or slow down?   No

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything?   No

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?   No

Did you come to a border or point of no return?   No

Did scenes from the future come to you?  No 

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness suggesting that there either is (or is not) continued existence after earthly life (“life after death”)?   No  

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

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that you either did (or did not) exist prior to this lifetime?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness that a mystical universal connection or unity/oneness either does (or does not) exist?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s meaning or purpose?   No  

During your experience, did you encounter any specific information / awareness regarding earthly life’s difficulties, challenges, or hardships?   No  

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?   No  

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  

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  

Discuss any changes that might have occurred in your life after your experience:   More follow up hospital visits. I also was diagnosed with clinical depression

My experience directly resulted in:   Slight changes in my life

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 after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   No  

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?    
not really

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  
No 

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   I thought it was a gift to keep me going until I reached hospital

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   Yes it was very real and I still believe it today.

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 that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Yes