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Maureen T's Experience

Experience description:   

ON June 27th, 1999 I was struck by lightning while golfing.  I had a cardiac arrest.  I woke up three days later in the hospital in ICU with a breathing tube down my throat. I had no memory of what happened.  One week later, I was in the burn unit waiting for surgery.  There was concern from the doctors as to whether my heart could withstand the house of surgery needed to graft 7% of my body. 

The night before the surgery,  I had an unusual experience.  I felt the presence of loving beings reassuring me all would be well.  I felt as if I belonged to a group that was all knowing, all encompassing, all together. But I did not exist anymore.  There were no more I's no more individuals, we were all melded into one entity. It was as if the collective unconscious of all surrounded, swallowed and encompassed me. The message I received that night from the beings was about the power of love. Love, peace, well being, sense of completeness, no more oneness, the bonding of all melding into one. For one purpose, love! It is really difficult to find words to describe the experience. All I can say is it was amazingly beautiful in the sense of emotional beauty. The total clarity was amazing!

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? Yes     Difficult to find words to describe the experience.

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          Yes     I was waiting to have a skin graft due to a third degree burn to 7% of my body from a lightning strike.  There was concern my heart may not survive the surgery.

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

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:            The whole time

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       It was not a visual physical experience. It was a spiritual experience.

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.)?

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Love, happiness, elation, total relaxation, all worries evaporated, no negative emotions

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          No      

Did you see a light?           Yes     I saw a collection of lights, they were all woven together, like fireworks except more tightly knit together.

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     I did not know them BUT did know them as I was a part of them.

Did you experience a review of past events in your life?    No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          No      

Did you see or visit any beautiful or otherwise distinctive locations, levels or dimensions?            Yes     A new dimension I have never experienced before.  Oneness, collectiveness!

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Yes     There was no sense of time, time did not matter.

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     Yes            Amazing comprehension of love, peace, stillness!

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?     No      

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I shared with a few people, they believed me.  Felt hopeful about another dimension of life.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    Yes     I had read about it, watched TV shows about it but I do not believe it influenced what I experienced because I was not really having an NED experience.  I remember nothing and experienced nothing when I had my cardiac arrest on the golf course that day. My strange experience happened a week later, I was not really in danger of dying when it happened.

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was definitely real    It was so profound, how else could I not view it as real!

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?            The whole experience was meaningful. I have never felt so loved in my life.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real    Not often, but sometimes,  remember bits of the experience and always feel more peaceful.

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?           

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 so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes