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Virginia R's Experience

Experience description:   

As a very small child I heard about hell, and worried, though I didn't talk yet. May have been three I think. I remember I went out behind the woodshed and there was a wheelbarrow.  I thought. "If I can push this wheelbarrow over, I will be saved." I knew it was just a made up thing, I had no such information given to me, just trying to somehow settle this horrible thing of not wanting to go to this forever fire of hell. I tried and shoved and after while I accomplished to push over this big wooden wheelbarrow.  I did not rejoice at being saved then, I knew it was just made up thing.  Whether this time or another time, I was at the same place out behind the woodshed.  as I walked, I began to see strips of pink and yellow light on the ground. I don't think it was moving light, just strips of pink and yellow light on the ground or the air tinted pink and yellow on the ground as I saw it. The next thing I remember, I am way up in the sky. It is as if I am in an airplane looking down at the earth. though as far as I know I was just up in the sky looking down. I saw the roofs and buildings, and the ground and myself on the ground very small, like an inch or so high, but I could see myself exactly as I was, and the same as I was dressed, still like walking behind the woodshed. Only a one glimpse,/still life thing. like a picture I saw. Then all of a sudden I was again in my body.

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?    I kept the same level of alertness and consciousness as far as I know.

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

If your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience was different from your normal every day consciousness and alertness, please explain:            I kept the same level of alertness and consciousness as far as I know.

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       but my normal sight/perception has always been more vivid.

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.)?
            Uncertain      there was no sound at all.

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            I saw myself, and it was as if I were in another body, looking at another person. Did not feel anything out of the ordinary. Did not feel any gravity or fear of falling. Noticed that it was myself just as I had left the body there. And this vision was only maybe a second before I was back in my body.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel or enclosure?          Uncertain      not to my recollection.

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           No      

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     was in a different location, elevated up in to the sky.

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?   Uncertain      I understand that people have this experience and they know what time it was before and after, and they have missed time.   So I don't know if this is the case or not. More recently I was puzzled that I went to a city about 52 miles from here starting at 1:40pm to go on a trim of about 183 miles. When I got to the city 52 miles from here , Lansing Michigan,  I stopped to make sure of directions. I was told it was 5:00 pm .  This is a one hour drive. As far as I know I was driving the whole time except for one rest area pit stop. and I filled with gas as I was leaving home. I cant figure out how it took me 3 1/2 hours even at not going fast. I was enjoying the scenery. There just seems a pleat in time. Haven't figured this one out.

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

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Uncertain      a very limited experience,  I began to see the strips of pink and yellow light on the ground and seemingly all of a sudden I was way up in the sky. Looking down and seeing myself on the ground, then with no time lapse consciousness , was again back in my body.

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?     Yes     this was the first.  I have had strange experiences my entire life.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     I didn't mention it most of my life until other people started talking about their experiences. I think I typed it on the computer in a pal talk room of paranormal or art bell show or such, and I assume they thought it was an out of body experience...seems to have been.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience?    Uncertain            perhaps some feeling of doom. probably from being told about eternal punishment and fears of that, and of seeing violence of  big person who is supposed to be my caregiver.

How did you view the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened:            Experience was definitely real    since I was so small I don't remember ever thinking much of it again.  I have never doubted it was real and actual.

Were there one or several parts of the experience especially meaningful or significant to you?    no premonition or anything of death, and don't think I died.  Also before my mother died I saw her here at the lobby door, and someone opened the door and she said , "we have been waiting for her to come down here... her mother died!" After she left, I realized , hey that looks like my mother when she was younger. Shoulder length very curly hair and wearing a white with blue flowers dress. I thought it was a vision, or not real, and went and asked the girl and she said, yes it was exactly as I described.

How do you currently view the reality of your experience:            Experience was definitely real            definitely real.

Have your relationships changed specifically as a result of your experience?           Yes     well, I think I knew it was something special and not what others have happening and I think it was a blessing, as also seeing my mother was VERY blessed, as it let me know she loved me, and was concerned about how I would take it and feel when she died.  Her last words to me had been "Get away from me Virginia!" I always am more talkative than she wants to hear. And she didn't want to hear what I had said. And she wanted to focus on my daughter who was there sitting crying as she saw her grandma now all shriveled up in a wheel chair, unlike how she had been.

Have your religious beliefs/practices changed specifically as a result of your experience?           
Yes     as the result of my many experiences yes. more liberal, I seek truth in bits and pieces, not as one particular organized religion. I no longer think most people are lost, have seen miracles, didn't go to church too much though prayed quite a bit. Have adapted quite a bit of Islam. Their seriousness, ...goal to memorize the entire Quran for example.  I did memorize quite a bit of the bible. and familiar with.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         Uncertain      I went to a substitute psychiatrist when mine was ill and was given Librium. I had visions when I was lying down on my bed looking at the lighted light bulb in my ceiling. This was seeing things, though,  not  being somewhere else.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        I haven't had a very happy life, and sometimes I wished I had gone on when I was young instead of living this life.  I have tried to raise my daughter, and this is a job until I die, ... concern for my child.  she is 33 now though. born in 1978, this is very strange too because she was 33 I thought last year. 78-08 is 30 years and o8-11 is 3 years. 33 on her birthday this year. I thought she is 33. ok oh well....and, A flash of something else, but it left me.

Did the questions asked and information you provided so far accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?         Yes     about "barrier" or "sent back",  I didn't   know.  All I knew was very limited.

Are there any other questions we could ask to help you communicate your experience?   I'm not sure an out of body ,,, qualified me to write,,, but thanks.           

I have read about not so good (!) experiences. Maybe publish book of these experiences people have had???

In asking about education,  "college" is all that was available as additional education.  Cosmetology school isn't college, in some places, and Bible School was an "Institute" not college, and junior college, is college? Correspondence schools aren't college.  so it makes it unable to be truthful. Could ask if licensed profession  i.e. beautician, minister, music, correspondence courses.