Aubrey S's ADC
This was a dream ADC. At the time of my uncle John's death, he was emaciated and 71 years of age.
In the dream, he looked to be around 35 years old, tanned and happy.
No words were spoken.
We were driving together (he taught me how to drive as a 16 year-old).
In the dream, we drove past a car on the side of the road that had its front end smashed in.
When I woke, I knew this was an ADC, having been well-read on the phenomenon. It had all the qualities of an ADC.
But I did not understand the car wreck symbology.
I thought, perhaps, he was telling me my life was a wreck (I've been going through challenging times lately).
Was it an ADC mixed with my subconscious symbology? I wasn't sure.
A few days after the ADC, I was driving home from work...and I rear-ended someone, smashing in the front end of my car.
Turns out, what I saw in the ADC was not a metaphor. It was a literal vision of what was to come.
A warning from my Uncle.
The day after, I told my aunt and cousin that I had heard from John, and described the ADC in detail.
Looking back, I believe he came to me because I was both open to the experience, but not in a state of extreme grief or anger over his passing.
He may not have been able to connect with his son due to his son's anger and grief.
John knew I would tell his wife and son about the contact.
In return, he tried to forewarn me about the accident.
Had I interpreted the vision literally, rather than metaphorically, I might have paid more attention to my driving!
Or maybe it was meant to be.
Date of experience: 05/06/2016
Length of time between death of deceased and your experience: 6 months
Have you had multiple experiences? Yes I have had several dream visitations from my deceased father after his passing. At the time, in my early 20s, I wasn't aware of ADC. All I knew, at the time, was that these were very real experiences with a quality and veracity unlike typical dreams. My father died of an aggressive lymphoma that ravaged his body and voice. But in these dreams, he was healthy, alive, and could communicate clearly. The dreams had a consistent narrative; I would see him or call him on the phone, worried about his cancer and health, or knowing he was dead, and in each case, he would tell me he's fine and very much alive. In one dream, I thought he had died, but he said he didn't, he was fine. I would wake up feeling bewildered. In the last ADC I had of him, we were just sitting together. No words were spoken. I intuitively feel that he didn't want me to wake feeling upset. So instead of telling me that he was fine, he just remained quiet and present. It wasn't until my late 30s that I took up an intense interest in the question of the afterlife and paranormal phenomenon. It was only then, when I learned about ADCs, that I realized these early dream visitations were, in fact, ADCs in the classic sense. The most interesting ADC I had was a few months ago, with my deceased uncle. Not only was it an ADC, but it had a precognitive component as well. This is the experience I wish to report.
Was this experience difficult to express in words? No
Did you ONLY sense an awareness of presence of the deceased without actually seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling them? No
Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased? No
Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased? No
Did you see the deceased? Yes
In the ADC, he was in the prime of life. Around 35 years of age. Tanned and happy. At the time of his death, he was 71 and emaciated.
How clearly did the deceased appear? Crystal clear.
How much of the deceased did you see? Full body. Sitting next to me as I drove us in a car.
Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died? No, he appeared much younger. And tanned, which was kind of odd. At the time of his death, he was 71 and very pale.
How healthy did the deceased appear to be? Very healthy. A 180 from his appearance at the time of death. This was also true of all my early ADCs from my father when I was in my early 20s. Not once did I dream of either deceased as they looked at the time of death, or at any point in their illnesses. That's a classic component of an ADC as I understand it.
Is there any possibility what you saw was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience? No. ADCs have a very particular qualia that makes them distinct from other dreams. I don't remember any dreams from my early 20s. But I remember my ADCs from my deceased father.
Did you smell a distinct smell, scent, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased? No
How long did the experience last? 1-3 minutes at most with the ADC from my uncle. My early ADCs from my father were a little longer, around 5 minutes or so.
Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden? I don't recall a specific end to any of the dream ADCs.
Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased? Yes
Content, happy. Every time.
Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know? My uncle showed me a precognitive vision of a car wreck that I would be in a couple of days after the ADC.
How do you currently view the reality of your experience? Experience was definitely real
Please explain why you view the reality of your experience as real or not real: It was 'real' in a subjective sense. This phenomenon is essentially subjective. However, the vision of the car wreck was veritable, so it had an objectively 'real' component.
Was the experience dream like in any way? Uncertain
It happened while asleep, so it was in a dream state. But dream ADCs have a unique quality to them. A dream but much more than a dream.
Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience: I suffer from a chronic depressive disorder with lots of suicidal ideation. None of this is/was related to the passing of my Uncle, however. He may have appeared to me to reassure me. But I think he was trying to reach his loved ones.
Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience? Yes
To a point, I felt some confirmation for the survival hypothesis. Skeptical by nature, I also wonder if the ADC from my uncle happened because I was primed for it, having been researching survival for some time, prior. The precognitive aspect is what convinced me of its veracity. Also, the ADCs of my father occurred at a time when I had no idea about ADCs, and did not believe in an afterlife.
What was the best and worst part of your experience? Best part was seeing my uncle as a vibrant, healthy man. Worst part was that I didn't take the vision literally. Cost me $1200 to fix my car. Ugh.
Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience? No
Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience? No
Did the experience give you any spiritual
understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?
My intuition tells me that John may not
have been able to reach his family due to their grief and anger. I believe he
knew I would pass along the message. So I did.
Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later? Yes I was shown a car wreck in the ADC. A couple of days after the ADC, I wrecked my car when I rear-ended someone because I wasn't watching the road. When I saw the damage to my car, I recognized it as the vision from the ADC. Maybe John knew that it would take something veritable to make me want to report the ADC to my aunt and cousin. Had that aspect NOT been part of the ADC, I'm not sure I would have shared it. It COULD have been a very vivid dream. The precognitive aspect told me this was something more, something worth sharing.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Confusion, bewilderment, frustration following the ADCs from my father in my early 20s. Fascination following the ADC from my uncle.
Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others? No
Did you have any sense of altered space or time? No
Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose? Yes
This is a huge question. All I can say is that much of what I have read, seen, and experienced seems to be the result of metaphysical guidance of some kind. There are a lot synchronicities that are in play. I feel as though I'm being 'treated' by others I cannot see.
Did you become aware of future events? Yes
What I had seen in the ADC foretold of a future event -- a car wreck I was in.
Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience? Uncertain
I've had some intuitive moments here and there. And a couple of weird things happened in my apartment, things going missing. I also had an OBE about 6 months prior.
Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body? No
Did you meet or see any other beings other than the deceased? No
Did you see a light? No
Did any part of your experience seem to occur in a place other than the location described above? No
Have you shared this experience with others?
Yes I told my aunt and cousin that I had seen their father post-mortem in the ADC.
Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site? No
Is there anything else you would like to add regarding your experience? Not really. My research into all the lines of evidence for the afterlife continues.
Were there any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the 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
Did you ever in your life have a near-death experience, out of body experience or other spiritual event? Yes
I've had a few OBEs, two were spontaneous and one was induced. During the latter, I left my body, floated through my living room. My cat could see me. I went out onto the balcony and decided to move past the railing, wondering whether I would fall to my death or not. I floated around for about a minute, and then decided to return to my body. I didn't feel ready to do much else at the time. There was NO lapse in consciousness. I was conscious during the entire event, before and after.
Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Yes
Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire. I would add an 'Unsure' option to the God question. Or expand it to include 'a larger mind' behind creation. 'God' has too much religious baggage, and 'being' is a little too small.