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Chuck S's ADC

Experience description:  

When I was like 18 I had a dream wherein I saw the "curtain of reality" (?) open up and heard/saw three souls (men I think) talking about a girl's car accident.  I couldn't make them out due to overwhelming light (this was back in the 70's and there was no talk of "The Light" -- me I took it as simply blinding light). Anyway, I told my mom who was strict fundamentalist Christian.  A week later there was in the Press Chronicle a photo of her car upside-down on Knob Creek Road -- she wasn't killed.  My mom went spastic.  I was at the time an atheist, so I was a bit taken aback also.  I'd known the girl, but not well at all; I'd dated her friend, however.  My dad had died something like a year before this event. 

In a vivid dream, I was driving with my dad in a white station wagon on a road near a prison/hospital/? dark place; huge dark gray rectangular-cut boulders lined the road and this "institution" (?) on the hill was built of the same quarried rock (boulders).  I looked over at Dad and said, "You're dead." Then he replied, "It's not that different."  Dream over instantly.  He was not sad or joyous, but something like "upbeat"/wise.  He'd done some serious growing-up since his death. 

I'd talked to my dead uncle Hobart before in a regular dream.  But then I had a dream in which I "woke up" during the dream and called him on a lie.  I saw him at a gas station on Walnut street.  "How's it going Hobe?" He said something like, "Just fine."  This was b.s. he looked skinny and haggard -- he was skinny when in his twenties, but never again.  He was wearing khaki pants and a white t-shirt -- he just looked way different than I'd known him in life.  So I asked intensely how he was doing (calling the bluff/lie) and he changed the subject and asked how I was doing.  I told the truth and said that things weren't so good.  We looked down Walnut street to the east and there were these foreboding DARK clouds hanging low.  The leaves were flipped over like it was really going to come a storm.  Hobart then INSTANTLY pulled me up like 1/3 the way to the moon and showed me the Earth below.  He said that if one teaspoon of his world were to leak into my world then ...  I saw every continent on Earth go lush green -- the Earth became like a Chia pet with greenery.  Hobart was telling me that God CAN NOT intervene directly with this world because this world is far too fragile for that sort of Energy.  This dream was totally overwhelming.  I can write about it but can't talk about it because I get all choked-up.  This was a mind-ripper.  Overwhelming doesn't even come close to describing being ripped away from my world and witnessing what I witnessed.  I can't talk about it. 

I've also seen the Prophet of God in a vivid dream.  I had again been bitching about there being no love in this world -- certainly no help.  So I get this vivid dream in which I see The Prophet.  He didn't look like I expected; He looked like the Buddha (heavy, seated on pillows, the room and the fabrics were, well, "Divine").  He was not just smiling; it was like He was laughing at me; treating me like a little kid or something.  He let me touch the sleeve of His garment and the universe instantly exploded into an ecstasy unimaginable, indescribable.  I saw the core of "Wonderment".  I saw beautiful things, events, an infinity of goodness.  I can't remember any of the details, but I start crying if I attempt to tell the story.  So, don't ask me to relate these things because even though I don't remember the specifics, just a touch of reliving this squashes me. 

I've seen a bunch of other stuff also.  No time to write it all. 

Was this experience difficult to express in words? Yes

Read Maslow on "Peak Experiences" / religious experiences.  Most folk who have this happen to them have told you what I would tell you if I could turn emotion and mysticism into language.  The Prophets speak in parables because they have to.  Sufi mysticism I readily understand. Were I around people like myself we would speak in verse, in poetry, in magical stories.

Did you hear the deceased or hear something associated with the deceased?          Yes

          Describe what you heard, how clearly you heard it and what was communicated:      I don't know.  I just knew what they were saying.

          Did the voice or sound seem to originate externally or outside of you, inside you, or did you not hear a voice or sound, but had a sense of knowing what was communicated?         It was a knowing.

          If you heard a voice or sound, was it similar or dissimilar from the voice or sound the deceased made when they were alive?         nr

          Is there any possibility what you heard was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?      Hell no.

          Was there any possible impairment to your hearing at the time of the experience? nr

Did you feel a touch or experience any physical contact from the deceased?          No

Did you see the deceased?        Yes

Younger skinnier.

            How clearly did the deceased appear?            Solid

            How much of the deceased did you see?       All

            Did the deceased appear or not appear to be the age at which they died?            Younger

            How healthy did the deceased appear to be?            You know, it's only been a few months ago that I finally realized that Hobart wasn't using his canes (he always used two forearm canes, he was quite crippled).  Well he was not at all crippled in the dream -- this didn't dawn on me until years after the dream.  Man can I be a dumb-ass!

            Is there any possibility what you saw was from any other source present in the surroundings at the time of your experience?           Hell no.

Did you smell a distinct smell, scent, fragrance or odor associated with the deceased?   No

How long did the experience last?       Each less than one minute.  The point was made then, Boom!, over.

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?          Sudden

Could you sense the emotions or mood of the deceased?          Yes

No way to describe.  I'm now able to look "inside" of other people more than is normal.

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  Oh, hell yes!  There is no way to describe.  I've been "stretched" / ripped somehow by these experiences.  I DO NOT recommend that people should go out and seek this out.  You'll do just fine in life without having these experiences.  Warning!  Don't push it!  Now I "KNOW".  Were I to have one after another of these experiences happen to me, I would come apart.  I think they happen in dreams to protect the recipient.  The dream provides a "buffer" of some sort.

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:   Well, brother, wouldn't you think it real?  If something happens to you, it happens to you.

          Was the experience dream like in any way?  Yes

The next world is a realm of mysteries.  The mysteries of this realm are revealed, but so what.  This is a small world.  This world itself is a metaphor in a way.  The next world does not translate into Earth-speak.  You don't know the depth of it, but you are in a dream RIGHT NOW.  I look out into the world now and see what others can not see.  But you know what that means!?  That means that my responsibilities are now one hundred fold greater than they were before.  Why?  Because brother, I KNOW.  I see stuff you don't want to see.

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:         I was wrapped-up in the experience.  Eternity has grabbed me by the collar.

Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?          No

I'm still stubborn as stubborn gets.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?    "Best / Worst" aren't the right words.  It was me being awakened.  I am stubborn and need to be hit with realities.  I don't naturally just grow up.  I'm also lazy about spiritual matters and my ancestors expect more out of me than I'm achieving.  Thus, I occasionally get hit.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?       Yes                Describe:     You know.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
            Yes    Certainty of life after death.

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?          Yes    I could write volumes.

Death Compacts are when two or more living people promise among themselves that whoever dies first will try to contact the other(s).  Have you ever made such a compact?      Yes

This guy I went to high school with, he and I meet up all the time -- for no reason.  It's odd.  So, he and I agreed to meet in the next world -- no particular reason.  Seems like destiny for us to keep meeting, so why not just give into it.  The synchronicities involved in our meetings would crush anyone's belief in "normal" statistics.  We weren't that close of friends; but, I like the guy, so why not meet up in the next world.

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?         Yes see above

What emotions did you feel during the experience?          I'm to this day working on that.

Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?          Uncertain

Here's the deal; I'll have a dream, tell somebody what I saw or heard, then the event will actually happen in the future. At this point, the person I told will get all "wierded-out".

Did you have any sense of altered space or time?  Yes

Compressed time.

Did you have a sense of knowing, special knowledge, universal order and/or purpose?     Uncertain

I wouldn't really know how to put this.

Did you become aware of future events?      Yes

I've not spoken of this stuff.  When I see these things, they are fairly random.  I wish I'd see something that would help me out, but I'm super mature and kind'a know what's happening.

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?           No

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

Not during these events.  When I was a kid, I one time got out of bed to go to the bathroom when I then noticed out in the hall that I wasn't breathing -- I wasn't smothering, but neither was I breathing, so I knelt down.  When I did, I was back in bed.  Talk about having something STRANGE happen to you!

Did you meet or see any other beings other than the deceased?      No  Maybe, but incidental.

Did you see a light?         Yes  I described this above.

Did any part of your experience seem to occur in a place other than the location described above?    
I described this above.

Have you shared this experience with others?       
Yes    Most people are supportive and tell stories back to me.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   Uncertain  I tried to send this in once and I don't think it made it through.

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

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?  No 

Did the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?           Yes  Yes, but only after a fashion. 

Please offer any suggestions you may have to improve this questionnaire.          Well, you're kind' a caught between a rock and a hard place aren't you.  You are attempting a quantification, seeking rationality of a sort, trying to make this an Aristotelian endeavor.  Oops, you picked the wrong topic, didn't you!