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Craig G's ADC


It was the evening of Friday 6th April 2001, the day had not been unusual from any other day,  I had gone to work as usual. I am an office worker with the Insolvency Service a government organisation part of the greater civil service in the centre of Birmingham and had returned home from work.

 I lived with my father Harry he was 69 years old and retired and we lived in a small two bedroom semi-detached house in Great Barr a suburb of North Birmingham. The winter was now gradually coming to an end and moving into springtime and the evening’s  were becoming lighter. That winter had been hard for different reasons as me and my father and indeed the rest of the family were coming to terms with the loss of My Mother Edna  from Lung cancer at the age of 70 on 29th February 2001 It had been a short illness and the funeral had been held  two weeks later.

It was a big loss for me and my Dad I had never experienced loosing someone so close to me before.  She had always been the pillar of the family and its centre point. For example she loved Christmas and would work tirelessly cooking for Christmas day days before and also separately for boxing day when Brothers, Sisters, Aunts, Nephews and Nieces and close friends  would come over.   The table would be extended to accommodate everyone and red and white checkered table cloth laid over. It was always a full spread Turkey from Christmas day, Gammon, Pork, Salmon, Chicken Drumsticks, English Trifle the alcohol was flowing, relatives abroad would be phoned to wish them merry Christmas and there would be laughter.  It was your typical English Christmas.           

She was well liked and respected in the community.  For example her last Job was as a part time lollipop lady outside the school opposite to where we lived . It gave her the opportunity to get out of the house and get to know the families in the local community she was a character and it didn’t take long for her to become known and  loved by all,  for instance at Christmas she would be inundated with Christmas presents from the Mothers and their children. 

This is not to say her early life had been tough for her however she had came through this and found happiness and raised a family of her own.  She was no different from any other Mother and you all probably know someone in your family and can relate.

Well returning back to the main story I had returned home that Evening My Dad as always had a cup of Tea ready for me as he always did when I came home from work.  We had chatted then I had cooked the evening tea and sat down and watched the TV.  It was about 12.00 So I said good night to my Dad and went to bed and he followed shortly afterwards.

What I experienced in the early hours of that morning was to change my life forever.

While I was in bed trying to get to sleep the room temperature fell dramatically , I would say between  2 – 4 degrees Celsius  in a matter of seconds. At first this didn’t bother as all people a bedroom can suddenly get cold however my body started to shiver more than usual my teeth started to chatter and my experience began.

I recollect that I was sitting in the living room of the house on the old sofa next to my eldest brother Paul. Sitting in the armchair opposite me and my brother was my dad Harry.

Then I heard a swishing noise resembling a helicopter above the house.  Then suddenly my brother and my father rushed to the front window opened the curtains and looked out.  I ran to the window and looked out to see what they were looking at.  All I could see would be what resembled a full moon very bright and low on the horizon.  I live  opposite a school so if you can imagine this vision of a bright full moon was visible just above the school roofs.

It was after looking out of the window that my brother and father left the room and walked out the front door I then followed them but as I walked out there seemed to be another entrance or exit call it what you will built onto the front door. It had white walls and the ceiling was like a canopy made of branches and leaves inter wining and very thick with birds singing it was very beautiful. I walked through this looking up.  I was walking slowly like being in a place I had never seen before then I walked straight into the front garden and walked over to my Father and Brother who were kneeling motionless in the front garden (To describe the garden for you  it was 20 feet by 20 feet square just grass no borders of flowers or soil and quite Plain)

I remember then looking back at the house and at the front door where I had just come out from, it was the normal front door it had always been, there was no exit/entrance that I had just come from. Then I seemed to be transported in a second back into the front room and  sitting back on the sofa however this time but this time my brother Paul was not there and my dad was sitting in the armchair as before.  I remember to the right of me by  about 8 feet the light wooden door into the living room was fully open as if awaiting for someone to enter.  As I scanned around the room towards my dad I saw standing behind him behind the armchair an elderly lady about 5 feet tall may be smaller in old fashioned clothing  and with a very dark complexion.

I then scanned back to the door into the living room and levitating in the living was my mother  Edna. Not levitating as you would normally imagine but having great difficulty  she was moving her arms around to gain motion it didn’t seem very natural or dignified  to her if I was to be honest. 

She then levitated over to me and held my hand and was talking to me I couldn’t understand what she was trying to say. Her face seemed serious no smile but this could be due to no face  muscles I am not sure.  

My own Thoughts

My own opinions for and against this experience were these.

In the Pro camp my own consciousness in some aspects seemed a little more heightened than what it would usually be but not to the extent that people experiencing Near death would state when they talk about the out of their body aspect.

However the appreciation and also the sensation of there being a Non Physical reality was huge to me for six months after this experience this sensation lingered and  it seemed to me that I had one foot in the Physical world and my other foot in the non physical world.

After roughly six months when walking to the bus stop on my  way to work this sensation suddenly came to a halt. It was a bit like somebody shutting a foot wide vault door to a safe and my entirety was now fully in the physical reality.

The fact that everything we do in this world is entirely physical makes me think that we are prejudice towards there being a non physical reality.

Everything we do in this world is physical including talking.  We talk verbally but via a voice box which is a physical element.

In the Against Camp were these opinions.

I had talked about this experience to everyone I knew.  Everybody had only warm words of condolences and consideration towards my feelings  but I think they were being sympathetic due me coming to terms with the loss of mother.

Some people including close and respected friends and work colleagues stated that it was solely down to the sub conscious and the complexity of the mind and brain which is very rational and a good argument against there being an existence for after death.

At the time of your experience was there an associated life-threatening event?   No 

Was the experience difficult to express in words?  Yes     I used the word dream or dream like I had never heard of the term ADC only visitation until doctor Pim Van Lommel corrected me

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness?    Not Sure as this I think I have been told is a ADC

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness?      Normal consciousness and alertness   No

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   It was good but different like being submerged in water but I could see everything,

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience.   I couldn't hear anything

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?   Frightened and overwhelmed.  

Did you pass into or through a tunnel?   No  

Did you see an unearthly light?   Uncertain   When I opened the curtains there was a light but I understood it to be a large full moon very low in the horizon

Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice?   No

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.)?   No  

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings?   Yes   Deceased were My mother and Great Grand mother. Alive were father and Brother(who half way through experience disappeared), he was to die

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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world?   Some unfamiliar and strange place
Early in the experience I walked out of the front door but attached to the doorway was white walls with a ceiling of flowers and birds

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”)?   Yes   It seemed real and deceased relatives being there confirmed this

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?   Uncertain    mother coming back to me

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?   Uncertain   I couldn't hear my mother talking to me. telepathy that I should go to the doctor

Did you have a sense of knowing special knowledge or purpose?   No  

What occurred during your experience included:   Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience   I saw another person in the room I described this person to my father who confirmed that it was my late great grand mother who died when I was six months old

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   The Accuracy is 100%. I can remember this perfectly 14+ years on perfectly. I cannot remember things that I have done the previous day sometimes
My experience directly resulted in:   Large 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?  
Yes   for six months heightened sense of a non physical reality so much I could feel it's presense

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience?   Uncertain   Just that for six month my sensing were aware of  a non physical reality

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you?    
All of it

Have you ever shared this experience with others?  

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   Very real

What do you believe about the reality of your experience at the current time:   Experience was definitely real   very real

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?   Yes   More aware of Spirituality I try to incorporate it in my everyday life in a moderate way

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience?   Uncertain   My brother died 19 months later

Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience?   Heightened awareness six month after. Did not know my great grand mother

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?   Yes   Very comprehensive questions

What could a national organization with an interest in near death experience (NDE) do that would be of interest to you?       Help promoted Afterlife Studies and hopefully change government legislation for the better on earthly subject in a realistic manner

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience?                        None