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Iggy J's ADC

Experience description:  

It was in a dream.  In this dream, I was seated beside him, sitting on a bench, and he was to my right.  But he appeared to me as a ball of white light.  He was a ball of light, but somehow, I recognized it as him.  There were other smaller lights coming and going.  I had the impression that these were other spirits - his friends, and I also had the impression that they were planning a reunion party for him.

In a moment, he turned his attention away from the coming and going lights, and toward me.  And I had the thought - 'Pop, are you okay!?'.  My communication with him was telepathic - he read my thoughts, and very quickly.  Almost as soon as I had the thought, he answered (in thought); 'I'm okay'.  And my very next thought was hard to put into words - I'd barley formed it, but it amounted to 'What about my mom (your daughter), me, my brother and sisters, my dad.....'.  And again almost before I could complete this thought he answered:  'Everything is going to be okay'.  And this thought, as it came to me was that the meaning of his response was along the lines of 'the whole of all of our life experiences are simply for us to experience, nothing in life should be feared, and we will all go on, and be happy together again for eternity'.  Not exactly these words, because there were no words, there was just the thought - 'Everything is going to be okay', with all of that meaning behind it.

And that was it - he turned his focus back to the coming and going spirits, and planning his reunion party.

When I went back for his funeral, at the funeral home, during his showing, I went downstairs, and in that funeral home, I saw a room full of benches, very much like the bench in the room in that dream.

Background Information:

Date of experience:           1992

Length of time between death of deceased and your experience:          Within 24 hours

Was the date of the experience significant in any way?    It was the evening immediately following his passing away.

General geographic location of experience:  Seattle, WA

Details of location of experience and your activity at the time of experience:            I was asleep.  This occurred during a dream.

Degree of bereavement for deceased immediately prior to the experience:    Moderately severe sadness and/or grief feelings

Degree of alertness immediately prior to experience:        Asleep

After your experience, did you consider the contents of your experience:      Wonderful

Have you had multiple experiences?   Uncertain      I've had one that I firmly believe was real.  I've had two more that I'm uncertain about.

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

He appeared to me as a ball of white light.

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

How long did the experience last?       Maybe about a minute?

Was the beginning and end of the experience gradual or more sudden?        It was a dream, and it was short.

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

Peaceful, happy, maybe euphoric?

How do you currently view the reality of your experience?          Experience was probably real

            Please explain why you view the reality of your experience as real or not real:         It was so clear, and the way we communicated, telepathically, was so 'acute' - that's the best word I have for it.  I suppose I would say there was a strength of presence in the communication that was different from other dreams that I've had.

            Was the experience dream like in any way?  Yes

It WAS a dream.

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:          Amazement.

Was there any emotional healing in any way following the experience?          Uncertain

The memory of this has stayed with me over the years, and it has been a significant 'data point', or yardstick relative to conversations that I've had with family members, researching perspectives on the nature of God.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?     Getting to find out that he was okay.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?       Uncertain                  Describe:      It has influenced my perspective, as I described in earlier answers in this survey.

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.?            Uncertain      Again, it has been a yardstick that I have used to compare to others' experiences that I've read about, and there are similarities between what I experienced, and what I've heard described in NDE's, that adds weight to them, and validity to my own experience as a result.

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? No

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?    Uncertain Just the vision of the room with the bench.

What emotions did you feel during the experience?           Wonder.  I kept replaying it in my mind.

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?   No

Did you become aware of future events?       No

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?     No

Did you meet or see any other beings other than the deceased?           Yes

Like I said - lights coming and going that I had the impression were his friends' spirits.

Did you see a light?          Yes

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     My aunt, my mom, my cousins.  My aunt believes it was his spirit.

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?      Really?

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