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Experience description:  

Seven months after my Mum's death, I had my strongest and most shocking experience of several involving her.

I was in my sitting room with my computer on.  I had put a picture of my Mum on the desktop.  I was playing a tune I had written for her and looking at her picture.  As I looked at the picture, the eyes seemed to flash at me.  Then I sensed her walk into the room and sit on the sofa.  I said, in my head "Hello Mum, what are you doing here? I wrote this tune for you, what do you think?"

She replied in my head "It's very good, but sit down, I have something important to tell you."  I sat down... "Something very big is going to happen soon and you need to be ready for it"

I asked her what was going to happen.  She didn't reply to that.  After this, she was gone. 

This was a very intense experience.  I was really taken aback and told my wife about it.  She was worried, mostly in case it had implications for me, heart attack or something.

About a week or so later my then 16 year old daughter announced out of the blue that she was pregnant.  I was so shocked, I passed out on the sofa.  I came round to find my wife talking to me, trying to bring me round I stood up and asked my daughter if she was sure.  Her answer made it clear she was, and I passed out again and was carted off to hospital.  My daughter did not tell us she was pregnant until the day she knew herself.  she hadn't even suspected until then, she was a teenager with an irregular cycle...

This ADC had a very profound effect on me, my Mum had talked to me about something that was in the future, that I didn't have a clue about - I had absolutely no idea that my daughter was pregnant and I'm certain that I didn't know it "subconsciously" so to speak.

Eight months later, my beautiful grand-daughter was born.  My Mum always loved children, it was typical of her to come and deliver that news.

Was this experience difficult to express in words?            Uncertain

Sort of.  It was telepathic, but so strong.  I felt her there in the room, she sat down.

Did you ONLY sense an awareness of presence of the deceased without actually seeing, hearing, feeling or smelling them?           Yes

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

            Describe what you heard, how clearly you heard it and what was communicated:    Voice in my head

            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?  A voice in my head, clear as a bell.  I spoke in my head to

            Was there any possible impairment to your hearing at the time of the experience?   No

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

Did you see the deceased?         No comment

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

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

Happy, but sincere, with purpose

Did the deceased give you information you did not previously know?  Yes.  Please read my story above.  The communication gave information that became clear about 5 days later.  The connection is just too close to be a coincidence.  The experience was very strong, I told my wife about it at the time.

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:           Simply the strength of it, and it came after a number of others also involving my mother.  I have had other experiences since too, one involving seeing a huge blue eye in the sky one day, which gave me this amazing feeling of serenity, and I felt I understood how all life connected together.  I was really lucky..

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   Yes

Seems like a dream now, although it certainly wasn't

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:           Very calm, serene, almost matter of fact.

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

Really helped to be positive about the forthcoming birth, and the future in general

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      The worst part is they peter out, I feel like I return to the "physical" world.  It hard to sustain that state of mind in some ways

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         No      

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?
   Yes     Belief in a loving, humorous wonderful God, who only loves, doesn't judge.  No need for organized religion but need to keep aware, and pray.  I see signs now when I walk around.  All nature is connected.  I could tell when both my parents were going to die from a change in bird song in my garden.  Told my wife / partner both times.  Life is awesome :-)

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?            Yes     This and other experiences made me feel I understood how all life connects together, how it flows continually like a river.  I felt all life and everything extends beyond our perception to a higher plane, that's where souls go to at death

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?          No
What emotions did you feel during the experience?            Discussed it with my wife, pondered it.  Experienced extreme shock about 5 days later when my daughter dropped the news...


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 and other experiences made me feel that

Did you become aware of future events?       Yes

Spot on bar the details that my mum would not be permitted to impart, because they were for my daughter to tell

Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?         Yes

Heightened awareness of life, people, an amazing vision of a beautiful blue eye in the sky, making me feel so serene and with such understanding.  I could see how utterly wonderful everything is

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

Yes, on another occasion

Did you see a light?           Yes

Eyes of the photograph of my Mum flashed at me, a slow gentle but definite flash

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     Mostly wonder, nearly always people are captivated.  One or two can't be bothered.  Quite a few come back at me with their own stories.  These experiences are quite common it seems, amongst ordinary folk, not especially religious etc.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?            Yes

ADC website, Guggenheims site, on their message board, along with a load of other experiences I've had

Were there any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?            Uncertain

Had Flu.  Had no special medication but may have had a headache tablet.

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