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Kristol K's ADC

Experience description:  

It was Thanksgiving night 1980. I was 11 years old at the time.

My Grandparents were over and it was a typical Family holiday.

We sat down to eat our big meal. My Father led the prayer. My Grandma started to cry. My Dad said "what is wrong Mom?" she wept and said "I can not stand seeing Mom living such a poor quality life anymore" she was speaking about her Mother, my Great Grandmother who had just turned 101. She was in a nursing home and sat strapped in a chair all day sleeping and briefly waking.

My Grandmother said " I just pray that God, will not forget about her and take her soon. She is tired and done living." the Family nodded in agreement and we ate.

I remember I ate my meal very quickly, and then slid under the table and quietly crawled out, so I could go play.

I sat at the top of the basement steps just off the dining room. I was looking at a toy my Grandma had given me earlier in the day.

I heard this shuffling noise coming from the bottom of the basement stairs. I looked up and saw a elderly man in a black suit. He was hunched over and had a lump on his back between his shoulders. He was very pale with white hair. He also was using a cane and had arthritis bad. He was walking past the bottom of the basement stairs. I remember just freezing. I didn't breathe or move. He paused for a minute and turned his head slowly towards me. We locked eyes and I heard his thoughts. He thought "oh its just her" he was expressing the emotion of shock, not expecting me to be there or to see him. He then just turned his head back and shuffled off out of my view.

I sprung up and ran to the dining room table. The entire Family was talking and laughing, I tried to tell my Mom what I just saw, and she scolded me for interrupting adults while they were talking. I decided to not say anything about it after that.

The next morning I remember seeing my Dad answer the phone, I saw the look on his face and he said "OK Thank you" he hung up and said "your Great Grandma just passed away a few minutes ago" All I could think was wow, my Family asked God to take her, and he did.

I never forgot what I saw in that basement that night. I knew that this old man was not a guest or anyone who was at the home that night. It stuck with me for many years.

About 5 years ago, I received a large box of very old family photos. In those photos was a black and white photo of the man I saw that night. On the back it was labeled Otto. This was my Great Grandmas Husband who passed away before I was born. I never saw or met him before. But he was the man I saw on that Thanksgiving night. I couldn't believe it. I even looked up what day Thanksgiving was on that year and double checked the date my Great Gran passed on, and yes it all matched up to what I remembered.

I have no doubt he came to see the Family and then assist his beloved wife to the other side the following morning.

Any associated medications or substances with the potential to affect the experience?     No      

Was the kind of experience difficult to express in words? No      

At the time of this experience, was there an associated life threatening event?          No      

What was your level of consciousness and alertness during the experience?           Wide awake and alert

            Was the experience dream like in any way?   no not at all

Did you experience a separation of your consciousness from your body?     No      

What emotions did you feel during the experience?            shock, surprise, and confusion.

Did you hear any unusual sounds or noises?           Yes, I heard shuffling. Like someone dragging their feet as they walk.

LOCATION DESCRIPTION:  Did you recognize any familiar locations or any locations from familiar religious teachings or encounter any locations inhabited by incredible or amazing creatures?    No           

Did you see a light?           No      

Did you meet or see any other beings?           Yes     A elderly man that was as solid as any living thing. He was at the bottom of the basement steps. I did not know who he was at the time. He was surprised to see me looking straight at him, he was confused why I could see him. He felt at ease that I was just a kid, and probably wouldn't react in fear.

Did you experiment while out of the body or in another, altered state? No      

Did you observe or hear anything regarding people or events during your experience that could be verified later?          Yes     I verified years later that my Great Grandmother did pass away the following morning after Thanksgiving. I verified that this man was my Great Grandfather, he had the same face and hump on back and arthritis.

Did you notice how your 5 senses were working, and if so, how were they different?          Yes     I remember feeling cold, froze, and shocked at what I was seeing.

I recall the color purple but do not know what it meant. Purple was some how around this man.

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     I just know that I could feel his thoughts and emotions and I could not hide my thoughts or emotions from him. I had the feeling he knew me well, even though he died before I was born.

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure?             No      

Did you become aware of future events?       No      

Were you involved in or aware of a decision regarding your return to the body?       No       Did you have any psychic, paranormal or other special gifts following the experience that you did not have prior to the experience?   Yes     Many minor paranormal events and some bouts of seeing or knowing future events.

Did you have any changes of attitudes or beliefs following the experience?   Yes     I knew from young on that spirits/ghosts exist. There was no disputing what I saw. I have known that when the physical body ends, we still continue on.

How has the experience affected your relationships? Daily life? Religious practices? Career choices?       I live life without fear of dying. I also do not mourn hard after a loved ones death, I know they are still around and I will be reunited with them again.

Has your life changed specifically as a result of your experience?         Yes     Very liberal, open minded and curious to learn more about the unknown.

Have you shared this experience with others?         Yes     My close friends and family. I am sure no one can appreciate it, like I do. Its something you have to experience yourself to fully understand No words can come close.

What emotions did you experience following your experience?  A sense of honor, feeling special that I got to see this, where others could never imagine something like this being real.

What was the best and worst part of your experience?      I had fear of the basement for a long time. I was young and not knowing if it would happen again and what I would feel if it did.

Is there anything else you would like to add concerning the experience?        When you feel grief for the death of someone, just try to remember my experience and know the loved one is very near by and can hear you.

Following the experience, have you had any other events in your life, medications or substances which reproduced any part of the experience?         No      

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