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Tracey's ADC 1070

Experience description:  

Well, two interesting things happened. 

1)  My grandmother died in 2001 in Los Angeles.  My aunt told me that immediately after the funeral, everyone returned to her home for a gathering.  During the gathering my grandmother's music box began playing.  It was up on a shelf and no one was touching it.  My aunt was certain the box was broken (it was very old) so after it played she took it off the shelf in shock, to look at it.  Indeed it was broken and the music box did not even have all the parts inside to make it play.  It was mostly just the decorative outer box.  Anyway I had heard this story as kind of a family legend, and always thought it was interesting even though I didn't recall ever seeing that music box.  Last week I was in Los Angeles and I went to my aunt's house for the first time in roughly five years.  I was walking through her home videotaping so that I could show my husband what my aunt's house looks like.  I felt a kind of spirit energy as if I was being watched or as if there was a great warmth and presence in the room.  It was a pleasurable feeling. I totally forgot about the music box as I was filming, but I eventually found my camera looking at it randomly, and I realized, "hey that must be the infamous music box".  I did not touch or disturb it at all.  I simply felt warm and pleased to see it.  As I was walking away and filming another room the music box began playing, but slowly and softly as if it was running out of wind-up power.  It played about ten notes which are audible on my videotape.  My aunt turned to me with her eyes wide, hearing the music from across the house and not remembering that I knew the story from 2001.  She told me again the story of 2001 and I said "I  know, and I heard it too".  We were both speechless.  We checked the music box and again it did not work when we tried to wind it.  Most of the parts were missing.  My aunt feels that it was my grandmother saying hello since I had not been to California since her passing.   I myself had the distinct feeling that it was my father, who had died at Christmas just seven months ago.  I felt his warmth while filming, and felt his presence.  But I guess we will never know. 

2)  Regarding my father:

My father had spent a lot of time in Los Angeles at my aunt's home (the home mentioned above).  My aunt is my mother's sister but mom and dad loved to spend time there.  My dad was a handyman and he put in outside moonlights in my aunt's garden about two years ago.  They are the kind that go on automatically when it gets dark out.  Well at Christmastime 2005 my father was dying of cancer in Canada.  My aunt in L.A. was apparently sitting in her garden one night and it was dark, so the little moonlights were on.  They suddenly went out.  My aunt thought instinctively "oh my god, I sense that means that Don has died".  This was apparently at 9:15 pm L.A. time.  My father did die at that moment which was 12:15 am  Canada time.    The lights remained out for months even though my aunt had technicians and both of her sons in law come to repair them.  No one could find a reason why they didn't work.  She left them in the garden even though they didn't work, because they reminded her of my dad and she couldn't bear to rip them out.   One night about two months after he died, my aunt was apparently in her yard feeling very blue.  She said to the sky "Come on Don, if you were trying to give me a sign by turning the lights off, I got it.  But I need the lights to come on again.  I don't feel safe with my yard all dark at night".   Instantly the lights went back on and they have worked fine ever since. 

I feel that my dad is somehow tied to that house, and that is why I think he made the music box go, although my aunt feels it was my grandmother who made the music since she owned the music box.  We will never know.

Was this experience difficult to express in words? No


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:      The music box played sweetly yet slowly for no reason at all, just as I was regarding it.

          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?         Regular sound, caught on my video.

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

          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

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

How long did the experience last?       Music box -- about 10 to 15 seconds

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

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

I just felt a total peace in the home, the air seemed rich and warm and full

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:   Because it is on the video

          Was the experience dream like in any way?  No

Describe in detail your feelings/emotions during the experience:         I felt honored and happy / calm / reassured

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

I felt even more certain than ever that he / she is OK (Grandmother / Dad)

What was the best and worst part of your experience?    Feeling so lucky to hear the music box

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

Did the experience give you any spiritual understandings such as life, death, afterlife, God, etc.?         Uncertain    

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?          Joy


Was the experience witnessed or experienced by others?          Yes

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?      Uncertain

I don't know if this is connected, but three days later I had about 200 deja vu's in one day-  just very brief fleeting split second ones.  I had a sense that I had viewed that entire day before.

Have you shared this experience with others?        Yes    Everyone thinks it is incredible.

Have you shared this experience formally or informally with any other researcher or web site?   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 the questions asked and information you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience?           Yes