AngelicView: This is an NDE-like experience, an STE (Spiritually Transformative Event) in which the young man fainted and went back to when he was in the “Sea of Souls”, before he was “pulled out” into the universe. Seems he headed straight to Earth!
Interesting in that after many of these experiences, the person feels as though they’ve been gone for “an eternity” and it’s only just been a minute or two.
I was in a film class in college. We were studying a documentary about a hospital and when they showed a close up of a small wound bleeding, being extremely squeamish at the time, I fainted.
When I fainted I did not have an out of body experience in the sense of hovering above the scene. I think that first I went to a place that most people might describe as “heaven” where I felt I was in the presence of a divine power. I did not see a specific religious personage such as Christ or Buddha, etc. even though I have a Christian background. Then I went to the beginning and by that I mean to a place before the universe existed. It’s difficult to describe as nothing physical existed. There was an overwhelming sense of serenity where all the souls that exist are in a sea of souls and where the boundaries between individual souls was not defined, much like waves in an ocean. Individual yet part of a larger whole. I was there for more than an eternity, sort of a timeless time, since time did not exist yet.
Then “God” who seemed to be apart from or at a higher level than the seas of souls, created the physical universe. One by one the souls were pulled into the physical universe but there seemed to be a voluntary nature to the participation. This was an extremely interesting experience since I witnessed everything from the beginning, formation of stars, etc. But as the physical universe evolved and as my soul was pulled into the universe I seemed to focus on just the Earth, but saw and experienced it on a micro level, having simultaneous, complete knowledge of every bit of earth especially of any living thing, including the smallest microbes in the soil or ocean. It’s difficult now to remember the feeling of being simultaneously aware of every living thing. Along with the total history of the earth I saw and experienced my little part in it, thus seeing my own life and death. After I died in the experience my soul floated in space above the earth and even though I was back to being a soul, it seemed to have the form of my naked body. As earlier in the experience, my soul had the godlike quality of omniscience and I think therefore omnipresence. However, as I floated in space I slowly became aware that I was gripping something in my hand. At first I tried to ignore it but eventually I found I couldn’t open my hand to see what I was holding. At that point I was “informed” by “God” that I was still tied to the physical world and had to go back. My soul fell back through a dark tunnel except for a thin shower of individual photons that smarted like sand in a wind. It was almost like a birth canal for a soul. I fought hard to keep from going back to the physical world but was unable to prevent it.
I slowly became conscious, one of the girls in the class was running her hand through my hair and they were all crouched around me. Before I opened my eyes I could feel I was holding something. I opened my eyes and saw the wooden beams in the old classroom and the first thing I said was something like “How can this still be here after all that time?” I opened my hand to find a set of keys. I asked whose they were and a friend of mine from India said they were his and he took them. The class instructor took me into his office and asked if I had taken drugs. I was amused but I was not a drug user at all. He wanted to send me to the school clinic but I went home and slept for a long time. Later I talked to my Indian friend, and without first describing what happened when I fainted, I asked why he put his keys in my hand and he said that in his area of India the custom is that when someone faints or goes unconscious they put something brass in the hand to keep the soul in the body. Also, as mentioned earlier, when I talked to the vet in the class he told me that he definitely thought I was dead. The girl who was rubbing her fingers through my hair told me I was only out for about a minute. That’s what amazed me – how could I seem to experience multiple eternities in real time during that short of a period?
~ In most ways the experience was too sublime to adequately describe and also during the event I experienced omniscience, which of course I didn’t retain when the experience ended. Also the time span is difficult to fully describe as it seemed to contain multiple eternities.
~During my experience of seeing the evolution of the physical universe I saw the Earth from beginning to end, including my own life. I saw every thing and event in minute detail, but afterwards was not able to recall any future events. What I learned most was not to be afraid of death since what comes later is much better than life.
~I was in the time before the physical universe was formed. It was perfect, joyful and serene.
~When I first went to the “heaven” area of the experience, I learned that God is complete, absolute and unconditional forgiveness for everyone. This is perhaps hard for us to grasp, since it’s difficult to imagine someone like Hitler being forgiven, but that’s what I experienced. Much like the slogan What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, what happens on Earth is all forgiven in the afterlife.
~ I no longer believe in a specific religion, but remain religious in my own way. I believe, based on my experience, that all our earthly religions are the products of mankind and not true to the nature of anything from the real spiritual realm.