I have always liked to read books related to mysteries, enigmas and the supernatural. I recently bought some books such as 'The Divine Comedy' that contain supernatural experiences, 'out of the earth' experiences and others that describe what the Catholic Christian religion call 'purgatory'. I thought that all this about purgatory was maybe something unreal but I realized that it exists and it is real; I did not see it but I felt it near. One night, after reading about this subject, I remember I went to sleep. Everything looked normal and I remember clearly - and I know it was not a dream or hallucination because I was perfectly conscious - even though it started as a dream, soon it became in something very real. I first felt that during my dream my soul detached from my body and went up towards the ceiling. I was terribly desperate and wondered if this was death. I really thought it was my end; everything was so dark and deserted, I felt so lost and desperate when suddenly my body started falling down, at an incredible speed. I felt that I was nearing a dark and gloomy place and nobody would hear me. I was so desperate that I started crying for help. Then I felt my brother's voice who yelled my name and I woke up very scared. I realized that purgatory does exist and it is horrible. I think I lived this experience so I can tell people that it is true that this horrible place (that Christians call purgatory or sorrow place) exists in another dimension. I do not recommend anyone to go to that place.
Date NDE Occurred: 4/21/05
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Leer libros sobre el purgatorio y cielo del libro la Divina Comedia Other Condición normal
How do you consider the content of your experience? Frightening
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal I was so desperate that when I started falling my consciousness and alertness were at their peak to the point of yelling for help.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At the moment I left my body and my soul was lifted to the ceiling; there I realized that it was not a dream but something real.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning It was a dark and gloomy and place where no one could see me or hear me.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? All was dark.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Darkness
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Desperation, terror, fear, sadness, absolute loneliness.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No I am Catholic.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No I am Catholic.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes That terrible places also exist in another dimension; that we should go to eternity prepared.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain A little and only in certain aspects. At the moment I do not want to read about this subject again.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? That there are gloomy places in another dimension.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes The next day I told my brothers and they were scared to hear about it.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Read Catholic books about people who visited the other dimension; the spiritual dimension.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. And something I would never forget.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? This was not a near to death experience but it was an experience related to soul detachment from body where I experienced that far beyond there existed a gloomy, dark and isolated place.