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Originally posted by SheeplFlavoredAgain
reply to post by GirlGenius
Hi GirlGenius, I do recall somewhere here on ATS a fellow member describing what you experienced while he was having a near death experience or actually had died and was being revived. He explained the connectedness as you did. I'm sorry I have no idea how or where to find that post again. I'm so happy you got to experience this insight and revelation at such a crucial time in your life. I commend you for taking your rehab seriously. I have a loved one in my extended family battling alcoholism and drug abuse and I hope he is able to make positive changes for himself as you did. Thanks for having the courage to share your story. It's very uplifting and a nice antidote to the usual bad news and doom and gloom we are bombarded with.
Originally posted by GirlGenius
I don't know how else to label it. If you have experienced it, you know exactly what I am talking about! If there is another thread about it, please point me to it. I searched, but found nothing similar...
I was 14 years old and happened to be in a residential drug rehab (a Phoenix House in Brooklyn) at the time. It was 1970. It was the middle of the night and I was sleeping in a room with 4 other young women. Something woke me up and I sat up in bed. Something was coming; I could feel it. A wave of energy. It grew stronger and it enveloped me - a hum, a tingling, a vibration, blinding light without heat or in fact light, accompanied by an overwhelming crescendo of rushing knowledge and profound understanding. All at once, everything was clear to me and I understood that we were all one and everything made perfect sense. It felt like a rushing of ideas, memes, archetypes, thoughts, falling into place. A revelation of oneness and connection to a higher state of being. We are all each other; one joy; one pain. It lasted for a few moments and dissipated.
I was stunned but not at all scared -- very, very excited! I wanted to wake up everyone in the room and share - it was spilling out of me - my excitement. Sadly, with much effort, I contained it. I thought they would think I was crazy! The words that were flooding me were inadequate to describe the experience. I said nothing.
Several days later, when my mom came to visit, I spilled it all out very excitedly and she did the best she could to reassure me and help me to process and validate my experience. My mom was very open to spiritual experiences, although we were not a particularly religious family. We never spoke about it again until the sharing period before her death in 2004.
I've wondered why I experienced this many times over the years, why at that particular time, and (above all), exactly what was it and what did it mean? I think I experienced it then because it was a period in my life that was introspective (a lot of group work in rehab); it was a period in my life that was substance-free, so when I look back I understand that this was a natural phenomenon that occurs without the help of substances; it was something that took me to a different perspective and helped me to shape my view of reality (so better to come at a young age); it was a time when I was connecting very closely to people (there was a high level of honesty in the relationships I experienced in rehab). Also, the experience would be something I would look back to in moments of pessimism and doubt (about God and the meaning of life). What was the point of it? A test prod? A hint of something to come? Validation? Revelation?
What was the nature of it? God? Angels? Aliens? The Force? Energy? Love? Is this what is coming? Coming to us all at the same time in a much bigger way? A mass experience of this kind? It was of such a nature that if everyone experienced this at the same time, that would surely end all war.
So, does this ring a bell for anyone? If so, what are your impressions and thoughts as to the nature and meaning as well as relevance for what is coming upon us?
Please post your experience if you can or flag and come back later