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Four year old with Pneumonia

Identifier

000641

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Alf Rose was four years old and had this experience when he was ill with pneumonia.  The lady may actually have been his Higher spirit

A description of the experience

The Truth in the Light – Dr Peter Fenwick and Elizabeth Fenwick

Suddenly I was out of my body and floating near the top of the window in my bedroom. I could see myself in bed and my mother kneeling at the side of the bed. She was crying and looking very distressed. I gazed at this scene for a little while and remember that I didn’t feel any emotion at all and was completely indifferent to what I saw. Without any warning at all I was travelling very swiftly through a dense forest. After what seemed a short space of time I found myself on the edge of a clearing, very brightly lit with bushes and trees surrounding it.

Somehow I seemed to know that I had reached a significant stage and waited. Suddenly a lion appeared from the bushes on the opposite side of the glade. It was large, crouched on the ground and looked very hostile, gazing very fixedly at me and flicking its tail rapidly from side to side.

I didn’t feel the slightest bit afraid and just waited to see what would happen. Very quickly a woman in a white robe appeared in front of the lion and looked at me. She was about 30 years old, eyes set wide apart, with bobbed auburn hair.

She looked quite sternly at me as an adult would if about to reprimand a child. She ‘spoke’ to me although her lips didn’t move and I could hear no voice.

She told me that I should not be there and that I must go back. Without any conscious effort on my part I suddenly found myself back in bed again, opening my eyes and telling my mother that I was hungry.

Later my mother told me that she was sure I had died, but that when I asked for food she knew I was going to recover and that everything would be alright. I told her about the lady in white. She reassured me and explained that my lady in white was my guardian angel and that she looked after me.

Was this a dream or a ‘real’ experience? Although it happened 70 years ago I still vividly remember all the details, and am sure I would recognise my lady in white. For me this was a true experience. I am fully satisfied about that. I believe I had died or was on the point of death and was told to return.

Why?

I don’t know.

I haven’t led a particularly significant or important life. I do know that I have no fear of death

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Forest
Lion

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Pneumonia

Commonsteps

References