Please sort your thoughts and mental images into the following categories: This exercise must be hand written, not typed.

1. Basic Identification of the people and place where the spiritual encounter occurred:

 Please include in this section all basic identifying information.  Include where the event occurred, what was the time of day, where it occurred, what is your age, sex, occupation, and birth date. Describe your state of mind when the event occurred (sleeping, about to wake up or go to sleep, drunk, mildly high, completely alert, fatigued, etc.  Be as specific as possible.  With regards to those encountered in the experience, please (if known) again provide all identifying data, including birth date,  age at time of death, cause of death, and all other significant identifying information.

Text Box: WHAT IS “REAL”?
Our universe is an information based universe.  This information seems to exist in the form of electromagnetic fields and patterns of energy.  Our brain uses its five senses to obtain information from this energetic source. Biological pathways from sensory organs in the body translate these patterns of energy into what we consider to be “real”.
For example, our eyes collect millions of bits of information from the billions of bits of information that can be “seen”.  Our eyes are biologically hardwired to only permit certain wavelengths of color and perceptions of black and white.  We know that other animals often can’t see what we see, but they can access different wavelengths of color and process shades of dark and light very differently.  If we could “see” through their eyes, our reality would be extremely different.
The situation is far more complex than this. In addition to our eyes filtering reality for us, we also tend to process and notice changes in the environment as opposed to stationary objects.  Our nervous system tends to screen out information that has not changed. This is why, for example, when predatory animals hunt game, the potential victims often stand absolutely still and become “invisible” to the predator.
Our visual system obtains information at the level of the retina, which is in the back of the eye.  It comes in the form of primary perceptions such as colors, patterns, and shades of white and grey. Our brain then again filters and even alters this information a number of times before the information reaches the occipital area in the back of the brain.  This area of the brain then creates the visual image we think is “real”.
One example illustrating that we do not directly perceive reality is the enigma of the “blind spot”. There is an area on the retina which does not pick up sensory information from the world, as it is where all the nerves bundle together and then travel back to the brain.  Our brain compensates for this by simply fabricating a visual patch over this blind spot, so that our view of reality is seamless.  
As the visual information is processed by the brain, oddly enough it is aware of the information even if it has not yet created a visual image.  We know this because there is a type of blindness which is caused by damage to the processing system at  its early stages. These patients can, for example, walk around a room crowded with furniture and never trip and seem to be able to see.  They think they are blind as they do not perceive visual images.  They are not truly blind, but the visual information never reaches that area of the brain that creates the visual image.
Each of the other sensory processing systems has similar brain pathways.  Just as we create the visual images we see, we also create the sounds we hear, the touch we feel, etc.
How do we know what is “real”.  This has been an extremely difficult question for consciousness researchers to answer.  After reading dozens of books on the subject, my conclusion is that the best test for reality is that an event or perception “seems real”.  In fact, that is the most common definition of normal consciousness.
Typically, we exclude what seems “unreal”, such as dreams, drug induced hallucinations, and all the other “altered states” of consciousness. So, reality is what we see when we are not in an “altered” state.
This is the entire problem with understanding spiritual visions. Our only true marker of reality is that it seems “real” to us. Yet spiritual visions and angel encounters, for example, also seem completely real!  The hallmark of near death experiences is that they are vividly real, “realer than real” as one child told me. The perceptions of spiritual encounters is exactly the same as the perception of this reality, and they have little in common with altered states of consciousness and hallucinations.
Angel encounters are a type of “non local” perception, meaning that they appear to be perceptions of some other reality intermingled with this one.  There are a number of types of “non local” perceptions, including controlled remote viewing.
Controlled remote viewing is an important non local perception because it involves a verifiable “non local” event, such as seeing a building halfway around the world from you, with your mind.  The images that remote viewers receive can be verified, and the pictures that they draw can be compared to the actual structure.
The science of controlled remote viewing has led to an understanding that information that is transmitted is on the same level of the primary sensory system of the brain.  This new information is obtained by non-ordinary means to be sure, yet it is then plugged into the existing sensory system at the ground level.  The brain  processes this information as it does all other sensory input.  This explains why the final result of a remote viewing task is usually extremely accurate and consistent with known reality.
Most altered states of consciousness are the result of brain dysfunction. Non local perceptions, including controlled remote viewing and spiritual encounters seem to be the result of normal brain function.

Also include anyone else present when the experience occurred, and again, all identifying information about them.

Here is a typical example:  On December 14, 2007, I had a dream that my child who had previously died visited me.  It occurred in my home in Harbeson, Delaware at 4:30 in the afternoon.  I am a 54 year old healthy white male, born December 11, 1953 in Sandy Springs, Maryland. My daughter was 3 months old when she died of sudden infant death. She was born in Olney, Maryland on September 12, 2007.  Also present in the dream was my departed mother, who died of heart failure at age 79.  She was born April 14, 1919 in Long Branch, New Jersey.

I was taking a nap at the time of the experience. I was in the main living room of my home, watching a football game, and dozing off. I immediately woke up after the vision.  My wife was doing laundry in the basement of the home. She is 48, and born April 10th, 1961.

2,  Personal Inclemencies:

Include in this section all factors influencing what you believe about the vision, and all issues effecting your interpretation of the vision.

Include your religious beliefs, spiritual values, what others have told you about the vision, what other people’s interpretation of the vision might be, any health concerns, financial issues, basically anything in your life that might effect how you interpret the vision.

For example: I am a deeply religious Catholic who attends church regularly. I have always had a deep faith in god. I believe that spiritually, we are all interconnected by god’s love.  I believe that we go to heaven when we die, if we believe in Jesus Christ and have lived a good life.  I do not think we can communicate with the dead.  I have numerous health issues and have nearly died several times. My child’s death was devastating to me and caused me to rethink if there really is a god.  I have always thought that people who claim to talk to the dead are wackos.

My best friend is very much into New Age philosophy and feels there is a reason that my child died. She believes my child was trying to reach out to me to help my grief.  Sometimes I wonder if the dream meant I am going to die soon.

3. Preconceptions about the vision: This should be brief. If you truly have no idea as to the meaning of the experience, leave this category blank.

For example, “I think I am losing my mind because of the dream”, or “I believe the vision was a real communication from my child’s spirit”.

4. Describe your impression of the vision in three or four short descriptive words. DO NOT USE NOUNS.

For example, vivid, white, happy

5. Use one of the following words to describe your deepest intuition or gestalt about the vision:

Read the following words and circle or write the word that immediately comes to mind.  It must occur within 1-2 seconds. If it takes longer, then leave this section blank. 

Dream, hallucination, real, crazy dream, fantasy, trick of the mind, grief induced, drug induced, caused by fever, caused by illness

6. The sensory information: Take two pads of paper, and label one “sensory information” and the other “analytic overlay”.  Read through all of the sensory descriptions before you then try to sort the thoughts and mental imageries of your vision.

This section must be done in writing. A reminder, as all of it has to be in handwriting.

Review the experience in your mind. While you do this, you must also speak the experience out loud, all aspects of it. It might be best to have an assistant help you with this phase. He or she might help you sort the information into basic sensory information and your own analysis of the information.

Read the following sensory descriptors and as you review the experience, try to apply them to what you experienced. It is best to read the descriptors to someone else, and both of you comment on the various sensory impressions, briefly (as there are a lot of them).

Do not use any nouns in this section.

As you review the experience in your mind, only place in this category immediate impressions that come to you. For example, if you pause, and say “uh, I think it was red”, do not place that thought in this category. Even a pause, or inflection of tone, or tentative description should not be in this area. Such as “I think the room was all white” with an inflection and question at the end.

This is why it is so important to speak the experience out loud, even if you are doing this exercise alone.

SMELLS: Sweet, sour, salty, spicy, metallic, fetid, aromatic, pungent, smoky, fragrant, lavender, flowery, minty, clean, fecal, rotten, chemical smells, burnt, acidic, fruity, musty, moldy, rancid, putrid, foul, vanilla, stale, plastic, oily, rubbery, vegetative, chlorine, lemony, cinnamon, pine, sage, rusty, yeasty, muddy, woody, fresh, camphor, ozone, mossy, moist, damp, umami, greasy

TOUCH: metallic, powdery, hard, soft, warm, cold, wet, slippery, abrasive, sticky, spongy, furry, satiny, sharp, bumpy, crinkly, shocking, gritty, quivering, grainy, crumbly, ribbed, smooth, rough, fluffy, foamy, silky, dry, dimpled, stringy, fibrous, slushy, greasy, crispy, ridged, rigid, edged, feathery, dimpled, rhythmic, fissured, cracked, pocked, pitted, tacky, leathery, stony, creamy, chalky, slimy, coarse, rocky, woody, glassy, clammy, sweaty, humid, moist, waxy, sandy, earthy, muddy, velvety, rough, damp

SOUNDS: metallic, rasping, crinkling, treble, bass, high pitched, loud, soft, staccato, rhythmic, shrill, piercing, guttural, beeping, tinny, sizzling, quiet, whoosing, booming, echoing, shuffling, peeping, bubbling, slurping, chirping, rushing, whining, whirring, tinkling, buzzing, ringing, mechanized, whispering, voice sounds, rattling, crunching, sloshing, trickling, brushing, fizzing, gurgling, rubbing, digestive, thundering, rumbling, rushing, roaring, howling, screaming, grating, clicking, murmuring, muffled, chattering, splashing, spiting, splattering, splintering, tweeting, bird sounds, animal sounds, bouncing, tinkling, buckling, popping, purring, coughing, slapping, smacking, gasping, grunting, growling.

VISUALS: smoky, glossy, glassy, the primary and secondary colors, (red, green, brown, etc), colorful, bright, dark, dim, misty, diffuse, clear, transparent, opaque, shining, sparkling, flashing, reflective, dull, glittering, spotted, dotted, speckled, glowing, shimmering, flickering, speckled, aquamarine, glassy, hazy, patterned, stripped, mottled, blurry, matted, highlighted, translucent, fluorescent, glinting, glimmering, phosphorescent, dappled, scintillating, shadowy, shaded, black, white, grey, tan,

TASTES: bitter, metallic, smoky, greasy, rubbery, sweet, salty, sour, umami, fruity, vegetative, acrid, astringent, chemical, rancid, putrid, fresh, bland, spicy, tart, oily, foul, plastic, fishy, creamy, milky, stale, lemony, nutty, citrate, fatty, organic, bloody, meaty, rusty, moldy, minty, muddy, mossy, burnt, yeasty, woody.

DIMENTIONALS: gelatinous, heavy, rounded, aerie, long, short, thin, thick, tall, wide, broad, slim, giant, huge, minute, microscopic, enveloping, striated. Jagged, viscous, massive, dense, sloping, open, deep, shallow, flat, hollow, empty, curving, pointed, peaked, perpendicular, horizontal, vertical, straight, streaked, narrow, steep, sheer, stepped, stacked, lengthy,

7. The analytic information: Any and all visual information. Describe the visual picture and comment if there were any moving parts or motion within the picture. Also describe if it is very sharp, or faint, or vague, or indistinct. Any words, complex descriptions of sounds such as “traffic noises” or “I hear a marching band”. Any complex sensory impressions such as “it tastes like an orange”, or “it looked like an angel”, any and all nouns to describe what you experienced, any times you are confused, any complex perceptions such as floating out of the body, or seeing people or animals, or beings, aliens, all intruding thoughts, such as “this is dumb” and “I am going to the mall later”, any sensory images preceeded by hesitations, umms, “I guess”, “I think”, “maybe”, “sort of”, etc,

8. Any perceptions of love:

9. The aesthetic impact or emotion you had from the experience:  Do not include feelings of love here. This should be fairly short, only a few words, or sentences at most, just the feelings the experience caused in you. For example, cheerful, sad, tearful, out of body, weird, surprised, wary, overwhelmed, tense, apathetic, relaxed, boring, indifferent, energized, hopeless, despair, inspired, aghast, nauseous, floating, light headed, anxious, agitated, shocked, intrigued, impressed, curious, upset, terror, pleased, odd, dizzy, beautiful, amazed, lonely

Don’t include every feeling the experience trigged in you, just the main ones and the feelings that stuck with you.

10. Sense of Time During the Event: Did the experience seem “timeless” or to be in ordinary time, or somewhere in between. Try to estimate exactly how long the experience took in ordinary time.