Gateway of the Mind


In 1983, a team of deeply pious scientists conducted a radical experiment in an undisclosed facility. The scientists had theorized that a human without access to any senses or ways to perceive stimuli would be able to perceive the presence of God. They believed that the five senses clouded our awareness of eternity, and without them, a human could actually establish contact with God by thought. An elderly man who claimed to have “nothing left to live for” was the only test subject to volunteer. To purge him of all his senses, the scientists performed a complex operation in which every sensory nerve connection to the brain was surgically severed. Although the test subject retained full muscular function, he could not see, hear, taste, smell, or feel. With no possible way to communicate with or even sense the outside world, he was alone with his thoughts.

Scientists monitored him as he spoke aloud about his state of mind in jumbled, slurred sentences that he couldn’t even hear. After four days, the man claimed to be hearing hushed, unintelligible voices in his head. Assuming it was an onset of psychosis, the scientists paid little attention to the man’s concerns.

Two days later, the man cried that he could hear his dead wife speaking with him, and even more, he could communicate back. The scientists were intrigued, but were not convinced until the subject started naming dead relatives of the scientists. He repeated personal information to the scientists that only their dead spouses and parents would have known. At this point, a sizable portion of scientists left the study.

After a week of conversing with the deceased through his thoughts, the subject became distressed, saying the voices were overwhelming. In every waking moment, his consciousness was bombarded by hundreds of voices that refused to leave him alone. He frequently threw himself against the wall, trying to elicit a pain response. He begged the scientists for sedatives, so he could escape the voices by sleeping. This tactic worked for three days, until he started having severe night terrors. The subject repeatedly said that he could see and hear the deceased in his dreams.

Only a day later, the subject began to scream and claw at his non-functional eyes, hoping to sense something in the physical world. The hysterical subject now said the voices of the dead were deafening and hostile, speaking of hell and the end of the world. At one point, he yelled “No heaven, no forgiveness” for five hours straight. He continually begged to be killed, but the scientists were convinced that he was close to establishing contact with God.

After another day, the subject could no longer form coherent sentences. Seemingly mad, he started to bite off chunks of flesh from his arm. The scientists rushed into the test chamber and restrained him to a table so he could not kill himself. After a few hours of being tied down, the subject halted his struggling and screaming. He stared blankly at the ceiling as teardrops silently streaked across his face. For two weeks, the subject had to be manually rehydrated due to the constant crying. Eventually, he turned his head and, despite his blindness, made focused eye contact with a scientist for the first time in the study. He whispered “I have spoken with God, and he has abandoned us” and his vital signs stopped. There was no apparent cause of death.

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  • Commented on April 26, 2013 at 5:08 am

    I decided to try give this a dramatic reading.

  • pj
    Commented on May 8, 2013 at 2:12 am

    it’s good except the part where he runs into a wall and eats his own flesh very similar to The russian sleep experiment

  • Commented on May 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I find this, interesting.

  • Commented on May 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I love this. Great concept and executed perfectly.

  • Commented on June 5, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I take stimulant medication…whhhhyyyy

  • Commented on June 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Nice. This really gave me chills. The concept is intriguing, as well as the resolution.

  • Hum
    Commented on July 23, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Decent in concept, but I can’t help but wonder how one would execute any form of self mutilation without the ability to feel. Considering our awareness of our presence in space is perceived by a combination of touch and both of the two other senses to make up the actual seven–balance and movement–without these measures, it ought to be technically impossible to do anything with any degree of coordination, aside from that which the body could perform using muscle memory, for example perhaps something like walking. Even then, it sounds like something of a stretch, and really detracted from my immersion in the work.

    That and I can’t help but wonder how he could make eye contact with a scientist when two weeks before he had clawed at his eyes in hopes of garnering some sensory response. Perhaps he had not inflicted enough damage to deem eye contact impossible, but it seems like it was meant to be inferred so, as all his other self-aimed attacks proved to be at least somewhat destructive.

    The concept is interesting though, that is something I can go for.

  • Cro
    Commented on August 31, 2013 at 12:51 am

    @hum: dude, youre thinking too hard about this one. yes, i also wonderd how he could throw himself at a wall if he couldnt feel it, but questioning stuff like that is nitpicking and ruins the experience, just go with the flow. arguably, they severd just his “5 senses” and stuff like proprioception remained functioning.

    great story, he last sentence always sends a chill down my spine.

  • Commented on October 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

    I literally cannot peel my eyes from the screen during these types of pastas. This was brilliant.

  • Commented on November 14, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    This is a very delicious pasta! I was very impressed!

  • Commented on November 14, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    And I must scream is what the old man is thinking…

  • Commented on December 12, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    creepy. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not be able to hear, or feel, or see, or anything.

  • Commented on December 20, 2013 at 4:12 am


  • Commented on February 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    this was the first creepy pasta that i have ever read and so far, nothing else has been able to compare to it. i am totally impressed (and horrified) not gonna lie, i cried like a little girl.

  • Commented on March 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Hmm… I found this intoxicating, I loved it.

  • Commented on April 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    i really liked this one. i found it really interseting, there needs to be more cps like this ♥

  • Commented on May 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I like this!

  • Commented on June 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    I read this somewhere else a month back.. In some other forum in comments.. And since then have I been searching for it.. Its more relatable compared to TRSE.. Epic writing.

  • Commented on June 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Oh. This was a good one.

  • Commented on July 14, 2014 at 12:54 am

    I actually thought this was were pretty great.

  • Justin
    Commented on February 21, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    The video, man, in the video his human form changes. Experimentation.

  • Commented on February 24, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    This pasta is by far one of my favourites! Sure, there are some things wrong with this but it’s still interesting. Its quite a thought that’s for sure!

  • Commented on March 23, 2015 at 3:12 am

    I like how its one of those ideas that you over think and wonder about how it feels. Maddening

  • Commented on April 24, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    This last sentence seems to sum up Deism in quite the nutshell. Never noticed it before, but overall great story!

  • Commented on May 2, 2015 at 5:04 am

    This is by far one of the best creepypastas I have read. If you put Oliver de sagasan as the background video if reading this aloud it fits perfectly.

  • Commented on May 12, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I really liked this creepypasta but it’s not on of my favorites, it is really well done though.

  • Commented on June 11, 2015 at 4:42 am

    CreepsMcPasta does a really good reading of this. I remembered it immediately.

  • Commented on June 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    That was awesome! Seemed a bit rushed, but after that, 10/10 breads!

  • Commented on June 27, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Great pasta, well done. Sent me chills, too.

  • Commented on August 15, 2015 at 9:55 am

    the thing that makes it more creepy is that its true this experiment was done in real. i dont know about the things he told in middle part of pasta. but i have read about this and i know that this experiment was conducted in real and those were his last words in real.

  • Commented on October 20, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    that would be crazy and kinda scary being alone WITH DEAD PEOPLE IN YOUR MIND like jeese

  • Commented on December 17, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    I’ve read this story so many times. I come back and reread time to time, and it always has the same chilling affect.

  • Commented on February 19, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Looked up the experiment. My comp froze. D: 8/10

  • may
    Commented on March 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    This was originally shared in 2010. The movie “Martyrs” came out in 2008. Boo.

  • may
    Commented on March 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    This was first posted in 2010. The movie “Martyrs” came out in 2008. “Copy” indeed.

  • Deathpasta
    Commented on March 29, 2016 at 3:39 am

    This was incredibly good but some parts really make me question how the subject could endure all of this without just ripping himself apart

  • Commented on April 8, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    I personally liked this story alot. I am really curious about the cliffhanger thou I think it might be interesting if u could write a second part. I liked ur writing style to hopefully u write more.

  • Commented on April 25, 2016 at 2:50 am

    I blame this story right here for my Creepy Pasta addiction. Fucking love it <3

  • Commented on October 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    this is…one of..
    im just gonna stop and say its pure art
    5/5 DEFINITLY!
    <3ed it!!

  • Commented on November 30, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Omg, my friend told me this! She told it so good, it sounded way scarier. Great pasta. If anyone is interrested, there is another creepypasta about God and heaven on youtube. It’s called “Project Heaven”

  • Commented on January 1, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Great Pasta! Very tasty.

  • Commented on February 11, 2017 at 6:14 am

    One of my absolute favorite pastas!

  • Commented on April 23, 2017 at 3:05 am

    I liked it shortly and straight

  • Commented on April 29, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Amazing short story. Very intriguing read!

  • Commented on June 21, 2017 at 12:34 am

    The touch of psycosis was nice

  • Commented on July 5, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    The old mans last sentence reminds me of “Abandoned by Disney” a lot

  • Commented on August 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Great pasta! It kind of reminds me of the Russian sleep experiment though. This concept makes me think about psychics, maybe they have the capability of blocking out their senses while doing a reading. Overall I rate this a 5/5

  • Commented on October 22, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Nice. Please post more pastas like this, I would rather have a credited copy (or unknown source copy) than the drivel people have been trying to submit

  • RamiGTV
    Commented on December 15, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    I also did a narration on my YouTube channel if you have time go check it out

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