Experience Description

I was going down on the elevator at home, with my dad, headed to the hospital in order to be readmitted. The last thing I can recall is that I passed out (fainted) and that I was falling to the floor. The next thing I saw was a vast, large room, with plain walls, that initially seemed to be very dark; but, when I watched it more carefully/thoroughly, I thought it was all black.

There was a big distance in between the side walls, I couldn’t see any ceiling; If there was any, it seemed that it was very distant, because nothing could be noticed in that full darkness. The ground/floor had no inclination/slope, no tiles or stairs could be seen.

In front of me, there was this big black door, massive and open. It had no frame or hinges and a very clear light came from there, but it reached me in a diffused way. I thought this was due to the big distance to the door. I remained there for a while, thinking about my next move and started moving towards the light. I knew inside me that if I crossed that light I would never come back. I do not know how to explain this, since it never crossed my mind neither my past life nor my relatives left behind.

When reaching the door, scarcely two steps to cross it, I heard a voice that came from behind, from a long distance. And I recognized it as my mother’s voice. She was asking me to come back. Automatically, without hesitation, even unconsciously, I turned around; to the place, I came from and turned around in my body.

That precise moment, headed to the hospital, I woke up in the ambulance. This was a short experience for me, as if only it had taken two minutes. However, I guess that it took longer since I was already in the ambulance and accompanied by my mother, instead of my father.

After my stay in the hospital, a nurse - a neighbor of mine - confirmed that I had no pulse when I fell down in the elevator and that she called the ambulance. I did not tell my experience to anybody, since I have always been pretty realistic and skeptical on these matters.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 23 Febrero 2001

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Problemas ginécológicos por los que estuve ingresada una semana antes de la experiencia. Clinical death Paro respiratorio debido a una hemorragia grave.I was having a heart attack.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I experienced a kind of withdrawal, as if somebody had sucked me out of my body. I found myself in the tunnel. I do not think this can be considered as an extra-corporeal experience or out-of-the-body experience.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I remained fully alert and conscious, with no other stimuli, thought or souvenir that would interfere with my attention about what was going on.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Not during the NDE, but when I woke up and realized that it took longer then what I thought.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I already described the tunnel or vast room. I cannot define it since I could not see the ceiling.

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

The experience included: Void

The experience included: Darkness

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The light came from the open door, pretty intense at the beginning and reached me in a diffused way, foggy.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

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? No

The experience included: Boundary

Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I did not pass the door, I got stopped just right then. I had the feeling, I was aware, that if I passed the door I would never be back.

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 I think I came back when I turned round and stared at the tunnel; if anything made me come back, that was my mum’s voice. She said it to me in the ambulance, but I heard her from the massive tunnel or room.

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate Ninguna

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Ninguna

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain Now I believe that death is only a transit we have to go through and I feel less scared than in the past. Otherwise, my ideas have not changed at all.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was a weird feeling, wide - in order to explain - and my return was all of a sudden and harsh/rough; it was like if I had been thrown away from there, although I am of the impression that I got out when turning round and watching towards the tunnel.

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? There was no best or worst part.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes With a university teacher of Theology who was teaching 'Death in the history of religions'. I told it to him in his office and our chat was recorded, as part of his own investigation. I did not tell anybody else.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No

Did the questions asked and information that you provided accurately and comprehensively describe your experience? Uncertain