During a dental procedure there was a bright light that I rose up to and was subsequently fully engulfed by. A very calming male voice told me I had a choice to move on further into the light or stay in my present element. I was looking down and was able to recall the tops of the heads of all the medical personnel in the room. I was briefly considering going further into the light.
The male voice told me that time was running out and that I must give a response, and I did say that I chose to stay because I could withstand my controlling grandmother and did not want to leave my grandfather. I did not immediately awaken, but continued to watch the scene below me for a while. I'm unable to estimate the length of time. The nurses were shaking me, tapping the tops of my hands, and rubbing my arms while the doctor was very loudly yelling for someone to get my grandmother quickly and he kept saying they were losing me.
Being so young, I never repeated this event until I was in my late thirties. I worried that no one could possibly believe my story.
Date NDE Occurred: 1945
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
Unable to be revived while under anesthetic.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal Not sure how to answer this.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Not sure how to answer this.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
In a way, it was as if time stood still, except for the mellow male voice.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Brightness.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. More focused on what was being said.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes Seemingly, I passed into what appeared to be a tunnel of clouds.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The light was very bright.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Beautiful light, ascending.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Freedom and curiosity.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
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? Scenes from the world's future Very accurate and very painful.
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
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I know there is an afterlife and actually, I find it difficult to even consider there is even a possibility there is not life after we die.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Learned early on to be accepting of people.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I had just finished a book regarding the paranormal which reiterated how the spirits did not appreciate being talked about or taken lightly. While explaining this to my husband and laughing about my grandfather's spirit being in the house, in which he had owned and resided, there was a fairly loud thump, as though something had fallen onto the floor. But we could not locate anything out of place.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The significance of there being more than what we experience on earth is comforting now and always has been since childhood.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It was at least a couple of weeks before I tried to tell someone and was told that something just happened to fall in the house. Several years later, I repeated the story and once again, was told that was not possible. I doubt that anyone was influenced by my experience, especially those in academia, scientific or otherwise.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Because there was no reason to doubt this experience.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It is a comfort and sometimes I'll admit to being a little self-assured about a hereafter life.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No