I was standing in the hallway of my house and started to see little black dots that gradually closed in my field of vision until my heart stopped and I stopped breathing. There was a sudden break in reality and my mind began to dream. I have always been a skeptical person and look for an explanation, for this reason I say that I dreamt. I know that the mind continues to function after death.There was a very intense light; I guess it was due to the dilation of my pupils. I dreamt of a place filled with people that I did not know, although I felt that I had a connection to them. Without speaking, they communicated information, images and strange theories. Dreams are always difficult to understand. I found myself in an incredible state of peace and relaxation. I wanted to stay there with those people that I did not know, but suddenly I found myself in front of a woman that I found familiar but I have not been able to recognize her. She had an authoritative yet sweet way about her. She was the only person that spoke to me using her mouth and gestures. She told me that I could not be there. I soon started to hear distant screaming. I begged to stay in that place but she did not allow me and showed me a path.Soon the screams became louder and closer until I awoke on the floor surrounded by family and nurses. I have never told anyone, including my father who asks me why I said, 'Leave me here, I am very comfortable, please.' I have always been embarrassed or afraid of rejection for telling this story. They have done many medical tests that I do not understand, many wires on my body and heart. They were never able to explain that sudden death. I guess it was just a sudden death episode and nothing else.
Date NDE Occurred: 1998
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No 'tras varios experimentos, escaners y análisis, no han encontrado la explicación, fue una muerte súbita, al instante, sin dolor.' Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I think that at the point where the two realities merged. It was a long time ago and I don't remember very well.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
It was like a 'pause'. The time that I was dreaming was subjectively longer than the time that I was clinically dead.
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. At first my vision darkened while I was still alive. After dying, yes, I felt a bright light. People and things were very solid but blurred slight around my field of vision.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The majority of sounds that I heard were as if in stereo, inside my head, without apparent origin. For some sounds I perceived their origin but they were enveloping sounds.
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 I remember a tunnel. To me it appeared to be a path/tunnel, but I do not remember if I went through it or not.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes There was a lot of people that apparently knew me but I did not know them. They communicated images, ideas, theories and a lot of strange information or information that did not make sense to me; they did so without moving their mouths. Only one woman spoke moving her lips in order to tell me that I could not be there, she was familiar to me but I could not identify her.
The experience included: Darkness
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 After total darkness I saw a point of light that in less than a second took over the entire place in an almost blinding fashion.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Un lugar muy armonioso, donde algunos incluso se podían bañar, había flores, creo que además olían, o supongo que mi mente asi me lo hacía creer.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Relaxation and peace to an extraordinary level, impossible to imagine or explain in words.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? incredible joy
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 I did not experience a life review but I did learn or acquire something that has radically changed my life, but I prefer to keep this to myself. I am also more sensitive, my senses are more developed that of others around me.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future More emotionally sensitive.
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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 prefer not to share it. I can only say that I know I am more sensitive, to the point where I feel the mood of those around me although they may not show it physically. This is the only information that I can share.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I have the ability to connect with people and understand them even if their opinions differ from mine.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes A lot of information that was difficult to understand, especially at that age, also people that I did not know but who knew me.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I am not strange or anything like that, I am more sensitive and it's true that things around me don't seem normal, but I do not want to say more.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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 definately not real I was a girl who thought that everything had been a dream.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably not real I think that it was a dream, created by a mind that is still functioning. I think that the feeling of peace was related to muscular relaxation.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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