I had a very high temperature as a result of having Scarlet Fever. I went above my body and could see through the walls. I was in the hospital at the time, and could see the nurses in their canteen. They were saying how sick I was and were eating my pears, as I would not need them. I love pears, and my mother could not normally afford them, but had bought them for a special treat. I then went to my home and saw my mother and father getting ready to come to the hospital to see me. I tried to tell them about the pears, but they couldn't see me.
I recall feeling very peaceful and quite interested in everything that was going on around my earthly body, but enjoyed floating and being able to go where I wished.
I didn't want to go back into my body. I remember floating directly above my body - there was nobody else in the room - and I had to make the decision whether to go back or not. I obviously decided to go back, but I don't know why.
I don't know what happened next.
Date NDE Occurred: 1960
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes very high temperature due to Scarlet Fever 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was later told that I had nearly died.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
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? Normal consciousness and alertness All of it.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? All of it.
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
There didn't seem to be any time as such. It seemed like everything was everywhere at the same time. There was no dimension of time. I could be at two places at the same time.
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. I could see everywhere and through walls.
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? Uncertain As it was so long ago, I can't remember.
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? Uncertain
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, curiosity, anger at the nurses for eating my pears. Worry that my parents would not arrive in time.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Strong Roman Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Roman Catholic
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I always felt unloved as a child, but the episode with the pears changed my mind and showed me that my parents, particularly my mother, loved me very much.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my mother at the time and she was very skeptical. She had to acknowledge that I knew about the dress she was wearing at home and couldn't explain how I knew. She also confirmed that my pears were mysteriously missing. She told me not to tell anybody else as they would think I was mad.
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 It was definitely real, but unexplainable. Even now, almost fifty years later, I can remember as clearly as when it happened. As I haven't mentioned it to many people over the years, many other details have probably been forgotten, but the main part is clear as day.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I have also head of other similar experiences from other people.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I am so glad to be able to be part of a survey, as for years I was told maybe I imagined it, but I know it was real.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It was great, thanks.