It's simple and I guess that is what bothers me because as much as I read it is usually much more dramatic. I know it happened and can still see the man next to my bed in my mind, but I don't know him. I was very ill and in the critical care unit. I was in the hospital about 10 days after an exploratory surgery. They thought it was gall bladder disease prior to the surgery but because of my age and because of a severe back up of bile the doctors could not be certain. It was in fact a diseased gall bladder, which was removed. I was young, lacked much confidence and didn't ask questions. I was in severe pain and fell asleep. I became aware of a man in a grey suit standing next to my bed. He was tall, slim and older. It was not frightening in any way. He very simply said, 'you can come with me now or you can stay'. I knew he meant that I would die if I went with him. It was whatever I chose. I said very quickly, 'I still have a son in diapers I have to stay'. With no time passing whatsoever, I was back in my body and in extreme pain. In my experience, there was no dramatic white light, no angels, and no one who had passed on. It was simple. That is the end of the story. I got well in a normal fashion. Yes, of course I have had many 'hard to explain' experiences before and since, but that is all 'normal' if people are paying attention.
Date NDE Occurred: 1965
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related that is the mystery. Other that is the mystery. I was in ICU but did not tell anyone. It wasn't something anyone spoke of then and so although I have a very clear memory of it...it is just that. No proof...just an experience
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal It was very important and very clear.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While speaking to the man.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
It seemed to happen in a split second: but it was a brief conversation.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I saw the man in the gray suit and his stature.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. It's not like speaking to someone. It just happened. I don't remember his or my mouth in motion. It's a larger experience than just talking to someone if that makes any sense. (I don't mean magnified.)
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? No real emotions except that my children needed me. The experience itself was almost 'business like'.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No I understood my children needed me.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I knew if I said I would go with him that I would not be coming back to take care of my children. I would be 'dead' in the way we understand death. My answer to him was very important.
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 Yes, but to my knowledge I had not died.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian Baptized & confirmed Lutheran, but I practiced some things I had no knowledge of ... but seemed to have religious significance to me.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am open.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Other faiths- Unitarian and other liberal faiths I consider myself to be "spiritual" in orientation
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I hadn't thought of it prior to the experience. I had not read or heard anything. It certainly was not anything going on in 65.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Although I had been privileged to have a resident 'ghost,' that was seen by other people as well, during my childhood. That was 'fun' because there was nothing scary going on. She would just show up sometimes.
I was married at 17 and busy with kids and the usual struggles of youngsters getting married. The incident brought me back to 'thinking' and wondering if there was more. I have attended spiritual events and have a deep belief that there are things we are not aware of most of the time.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No It was just a man, in a suit, talking to me.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God probably exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I knew I had to be there for my children.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I did not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life I am more aware of intuitive issues: healing, spirituality. I really dislike the term 'new age'. It feels kind of 'hippie'. I am very interested and might be described as a seeker of events that would serve to know and understand any after death experiences. That is obviously impossible to prove. Large changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes In that I know it happened and when it happens to others it is real. Not everyone gets to know that much.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Sometimes I am spot-on-the-button when people ask me about things they have lost or what will happen. I was being trained as a teacher in the Silva Method. I had to make a living for me and my children so could not pursue that. I wish I could have. Jose Silva was quite remarkable. I don't remember being able to 'find things' prior to the event.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Not really. It happened. It was real for me. I was not in pain during the brief experience. I hadn't thought of it prior to the experience. I had not read or heard anything. It certainly was not anything going on in 1965.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Rarely. It's not something one should discuss with just anyone. I am a Realtor and most people would like to think I am sane. It is very common that my clients will say a few words that let me to know they are spiritually oriented. I am very careful not to mention the experience except with my best friends.
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
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 don't think so.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It is really long. You might tell people that it will take about 45 min or whatever the average is. Thank you for doing the work you are doing. It is very valuable and allows people, like me to know it's not just me. There are thousands and thousands of us.
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