I am a type 1 diabetic and my blood sugar was extremely high. I was incoherent. My dad took me to the emergency room. It was determined that I had an infection from a foot blister that my body went in to ketoacidosis. I didn't really know what they were doing to me in the emergency room. My dad was next to the bed and holding my hand. I remember hearing him praying aloud while the doctors were working on reviving me. But, I didn't really know what was happening.
I saw a beautiful bright light and was in a cloud. I was looking down at myself, my crying dad who was praying and holding my hand, my mom sitting on a chair and the doctors/nurses working on me. I hovered above my body for quite a while. I saw a bright light and a person. I think it was Jesus because he looked like the typical picture of him with long hair, etc. I not sure how to describe what happened next, but it wa like a cloud was back on the table and taking a breath. The cloud-like bright light, hovering feeling was gone. I felt a sense of relief come from the doctors/nursing working on me, my dad, and my mom. I was not frightened at all or scared. I felt very peaceful.
Date NDE Occurred: 1983?
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening.
Not sure, I had an infection that caused type 1 diabetic ketoacidosis
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? Yes I was told that they thought they 'lost me'.
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 about the same
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I think I was unconscious from the doctors point of view, but I was hovering above myself. In the hover state, I felt wide awake while looking at my unconscious body below.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. On the hospital bed, my vision was blurry. When I was hovering, I could see everything but in a bit of a fog or a cloud.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear noises when I was on the table but not really the words.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain Not sure how I got back into my body after I was hovering.
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: Unearthly 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 It was a bright light but I couldn't touch it.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? all pleasant; serene, peaceful, joy and I kept trying to tell my parents that it was OK and that I was fine.
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
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? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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.)? Yes. I saw Jesus in a white robe
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes Again, I wasn't frightened and the light was welcoming.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes I felt peace and I wasn't scared to 'die'.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are 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? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists. Yes I saw Jesus so my awareness was that I could have gone to another 'place'
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not 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? Yes Just a feeling of love, stronger than I have with my parents and I know they love me 'more than life itself'
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared with my parents as soon as I was able; I share with others over the years when it seems like the right time.
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. I thought it was real and that God was not ready to take me yet and every day is a gift because we never know when our number may be up.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. We can't always explain who dies and when.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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