Experience Description

I went to the doctor's office after an interview at the University of Brasilia for the master's program. The interview took close to thirty minutes. I was a little nervous. When I got to the doctor's office for a follow-up to a plastic surgery I had done thirty days ago, I didn't feel well and I told the doctor. I was lying down and he had opened my blouse. As soon as I told the doctor I wasn't feeling well I started to feel nauseous. All of a sudden, I saw myself walking in a large brightly lit hallway; it was lit with a light that was brighter than I'd ever seen before. I felt well, very light and I observed that there were many doors. Everything was extremely clean, white and extraordinarily bright.

I stopped in front of one door that was open. I held the doorway and when I looked to the right, there was a man dressed like an astronaut but dressed all in white. On the part that covered the face, he had on a type of silvery cloth. The man looked at me through this sort of helmet and said nothing.

Then still holding on to the doorway I stuck my head in a little further through the doorway and I admired a tunnel I saw that descended downwards, looking sort of like a toboggan slide. At that instant, I heard someone call me, sounding a little upset, telling me not to enter. It was another man, dressed the same way as the first man but he was black and standing there mute. I had generally always liked a little controversy and arguing but I told him that I felt so good in that place and that I wouldn't argue with him and I would leave.

I left the doorway and I turned my back to the two of them. I heard the black man tell the white man that there had been a mistake, that it wasn't my time, that he had make a mistake or something like that. I didn't care and I turned my back in the opposite direction to where I had entered in that large hallway. I also had an urge to argue with the two men.

I then awoke from passing out in the doctor's office, receiving oxygen. The doctor was pallid, sweating, and administering first-aid. To me it seemed as if a lot of time had passed but the doctor said it had only been a few minutes. He said that my body had suddenly contorted and he had decided to treat it as a heart attack or a cerebral vascular accident. I didn't care much for the sensation of having returned because the sensation of peace and happiness I felt there had disappeared. I also felt as if my body was extremely heavy while in the hallway I was so light.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 08/12/1999

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-related Other Desmaio em um consultório médico, revisão, após 30 dias de uma cirurgia plástica. Foi, até hoje, a primeira e única vez que desmaiei, sendo que já fui submetida a várias intervenções cirúrgicas como cesariana, com anestesia geral, retirada da vesícula por motivo de pólipo, etc.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

Did you feel separated from your body? No

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole time.

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 After I came to I felt as if an enormous amount of time had passed but according to the doctor only a few minutes had elapsed.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

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 I arrived at a door, I stuck in my head and one foot but I was prohibited verbally to continue to enter.

Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain Two men, very human with astronaut like clothing, one white and one black. They appeared at the side of the doorway as I began to enter. The black man began to argue with me. He began arguing with the other man saying that there had been a mistake.

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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Um plano limpo, iluminadíssimo, tranquilo.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Lightness, well-being, happiness, immense curiosity and a little bit of anger.

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

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 Another thing happened of which I try to not wish for anything else to happen.

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? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I try to be a better human being, more ethical, more of a dreamer and I a thinker.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain Describing the two men present, their clothes and as if they were directly addressing me.

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 Until today I have a hard time relating this story. People distrust these types of stories.

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 probably real.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No