I was one of the first open-heart surgery cases. I remember rising out of my bed and seeing myself lying there. There was no noise and no sense of time. I didn't understanding why I was above myself and seeing myself lying there. I felt like I was in limbo. I also felt like this was such a very peaceful existence that I didn't want to go back. I remember an impression, not a voice, that communicated, 'There is something you have to do yet.' I was being gently, but firmly, pushed back. I remember almost everything exactly as it happened 48 years ago. I saw no angels, people, or relatives. I believe the impression was from 'God.' I had never had this type of experience before. I remember everything very vividly even though it was years ago. I will never forget the experience and it did affirm my faith in a higher being.
Date NDE Occurred: 1967
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related.
Experience associated with other S/P open-heart surgery
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain See Experience
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? I thought I was awake
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I thought I was awake
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. None
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Mixed
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe My body was in limbo, hovering over my body on the hospital bed. I saw myself lying there. All I know it was an impression, not a voice; there is something I have to do yet.
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? No
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 I was gently but firmly pushed back; I did not understand.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe there is a higher being.
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life
After the NDE:
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? 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? Not understanding
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Most people believed me, though at first I was reluctant to share my experience.
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? Nothing has changed.