Beth L FDE

Experience Description

We had those old metal ice cube trays that make the giant cubes with the sharp edges. I made a glass of ice water and somehow one of those giant cubes went straight into my throat and blocked me from breathing. As I was choking and panicking, my life seemed to pass before my eyes going backwards. It was me watching me, like in a movie and one 'still' from that movie still stands out in my head, just a picture of myself at a very young age. I don't know why. Anyway something told me to get some very warm water and try to drink and the cube went down.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1989

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes choking 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'

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 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 Probably during the life review.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Probably during the life review.

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

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? No

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

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? No

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Bewilderment.

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? Everything about the universe

The experience included: Life review

Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control It's been so many years. I only remember that it went backwards very fast and I saw so many things. I just remember thinking, 'Wow you really do see your life flash before your eyes.'

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 Christian

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Christian

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

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told about it probably fifteen years or so after it happened. People were just kind of like 'Wow, that's weird,' but no big deal.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain Just knew of out of body experiences and life review.

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 probably real

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