We had a clothes dryer with a short in it. My mother knew about it and told me to stand on a 2 x 4 to put clothes in or remove clothes from the dryer. One day my sister-in-law was visiting. She wanted to water pants and asked me to plug in the pump to the well. To do that, I had to sit on the washing machine and reach behind the clothes dryer. I made contact with the dryer with my left forearm. I remember my whole body going rigid and screaming, but nothing came out. Then there was blackness. I was floating in the blackness heading somewhere. I was happy to be there. It was peaceful, calm, and quiet. I felt as if I knew all the secrets to the universe. Then there was a pounding on my chest, a man yelling, and my sister in law crying. I was really angry to be back in my own body. I knew my mother was going to kill me because the police were there and now she'd have to pay to get the dryer fixed. The police officer who gave me CPR was actually the man for whom I was going to babysit that night. My sister-in-law found me on the washer, glued to the dryer, eyes open, not breathing. She dragged me off the machine with a broomstick and the police officer arrived to pick me up to go babysit for him. He saved my life, but I wasn't feeling very grateful at the time!
Date NDE Occurred: 1966
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I was electrocuted.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
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? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was at my highest level of in the darkness, floating, when I knew the secrets of the universe.
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. I didn't need to see with my eyes. I saw with my mind.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was absolute silence, pure peace and quiet.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Darkness
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 I felt like I was home.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt happy there. I was not afraid.
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
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
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? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant My mother was a holy roller. An abusive one who used God as her excuse to beat me.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Jewish
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience Daily, I was told God hated because I was a sinner, I should have been an abortion, I was worthless, etc. I felt none of these things when I was over there. Instead, I felt completely at one with the universe, at peace, and happy.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I knew my mother was a liar.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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? Yes I knew everything when I was there. I was connected to every event.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? I was uncertain if God 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 definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes I knew everything when I was there. I was connected to every event
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are not meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes I knew everything when I was there. I was connected to every event
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 definitely exists Yes I knew I was dead, but still lived on. I was unafraid of the next level.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly 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 I was an abused child. For the first time in my life, I felt no fear of being abused. I was happy, at peace, I knew I was safe. That was love to me.
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 have precognitive dreams, psychic experiences and connections, and I hear ghosts.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes When I turned 18, I left home and did not return for many years. I wasn't afraid to be out on my own anymore.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The floating was like a warm bath, only better. I was bathed in KNOWINGNESS.
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 as accurately as 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 I have precognitive dreams, psychic experiences and connections, and I hear ghosts.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The floating peaceful feeling was the best feeling ever.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
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
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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