Experience Description

When I was ten years old I had tear-duct surgery. The operation normally is straightforward and was supposed to take two hours. In the end, it lasted six hours. When I came to, I was told only that there had been complications.

All I could think about was what I'd just been through. Briefly: once asleep on the operating table I remember a very bright light dazzling me. Never, at any time, was I afraid of what was happening!! I was drawn to the light so I moved forward, but I wasn't walking I was floating!! Once at the end of this light I found myself in a huge field with flowers and birds everywhere and a little stream with a bridge over it where a man in a long white robe was sitting. He smiled at me.

Near a tree, a young woman dressed the same as the man beckoned me closer I remember the way she stroked my hair, it was as if we'd always known each other. We never spoke a word but I was able to hear or understand, I can't explain, that I had to return below, that I had many things to do before coming back.

I listened to her and I woke up!! That great warmth and gentleness that I felt above followed me for a few months afterward. It was wonderful!! Then nothing.

I told the story to everyone when I woke up, but I was ignored. Was it a dream, I don't think so. It was too powerful.

It was as though the Light was a person.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1992

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Surgery-related 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' Life-threatening, maybe not, but my family life with my parents was rough.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

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 When the young woman spoke to me.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When the young woman spoke to me.

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

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I had the impression of seeing everything at once without turning my head.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I wasn't speaking at all.

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? Yes

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

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Le champ

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

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

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 'J'avais fait ma 1ère communion mais ne souhaitais pas faire la deuxième, à cet âge là je ne m'intéressais pas du tout à tout ça.'

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I believe in God.

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I believe in God.

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? Yes Because it took me a long time to analyze it and put it into words.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I feel things but I can't explain it.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My husband.

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

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

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