I was at the dentist and he asked if I had ever tried gas while my teeth were being fixed. I hadn't so he said, 'Let's give it a try.' The nurse put the blood pressure cuff on, checked it then turned on the gas. It should be noted that I had always had a very low blood pressure reading. It was low that day as well as I asked her for the reading. (80 over 60).
All of a sudden, everything was black then I saw a light like a multiple shinning radiant glowing of indescribable brilliance and I was being whisked down a tunnel at an incredible speed. There were people outside of this tunnel all along reaching out seeming to want to touch me. They were communicating with each other like a mental chatter, I couldn't recognize any of them yet they seemed familiar, like they knew me. They were like faceless figures. I was not afraid to go forward but all I could think of was no, no I need to go back to be with my children, they are too young for me to leave them, please, please, I need to go back. I kept saying my children, my children, even though I would like to stay. I didn't say it with words it was with my mind.
All of a sudden I was affirmed with I understand, you can go back, and my body was racing backwards through this tunnel so fast that the figures were a blur. The next thing I remember is I could hear the nurse saying I have a pulse and pressure now. I was so weak after I had to lie in the chair for about a half an hour before I could get up. When I got to my car I stayed in it laying my head back for another fifteen minutes before I could drive home I felt so weak. I wanted to tell someone but have waited all these years.
Date NDE Occurred: circa 1972
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No very sad and under much stain Other 'In Dentists chair, using nitrous oxide, was monitored, couldn't get blood pressure for about 3 minutes'.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal When I cried out my children, my Children, I was most alert.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I cried out my children, my Children, I was most alert.
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 your vision differ in any way from normal? The brightness of the light.
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? Yes Like a funnel narrowing to the light.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 Faceless figures on each side of the funnel. I seemed to know them but couldn't identify anyone. They seemed to be communicating with each or without words. Like a chatter one would hear in a gathering.
The experience included: Darkness
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 Incredible brightness I have never seen anything to compare it.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? One of trust, and incredible love and joy until I thought about my children.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? 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
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal Community of Christ
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal Community of Christ
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? Yes I didn't tell anyone because I wasn't sure what happened and I also felt if I did they would not understand.
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? I felt listened to. I felt great love. I have never, ever feared death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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. After hearing others at this present time with similar experiences I feel more like sharing. Never shared earlier.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It has never left me and I have never denied it to myself. It was like it happened yesterday.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I heard Jeffery Long on 'Coast to Coast AM' radio show and the programs information prompted me to respond by writing this letter because he said he had never hear of someone wanting to return back.