I suddenly became very sick. My mother took me to my grandmother’s house, which was nearby. When we got in her front yard, I heard a loud buzzing in my ear that got louder and louder, and then I fainted. I felt fine again, no longer sick. In fact, I felt wonderful. I never knew what happiness was before that moment. The joy was unbelievable. Then I became aware of a disturbance below me: my step-grandfather slapping my face, trying to revive me. My grandmother was hysterically screaming, ‘she's dead, she's dead!’ My mother began to shake me, screaming, ‘she's not dead!’ All the while this was going on, I felt at peace. It was as if I was separated from them and in my own little la-la land, but yet I was aware of what was happening. It was like the bible says, ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory’. Their agony and grief did not disturb my peace. I stopped paying attention to them for a while. I just looked around. Everything looked beautiful. All of a sudden, I felt a thud. I felt so sick again. I felt very angry that they made me come back.
Date NDE Occurred: 1971
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Illness 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
Unconsciousness due to illness.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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 It was a complete flip-flop. I was shy and depressed. During the experience, I understood everything was wonderful and good.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I left my body
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Everything was very vivid. Color was brighter
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Their voices of distress did not bother me. Almost like selective hearing or feeling.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
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
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Great joy
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 no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others I felt I was one with everything. Nothing could hurt me. Nothing was wrong.
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? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic was not attending any church services at the time
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am more open- minded. I respect all religions. I do not belong to any one church belief.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Religious unaffiliated
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 I never believed I could feel such love and peace at the same time.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes No fear of death. I know there is love and joy awaiting me.
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? Uncertain Only a feeling of belonging, connecting.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Uncertain Just a feeling of love coming from somewhere. I knew it was all ok. There must be a god. There was no end
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 would be alright if I died. I had always been afraid of death before then. I had a feeling of love coming from somewhere. I knew it was all okay. There must be a god. There was no end. I had a feeling of belonging and connecting.
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 Only thing that mattered was love.
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 everything would be alright if I died. I had always been afraid of death before then,
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? Slightly 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? Yes Only love matters. No other feelings.
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 Everthing was love.
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 do not fear death. I look forward to it. No, I long for it. Large changes in my life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
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 more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience It has remained vivid in my mind. I will never forget it.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Sometimes I just know things are going to happen.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No fear of death. I know there is love and joy awaiting me.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I was sick for 3 days after the experience. When I was well, I told my mother. She said I was out of it and just dreamed it.
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 probably real I knew what I felt, but I did not know what a NDE was until I read about it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real After I read in a magazine about NDEs, I knew that's what happened.
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? Only love matters. No other feelings. I feel all silly, negative feelings don't matter on the other side. I never believed I could feel such love and peace at the same time. It has remained vivid in my mind. I will never forget it.
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