Experience Description

I was playing with two friends. We were on a back porch. There was a metal rail around the porch. It had just rained and everything was wet. They had an old-fashioned window air-conditioning unit sticking out the back window of their kitchen. There was a rusty metal bar coming from the back of this unit. I jumped up to sit on the metal railing and I reached over and grabbed the metal bar from the unit. It shocked me, I started vibrating, and I couldn't let go.

During this time, really probably only a matter of seconds, I left my body. I do not remember a tunnel or light, (I wish I could be hypnotized now to see if I did experience something like this) but I did experience a 'life review'. I was in a room and there was like a giant wheel, or TV screen and it showed every second of my life, the good and the bad things. I don't remember much of anything else. Then my friend touched me, and when she did, it broke the electric shock. My arm was numb and sore for a few days.

This was the entire experience. The unusual thing about this was I didn't know what had happened to me and had not even heard of this until college. I've been reading on and off about near-death experiences ever since.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1964

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Accident Life threatening event, but not clinical death It was an electric shock, so I do not know how powerful it was.

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
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 It was almost like vivid dreaming.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I really don't remember.

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 Well, I was in the other place apparently only seconds, yet my whole ten years, EVERY EVENT, I saw clearly in detail. Time was just different.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I don't remember.

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? Uncertain I'm not sure, seems as if there was somebody in the big room with me.

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? I don't remember pleasurable ones, if anything I remember being upset seeing the negatives of my life.

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

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 (Methodist)

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Basically same

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 was young and did not understand what had happened to me until many years later - college age. I read about near-death experiences. For years after that I did not know I had a life review, until I read about someone else's, then it was like, 'Wow, yes, that's what happened to me!' It was exciting.

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've answered this, only that I was bothered by the negative things I saw.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Not at the time. Lately, I've only told about five people. They listen like they want to believe me, I'm not sure they do.

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. I don't remember how I felt right afterwards because I didn't know what it was. I thought it was a dream.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It's been too long, but I do still remember it happening. It was real.

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? Much too long.