I went out of my body. Saw the doctors around working on me during surgery. I went through a tunnel really fast. I was in a wonderful light. I saw a bridge. Across the bridge were people I knew who had died, like my father who had died less than a year before this. He was so happy to see me and said, 'Hi Mija.' There was light around them. Other family members were all smiling at me. He was so proud for them to see me. I was happy to be there. Then after a while, a voice said I had to go back. It wasn't my time. I had things to do. My dad's face dropped. He looked sad. I said I didn't want to go back. I was crying. Then like an instant. I went back through the tunnel and I was back in my body.
Date NDE Occurred: 1978
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness. Surgery-related Other during surgery of blood clot in my head. I was in surgery with a blood clot in my head.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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 I felt love and warmth around me.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was with those I recognized.
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 Time went so fast.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? The colors were so beautiful.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I don't think so.
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 The colors were so pretty, and I went through it so fast.
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 On the bridge were my family some I didn't recognize.
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 It felt warm.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Loved and happy to be there.
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
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control I learned that those who died around me went to a better place and were okay.
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? Moderate Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I know God is real.
What is your religion now? Moderate Christian
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I know God is real.
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? Yes I can feel if a person is good or bad.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes How good it felt to be in the light.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I feel like I can sense dead spirits around me sometimes.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I saw my dad was okay. And I always wonder what it is I was supposed to do.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I never tell anyone this as an adult. Recently my cousin told me that I had told my mom when I woke up after the surgery - that I told her I saw her mother. And I guess she told her family. But it was never discussed with me.
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 felt a sense of peace.
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