Experience Description

For reasons I can't explain at this moment, I had attempted suicide at the age of nineteen. I had taken sleeping pills in my home. I became unconscious. Someone found me and took me to the emergency room. I don't know at what point in time this experience occurred while I was in the hospital seeing that I was unconscious for a week and wasn't exactly looking at a calendar. At some point during this time I remember (this is the only thing I remember clearly) floating in my hospital room looking down from above at my body in the hospital bed. It's as if I was lying on top of my unconscious body - head to head, toe to toe, just not touching it and floating in the air. I didn't know if my body was dead or unconscious. There was nobody else in the room and I clearly remember saying, 'Wow. I'm really dead,' but no real words would come out, it was just thoughts. I seriously thought it was all over. You can imagine how surprised I was to wake up still in the hospital bed with people all around me. I'd like to talk to someone else who has had a similar experience. This is remarkable to me. No one here believes me though.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 2007

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Suicide attempt 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' Unconscious from overdose of 100 sleeping pills. I had tried to commit suicide.

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? Normal consciousness and alertness The whole time.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole time.

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 hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. But my ability to speak was gone.

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? No

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 felt safe, peaceful, scared, confused, all at the same time.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

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

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 unenvolved Baptist Christian

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal 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? No This experience was very short, simple, and clear.

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? No, it was a very short experience. All of it was pretty significant.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my boyfriend (now husband) two days after I became conscious. He asked, 'Really?' And he never spoke of it again. I don't think he believed me. I told my mother also, she believed me. It was very emotional for both of us.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Uncertain I was always curious, never thought it would happen to me.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I knew it was real, I had no doubt in my mind.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I still know it was real.

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