Experience Description

I passed out in car, awoke in an ambulance long enough to give name and address. I went out again. I felt that I was floating on an inner tube on a sun lit lake, completely surrounded by the sparkling reflections - diamond-like. I had a true feeling of peace, contentment, happiness. Then I faintly heard my name being called and a slight sensation of pressure on my chest. Reluctantly I responded and awoke in a hospital emergency room and immediately went out again.

This time I found myself in the apartment I was living in at the time, which was at least sixty miles from the hospital. I was observing my roommates in the living room from my vantage point on the end of the couch, laughing to myself, knowing I could see them but they couldn't see me. Again I heard my name and pressure on my chest, and again reluctantly returned to my body.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: fall 1972

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Accident carbon monoxide leak in car Clinical death

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes Ghost-like form of myself on edge of couch.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? In and out of different realities.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain Completely surrounded by light.

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes My room-mates, but they couldn't see me.

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was sparkling like the sun on water, but completely surrounding me.

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Sun-lit lake.

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

The experience included: Special Knowledge

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

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? 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 Felt I had to respond to my name, even though I didn't want to.

God, Spiritual and Religion:

What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal raised catholic

What is your religion now? Liberal belief in god, not organized religion

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Now have no fear of death.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes True feeling of happiness.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain Have had subsequent experiences with others near death.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Best was experiencing it; worst was having to come back.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Most like the story.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain