Experience Description

Without transition, and without pain, I was suddenly standing in a beautiful green wood. It was like jumping right into the middle of a vivid, colorful dream. There was lots of light and sunshine all around, light breezes rustling the leaves. Profound feelings of joy, well-being, happiness, comfort, and love. Before me, a sort of glade in the woods beckoned me towards lighter woods further on. It seemed there was more sunshine down there. The light was not blinding, nor was it white. It was more yellow, like sunshine really is, and the color of the leaves was spring green. There was nobody there, just me. I was curious about going further down the path, but suddenly had a feeling that I had better get out of there. With that feeling, I was back in the Emergency Room. They had coded me, and I had been clinically dead for just a couple minutes.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: July 29, 2004

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack Clinical death Heart attack; heart stopped.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive

Did you feel separated from your body? No

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was very alert.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning I sort of felt I was in a timeless space.

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Just the soft sounds of breezes rustling the leaves.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No

The experience included: Light

Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain Not a focused light - just light permeating everything around me.

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The woods were totally beautiful.

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I think I had a clue I was on the other side.

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 I thought I had better get out of there, even though it was pleasant being there

God, Spiritual and Religion:

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I no longer fear the act of dying.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? No

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain It has been too soon to evaluate that, since I have already been aware of other level connections with family and close friends.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? There was no worst part. I was delighted to have this experience, and also totally grateful to be back alive.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Everyone I talked with about it is very interested and was happy with the delight of my experience. I hope and think they will see death as a pleasant experience when it comes their turn.

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? How can I contribute my experience to the enlightenment of others?

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No, but I should like to know more about other peoples' experiences. I suspect each person has an experience commensurate with his or her belief system. For me, (perceiving God as intelligent and loving Energy,) I think it was significant that I did not see a person, only felt strong connection to the environment I was in.