I had a serious liver disease and I was taken to the hospital by my sister. I heard them tell her that I did not have long to live. I saw a priest and nun over me, giving me Last Rites. I went to another place. About as much as I can say about it is that it wasn't our world, although it was in the same location. The presence of Jesus within a mist, or cloud, was all around me. I was told that He had things for me to do. Still in that other world, I was introduced to all the other patients on the floor. When I awoke the next day, I knew everyone's names. They thought I was nuts, or looked like they did, anyway.I was told I had to have a liver transplant. About two to three months later, I was finally placed on the transplant list. That was on Good Friday. I called them the next evening, late, to find out about something. They called me right back and said I had to be at the hospital the very next morning, because they had a liver for me. I received my liver transplant on Easter Sunday.The presence in the hospital of Christ in the misty clouds, and then the timing of the event, the fact that I had my transplant on Easter Sunday, profoundly affected me.I realized later that Christ had been speaking to me all my life. He continues to do so.
Date NDE Occurred: Dec. 2003
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes While still in the other place, I was shown all the other patients, each in their own room, on that floor of the hospital. I was told their names. The next morning when I awoke, I went walking around the ward, greeting them by name.
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 could hear a pin drop in other rooms that were behind closed doors. I can still sense a difference in the way I perceive people, the smells that they have, their thoughts. (While not exactly reading their minds, I sense what they thinking.) My ability to understand is much deeper now.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It's hard to tell what time it was because there was no time in that place.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Incredibly fast
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could see, as if in a picture, people saying words around me, and also in other rooms with the doors closed. I could also hear the nurses at the nurses' station, and it was not even close to me.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear and sense everything. It was amazing.
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
The experience included: Unearthly 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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I was surrounded by a mist, or cloud, that I felt safe in. I had no questions at all.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Love and peace. I had no questions. I later figured out that all questions that we humans have are fear-based.
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
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No I knew we all will have a chance to accept God as He is. I knew we all are His children. I knew that God is much bigger than I can ever explain.
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 my personal future I sensed, and knew, that this world and the next are so close to each other, it's hard to describe. And that everything is going according to God's plan.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Other or several faiths I was raised Christian, but did not practice or believe in the Faith.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes What little faith I had is now like a rock.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I have learned through my experienec is that not to make God as small as my mind. I learned that scientist of the day and religous leaders also make God as small as their minds. They try to catalog God, to make Him fit with concept of Him. That includes most if not us all regarless of occupation.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I now value my relationships with people. Before, the people in my life were used, not really loved.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 I was in the presence of The Christ, who told me I wasn't going to die and that He had work for me to do.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? Yes The Christ.
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes It was a sense that we all were children of the same Father. By the Christ Presence that was with me I knew we were all connected.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? I was uncertain if God exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes It seems as if I've answered this qusetion. God (Christ) exists and I've met with His presence of that I have no doubt.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes My purpose is serve to God. I did not know that before.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes The Universal Christ that was with me in His presence showed me my brothers and sisters as we went around the ward and introduced me to them. I was special and not special at the same time, if that makes any sense.
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I could sense that we all have more to come, from my Companion, The Christ.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Yes It took me awhile to digest it all and am still doing so 7 years after the event. The awareness that I came away with is He loves each of us equally and specifically at the same time. Sometimes when I try to explain it doesn't make any sense. Especially to other people.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes The Christ Presence that surrounded me introduced me to all His love for me and everyone elas on the ward regardless of sex, race or religion.
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I love more, and I care less about what people think of me.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience I can only say this is true to me. It does matter that someone else does not believe me. Others see it differently. I know what I felt where I was and what happened to me. Someone elses idea of what happened does not concern me.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I can sense intent. I can't read a person's mind, but I can sense their intent. This can be good and bad at times, because people's intent can change as they get to know you.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Recognizing the presence of The Christ and the loving, all inclusive emotion that he has for each one of us. He showed me this, and it is very meaningful to me.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes 6-10 months afterwards. Some people thought I may have been hallucinating, some believed me, and some thought I was nuts. As I continue with my life, those who did not believe me are slowly changing their minds. Those who believed to start with, their faith is getting stronger. And some, will never accept that what you went through was real.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had read some about it, but never really thought about it much.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I came home stunned. My life focus was turned upside down. What I had considered was of value, all of a sudden wasn't.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The more I think it about it, the clearer the picture becomes. About 1 1/2 years afterwards, I was told I was going to die within 6 months. The presence of The Christ came again and told me, 'No, I wasn't.' I'm still here. That speaks for itself.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes About 1 1/2 years afterwards, I was told I was going to die. Then Presence came to me again and said I wasn't.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No. Not really. I am still sifting through it after 7 years.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? None at this time.
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