I had taken a herbal supplement for the first time, recommended by a naturopath.
Within a couple of minutes, I knew something was wrong.
I was helping my mother who had fallen and had a suspected broken wrist. I did not want to alarm her so I did not tell her my full concerns about how I was feeling. I have always believed that the body is an amazing thing. It somehow kept me going until I was in an environment that was safe for me - hospital, three hours later.
During this approximate three-hour period, my main concern was not to worry my mother, who is very good at this. I'd seen a doctor who had advised that I go to hospital as I was having an allergic reaction and I should be observed. When I arrived at the hospital, I was taken straight into the acute section.
I remember getting into a gown; I remember questions, machines being hooked up, and the sound of the heart monitor. I remember my right hand trying to pull the adrenalin mask off my face and a nurse with my left arm and me having to use every ounce of strength, will power, determination, whatever it was, just to get the words 'not good' out. I remember thinking that I was falling, to the right, apparently I was lying down the whole time. I remember hearing someone say, 'Get the mother, now.' I remember hearing my mother say, 'Oh, my God.' I remember knowing that my mother was holding my hand but I don't remember physically feeling her hand.
I remember the sensation of being pulled backwards, not lying down; I was in a sitting position. Everything around me was a hazy grey, like thick grey fog but with a bright white light in the distance, at the top ('top' being the only way I can describe it) shinning down and through the fog.
There were no sounds. There was also no more fear, no more pain, I wasn't terrified anymore. It was peace, it was my nirvana and I was happy to be there. I have never felt anything like it. I can still feel that feeling today.
And then I was back.
Date NDE Occurred: August 3 2001
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Allergic reaction Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I did not see my body from a distance. I felt my whole body move.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? One hundred percent.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? What is time?
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain There were no walls as such.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes Bright white light as stated above.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The experience was beautiful.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe The experience was special.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control That family, true friends and health are what truly matter.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain There is another dimension.
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The way it's changed my life, the way I feel, think.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I don't share it with everyone. Some look at me strangely, some have cried, one was jealous. I have lost friends.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No