I was awakened from a deep sleep by my sister to answer a telephone call. I leaped out of bed in a kind of hyper state and ran down stairs. We had an old-fashioned phone bench, which I knelt on to look out a window while answering the call. I needed to go to the bathroom but my friend kept me on the phone, then I fainted, fell backwards and hit my head on the brass covered foot of the table leg that was behind me.
I was in the dark, but there was no defined space and saw myself standing there. A wonderful feeling of calmness came over me and then I started to walk away very fast, with purpose, into this dark that I could see in perfectly. I knew just where to go. As I watched myself walk away, I remember asking all the pertinent questions I would ask. The questions were answered but I don't know how. I then heard my voice say, 'Come back, Diane, it's not your time.' Then I watched myself turn around and head back the way I started.
I came to sobbing, with my mother and sister yelling my name repeatedly. They told me I fell and hit my head so hard I wasn't breathing and they were slapping my face in panic. I can't tell you how wonderful it felt to be in this place, I was reluctant to come back. Oh, and I forgot all the answers to those questions when I woke up.
Date NDE Occurred: 1964
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Direct head injury. 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 All through it.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? All through it.
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
Time stood still.
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. Brighter clearer vivid.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No noise.
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? Wonderful, right to be doing this.
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
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal none
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? Yes Seemed to have all the answers to questions I asked, but couldn't remember after.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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? I felt a part of it all.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Immediately, they believed me.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It just felt real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Still feels real.
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? Just glad I had it and I am not afraid of death.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No.