I was five years old and had pneumonia. I knew I was really sick when dad slept on the sofa and I slept in his bed with my mother. I don't know if I died in my sleep that night or not, all I can tell you is what happened.
I became aware and found myself being drawn to a light. It was a huge golden sphere. Absolutely perfect. No variance in color, shading, or brightness. No blemish of any kind. I was afraid but as soon as the fear entered my consciousness, I received a communication. I heard a voice say, 'Do not be afraid, you will not be harmed. Do not approach any closer for you will not survive. The golden orb is a shield protecting you from my presence.' I not only heard it, I saw the words appear on a blackboard in my mind, and the pronunciation and meaning of the letters and words was revealed to me. I was five years old and I understood perfectly every word that was spoken to me. I sensed that the orb was absolutely perfect in every way. It had never had an evil or bad thought. It had never made a mistake in judgment. It had never taken an incorrect action. It existed in a state where it was simply not possible for it to be anything but perfect in all ways.
Suddenly it spoke etc., to me again saying, 'It is not yet your time, you must return. But, before you go, I wish to tell you three things. Practice these things for you will use them in my service when you return to me.' It was revealed to me that the order of the three things were by importance, the first being the most important. The voice went on to say, 'First, acquire knowledge for you will use it to better serve me. Second, learn to love for you will need to love to serve me. And third, do good works so that you may better do them in my name.' With that I felt myself being drawn back to my body and woke up the next morning felling much better.
Date NDE Occurred: 1955
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Illness Other Pneumonia
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain I lost awareness of my body
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 The meaning of words was being revealed to me even as I heard them. I wasn't even in kindergarten yet but I knew what 'acquire' and 'knowledge' meant, how to pronounce them, and even how to spell them. I knew what was meant by 'do good works'.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? After being told not to be afraid.
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
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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? Yes It seemed to be a tunnel of misty darkness.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain In the beginning of the experience, while still in the misty dark tunnel, I felt the presence of others. It was as if they were there to guide me but were reluctant to do so.
The experience included: 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 I saw what I knew to be an absolutely perfect golden orb.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Fear, awe, peace, love.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes The surface of the sphere was a shield protecting me from being in his presence. I knew that if I touched or entered the sphere I would die. More than die, my soul itself would be destroyed. The energy that is what made me alive would be utterly destroyed and it would be as if my life force had never existed.
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? Moderate None, I was 5 years old.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Agnostic
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 The meaning of words were revealed to me.
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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
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. Being so young it did not seem real. It was years later before I knew it was impossible for a five year old to simply imagine something so profound that it became real for me.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. I now know that this is not something a five year old dreams up.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No