Experience Description

I remember the intense feeling I get when I lose consciousness (pressure in the chest and head). Then it was black. After that, I saw myself being lost in a kind of dark-brown cave; I was dressed in a white long-sleeve dress (very old-fashioned). There were about five doors or exits in this cave - three ahead of me and two behind me. A male voice was telling me to choose either one of the three doors in front of me, and that I should definitely not take one of the two other doors. After following his advice I started gaining consciousness; I also started to hear my mother talking to the paramedics.

The feelings I had afterwards were astonishment and confusion; I didn't know whether I was alive or dead.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: March 9, 2004

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Heart attack loss of consciousness, convulsions, brief cardiac arrest due to congenital heart condition Clinical death Brief cardiac arrest during loss of consciousness and seizure.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

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 can remember it very well.

Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I heard a deep male voice.

Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No

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

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? I was frightened.

Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No

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 could have chosen any of the five doors.

God, Spiritual and Religion:

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs 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 know now that death is not painful.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes They told me that it was right to talk about it.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No