It was winter during school holidays. I was home alone. I ate breakfast and having gotten my little brother’s sled, I went off to sled on the ravine. It was a homemade sled, very heavy, made from metal in the shape of a little chair, with a strong back. The ravine was what we called the large quarry with little hills. Here we went sledding in the winter and the three ponds where we sunbathed and swam in the summer. There were already many children on the hill. Children would go down the hillside, jump on a trampoline, and then go further down the hill. I had been thinking how nice it would be to jump on the trampoline. But everything ended up differently. I jumped on the trampoline, but fell with my spine on the edge of the back of the sled. I wanted to cry out, but only wheezed. A horrible pain went through my whole body and I was seeing stars. My final thought was, 'I won’t survive this pain.' I started to black out, my thoughts became confused, and I thought that I was dying. Suddenly, I felt a large improvement. My thoughts became distinct and clear. I was pulled upward where I saw a bright white light. But the light did not blind me, it was calming and pleasant. I thought, 'What is that? What’s happening to me?' Then I saw myself in a meadow. I sat on the grass and was playing with the grass and flowers. The part of the meadow I was on was separated from another part by a small stream. On the other side was a girl, about 13 years old, sitting and holding a little book. There were four children sitting and listening to her. They briefly looked at me and then continued to do what they were doing. I somehow knew that I had to wait here until my fate: to stay here or to go back was decided. But I wanted to stay. Suddenly I heard someone calling, 'Miss, Miss!' I thought that someone was calling the girl, so I continued to sit there. Then the girl said to me, 'Don’t you hear, they’re calling you. Go back!’ I answered, 'I don’t want to go back. I like it here.' We again heard the call, and the girl said, 'Go back, they’re disrupting us.' 'Fine,' I said, 'I’ll go tell them to stop bothering us and then I’ll come back.' The girl only smiled at my words. I went to the edge of the stream and looked down. I saw myself lying in the snow with my arms thrown wide. At that instant I came to in my body.
Date NDE Occurred: декабрь,1958
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. 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? 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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? My thoughts got mixed up from the strong pain and I started to black-out. The impact freed me from my body and suddenly my thoughts became distinct and clear as never before.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
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? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I did not notice an improvement in vision, but colors seemed brighter there.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I did not notice that my hearing changed.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I saw five unfamiliar children there.
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes When I came out of my body, I saw a bright white light. I was carried directly into it. Then I came to in a bright green field.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place
What emotions did you feel during the experience? It was so peaceful and pleasant there that I didn’t want to return for anything in the world.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
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
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
Did scenes from your past come back to you? I remembered many past events I am sure that it was not a dream and that I was definitely in THAT world. After that event I looked for confirmation of this in print. Now there is more than enough confirmation. Fortunately, God gave me the ability to come out of my body and travel to that world, where I have now been seven times.
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from my personal 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 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? Unaffiliated- Atheist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes My convictions changed as an adult.
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 entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Previously I believed neither in God, nor in a purpose to life. Now everything is in its place. I believe that God exists. That the purpose of life is to do no evil to anyone, and then there will be peace on earth. We will not have to suffer on earth, and then bring punishment on ourselves in the next world for it.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
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.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God does not exist
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
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? No
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? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife does not exist
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes Я была ещё семь раз на том свете и твёрдо уверена ,что жизнь после смерти есть!
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Unknown
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly 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? No
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? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life Large changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I do not know how my remembrance of the experience compares to my remembrance of other life events at time
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I have premonitory dreams. For example, every year I dream about where I will spend my holidays. Also my soul can come out of my body and travel. I have made seven trips to that world and one on Earth in the body of an owl.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? It was very important for me to learn that the soul can separate from the body.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told someone, my husband, about it for the first time after ten years. He said that it was nonsense. Only recently has he started to believe some of it.
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 probably real Because previously, no one had told me that such a thing was possible.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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