The event happened the moment they gave me anaesthesia for an operation. On administering the anaesthesia for a spinal block, I felt a strong blow towards the back of my head. I saw myself floating through a type of misty tunnel with an intense white light at the end. I felt absolutely nothing; no fear, no happiness, no anxiety, nothing. I just floating like a piece of paper. Also while floating, I saw a green-colored tunic that the doctor was wearing. I saw myself wearing a blue cap. I had never seen the blue cap before because it had been moved to behind my head. While I went through the tunnel a series of hands tried to grab me without success. I kept advancing towards the light at the end of the tunnel. I was almost there when one of the hands dragged me back to my body. It was at this moment that I opened my eyes on the operating table, seeing various faces above me. They were the same that I had seen when I was floating. It was as if I had been suspended from the roof. The Mexican lead of the surgery team, asked me 'Where were you?' I told him what had happened. They were shocked by the details that I gave them like the colour of the hat and that I had been able to see them treating and reviving me. I was describing the scene from the position where there had been a giant clock in the room. Everything was very strange and I didn't associate it with a near death experience until some time later. I knew that I had had respiratory arrest and that they had given me respiratory assistance by means of intubation. They asked me lots of questions of a diagnostic type to find out whether there had been any sort of neurological damage like lack of oxygen to the brain. After the surgery, I had a lot of special care, but then nothing more. This has changed my life forever. It made me realise how fragile we are, and how everything can change in seconds with the possibilty of not reaching our culmination for some unknown reason. During this period, I had two little boys. I needed to be here for them. Maybe this is what made me come back. I will never know.
Date NDE Occurred: 1977
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No. Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) Total estado de inconsciencia
Respiratory arrest during childbirth.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No See Experience
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I started to open my eyes. It is impossible to describe whether the feeling was like that of a dream or a film. It was part of something that I do not know which it is.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. The same.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The same.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Void
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? None, I felt absolutely normal.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
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
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic No asocié el evento dentro de ningún marco religioso. Solo sucedió y no tenia ningun conocimiento previo. Solo a partir de eso decidi aveiguar mas sobre lo q me habia sucedido.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic No asocié el evento dentro de ningún marco religioso. Solo sucedió y no tenia ningun conocimiento previo. Solo a partir de eso decidi aveiguar mas sobre lo q me habia sucedido.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and 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? No
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? Yes From the experience, I think that all of us have a time of departure from here and it can't be forced by external measures. As they say, we have a day to arrive and another to depart.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
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? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not 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? Yes
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Yes
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly 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? Moderate 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 remember the experience as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience.
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? Yes With the passing of many years, I met a doctor that was very interested in the subject, and I told him what had happened. He had a question that people always ask someone that has had this experience, 'Did you feel fear?' and my response was '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
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
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? In my opinion, it is very important to de-couple the religious side of people who have experienced these types of occurrences.
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