My brother who is two years older than me was out on a second floor balcony that did not have bars to protect anyone from falling; I would grab the handrail and swing out over the concrete ally below. I missed the handrail and feel headfirst as if diving into a pool.
I then remember looking down on my body and my brother standing over me crying and pulling my hair to get back up the stairs. I saw my mother run down and pick me up crying and blowing air in my mouth, I remember thinking why is she doing that I'm okay. Then the next thing I was in my body looking up at my mom and then I was unconscious in a coma for two weeks.
I woke up in a hospital and never spoke of my experience until I was eleven and mom turned white when I told her about the details of my brother crying and dragging me up the stairs - she confirmed it.
Date NDE Occurred: 1963
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident. Direct head injury Other Not Breathing and went into a coma for 2 weeks
I had brain injury.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was out of my body floating and looking at everyone.
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? 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? I was very calm and felt loved.
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
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? Conservative/fundamentalist none
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
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 I felt like I was put back on earth for a reason - to help others. Therefore I became a nurse.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I did not tell anyone until I was eleven years old and told my mother what I saw and she confirmed, that is what happened. I did not think people would believe me.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I feel when a relative is ill or near death. I have had vision of future events at times not always.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Seven years passed and I told my mother who believed me. Then I told no one else until I was in my thirties, and no one believed me. They thought I had heard that story growing up and that's how I knew the details, and that's not true.
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 not real It was just a dream.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I know what I saw and I do not fear dying now, I would never kill myself but I do not have any problems with death now.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No