When I had my experience, I was in major surgery due to blood clots and an aneurysm. I was not conscious at the time. But, I do remember hearing my grandson's voice, right before I was taken to heaven. He said he wanted to talk to nanny for the last time. I remember he told me that he was going to marry his girlfriend and wanted me to be the first one to know, even though I was unconscious. Everyone thought I was dying and the doctors had called the family in to see me one last time. My daughter and her husband, who is a minister, said they knew I was dying and assumed this was the last time they would see me alive. When my experience began, I remember being out of my body and floating over the most beautiful flowers I had ever seen. I saw colors that can't be describe because they just don't exist on earth. All of the colors were very radiant and vibrant. I saw trees, beautiful rivers and streams. There was a river with trees on either side of it. I remember being taken aback by how beautiful everything was. I was very happy because I knew I was on my way to heaven. While I was taking in all of this scenery, I felt like I was almost in a trance.Suddenly, out of no where, a face appeared to me from inside a doorway, or maybe a window. I only saw this person from the waist up. I knew immediately it was Jesus Christ himself! Let me tell you, he does not look like the pictures and paintings we have of him. I have never told anyone about his exact appearance, but if he appeared at my door I would know him. I will say that he has a medium skin tone and dark hair. He looked very kind, loving, and fairly young. Jesus was calling my name. I answered him and said, 'I know I'm in heaven.' He said, 'My child, I can not let you come in.' I asked, 'Why?' I was trying to argue with him. I told him, 'I'm 77 years old. Why can't I come in?' He answered with, 'My child, I have more work on earth for you to do for me.' I asked, 'Why?' again. But that's all he said to me. He did tell me he was going to send me back to the work he had for me to do. When I woke up I saw my daughter and another person at the end of my bed praying. I closed my eyes and opened them again and two people were still there. My daughter was praying and asking God to keep here on earth, that she didn't want me to die. She said she still needed her mother. When I opened and then closed my eyes for the third time, there was only one person standing there, my daughter. Later on, my daughter told me there was no one whatsoever in the room at that time besides her. I believe it was an angel.
Date NDE Occurred: march 2012
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related. Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
I had 3 major surgeries within a 3 week period. I was unaware of the first two surgeries. I had an aneurysm during the second surgery and lost 29 pints of blood. Sometime during that surgery, I had my near death experience.
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? No
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 I was much more alert and much smarter! Maybe a little too smart because I argued with Jesus to let me stay! I just felt better mentally and physically all together.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was very alert throughout my entire experience.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
I could tell time was faster and things happened much more quickly there.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The colors were brighter, much brighter and everything was in greater detail. I was very aware of this.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I could hear much better!
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? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I saw Jesus Christ. I only saw him from the waist up. He doesn’t look anything like the pictures we have on earth! I still have a very clear image in my mind of how he looked.
The experience included: Unearthly 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 Behind Jesus there was a great bright light. He was glowing himself in a beautiful white light.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Beautiful colors that we don’t have here on earth.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt happiness but sad when I found out I had to come back. I felt incredible peace or pleasantness, Incredible joy and united or ‘one’ with the world.
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
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I understood everything around me and was much more aware. I wish I still felt that way in this flesh body!
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
The experience included: Awareness of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes Jesus
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 didn't want to come back, but I knew I had to do what Jesus said to do.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian i have been a christian since i was 13 years old and have a very strong faith
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian after my experience i can say my faith has increased. i actually spoke with jesus christ himself.
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely 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? Uncertain I have been a Christian since I was 13 years old and have a very strong faith. After my experience, I can say my faith has increased. I actually spoke with Jesus Christ himself. God does exist.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 I met Jesus Christ himself. He had a very gentle and kind voice, almost as if you were talking to a baby. Not loud or angry but a voice you knew demanded respect.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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.)? Yes I saw Jesus Christ. I only saw him from the waist up. he doesnt look anything like the pictures we have on earth! I still have a very clear image in my mind of how he looked.
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes its hard to describe in writing but it sure does exist!
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? Yes god does exist. I saw his son Jesus
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 Yes I saw Jesus. I know there is a heaven for certain!
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I do not fear death
Do you fear death after your experience? I did not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly 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? No
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; my faith is even stronger now. I lost one of my legs during surgery, but I don’t care. I know I will be whole again when I get to heaven. Moderate changes in my life; my faith is even stronger now. I lost one of my legs during surgery, but I don’t care. I know I will be whole again when I get to heaven.
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 more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience I remember the experience more accurately than 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
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I saw Jesus. I know there is a heaven for certain!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I started sharing immediately. Some people think I’m crazy. Others do believe my story. If they don’t believe, I don’t mind because I know it's 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 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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I clearly left my body and existed outside it. Regarding universal connection, it’s hard to describe in writing but it sure does exist!
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