I bled out (twice) after childbirth, flat-lined.
Date NDE Occurred: June 1967
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth Bleed out due to post natal complications Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) Bleed out due to post natal complications
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was not conscious to the normal world except for seeing down onto the doctors working on me and being aware I was up in a corner of the room. I could clearly see and describe the doctors, including baldheads and beards.
If you mean awareness of my apparent surroundings, it seemed as normal as any other observation.
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
Seemed outside time. Time was not an issue.
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? Yes
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
The experience included: 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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm A long, brilliant but peaceful, tunnel. Here's the weird part: the tunnel seemed to be made of loose, soft cotten, held back by something like chicken wire.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I left my body and exited outside it and then lost awareness of my body. PEACE.
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Much more tolerant.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Much more tolerant.
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I'm less possessive of people, less jealous of anyone, more sure that 'things will turn out alright'.
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? Yes I seem to be clairvoyant to some extent now, especially through dreams.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I was assured everyone behind me (left behind) would be alright if I went on ahead, but urged to go back.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Several months. Dubious. 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 It still seems real. In fact, it was so pleasurable that several years later (about twenty), after surgery, while recovering from anesthesia; I came to a point where I could relax into death and chose to do that. I was not allowed to, though, since the medical personnel caught the machines' warning and stopped me.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Though some details have dimmed with time, I am SURE of the reality of it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes Several years later (about twenty), after surgery, while recovering from anesthesia, I came to a point where I could relax into death and chose to do that. I was not allowed to, though, since the medical personnel caught the machines' warning and stopped me.
March of this year (2009) a very realistic, reassuring, glorious, amazing dream.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? The dream was the most soul changing event, but the NDE was like a sidewalk to that door.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It's okay.
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