I was playing in my high chair and it tipped over causing me to hit my head on the floor. My parents said that I stopped breathing, turned blue and was completely lifeless for about five minutes. (I don't remember that part.) I remember seeing from above, my mother holding my father and me as he slapped me really hard as they were rushing out the door to take me to the hospital. While I was 'out' I remember being surrounded by dancing angels who were taking me into the most beautiful glowing light and I really wanted to go with them. I felt very secure and loved and wanted to feel that way always. When my father slapped me and I came 'back' I was extremely unhappy about being taken away from the light.
Date NDE Occurred: 1954
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes AccidentDirect head injury Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function).
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It seemed as real to me as anything else I've ever done and is one of the clearest memories of my childhood.
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? Yes The beings were like ballet dancers, swirling and surrounding me.
The experience included: Void
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 I was coming from extreme darkness into brillient light.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happiness during the experience, sadness at its end.
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 'I was a baby, our family went to church.'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Proof of love.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Proof of love.
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
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 That I was not alone or ever would be.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
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 don't think I would ever have believed in God if this hadn't happened.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my father about the experience before he died in hope of reassuring him of life after death. I have told others, this event was my reoccurring nightmare, not being able to stay and waking up crying.
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 was as real as anything else I've ever know.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It helps me to deal with the death of my loved ones, gives me the comfort of knowing that my existence will continue.
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 have wanted to share this with others to give them hope and dispel fear.