I was running along a river with my dogs with my husband and grandchildren close. The dogs started to run into the woods and I was running after them calling them to come back all of a sudden I felt very strange and I knew something was going to happen to me. I turned around to yell for my husband and that is when he told me he looked at me hit the ground. He said my whole body just collapsed. He ran to me and I was not breathing. My eyes were wide open and I was limp like a rag doll. He said he shook me and all that happened was my being limp. He then said he prayed for guidance. He was told to hit me on my back. This he did over and over, harder each time. He then said I made a sound he has never heard from a human and began breathing. He sat me up and I could not raise my head.
During the time I was dead, I remember hearing the grandchildren asking what was wrong and the oldest saying, 'Grandpa, we must talk to Jesus.' I then went to a place of calm with a sky a blue I have never seen and there were trees of bright gold and green that you could see through the leaves and all was so bright. I also remember I was floating over my body and could see me in my husband's arms with the grandchildren standing by. I then came back and was sitting up. I was rushed to hospital and under critical care for three weeks. I was told many times over by many doctors I should have not survived; that they had someone the same day with same condition, that did not make it but a few hours. All were amazed, still are.
Date NDE Occurred: September 2002
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Blood clot that I was not aware of had moved between my heart and lungs Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) . Blood clot.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain 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 When I came back from the experience.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I came back from the experience.
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 Just felt like all was still, no time involved.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? Color, Brightness, Vision remarkable, transparency of leaves on trees.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? Very clear.
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
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm A place of unreal beauty with sky , trees , calming wind
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, Calm, Awe, Joy, Lightness.
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Much stronger.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Much stronger.
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 had a strong desire for knowledge. All my surroundings were as if they were there to guide me to something or for a purpose.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I am more positive I now do not hold things back and let them keep me upset I tell whoever what is bothering me about them. I am more into my animals I love just going into by pastures with my horses and just sitting with them.
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? Uncertain
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The place I was sent to was telling me not to be afraid of death as it is more life than what you have here on earth. I have always been horrified of death.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes When I got out of critical care and back home.
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. Days after the experience I felt such joy I looked at my life in a different way. It is the simple things that bring me more happiness.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It was real I try to go back to that place in my mind and for some reason cannot get the same picture.
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 know there is a reason for all that happens in our lives and we must learn from each one and make the bad better. To stand up for what you believe in and not be afraid.