Experience Description

I was at a local state park lake with Douglas, my four year old son and a girl friend of mine. I was walking back to our blanket and felt like I was gliding down to it - maybe passing out. Then my mind was blank. Then I remembered a man carrying me up to the medical building, then going blank again. I felt being laid down on a hard bed and someone's voice asking if I was with anyone. I guess my son had followed me and told them my friend was with me. Then I went blank again but I heard everyone talking. Mentally I was trying to talk to them to say I was okay but, I couldn't talk there was no voice. I felt as if the air/sky around me was a beautiful, light blue and so very clear, no clouds. I then heard someone say, 'I can't feel her pulse and there is no heartbeat.' And, then I heard a girl's voice say the same thing. During this time, I was trying to tell them that I was really okay but, yet I wasn't in the same level as they were. I felt my body move up to a sitting position and saw a beautiful light or brightness in the sky and I felt so good and safe. Then next thing I remember was being in an ambulance and the medics trying to give me oxygen, then it seemed like a few minutes later I was awake. Years later in life I had taken a course 'Death and Dying' for college, it was taught by Sister M. I told her about my experience and her knowing Elizabeth Kubler Ross had me write down what had happen. Elizabeth confirmed that I had a near death experience.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1971

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Thought I might have fainted Other 'Was swimming in state park lake, feeling really good'.

How do you consider the content of your experience?

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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal Before I thought I might be fainting.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Before I thought I might be fainting.

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 your vision differ in any way from normal? Not sure if I understand the question.

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

The experience included: Darkness

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? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Not sure, I think I felt like I was dreaming.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness

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 'Was brought up as a Catholic but, did not believe in it's ways'

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate I believe in the Native American Indian way as I always have

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? No

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes, for the better but I really can't put it into words and it depends on who the relationship is with and what their beliefs are.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I could explain it very clearly but, because of the times, people would think I was just dreaming or just didn't believe in near death experiences.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real. I did not understand why this happened to me and for what reason. Was this some type of message being sent to me that I wasn't understanding.

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 have the gift of seeing/talking to spirits. I can scan a person's body and sometimes accurately tell you what is medically wrong with people - but can't cure them. I have had strangers come up to me and ask if I do readings. I would like to learn and use my gifts to help others remove pain from their lives.