As soon as I was under the anesthetic I seemed to travel at speed along a dark tunnel, vortex. I reached the end on a sort of moving staircase. I was surrounded by night stars (although the operation was taking place in the daytime) but it appeared quite light. I was greeted at the top of the staircase by seven or eight people. They appeared silver. I knew that I knew and loved them, although I did not recognize them. They were very happy to see me and I felt as though I had come home. I do not know how long I was with them. What I did have was a very strong knowledge that I understood EVERYTHING in the world. I knew the reason for every mortal thing and felt a deep sense of peace. Finally I was embraced by all but told I had to go back. I was devastated and didn't want to go. I had no thought for my family on earth (although I had two small children and husband, mother and sisters). They didn't enter my head. I was deeply upset at leaving. I was told by one person, 'It isn't the right time yet.' Then I stepped back on the staircase and started rushing back into my body. As I returned I was conscious of losing the feeling of understanding everything and was desperate to try to remember it - but it vanished. I came back into the world screaming. I heard the doctors saying I was very distressed and then nothing more.
Date NDE Occurred: March 1982
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I was undergoing emergency surgery after a badly done hysterectomy.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I lost awareness of my body
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 Immediately I started travelling upwards through the vortex.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Immediately I started travelling upwards through the vortex.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I seemed to be in the middle of a starry sky.
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? Yes
The experience included: Void
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
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Elation, happiness, peace.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am more convinced of an afterlife than before.
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am more convinced of an afterlife than before.
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 I knew with a deep profound feeling that I knew the meaning of life and why everything that happens in the world, happens.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Meeting loved ones that I didn't know. And particularly understanding and knowing everything.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Immediately. Mostly understanding and believing.
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 I was convinced I had died at some stage during the operation and had visited the afterlife. I realized that I still had a lot to do in my own life on earth but it made me totally unafraid of dying.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real For me it definitely happened. It changed how I view certain things.
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 shall never forget it. I totally believe in it. I am convinced there is a life after death.