I had to have four molars removed. My mother brought me to the dentist; they administered an IV to put me to sleep. I remember counting from a hundred in reverse to about ninety. I sense that I went to sleep.
In the next memory, I am floating at the ceiling level directly above my body watching and listening as the dentist pulled the teeth. I remember noticing how hard he had to work to get the teeth to come out. I remember that there was quite a bit of blood. I did not float back to my body but sense that I went to sleep again and woke up in the dentist chair.
The next memory is sitting in the waiting room while my mother paid at the reception window then came and sat with me while I regained my faculties. We walked to the car, I told her what happened (the part about floating) and she acknowledged the story but I think dismissed it as a lingering reaction to the anesthesia.
Date NDE Occurred: Mid 1970s
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Was having 4 molars removed Other Under IV anesthesia for dental work
I was under anesthesia having four teeth pulled. I was with my mother. We were not informed if the dentist/oral surgeon noticed anything unusual during the procedure.
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? Shortly after I realized I was watching myself in the chair; which did not shock me, I closely watched and listened as the dentist and the dental assistant worked to get the teeth out.
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I seem to remember being able to see the work and the instruments very clearly considering that it seemed like I was about twenty feet high while watching. Note that the ceiling height in the room was a normal nine feet high, it just seemed higher while I was watching.
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I don't remember any emotion but a definite curiosity about the work being done.
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
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I do believe in God, the devil, and a sprit world and this experience may have solidified my ability to acknowledge this truth as a continuous state.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I do believe in God, the devil, and a sprit world and this experience may have solidified my ability to acknowledge this truth as a continuous state.
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? 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? Yes I have no problem believing and dealing with the fact that my spirit dwells in but is not reliant on my physical body.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Within the hour I told my mother, she acknowledged the story but I believe wrote it off to a reaction to anesthesia. I have told may people since then and most listen but have no noticeable reaction.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No I was young and I don't know if I had ever heard about NDE.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I did not dwell on it beyond accepting it as a weird experience.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As above.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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