I had a Pneumo Thorax and required surgery to fix it. Whilst undergoing surgery I had an experience, at which point I am not sure. I was not aware of leaving my body, but I was aware of 'waking up' somewhere else. I found myself in a small clearing in what seemed to be a kind of forest. There was a table in the clearing large and oval at which sat people who I did not know. I was beckoned to go and sit down at an empty space. After I sat down a large screen appeared behind the table and we all turned to see it. The screen showed in a fast forward mode all the events of my life up until that point. After the 'film' finished, there was a lot of discussion (which I did not really seem to be part of) about whether I had 'followed' my life path and overcome the tasks set to me. After some debate the consensus was that I had not and I was informed that I was to be 'sent' back for another try. This time, I would need to make some changes and put my life on a different track. I was escorted by one of the members of the 'council' out of the clearing to an area, which was quite non-descript in appearance, like being surrounded in a kind of mist. The mist grew more intense until I dissolved into it. The next thing I was aware of was waking up in the recovery room. As soon as I could speak, I reported to my attending nurse what had happened. It was logged on my chart as a dream.
Date NDE Occurred: may 1996
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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? As soon as I 'woke up' in the clearing I was fully conscious and at no point did it feel like a dream.
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
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? Uncertain The white mist was kind of an enclosure.
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 I felt I knew the people around the table.
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 White mist.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt a kind of indifference. I felt my life experiences as I was watching it being re-played but with a strange sense of detachment.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control After the 'experience' I did make many changes to my life, particularly how I see life. I lost my fear of death, changed my 'life path'. In a way I started a new life after the experience.
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 no longer judge others or judge life in the same way as I did. There is definitely more to life than I thought there was!
What is your religion now? Liberal
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I no longer judge others or judge life in the same way as I did. There is definitely more to life than I thought there was!
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I now see others as souls having their own experiences and learning here. I always try to stay with that notion, and if I can help others to accept that there may be a possibility as to why they are here.
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 started seeing life in a very different way. I now have 'spirit' communication, visions of the future, healing abilities and often leave my body at night consciously.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Watching my life on the screen and being aware of how the choices I made affected my whole life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I share my experience with very few people, only those who I feel will not be judgmental. It has changed my life in very big ways.
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 The proof is in the pudding so to speak. I changed my life drastically after it, the whole way I experience the world. That is enough for me to know that it was real.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The memory of it is as real now as it was after it happened and I carry it with me every day.
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? It was a life changing event for me.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Not really, I'm sure these experiences are very personal to the people who have them.
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