I was looking down at the hospital bed where I was lying. I thought I was on some steep stairs, but realized later that was not the case. I was evidently hovering about the ceiling. The next thing I knew I was standing by some hedges that I had come through. A young girl there told me she was my sister and she did look very much like my oldest sister who was eight years older than I was.
She said I was to stay there with her and I asked her if this was school. She said it was something like a school, which made me happy, as I wanted to go to school like my three older sisters. She took my hand and led me down a path into a very beautiful place. Everything was perfect, rolling hills, green grass and a stream running nearby. She said she was not sure if I were able to stay, she would have to leave me for a while to find out. I was not allowed past a certain place. On the other side, it looked like there were crystal buildings which I thought must be the school. She led me to a large tree with outspread branches. She sat me on one of the branches and left. There were a few other children in the tree and some babies on the ground. There was not a sound from any of them. I was happy sitting in the tree looking around and soon my friend returned. She said I could not stay and I would have to return. I was not happy about it, but knew it wasn't up to me. I really hated to leave.
Date NDE Occurred: around 1936/37
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I had erysipelas. I had blood transfusions trying to save me. I was pronounced dead and word was sent to my family. None were present when this happened.
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal Talking to the little girl and sitting in the tree.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Talking to the little girl and sitting in the tree.
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. The colors and light and depth perception were more vivid.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I really don't remember hearing anything. We seemed to communicate by thought.
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 I seemed to be coming out from some hedges when I got there but am not aware of how I got there.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 See main narrative.
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 She took my hand and led me down a path into a very beautiful place. everything was perfect, rolling hills, green grass and a stream running nearby. She said she was not sure if I was able to stay, she would have to leave me for a while to find out. I was not allowed past a certain place. On the other side it looked like there was crystal buildings which I though must be the school. She led me to a large tree with outspread brances. She sat me on one of the branches and left.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Excitement and adventure.
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I was not allowed past a certain place. On the other side it looked like there were crystal buildings which I thought must be the school.
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 Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate None
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? 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? Uncertain I was too young to know gifts I had before.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Sitting in the tree and the girl that was my dead sister.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Only a few and it was at least twenty years. I believe they thought I was dreaming.
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 It could be nothing but real. Even if no one had ever told me I had died I would have known anyhow.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It has always been a part of me and could be nothing but real. Even if no one had ever told me I had died I would have known anyhow.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No