Experience Description


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When I was in an unconscious state in the hospital I felt my soul leave my body.

I could hear and see the doctors talking. I heard my mother, John and Dolly, my brother-in-law and sister. I was in a state of wonderful peace where there was a very bright light starting out like the top of a huge ice cream cone and ending at a point. My soul began to move very quickly through the light to the end of the point. There was a figure at the end of the point with outstretched arms. All of a sudden, there was total blackness.

They later told me that I was clinically dead. My comment on my death experience is that now I believe that this is heaven on earth. That when we are born we reach the gates of heaven and that when we die that it's not a bad experience but an extremely peaceful one, at least right before you die when you're in the area if the bright light and even when it turns totally black.

This is my experience. People that have death or near death experiences may have different opinions. I only know that I love life in spite of the bumps and that I'm not afraid of death. I also feel that I'm living proof that there is life after death. The preceding is a quote from my book.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1982

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Suicide attempt Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) Prior to the experience I took an overdose of medication to end my life.

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 When they were trying to resuscitate me in the hospital.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When they were trying to resuscitate me in the hospital.

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 Explained in main narrative.

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 Explained in main narrative.

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 A figure with outstretched arms (when my soul was moving at the speed of light through the cone) who was standing at the end of the point whom I believed to be God.

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 The light was incredible. It would have blinded an otherwise normal person because of the brightness. It was something that one can't ever imagine.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I didn't want to be resuscitated, I thought they were foolish for trying to save me.

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

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 I immediately called my place of employment and told them where I was.

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 Non-practicing Catholic

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes

What is your religion now? Moderate Non-practicing Catholic

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes

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 feel that I'm living proof that there is life after death.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes

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

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes

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

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