On September 15th 1988, I went into labor with my last child. The next day September 16, I was taken into the operating room to have a tubal ligation. I was put to sleep and all of a sudden, I could see myself lying on the operating room table. As I was floating up, I went through a set of double doors and was in a beautiful green field. It had a creek running through the middle of the field on the other side of the creek was a beautiful field of flowers. There was also the most perfect mountain in the field. I was standing far away from the creek but it seemed like I took one-step and was across the creek. It seemed like I knew every answer to every question that I could ever be ask. It was as though I had complete knowledge, which is an important thing to me, gaining as much knowledge as you possibly can in this world. I wasn't alone because at the top of this mountain was a most beautiful city and there were people there. Some I knew and others I could not make out their faces.
As I lifted my foot to start up the mountain and go to the city, a voice spoke behind me and said, 'No you can't climb that hill yet it is not your time.' I can remember that I was arguing with this voice because I really wanted to go up that mountain. I felt that if I could get to the top of the mountain and go into that city that I would be at home. As I was standing in the field, I felt complete love joy and peace like a warm blanket on a cold morning wrapped around you. I just felt so loved and protected. I have never felt that kind of peace before or since. I was still trying to convince the voice to let me go to the city. I started to turn around to see who was talking to me but the voice told me that I could not look upon his face just yet. Then I turned halfway around and I could see my family, my husband, my daughter, and my two sons, my baby wasn't with them.
My husband was leaning up against the wall of the hospital crying and my children looked so sad and asking where their mommy was. The voice spoke and it was as if it was pointing to my husband and said he needs you more than any of them does. Then I started waking up and I could hear another voice shouting out orders as to what to give me to make me breathe and my heart to beat again, they were coding me. As I was coming back to my body and was waking up I was in complete pain, I have never felt as much pain, and it was total all through my body. After a while, I guess about five minutes the pain started to go away. Even though I can't remember all the answers to all the questions, I can still remember that I had total knowledge and I know that I was looking at heaven, and I was shown where I will be going someday when I really do die and leave this world. It is the most beautiful place that I have ever seen and nothing here on this earth can begin to compare with its beauty and with the complete peace and joy that I felt while I was there.
Date NDE Occurred: 9/17/88
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Childbirth Other Gave birth the day before went to surgery for Tubal ligation. Stopped breathing and heart quit beating.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
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 From the beginning to the end.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? From the beginning to the end.
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. More vivid in all aspects.
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? Yes I could see people in the city some of them I knew but I never talked with any of them.
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 The meadow and the mountain
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Joy, peace, and love.
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
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I started to climb the mountain but the voice would not let me, I only felt that if I had been allowed to climb the mountain that I would be at home.
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 Baptists
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptists
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? Yes I had complete knowledge. I knew every answer to every question that could ever be ask.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I don't take people for granted as much anymore. I realize that I can learn something from everyone, and everybody has something to offer this life.
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? Yes, I feel that when I die that I will be going to heaven.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told my doctor that night when he made rounds. He seemed to get very excited and asked me all kinds of questions. He talked with me about it for about an hour.
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 know Heaven is real, and I believe that I was shown a small part of it.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I still feel the same way.
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? No.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? No.