Experience Description

I was walking toward a beautiful, bright, white light. There were hundreds of people of all denominations walking with me. I wasn't scared; in fact, I felt euphoria and excitement. It was as if we were on a path, or road. Different colored bright lights were rushing past me, and it was like walking out of a dark tunnel. The next minute, I felt like I woke up on some beautiful green grass that went on for miles and miles. To my right was a river and to my left was a wooden fence that also went on for miles. I felt like I was little again, maybe 5 years old, and I was looking for a gate. There was a man on the other side painting flowers, and I remember saying, 'Excuse me, can you lift me over, as I can't find the gate,' to which he replied, 'This isn't your time, you've got to go back. There are things you for you to do.' The next minute, I was running back through the people, knocking against them, saying 'sorry' as I ran. And then I woke up.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: '29th august, 1997'

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Suicide attempt 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

Did you feel separated from your body? No No

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 The whole time, it all was so real.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole time, it all was so real.

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

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Everything was so bright and clear, the colors were amazing.

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I heard everything around me so clearly, and I felt 'new'.

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 I felt like I came out of a tunnel into an incredibly bright landscape.

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 As I've said before, there was hundreds of people walking towards the light. And on the other side of the fence, there was a man, who I think, or felt, was my maternal grandfather.

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 We were all going towards it.

The experience included: A landscape or city

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It was all beautiful

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Amazement, euphoria, incredibly happy, so much 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

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 methodist

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Liberal methodist

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? No

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes About four years ago I told my friend. He had also had a similar experience, so he understood.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had heard of it, but didn't believe it.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I feel totally sure that it happened. It wasn't like a dream, it was real.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No