I had a vacuum-like feeling. I was sucked into a field of unearthly brilliant color with a large tree to my right in the distance and feeling of a non-human escort companion on my left. It was a feeling that I did not have to worry about my children or anything that I was leaving behind. All would be well. All was well and good; but then, knowledge that I could not stay. I was aware of darkness without time, and then once again, the feeling of being thrown or sucked into this field of brightness, peace and knowledge. I was walking once again through the field with the beautiful tree on my distant right and companion/escort on my near left. I was happy to be back, only to feel the knowledge that I had to go back again and could not stay because I had work to do. There was no feeling of time. I awoke to feeling of suffocation, was in recovery on a breathing machine. I felt extreme pain, burry vision and nurses' voices telling me that the machine was breathing for me. Three days later, I learned from my doctor that they 'lost' me twice. The last thing I remembered was hearing, while on the operating table, the doctor shouting that she wanted an incident report.
Date NDE Occurred: 02/04/94
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related. Childbirth. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
No blood pressure, no vitals, bleeding out after C'sarian-section. I had two experiences from losing vital signs twice.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I heard the doctor shouting.
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 No sense of time: Vivid
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No No sense of time
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. I felt what I saw.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I felt communication: no hearing.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No Sucked, like in a vacuum through space
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The light and color was not of earth.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It was vivid field with a large tree on my right in the distance and the feeling of a guide on my left. I did not see my guide but felt it.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Regret that I could not stay but understanding that it was necessary that I return for now.
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? No I felt I would understand everything: no worries.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Unaffiliated- Agnostic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Nothing in particular- Religious unaffiliated
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience Not certain why I saw this large beautiful tree in the distance (to right) but knowledge that it is central/significant - life giving.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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 I encountered a definite being, no voice: communication was felt.
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? Yes true peace
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes feeling that all was connected
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? Unknown
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No Everything was one - united - equal
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? Unknown
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Only knowing that everything was OK, not to worry.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? Yes purpose is existence and existence has purpose
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? Unknown
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes understood that there was more ahead
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Moderately fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? Yes There is true inner peace that needs to be understood in our lives and can exist here with understanding.
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Yes Everything had a purpose
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes Love was acceptance of all. All has purpose
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? No changes in my life No changes in my life. Not afraid of death but concerned about the pain that can happen during the process.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes No words to describe the colors and feelings. I was not told things in words but instead felt and understood things without the use of language.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience I remember the visions and feelings like they just happened.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I seem to have better intuition.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? All are significant
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Two years: they listened but maybe uncomfortable or skeptical
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 happened: not once but twice.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I went to the same place twice. I was told they 'lost' me twice.
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
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