Experience Description

I had been ill from a recent operation I had had. My fever spiked and I had to go back to the hospital. I was very ill when my doctor told my husband I had to go back into the operating room again. I was taken down to the operating room and the next thing I remember was a nurse saying, 'Her blood pressure is dropping, her blood pressure is dropping.' Everyone was moving all around me on the table.

I looked down and thought 'Who is that person?' I remember floating above the body and turning my head sideways as if I was confused and thinking 'It's me.' I saw a clock on the wall and it said 12:02. I was very interested in my body on the operating table. I had no clothes on but I had no fear. I only felt peace, such peace. I felt no pain, no worries, just peace. I know I was floating above my body. I did not want to go back. I wanted to stay but something said, 'Remember your children,' and 'Your time is not finished, you must go back.' Time was not a part of this experience, just floating and peace.

I remember that I was pulled quickly downward. I awakened the next morning with the doctor telling me I was going to be okay. I asked him what happened to me at 12:02. He said nothing but I kept saying I know something happened to me. He finally said at that time, while I was being operated on, I died for a few minutes. My blood pressure dropped and my heart stopped. He asked me how I knew. I told him in great detail what I saw, who was in the room and what they were doing. I asked why so many doctors were there with me and I named them off and also all the nurses that I never knew. I told him I was no longer scared of dying and I know what life is all about - love, forgiveness, and spreading God's word.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: May 1978

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' I had become very ill from an infection and had to go for an emergency operation.

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 When it happened.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When it happened.

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 Time was not thought of. Time was just time.

Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid

Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. A lot sharper.

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? No

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

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

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace - great peace and no fear and joy.

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

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 Baptist

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes More stronger.

What is your religion now? Moderate

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

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 Love and forgiveness.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Understand people and try to be helpful and giving and love everyone.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes I was able to communicate with a higher being (God) but without saying a word. Time was not important and not a part of this experience.

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 The next morning. I did not talk about it for many years because I thought people may doubt me.

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