Experience Description

I had reoccurring strep throat for months. The throat culture results came back and I not only needed some heavy duty antibiotics, but a mandatory penicillin shot. In the doctor's office, I leaned over the end of the table to receive the shot in my hip. The nurse asked if I was okay afterwards, I said I was fine. I was not, that's the last thing I remember.

During the time I passed out, I had a dream that I was in another life. I was walking across the street in a downtown city, like New York, or Chicago, as there were cabs, busy streets and high buildings. At the same time, it was like I was watching myself in a movie, and seeing things with my own eyes as well. I looked like another girl; I had a life, a family. I lived a few blocks away. I was going home. I was much older and living in an apartment. I was crossing the street mid-block, the wind made my hair get in my eyes; I brushed away the hair from my face and proceeded to cross the street carrying a couple bags. It was silent; I don't remember any smells or sounds, just a visual, with a complete past. (Which was the weird part.)

I woke up on my back on the doctor's table. My clothes were soaked (even my jeans from the waist to the knees were wet), as my hair was wet, and I was cold. For the first few minutes, I had no idea who I was. I still felt like I was in this other life, the last thing I remembered - I was crossing the street, and now I'm in this doctor's office. End.

I don't know if that was a near death experience or not. I must've had one heck of a reaction if it soaked my hair and clothes to darn near wringing them out. I have never had a dream to even come close to that. There was so much 'past' to it. I was only crossing the street, but in my mind, I was - I was this lady, who lived a few blocks away with a family, and friends, a job, etc. Very weird to me, I've always remembered it.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 1978

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Allergic reaction Other passed out from penicillin shot for strep throat.. I passed out from a penicillin shot, should've been a routine event.

How do you consider the content of your experience?

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain

How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness I don't quite understand the question.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I don't quite understand the question.

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

Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I don't remember hearing any sounds or noises.

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

The experience included: A landscape or city

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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? None - other than feeling just okay. I was on my way home from shopping. Nothing out of the ordinary.

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 Baptist

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate Christian

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

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? None. I was just living my life (and it wasn't me).

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I don't remember when and where and who. But I remember thinking that whomever I told, didn't believe me. They looked at me weird.

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 don't remember. Confused pops in my mind. Fascinating, pops in my mind.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real. A lot of things in life are unexplained. I could've made it up in my mind, just a weird dream enhanced by my medical reaction (trauma) to the shot.

I believe we inherit memories, like we do brown eyes, from our ancestors (a theory of mine). Maybe it sparked a past memory from a relative.

Beyond that, I can't explain it. It was so real. I'm forty-two years old, I've never had a dream like that before or since. I had a 'past'. I've never had a 'past' in dreams before.

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? Thank you for reading.