NDE due to passing out during blood donation.">
I went to a clinic that was paying for 'healthy' (non-smoking, etc.) blood to give to cancer patients. The nurse could not find my vein after digging for what seemed like a very long time. Apparently I went into shock and convulsed instead of passing out. They kept me standing up rather than putting me in a prone position. I looked down from what seemed like a height of possibly 20 or so feet and saw the nurses holding me upright. I 'came back' shaking my head saying, 'No'.
Date NDE Occurred: about 1984
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Other Medical staff was not trained in handling situation
The attendants were unable to put me on the floor with my feet up so I could get blood to my head.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Both pleasant AND distressing
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes Looking down and seeing my body being held upright.
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? Normal consciousness and alertness
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I looked down from what seemed like a height of possibly 20 or so feet and saw the nurses holding me upright. I 'came back' shaking my head saying, 'No.'
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
It all flashed by.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. If you mean ability to see, I would say about the same.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Same
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Uncertain Possibly a very short time of darkness.
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 Bright yellow.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Looking back I would say that I had a choice and I said, 'No,' which meant I wanted to come back to earth and my life.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others I can only say that it was not a bad experience and seemed normal at the time
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? Slightly 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? Slightly important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Agnostic
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 I never gave any thought to near death experiences until this episode
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I am still pondering the event and enjoy discussing similar situations with others.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God probably exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife probably exists Yes I had a choice
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I slightly 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? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? Yes I have a choice
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight changes in my life Slight changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain At first yes, now no.
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 as accurately as other life events that occurred around the time of the experience Other than that I was observing it from a distance it was about the same
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Not too long after this episode I did hear a voice telling me that 'someone near you isn't well' and I was able to locate that person and catch her as she fell. I found out later that she had a brain tumor and I kept her from injuring herself as she passed out.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I know that what happened to me made the individuals who participated in the event more aware of how to handle the situation. I was healthy enough to survive but someone else might not have been. This is fact because a woman who worked there relayed this information to a mutual friend.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it immediately with close friends. One of them diagnosed it as an Out of Body experience.
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
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Because I had no prior knowledge of such things I believe it did happen.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Very comprehensive questionnaire, thank you.
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