Experience Description

It was New Year's Day evening. I was at my mom' house, I stayed there the night before from a New Year party; everyone was getting ready to go home. I was sitting on the couch and I slowly felt like my body was slowing down. I went to call for my mom but I had no energy to do so. There were seven people there. I remember a tear rolled down my cheek and I went out.

About one to two minutes later, I opened my eyes. I was standing behind the couch, and then I realized I was not in my body. I saw my mom run to the back of the couch. She was trying to wake me up and slapping my cheeks but my body had no response. It was as if I was in between the couch and my mom. I could see and hear everything and everyone but all I remember feeling is peace and calmness. I had no fear. I could see my boyfriend at the time across the room standing next to our friend. My brother's girlfriend was sitting in a rocking chair. Everyone was staring at my body. They were all just frantic. They called 911. Emergency medical technicians came in and I watched them take blood pressure and prick fingers while trying to talk to me. Then they said, 'We have to take her to the hospital now.' They would not let my mom ride with me because they were afraid they would have to resuscitate me. They moved my body.

I remember waking up in the hospital but everything was a baby blue color. I asked the nurse or doctor why, they told me that a lot of people see things in a baby blue color before they die or after they have an experience like that.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: January 1, 2001

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes was sitting on my mom's couch Other EMT could not get any readings from me The emergency medical technician said I died.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Yes 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 I was standing behind the couch looking at my body.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was standing behind the couch looking at my body.

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

Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. During, everything had like fogginess around it. Afterward everything was baby blue in color for about a half hour to an hour.

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? 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

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Calm, peace, no fear, happy.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness

Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness

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? Moderate I believe in God

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No

What is your religion now? Moderate same

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? Yes I have seen things at times at my grandparents' old house and at friends' houses.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? That I was at peace.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes When I got home from hospital that night. My mom was like, how did you know that? Shocked, they believe me.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I have heard about it.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I felt it was real when I told my mom about what happened when I got home from hospital.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It was a different experience.

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