I was being taken into the operating room for a simple routine, outpatient procedure. I was not afraid at all. I lost memory of events on the way to the operating room due to the medications that had been administered 1 to 2 minutes earlier.When I arrived in the operating room, I was asked to scoot myself from the gurney to the operating table. I have a very vague memory of this as it was quite difficult as I struggled and it took so much effort in trying to do this.Suddenly, I seemed to pop out of my body and float about 10 feet above myself, slightly to the left and back corner of the room. The room seemed very dark except a bright light shining on my body from medical lighting equipment on the ceiling.At the moment that I left my body, the effort and struggle I felt in scooting myself from the gurney to the operating table was gone. I watched myself scoot over to the table. Once settled on the table, the whole scene went dark and I woke up in recovery. I don't remember going back into my body. It was more like just going to sleep.
Date NDE Occurred: June 18, 2014
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-related. Other: Outpatient surgical procedure under general anesthesia
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was floating above my physical body but my body was up above my body. In other words, I still had a body of sorts, it just wasn't as solid as my physical body below.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was very hazy from the drugs they gave me.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was very little to no sound. It was more like a silent movie.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I saw the medical staff all around the gurney and watched myself move from the gurney to the operating table. I didn't know them and the whole scene was rather silent.
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I could see, but there was no definite sound. I had a body of sorts but it was not completely solid. There were no smells, no tastes, or any physical touch feelings.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt very detached from the situation below, like I was just observing. I felt no emotional connection to the situation.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs 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? The best part was that the strain and effort I felt were completely relieved when I popped out of my body. I felt a sense of relaxation at the moment I popped out of my body.
There really was no worst part.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Anyone I have told seems rather indifferent to it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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