This happened when I was under general anesthesia for a cesarean section while giving birth to my son. After 'blacking out,' I suddenly awoke in a tunnel. The tunnel was rotating and was giving off a metallic clanking sound for each rotation. The walls of the tunnel were light gray, probably even a pearl color. It was divided into sections by round 'ribs' of a darker color. In the tunnel it was not dark, but at the end of the tunnel there was a round exit, beyond which a brighter white light could be seen. I didn’t float anywhere but stayed in place. There were geometrical figures, mostly spheres, passing around me and going off into the distance. I thought, 'Where am I?' and 'Who am I?' I could not at all remember who I was; I didn’t even remember that I was a person! The next question was 'What am I?' But I didn’t see that I had a body because there wasn’t any body! But I was thinking, which meant that I was alive. I started to slowly move deeper into the tunnel to where the spheres were going. How interestingly everything was arranged here. I understood that life is arranged in the same way. My thoughts were very rapid and 'crystal-clear.' I felt as if I knew everything. I was able to receive an answer to any question that I had. Then I heard a voice that said, 'Well, is that enough?' 'But she’s thrashing about,' another voice objected. And with tremendous speed I was pulled back into my body and I woke up.
Date NDE Occurred: 22.07.199740
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related.Childbirth. While under general anesthesia. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
My heart stopped, that was pretty life threatening.
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
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 My thoughts were unusually clear and fast, colors were more vivid. For a while after, about two weeks, I saw the ‘real’ world as if through a dusty window, and there was a persistent feeling that what was happening wasn’t real.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Right before I came back.
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
It did not have 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. Perception that was much more vivid and precise. Such vivid and rich colors do not exist in nature.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Don’t think there was any difference.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes At the end of the tunnel, there was a brightly illuminated ‘exit’.
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm It was a portal, a passage to a completely different reality, where thought exists separately from the physical body.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Confusion and amazement
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? No
Did you have a feeling of joy? No
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? No
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No
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? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Do not know
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I started believing in the existence of God
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Slightly important to me
What is your religion now? Other or several faiths Я искала ответы на те знания, которые получила в ОСП, однако, так и не нашла религии, которая полностью соответствует приобретенным мною представлениям об устройстве мира
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience I was not thinking about such things.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I heard a voice I could not identify The voices were deciding whether it was time for me to go back or stay there.
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? Yes It was on the level of an inner conviction.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God probably does not exist
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 definitely 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 possibly 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 definitely exists No
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly 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 probably 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? No
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? Slightly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? 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.
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 Immediately…few understood or believed.
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 Because of the vividness of the feelings
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Since then, I have become interested in similar situations and learned that many people have gone through the same thing.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes After this, twice already I have spontaneously exited from my body in the absence of any operation or anesthesia.
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