I saw my sister, who had passed away twenty-one years before my experience. She was doing some type of work with other beings, who had human form, but I do not remember their faces. This was in a one-level structure that looked like a long house from the outside. She was giggling and quite happy. She greeted me and told me there was someone she wanted me to meet. Amidst some commotion, through the back came Jesus Christ, and there was no mistake as to who he was. He looked like the artist's portraits, but not meek and mild, as often portrayed, he was healthy and robust. He put his arm around me, in the area of what would have been my shoulder, looked me straight in the eyes and said, 'I have come for you, that you may know that I am real.' I was totally awestruck by His presence, yet I felt a love and respect for Him that I have never felt in physical life. I followed Him to an area that I can best describe as a 'desert garden'. We sat on large 'sitting rocks', and he began to speak. I remembered little of the conversation we had after the experience was over; my memory of the conversation has remained the same throughout the years. He was explaining the different things of life on Earth, why it was that life on earth was not perfect, and why it was that way. What people on earth had misconstrued about life and living? He said that there were many different religions on earth, as one faith would not take care of everyone's spiritual needs. This is all I have been able to remember of this conversation. I followed Him back to this long house area, and I asked Him if I could stay, and He said, 'No, it's not your time.' I then asked Him if I could go back and tell everyone that he was real, and He said ' No, this is for others to come to know.' With that, I found myself looking at the outside of a small building with a short flight of stairs. I walked up the stairs and opened a door, and at that point I woke up from the coma.
Date NDE Occurred: 01/1995
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Other Coma induced by high fever from bacterial meningitis.
Contracted bacterial meningitis.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
I lost awareness of my body
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I was fully aware at all times during the experience.
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
It seemed as though my experience lasted maybe an hour or more. Time seemed to move slowly.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
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
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes My sister, who had passed away twenty-one years before my experience. There were other beings she was working with. Also met and communicated with Jesus.
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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I smelled ground/dirt as I have never smelled it before....I could best describe the smell as sweet and very pleasant. I saw water coming from rock that was the purest pure, clear and polished. I saw flowers that were not of the earth, but were incredibly vibrant in color.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Total release of cares, concerns and pain I felt in life. Extreme happiness and joy, overwhelmed by love, but not as we know love in our physical lives; this is a perfect and ethereal love I had not experienced before.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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? Liberal Agnostic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I was a total agnostic before my experience; now my faith and spirituality are the most important things in my life.
What is your religion now? Moderate Christian
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I was a total agnostic before my experience; now my faith and spirituality are the most important things in my life.
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? Yes There was the knowledge shared by Jesus Christ in the conversation I had with Him in the desert garden.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I only involve myself in healthy and positive relationships.
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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared the experience with my mother after I woke up from the coma. She was very happy for me. She passed away this last year. I told a woman who was to undergo serious surgery, she was alone and very afraid to die, I told her this in 1999, I never saw her again, although she did survive the surgery. I have told portions of my experience to two others who were close to suicide. I wanted them to know why it's important not to commit suicide. They are still living.
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 From what I saw, and what I felt during my experience, I have always known that my experience was real, and for purpose.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No