I had been visiting family, up late, having gone to bed around 12:30 a.m. I woke up almost 2 hours later having horrible leg cramps. I got up to walk around, glanced at the clock and it was 2:22 a.m. The next thing I remember was laying on the floor, face up, trying to open my eyes and focus on what was around me. When I tried to move I felt a horrible pain in the back of my head, where obviously I had fallen and hit the back of my head. What happened from there, I have no memory of, until life came back into my body. My daughter said she heard me fall, climbed out of bed to find me on the floor. She said she got me up, into the bathroom and was holding my face, trying to get me to understand and focus on her. I never did. She ran out of the bathroom, yelled to my other daughter to get help, saying something is wrong with mom. When she left me alone in the bathroom, I fell again, hitting the counter top with my arm and falling against the bathroom door causing it to slam shut and I was up against it where they couldn't get in. Again, this is all from what I was told. I don't remember any of that.The next thing I remember, clear as day, was a bright light surrounding me. It was bright from every direction. I saw the light, and heard a voice (couldn't tell you if it was male or female) and all it said was 'It's not your time'. At that very second, a HUGE breath came back into my body, I gasped and found myself, head hanging down, in the corner of the bathroom, up against the door. I was sweating profusely, and had even lost control of all bodily functions. When I came to, it was like nothing ever happened. I was completely conscious, able to function, cleaned the bathroom and even showered.I believe, for as short of a time it may have been, I may have died.
Date NDE Occurred: 3.29.16
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Direct head injury Life threatening event, but not clinical death
My blood sugar dropped extremely low.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Neither pleasant NOR distressing
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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 Everything seemed very clear. I knew exactly what I had to do to take care of the situation that had just happened (cleaning the bathroom, taking a shower…)
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Immediately after the breath gasped back into my body.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The same
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The same
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
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 It wasn't a tunnel of light, or a light to follow. I was completely surrounded in white.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Nothing. I have no memory of it.
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? No
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? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I am more definite that there is more after this life. God is there for us.
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Other Christian
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Stronger beliefs and appreciate more of my life than ever.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I heard a voice I could not identify I do not know if it was male or female, I just heard the words 'It's not your time'.
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? Yes Again, just by the fact that there was someone there. Even if I had died, I truly believe the person was there to guide me.
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 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? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I believe so, because if I was being told 'It's not your time', then obviously there IS a proper time; and there was someone there speaking to me.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not 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? Not 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? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life It has only been a week since my experience, but I see things differently. I am not taking anything for granted and becoming upset over little things seems so worthless.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I'm not taking one second of my life for granted nor am I ever going to let my loved ones not hear 'I love you' every day.
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. I remember everything after the experience so vividly.
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? Knowing that someone was actually there for me, showed me there was more than just this life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My mom and daughter discussed everything that went on while I was unconscious. 3 days later, when I saw my husband upon returning home, I talked with him. My husband is so supportive and understanding. I'm not sure that my mom understands or believes what I truly believe happened. My daughter does not want to talk about it right now.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had heard of it from things like movies that depict children dying and going to heaven and coming back. Things like that.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It definitely happened. I have not one doubt in my mind.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real My belief has not changed. This definitely happened and was 100% real.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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