I awoke to find myself floating above the operating room table where I was, all the doctors were working on me. I could not understand why I was in the air looking at myself. Then I could hear drums beating. When I turned to look the most attractive Indian woman was holding me in her arms under this big tree that did not have any leaves (looked like a massive oak tree). I could see a lot of different Indians walking and singing, drums pounding, then the snow started to fall. When it would fall on my face, she would wipe it off. Then she looked up, so did I. That's when I saw a bright light. It looked like boiling water then it started to pull me into the light, she stood there with her arms out. When I turned to look at the light I woke up, I was in the room. Later my mom told me that I died three times, they almost lost me.
Date NDE Occurred: 1962
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Surgery-related Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) 'my heart stopped when my tonsils were taken out, from the blood loss.'
I had my tonsils removed, and I had a lot of excess bleeding, my heart stopped several times and they had a lot of trouble restarting it total of four minutes.
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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was with the Indian lady and she told me that I was going to be okay just to hold on to her and listen to the drums.
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
The vision that I had to me lasted quite some time, but at the same time it felt fast from one feeling to another.
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? Yes
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 People I did not know feelings of peace, joy, and Indian people.
The experience included: Light
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? Yes The light looked like boiling water, it would not hurt your eyes to look at it.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm felt like i was in the clouds felt like i could fly
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, happy, being able to fly.
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
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
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I never lost my God, and never will.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I never lost my God, and never will.
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 When I did not go all the way into the light I felt the feeling of it's not my turn, sounds crazy but that's what I felt.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain
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 know that all life has mission to complete while alive, human, animal.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I think I'm not done yet, with whatever I am supposed to do.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I've told some people, some have heard of this others don't care.
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 That it did happen.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I did not pass on then and also twelve years ago when I had a massive stroke, I'm still not done yet with whatever I'm supposed to do.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? When I had the stroke in 1997 all the medical doctors said I should not be alive today.