In May, I entered the hospital. I was sixteen days overdue on delivery of my second child and as large as a woman carrying twins. Doctor Ralph said he would go to church (it was a Sunday) and when he returned he would induce labor. Because I was so large, tired and frightened, I went into the bathroom, closed the door, and prayed the Lord's Prayer. I prayed not for my life nor for my baby's life, but to not be so afraid. I prayed for God to be with me in the ordeal ahead. The doctor returned, induced labor, and the birth pains became so excruciating that there were loud crashing noises and cymbals inside my body and head. Then there was a loud scraping noise similar to a pipe being pulled from another tighter pipe.
As unusual as it is, my soul left my body and I flew through space in a tunnel with lights streaking on each side (my soul left my feet and proceeded upward through my head and out). I flew thousands of miles per second and felt protected from evil and harm by the colorful lights. At the end of the tunnel was a light, which was Jesus' robe. Suddenly, I was standing in the valley of the shadow of death with a small stream of water running at my feet. On the other side, facing me was Jesus! His hands were held out to me; his face expressed love. His message to me (although His lips did not move) was 'I love you and forgive you your sins and I will wait with you until God decides whether you are to go home now or later.' I was so happy and at peace. God's will and mine were the same.
Then, I was back in my body without any sensation of traveling back. The doctor exclaimed, 'What a big baby boy - he weighs 11 pounds 1 1/2 ounces!' and then he said, 'She's come back to us.' He knew I'd been gone! What a miracle God performed that day! I'm so thankful for this experience. It has given me hope in Christ that through Him I can be blessed to be victorious over death, hell and the grave as well as this life's tribulations! PRAISE GOD! Jesus is alive and alive forever more!
Date NDE Occurred: 'May 8, 1960'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth Gave birth to an 11 lb. 1 1/2 oz son Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I was so large, tired and knew delivery of this baby would be difficult. I had previously given birth to an average size baby girl five years ago; I was frankly terrified of the birth to be.
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 While I was with Jesus.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? While I was with Jesus.
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
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 The tunnel was dark with colorful lights streaking on each side; the lights protected me from shadowy figures on both sides; some would have helped me if they had the opportunity; some would not.
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 Shadowy figures were on each side of the tunnel; some were good and some were evil.
The experience included: Darkness
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 was Jesus' robe.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm In the valley of the shadow of death, mountains rose behind Jesus and a small
stream of water ran directly in front of His feet; If I had crossed over the
stream of water I would have been gone forever.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? How I Love Jesus! O How Awesome He Is! I was experiencing the peace that passeth understanding; wonderful peace.
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 I learned that Jesus is alive and alive forever more; that He loves me and is with me.
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes DEEPER FAITH.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes DEEPER FAITH.
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 To love and help all you have an opportunity to do so.
Have your relationships changed specifically 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? Yes Dreams at night during sleep which told me my son's life was at risk when he was a policeman which turned out to be true.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Seeing Jesus!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Most are very inspired.
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 At first it was too precious to share; and I may have felt no one would believe me; now I know this experience has given me faith to sustain me in my worst moments of despair and depression.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
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? All we need is Jesus!