There were doors sliding in front of me each door representing a stage of my past life since childhood and one door representing the present day. Somehow, I knew I had to enter the right door in the limited time I had, as after that all the doors would close never to open again leaving me all alone in the dark void forever. I also knew that if I entered the wrong door the memories from that stage of my life until today would be erased. I started fearing, not death, but isolation or never being able to see my two sons and husband again or even not recognizing them after I wake up. I felt time is slipping out of my hands and I decided that I'd rather enter the wrong door than stay back. In my head, I just thought of GOD and put my foot forward to enter the speeding doors. At that very moment, I felt the anesthetist slapping my cheeks and calling my name and the surgeon says, 'She is back.' I know it was not just a dream because after these few seconds of consciousness I was unconscious again and when I regained consciousness again I felt the time lapse.
Date NDE Occurred: 24/11/2008
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain IllnessSurgery-related 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' surgery for removal of appendix
I have no idea, the forty-five minute operation took two and a half hours. The surgery had to be stopped for some time as my body went cold and I started shivering on the operating table. All my queries to the doctor and nurses were dismissed as medical complications.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Frightening
The experience included: Out of body experience
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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal When the anesthetist slapped my cheeks.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When the anesthetist slapped my cheeks.
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? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Void
The experience included: Darkness
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? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I was scared and at the same time was dying to see my family again.
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
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control It was like seeing a photo album of my entire life and even those pictures did not have anyone else other than me in them, I was that alone.
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 I believe in the power above
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Hindu
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I trust GOD even more.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes People taking it very lightly and at times even making jokes.
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 The next day I told my husband even though I could make no sense of it at that time, he got scared.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes It was something I saw in movies but never gave it serious thought.
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 I believe it was real as describing it even after five months gives me a cold shiver.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No