I was playing a game of basketball at school, when the ball left the court. I ran towards it, picked it up and turned my head in order to throw the ball, which is when I struck my temple on an iron bar. This is where my experience began.
I was looking down on the whole schoolyard from above, as though floating in the air, and could see my fellow-players weeping and crying out. I was to their right; the teacher had his back to me, kneeling over a girl who was laid out on the ground. Approaching, I asked what was going on, but nobody answered me. The teacher was shaking her and slapping her with the palm of his hand on her face, and at this point, I realized that the girl on the ground being slapped was me. I had my mouth open and my eyes were open too, but vacant. The teacher (at the same time as he tried to revive me) was shouting, 'Oh my God, Oh my God, wake up!' From my position (above and to the right of the whole scene), I could see everything that happened over the whole schoolyard with great clarity, the children and the people by the fence. I heard their comments about what was happening. I could see children going in and out of the playground, cars passing by, when suddenly I found myself in darkness where something or someone was drawing me to them, and the closer I got the more comfortable I felt. My 'pleasure' intensified to the highest degree the further I drew away from life, I realized, and so I wanted to come back.
I woke up and the first thing I asked was how my mouth and my eyes were.
Date NDE Occurred: 1973
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Accident Other Traumatismo craneoencefálico
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? Normal consciousness and alertness As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Throughout, although I did not know what was happening (why no one spoke to me, why they were crying if I was okay) Let's say that the moment of greatest consciousness or alertness could have been when I realized that if I allowed myself to be carried along by that pleasurable feeling, life would be ebbing away.
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
It was a strange feeling, more to do with space.
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 Everything was dark, rather confined but very comfortable.
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain I felt rather than saw a beloved being who was guiding me towards 'wellbeing'.
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? Uncertain From darkness things were becoming lighter.
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 happy.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
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? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
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? Yes Death.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Not so much the fact of expressing it as being understood, comprehended.
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 experience happened at twelve years old, but until I was twenty I did not tell anyone. Watching a TV program where a woman was telling about a very similar experience to mine, I realized that I was not a 'rare beast' and I told my husband about it. He reacted very well, and understood me. Others reacted differently, made jokes and laughed.
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 Right from the start I saw that this was a real experience, and I compared what I saw with what I was told, once I woke up.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Although much time has passed, I still think that it was 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? After the experience, or life moment, I was very disoriented, alone, facing the quite extraordinary fact which had happened to me. I asked myself many questions, which had no answers. But what definitely remained clear to me, and in a kind of way comforted me, was the feeling that death is not something to be feared.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Actually I've read very little on this subject and this is the first time I've filled out a questionnaire on the experience, but it seemed very clear and concise, with nothing missed out.