Experience Description

I still don't know whether it was caused by the anesthesia or if I was truly dying. When I was sixteen they operated on both my legs. They put me under general anesthesia. The only thing I remember was seeing colors: rose, yellows, and distant voices as if in conversation. Suddenly I was in the corner of a room and saw a little girl. I don't know if it was me who was being taken by two nurses and put in a bed from where it seemed I was looking at the scene from the ceiling. I saw the girl lying down. Then I woke up and found that my two legs had been put into plaster casts. My mother told me that I had lost a lot of blood during the operation, they had given me a hemorrhage.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: December 4, 1988

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-related Other producto de la anestesia general.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? No
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? Normal consciousness and alertness It was strange to see colors and to see things from a different vantage point such as seeing things from the ceiling.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I don't know because I was completely anesthetized.

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: 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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? None. I only felt peaceful at being taken away.

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

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? Liberal

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Well, I believe that there is something that transcends death and that when we die we will be reunited with our loved ones.

What is your religion now? Moderate

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Well, I believe that there is something that transcends death and that when we die we will be reunited with our loved ones.

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? No

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes

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? I was only taken by the colors and seeing that girl from the vantage point of the ceiling. I'm still not sure if it was a dream or if it was real.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes More than three years went by before I told anyone. My family didn't believe me.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real. Well, I thought that perhaps what happened to me was caused by the anesthesia, but I have come to believe that perhaps I left my body.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real. I see it as something strange but at the same time fantastic. I still don't know if it was real or caused by the anesthesia.

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? Just what I have already said.

Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? Ask if people who have had extra-earthly experiences made a conscious decision to remain on earth; if they have become better people; if they are more sensitive to others, etc.