I had my first pregnancy at twenty-three, and when my doctor was aware of this he prescribed a lot of rest, and I followed his advice. Although very few pregnancies (of this sort) reach their term, in my case it did, as my twins arrived after nine months, weighing three kilos each, after a natural birth which left me in quite a bad way. They were born at 3:00 pm and at 4:00 am the following morning I suffered an internal hemorrhage, which brought about a big drop in blood pressure with cardio-respiratory arrest. My doctor informed me that they lost me for the space of two minutes, resuscitating me with electric shocks. While being transferred to surgery I felt myself going little by little, my sight went then my speech, then last of all my hearing of the people around me.
I just managed to think that these were my last moments, as I felt so much pain and anguish, when suddenly these were converted to great peace, as I felt my body separate from something which was tying me down, and I felt myself floating as if made of smoke. All around me was darkness, but at the same time, there was a kind of clarity nearby to me. I felt myself floating horizontally and at first I did not know where I was, but of one thing I am certain, that is that I had a consciousness of who I was (AT NO TIME DOES ONE LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS).
Then suddenly I saw a light in the distance, like someone seeing a bright star, and this is when I knew that I had to go towards that light while at the same time a wonderful peace invaded my being, a tranquility never before experienced, and great, great joy at going towards the light. Arriving there, the light was shining in great splendor. As I entered into the light, I heard someone calling my name. The voice was full of tenderness saying, 'It is not your time. You have two children who need you. You must go back.' I replied (without words) that I did not want to, that I wanted to stay in that place and that I was absolutely fine, but I was suddenly taken out of the light, trying to get back to it. When I got back in again the same thing was repeated to me, though inside me I felt nothing for anyone, I just wanted to stay in that place. The second time they told me the same thing, I left the light and opened my eyes.
Several doctors were around me, injecting me with a syringe straight into my heart, and I realized that they were fighting to save my life. The intense pains returned, the fear, anguish and dread, with the anxiety of knowing what was happening to me. Minutes later I heard the nurses saying that a miracle had happened, as they had been about to remove my uterus due to the complications from the birth, but that there was a sudden and total change in my condition, with my organism responding well, so they did not go ahead with it. Gradually I got better.
Although I had this experience thirty-three years ago, I still remember it as if it were yesterday. The experience made a huge impression in my life. I pray to God that when he calls me, I can go through this experience again. I am sure that we all have a time when we have to settle accounts, and though I might try to turn away from it we all have a mission to fulfill, and only God in his infinite wisdom knows when, how and where we are to be called. In the meantime, I try to lead a life devoted as much as possible to God's will, trying to be a human being with much love for my neighbor, doing voluntary service for different religious associations, ready to serve where I am called on, so that when God our Lord calls me I will have something to offer him.
Thanks for the opportunity of giving my testimony. Maria G.
Date NDE Occurred: febreo 15 de 1976
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
A very high-risk birth of twins.
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 the experience. Although the doctor told me they lost me for two minutes, I felt I had been out of my body for a long time.
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 It was not exactly a tunnel; it was more that around me nothing was visible, but it was as if something was shining out of me, and beyond was darkness reaching to the distance, with nothing visible.
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: 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 At first like a bright star, a distant star, and I was filled with joy and knew that I had to get there and all the time it was growing bigger and bigger as I came nearer, until I arrived and everything was light, just everything, filled with a really beautiful and brilliant light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No Solo llegué a ver la lúz muy hermosa.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Disoriented at first but when I saw the light I felt absolutely assured that I was meant to go there, and while I was approaching the light is when I experienced great peace, very great love, much joy and tranquility, all at the same time. It is something I never felt in my life, although I have had many happy moments, but these cannot compare with what one experiences in these moments out of the body.
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 'Catolica, crellente pero no muy apegada a mi fé católica probablemente por mi edad en ese momento'
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Not my beliefs, but my way of seeing life.
What is your religion now? Moderate Catolica y muy preocupada por el servicio a los demás
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Not my beliefs, but my way of seeing life.
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
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It was so beautiful. I felt a feeling of peace, love, tranquility and wellbeing such that I have never found the way to describe it in words.
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? It was difficult to accept that I had to come back again to this life.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Several years later I told it to one of my sisters, because I thought nobody would believe me. Then afterwards my whole family, and with the passing years people I don't know but who I know will understand or be interested in my experience.
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 I am certain it was real because I had the sensation of having left this world, and the doctor confirmed this when he assured me they had lost me and then brought me back. Since this time I have been in surgery for various operations, yet this has never happened to me again.
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? I'm interested in telling people about this so that they will not be afraid to go when God calls them, because if they live life as God commands then they can be sure that a wonderful experience full of love awaits them. It is definitely worth going through suffering, doing the best one can in this life, because afterwards we will be rewarded in a marvelous way and with, I repeat, much, much, much LOVE.