Experience Description

I was suffering from bronchitis and I went to hospital to have some x-rays done. Before going into the x-ray room, I felt short of air. I couldn't breathe. I felt as if I was dying, I felt death very close, I knew I was going to die. I told the nurse who was helping me that I was dying. I wanted to see my daughter, who had gone out, so she could know that I was dying.

All of a sudden, I felt something coming out of my body, something from myself was coming off me. I didn't want this to carry on before I could see my daughter. Something was pushing me to leave the chair where I was sitting.

My mind was telling me that I didn't want to go before I could see my daughter and tell her about the beautiful experience I was going through. I closed my eyes and saw a virgin; something wanted to take me but when I insisted on wanting to see my daughter, it left me alone and I felt my body back on the chair again.

I think that if I hadn't refused, I would have died, I don't know, but when I refused, the force that I was feeling left me alone. In spite of everything, I didn't feel frightened at all, but a pleasant sensation; it was something nice of which I wasn't afraid. It was like saying: You stay on earth or you leave. Something like that.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: jueves 17 de Julio 2008

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' The lack of oxygen.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed

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 All the time.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? All the 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? 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? Yes I saw a virgin.

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? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Senti estar en plena paz y la sensacion fue muy buena.

What emotions did you feel during the experience? A pleasant and good sensation. Something nice.

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? Moderate

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 I feel that when death comes close, this one, death, allows you to choose whether you want to go or stay. If you let yourself go by the extremely nice sensation you are feeling, you will not think of coming back to earth, but if you think of the ties you have in this world (in my own case, I wanted to see my daughter) you are given another chance to stay. Something like that.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I have understood that life is over in no time. When your time arrives, you choose whether you want to go with the nice sensation or whether you stay to sort out pending affairs on earth. Something like that.

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? No

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The situation of whether I let myself go with that sensation or whether I stayed on earth.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Not long, maybe ten or twenty minutes. They were surprised.

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 lived and felt it since I was fully awake. I never lost consciousness or the like.

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 felt death. Death gave me a choice: you stay on earth or you go. The feeling to go was a very strong one since it was a very nice sensation, but I was also thinking of my daughter a lot. I wanted my daughter to know that I was leaving happy and content. I only wanted her to know. Anyway, I think this was the reason for my delay and why I stayed.