I was eight and a half years old and was sick with viral hepatitis. During the first days of the illness, I was in a kind of a coma. I was outside of my body, watching myself from above. I saw myself lying in my bed, my arms down by my side. I felt so soothed - very calm and light. When I stopped watching myself 'sleeping,' I saw in front of me a very bright corridor without walls. It was a pale white at the beginning and it became brighter and brighter towards the end. As I went into the tunnel, I felt as if I were pushing my way through light, fluffy cotton. I felt wonderful! Suddenly I felt myself falling back into my body.
My poor mother was so scared by what she had seen happening with me. From her point of view, I went from just lying on the bed to, at some point, having my eyes wide open and rolled back into my head. She had shaken me, but I hadn't responded. She could not get me to answer her when she called me, either.
Since then, I have had flashes of insight about the future. At first, I did not understand what I was seeing. But, over the years, as I have discovered my psychic abilities, my ability to have insight into the future was confirmed to me.
Date NDE Occurred: Juillet 1965
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Illness 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
I was very ill and had gone into a kind of a coma.
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 I had normal consciousness and alertness most of the time, and my highest level of consciousness was when I was above myself, looking down at my body.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When was looking down at my body from above.
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
The space was cotton-like and limitless.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Of the things around me, there was no limit to what I could see; and I had much brighter, farther and clearer vision.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. My hearing became muffled, as if I were wrapped in cotton.
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 A cotton-like white tunnel with no walls.
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 There was light all around me. At the end of the tunnel, the light was sharpest.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt very light, and enveloped in softness.
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? Uncertain Much later, with the development of my psychic abilities, and also the death of my husband, I have become very aware that I was guided by the divine.
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain Much later, with the development of my psychic abilities, and also the death of my husband, I have become very aware that I was guided by the divine.
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? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes From that time on, my psychic abilities have unfolded. I was not really aware of having these abilities until a psychic showed me that I had them. Over time, I have been having more and more premonitory feelings, flashes, and dreams.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Feeling that I was floating above my body was especially meaningful to me.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes For forty-five years. And I have shared with psychics who have understood perfectly - particularly one of them, who had been through the same experience herself.
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 probably not real At first I thought that the experience was probably not real. Being so young, I had never heard of any kind of paranormal phenomena, such as NDEs. But the experience seemed important, and it always remained in my memory.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real How I view it now is that my experience was definitely real. Now that I know what an NDE is, I can see that my feelings and memories are the same as, or similar to, those of a lot of the other people who have lived through the same thing.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Uncertain Maybe when I practiced sophrology (relaxation and awareness techniques) in preparation for (and during) childbirth, I felt as if I were floating in a cloud with my baby inside me - same softness, same light - but no feeling of leaving my body.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? No.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I would like more questions about the inner feelings one has during the experience.