I was watching my husband undergo an eye exam when I experienced chest pains and passed out. I remember the kind paramedics talking to me, asking what hospital I wanted to be taken to and my doctor's name. I gave his name, but said he was on vacation for the next week. (I'm not sure if this was before or after the out-of-body experience). My first out of body sensation was that I was floating above my body about ten feet in the air. I felt very happy, not exuberant, but calm happy. That everything was wonderful. Then it occurred to me that I must be experiencing an out of body experience and I started looking around for the tunnel. As soon as I did that, I zapped right back into my body. Afterwards, I remembered looking down at my body and thinking it was in pain, but ‘I’ was not.
Date NDE Occurred: Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Angina (one artery 90% clogged) Paramedics were called. 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' . I suppose I was in danger of a heart attack.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was floating above my body.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt very alert.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No Except for the floating sensation.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Joy and peace.
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I was happy to have this experience. It seemed very important, but I don't know if I related it to a near-death experience at the time. My doctor called it a near-death experience. I asked him if I really was near death and he said, ‘near enough.’ I told him I has shared this experience with a number of other people, several of whom said it was drug induced and could be duplicated in the lab with electrodes. This response came from the ‘scientific community’ on the university campus who suspect anything ‘spiritual.’ He clearly didn't believe this explanation and suggested I contact you.
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control My guess is that this took only seconds, but I'm not sure.
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
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 It seemed to me that it happened when I started looking around for the tunnel.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Liberal 'raised in Christian Science interested in spiritual matters non-church affiliation'
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No It is hard to communicate the sense of joy and peace.
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? There was no ‘worst.’ It was all wonderful and encouraging.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes One person gave me an article that claimed, since it could be reproduced in the lab, that it was simple a brain function and not meaningful beyond that. Others took comfort in it, seeing it as an indication that we are more than our bodies. I was pleased to find that my doctor seemed to belong to the latter group.
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 would be interested in any of your findings that you would be willing to share.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I think you did a thorough job. I'd like to keep in touch.