All of a sudden I got an allergic reaction that made me behave like a monster. My kids rushed me to the nearest hospital and I jumped out of the car and ran into the emergency room. A nurse told me to get on a gurney and told another nurse to get a vein prepped for the doctor. The gurney was too high for me to simply lie down on it. As my son-in-law was getting something on which I could stand, I felt a blasting freeze starting to surround me, beginning at my feet working its way up my body. Somehow, I felt certain that when it covered my whole head, I would leave. When it did, I said goodbye to my son-in-law and fainted.I had the most beautiful fun jumping around in the clouds. Back then, I was so overweight that when I would jump onto a cloud, I would fall right through it and land on the one below. While this was happening, I was screaming like a kid in an amusement park!I felt so much joy, it's difficult to explain! Then all of a sudden, I felt as if a giant vacuum cleaner was sucking me down from the clouds. I fell a very long way and crash-landed.Before I opened my eyes, I thought, 'If this is dying, dying is marvelous!' The happiness I felt in my chest was so great that I felt as though I were drunk with joy. And very silly, too!When I opened my eyes, I was surrounded by doctors and nurses who said they hadn't been able to use my vein because my system had collapsed. I saw my son-in-law standing behind the doctors and he was yellow, so I said, 'Gaby, what happened?' And he said, 'You scared the s*** out of me!' and I started making fun of him. Then the nurse next to me told me I had had a bowel movement and passed urine. Then I started making fun of myself! The nurse told me that I had given her the worst experience of her career.By now, the allergic reaction was gone, and I had returned to a normal state, but pale without any medication. My son-in-law told me about how he had seen my transformations happening right before his eyes.I would have loved to have stayed up there, because my husband had died the year before, and I wanted to be with him again. At that time, I had been feeling that without him my life was worthless. But back I came, anyway.
Date NDE Occurred: year 2000
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Allergic reaction, anaphylactic shock. Life threatening event, but not clinical death
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal My consciousness was flying or jumping through the clouds.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Not until I landed.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Time seemed to go faster or slower than usual
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Just prior to the experience, the coldness that was surrounding me felt, again, like a blast freezer. It moved all around me, starting at my feet and traveling upwards.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. All I heard was myself shouting every time I jumped from one cloud to another.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? A happiness that you have to feel to believe. I continued to feel that way for several days, until it gradually went away.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
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? No
Did scenes from your past come back to you? No
Did scenes from the future come to you? No
Did you come to a border or point of no return? No
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Other Christian Raised in a Baptist school
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I am not afraid of death. My mission on earth is to serve the underprivileged.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any beings who previously lived on earth who are described by name in religions (for example: Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.)? No
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? No
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely exists
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? No
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are probably meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? I was uncertain if an afterlife exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes Our soul is energy which can not be made or destroyed, after my experience I lost the fear of death like many other
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Greatly fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are meaningful and significant
Did you gain information about how to live our lives? No
During your experience, did you gain information about life's difficulties, challenges and hardships? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes The love I felt in my heart is unexplainable
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life I needed someone to explain my experience to me. After researching the subject, I got together with a friend of mine who was in the seminary to become a priest. After I explained everything, he asked me if anyone had called me by my name. The answer was no. Then I asked him why didn't I stay, because I had wanted to die. He answered that I still had a mission on earth to complete. Since then, and by coincidence, I've served the homeless in a soup kitchen, and I couldn't be any happier.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I remember the experience more accurately than other life events that occurred around the time of the experience
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I told everyone near me. They knew I would not make up this story, and they were amazed.
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 It has been twelve years, and I still remember it as if it were yesterday.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Nothing like this had ever happened to me, and nothing like this has ever happened since. It was real!
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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