I was aware of a great feeling of peace and tranquility. I sat on a grass hill overlooking a shallow stream and down to my right there was an old stone bridge where the track ran away into woods. There was several children there. They appeared to be dressed in Victorian clothing. The girls and boys were playing around the bridge. I was just looking at them and thinking how peaceful it was. Then I suddenly had this thought 'What was I doing here?' I knew I was supposed to be in school. Then just as that thought came to me, it was almost like having a bucket of water splashed in my face. I opened my eyes and I was on the floor surrounded by school children. One child was astride me and slapping my face. I remember them saying that they thought I was dead.
Date NDE Occurred: 02/03/1972
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Criminal attack Other: strangled unconcious.
It was my first day in secondary school. I was strangled by an older schoolboy as I walked into the school toilets. Apparently, unkown to me the third year students used to play this trick on the new first years as a game. I was told, but have no memory of that. When he let go, I walked towards the wash basins then collapsed hitting my head on the wash basin and then again when I hit the floor.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? No
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. I can't explain, it all just felt very clear and real.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I don't think I was conscious at all when it happened. But during the experiance/dream/experiance? I felt fully aware, almost more aware than when conscious.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. ordinary/perfect
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. ordinary /perfect
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? Uncertain I saw children dressed in early 19th century clothes
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Uncertain
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, calm, general well-being, magical
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? 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? I came to a definite conscious decision to return to life. I remebered I wasn't supposed to be there
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant. I was brought up in a Protestant school but by the age of 12, I had doubts about it.
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Not important to me
What is your religion now? Unaffiliated- Atheist
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was both consistent and not consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience. I dont recall thinking anything spiritual or out of the ordinary other than a complete feeling of peace and vague curiosity over who the children where and why they were dressed in vintage clothes
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes
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? I was uncertain if God 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 probably does not exist
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 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? I am uncertain if an afterlife exists. Uncertain I was only 12 at the time and just accepted what i saw with some vague curiosity over why the children were dressed in Victorian clothes.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I greatly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I moderately fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Not fearful in living my earthly life
Were you fearful living your life after your experience? Slightly fearful in living my earthly life
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant after your experience? Are possibly 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? Greatly compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Moderately compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Slight changes in my life I learned about the scientific method and to question.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I belive all experiances have an impact, i couldnt say how much this had.
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. I have always remebered that feeling and the scene all of my life.
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 Ive told many people throughout my life when the topic has been raised
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. I thought at the time it meant somthing but I didn't know what.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably not real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
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