Experience Description

I didn't know if my experience qualified, but I read a testimony on this site that had similar parameters, so here goes!

I was seven years old and had contracted Scarlet Fever. It was late at night and I was in bed. I do not remember waking. I just remember lying in bed looking through my open bedroom door into the hallway. I was not aware of my body and, as I look back on the experience, it felt as if I was lying right on top of my body sort of hovering there right above it.

Standing in the doorway at the foot of my bed was someone wearing a long, shiny, metallic looking robe. The robe went all the way to the floor covering her feet. I could not see the face because it was so bright. It radiated a very bright light but did not hurt my eyes. The light itself was love. (That's the best way I can describe it.) I could not see any facial features because of the brightness of the light, but I felt it was a woman and I knew she was smiling. I could see her long, flowing hair that seemed to merge with her gown and go to the floor with it. Her body was translucent and I could see through her. I felt no fear. I didn't seem to feel anything unusual at all. It all seemed very normal to me at the time. I felt very calm.

She was communicating to me through what I can best describe as mental telepathy. I just lay there as she radiated warmth and love to me. It wasn't so much of a two way communication as it was me calmly receiving what she was sending to me. The best way to describe it nowadays would be to liken it to downloading data on a computer from the internet. I didn't seem to fully understand what she was telling me, but I enjoyed the loving feeling she was giving me. I seem to be decoding and understanding what she told me more as time goes by. I will try to put into words what she told me. She told me that I was very special. She told me that I had a very important task to fulfill in this life. She said I would go through some hard and difficult lessons but that I would come out okay. She said I would touch many of peoples' lives. It didn't come in words like that or in separate feelings. It seems difficult even now for my brain to comprehend it.

Then, I heard my mother coming up the stairs. I then heard her walking down the hall to my room. She came into view and walked THROUGH the woman in my doorway as if she weren't there. She bent down to touch me. I then became painfully aware of my body. I was in horrific pain. I realized that I was back in my body and was very ill. My mother took my temperature and immediately put me in a cold bath to bring down my temperature. The next morning, when I asked my mother about it, she said that she bolted awake with the strong feeling to check on me. When she came in the room, she said my eyes were closed. My fever was extremely high and rushed me into a cold bath to bring the fever down.

Background Information:

Gender: Male

Date NDE Occurred: 1971

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 I subsequently learned that I was having an extremely high fever. I found out later that my body temperature was far above a normal, safe temperature.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

The experience included: Out of body experience

Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain
I lost awareness of my body

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 Everything had a crispness and real quality. If I were forced to explain it, I would say that my human brain was not clamoring and clattering away. There was no mental chatter to cloud the experience. I was free to perceive everything in a heightened way.

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt completely conscious through all of it.

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 your vision differ in any way from normal? My eyes were not affected by the bright light I was viewing.

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 did not seem to recognize her. But she definitely knew me very well. Her message to me is in my account of the event.

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 The light from the woman's face.

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt calm, peaceful, serene. I felt great love and peace and wisdom from the being I saw.

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? 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 As my life has progressed, it seems that the message given to me wasn't to help me in that moment, but to guide me and strengthen me as I got older. The message makes more sense to me now than it did then. It still speaks to me. There are aspects of it that I don't yet comprehend, but if my life up to now is any indication, I'm sure I will understand it more later. It's almost as if it's a puzzle that I'm trying to figure out and the key to unlocking it is time and life experience.

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 I went to church semi-regularly and had a strong personal belief in God.

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No My experience fits with just about any religion.

What is your religion now? Liberal I have strong Spiritual beliefs but not attached to any particular religion or dogma.

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No My experience fits with just about any religion.

The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings

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

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I was very young. It's hard to gauge what was changed.

After the NDE:

Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The feeling I experienced as I viewed the being in front of me. The method of communication was not relatable to normal human interaction.

Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I have had very 'super real' dreams that have been far more real than waking life and seem to be connected to this incident. These dreams have a definite difference from normal dreams and feel as though I am out of my body.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with my mother the next morning. She claims that it shocked her because I began talking about Angels and other spiritual matters with such confidence and knowledge that she hadn't noticed before.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No I was a little boy and it was many years before the concept of NDE's or OBE's were ever heard of.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real. I was asking my mother the next morning if 'she saw the lady that was in my room last night.' It was very real to me.

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real. It was a long time ago. I was very young and I was very ill. The whole incident could easily have been explained as a child's vivid hallucination brought on by high fever. I guess I take some comfort in allowing myself healthy adult skepticism. But it's not how I felt at the time.

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No