While giving birth, I had a reaction to the gas (oxygen) used to alleviate some of the labor pain. I felt like I left my body and followed a long, dry river bed. Although there was no water in the river bed, all around was very lush green grass with a beautiful array of flowers with splendid colors. There were large shady trees of all sizes.I began to climb higher into the sky and then into space. I was looking down on earth. Then there was a bright flash and all went white. Out of this whiteness came human figures. These figures had no discernible features. One of them came up to me and although I couldn't see a face, I felt that I knew this being. I asked where I was and it replied that I was home. I then said that I can't stay here, as I haven't seen my baby yet.With that, there was a great rush of movement and I was back in my body. The nurse was saying that my pupils were dilated to pinpoints. Then I came round and said, ‘I just died. I'm back again now.’
Date NDE Occurred: 16 March 1984
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Childbirth 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
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? Yes I heard the nurse talking when I was coming back around.
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 Everything was much more vivid, clear, and clean. It was just more!
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? All of it.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. The overpowering emotion and well-being.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Everything was much clearer.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you see any beings in your experience? No
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? No
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? An unusually bright light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes An incredible Whiteness. Not blinding, but pure white.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I was well above Earth. Everything there was white, calm, and peaceful.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Overwhelming calmness and peace.
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? Slightly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Other faiths- New age
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Moderately important to me
What is your religion now? Other faiths- New age I have faith but do NOT believe in Religion
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 believed that there was a life after death, but not to the extent that I experienced.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I became a lot more aware of what was happening around me. I seem to see things clearer and take more notice of things that happened. I took things that happened to have some meaning to me.
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 A white figure with no features spoke to me, but more so with mind telepathy.
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? Uncertain It was only a feeling that I was in a life after the life I was living. It was like another existance of my life
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? I am uncertain if God 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 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 Uncertain It was only a feeling that I was in a life after the life I was living. It was like another existance of my life
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I slightly feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not 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? 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? Uncertain Only that I no longer fear death.
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? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Moderate changes in my life
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes The overpowering emotion and well-being are difficult to explain. What I saw and did was not hard to say.
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 For my experience was 29 years ago, it is still very vivid in my mind. I remember it all vey clearly.
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? All of it. It tells me that I was welcomed into the other plane of existence. But they were happy for me to remain in this one.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Told my husband immediately. He is a non-believer and now, maybe, a little more open. Some of my friends believed and were happy for me.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had heard of it, but didn't take much notice of it or anyone who had claimed to have experienced it.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real To me it was real. I felt like I had lived through it and still to this day feel as though I have.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
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? Whether my experience was real or not to other people, it was real to me. I am not saying there is a heaven, but there is something beyond this earthly existence.
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