I came down with bacterial spinal meningitis when I was seven months old. Fortunately, my mother is a nurse so when we (her kids) got sick she paid very close attention to our symptoms and took proper care of us. If it hadn't have been for her I probably wouldn't be here today. At first, it was very hard to diagnose me, and everyone told my mother that I had the flu, even some doctors. She visited three doctors in a matter of two days before she realized what I had because of the stiff neck and the extreme 105.8 fever that I had. The last doctor she went to recognized what was wrong with me immediately and put me in intensive care as soon as possible. He also told her I would either die in four hours or have a dramatic turn around. Thankfully, my parents are very spiritual and prayerful and I know in my heart to this day that those prayers helped me tremendously. I was in intensive care for eleven days for my first Christmas. Being so young, I don't remember the experience when it happened, but I can picture all the colors and everything else about it in my mind.
When I was three years old I walked up to my mom and just out of the blue said, 'Mom I died when I was little and you didn't even know it.' she turned around and said, 'Really? What did you see?' I wouldn't tell her any more. Three years later, we were reading a spiritual book, and a blurted out, 'Mom! I remember what I saw!' I proceeded to tell her that there was a beautiful city and there were golden domes, and I was often in a room where little baby angels would race to Jesus' mother Mary on a throne and place flowers at her feet. I told her that her robe was red and trimmed with fur, and it makes sense because it was around Christmas time when I was sick. That's all I remember. I do know I was extremely fortunate because the illness often leaves disabilities, hearing loss, and brain damage and I am a studious student, athletic, and a lover of music. Today I am very spiritually sensitive and continue to have experiences, some of which are very frightening, and some very beautiful experiences.
Date NDE Occurred: 12-12-86
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Illness Life threatening event, but not clinical death.
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 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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal I slept.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Don't remember - too young.
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 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 don't remember any communication I just remember watching everything.
The experience included: Light
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? No
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Saw the city with golden domes.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Happiness, glee.
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 I didn't have any past events yet :)
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future
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? Conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I have strayed, but whenever I do stray it won't be for long because it doesn't feel right in my heart to do that.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I have strayed, but whenever I do stray it won't be for long because it doesn't feel right in my heart to do that.
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? No
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? No
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No Not psychic, but paranormal. I have sleep paralysis frequently, and during those my spirit tries to leave (OBEs) I always fight it though.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Every part was meaningful.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It's been a while since I've shared it, and everyone seems intrigued.
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. Too young to know.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Don't know.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No