I had an automobile accident. Three days later, according to my social worker, the doctors told me they could operate to attempt to straighten the bone at the bridge of the nose, which had been broken in the impact. I agreed to this and they started to get me ready for surgery. When everything was OK, they took me to the operating room. I remember as they started to inject me, they were joking among themselves. After receiving the anesthesia, I remember nothing more about that place. I have mentioned to you that they had said to me the anesthesia was local, but I don't remember anything about the Operating Room, just that which I have already said, before they injected me. Then I began to go through a dark tunnel extremely fast. I wanted to cling to the sides but it was impossible. Just then, I started to slow down. I saw beautiful coloured lights on the sides. Below, appeared a very strong white light, to which I drew near. Almost as if in slow motion, I was floating and feeling a deep peace. It was a beautiful sensation of tranquility. I arrived at this light that was so intense it was almost blinding. I went through the light. Arriving was like a toboggan ride. I sat down. By my side, were two people dressed totally in white. They reminded me of a planning board. They looked at everyone who arrived in this place, which was like a holding room to another portal, while they wrote on this board. They were all dressed in white. These two, were a man with a neat beard which was well-trimmed and a woman with short well- trimmed hair. They wore white garments as if in uniform. All the time people were passing by us. Once or twice they looked at me. Then, it was as if they were grabbing me by the shoulders while still looking at me. That was the last I remember before returning to myself in the post- surgical room. What I do remember is I had a peace that I never felt before. It was a sensation of well-being. I had no memories, nor did I see anything bad. I didn't see dead people. I was just in a very beautiful state. Then I found myself in the post-operation room visited by many medics. They said the surgery would take between 20 and 40 minutes; nevertheless, I was in the operating room for 4 hours and they could give no explanation.
Date NDE Occurred: 1991
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Surgery-related Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening.
I had a road accident in which I violently hit another car. But I only had a blow to the nose, which was the reason for rhino-plasty during which the experience occurred. I have already mentioned that the surgery was three days afterwards and I had no risks or post-operative problems.
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? Normal consciousness and alertness It was totally normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It was totally normal
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? No
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The same
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. The same
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
The experience included: Tunnel
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes I passed through the tunnel very rapidly. In the middle of the tunnel, when I got nearer to the light, the size of the tunnel grew less. I saw lovely beautiful colours, and in the end there was a very bright white light. The nearer I got to the light, the more peace I felt.
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 It was terribly strong and blinding-bright at the end of the tunnel, into which I went.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? Some unfamiliar and strange place It was as if it was a transit room, with high ceilings that welcomed people and with another door where they continued their journey. A board on a wall which was used by two people (one man and one woman).
What emotions did you feel during the experience? It was something very beautiful and very peaceful.
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 barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will I felt like they were asking, 'What are you doing here?' After a while, they returned me.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What importance did you place on your religious/spiritual life prior to your experience? Not important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Slightly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely not 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? No
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. The two people that were welcoming people wore mystical, supernatural clothes and they used a board on a wall.
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 probably exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes It was as if these two people register the passing of people who arrived. But they decided to return me.
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God probably 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 possibly 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 No
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? 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? No
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? I feel that when we die we will feel peace. I feel that when we die we will feel peace.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? 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
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? A beautiful feeling of peace.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes It would be one year later. Then I thought the experience was due to the anaesthesia.
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 Because I saw that many people had exactly the same experience as me.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It was very experiential and very congruent with other accounts. Also, there was the delay in the operating room.
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? The doctors never told me anything that happened.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? The attitude of the doctors.
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