I was working in a hotel annex alone. I was vigorously vacuuming a room when suddenly I banged my elbow really hard against the open door and lost consciousness. When I awakened, I saw they have put me on a bed. The boss was there, a doctor, and a coworker. I had peed all over myself. The doctor said that I had passed out. Nevertheless, I was in Manhattan, at water level, the skyscrapers were in front of me, the wonderful sensation I had was that I could go instantaneously at will wherever I wanted. When I began telling this story years later, I said that I didn't have a body, only a head, and that strangely I wasn't wet. Later I understood that I didn't have a body, either, only consciousness. The experience was tremendous and wonderful to such a degree that it took me a long time before I told anyone about it.
Date NDE Occurred: agosto de 1970
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No fuerte golpe en un codo contra una puerta 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' .
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes 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 To be alert means to be afraid of something but there was nothing of this. Only a sense of absolute freedom and wellbeing.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It was very sudden and without warning. I felt incredible peace as well as an incredible sense of wellbeing.
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? The movement of the water - it was entirely within my scope of vision.
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? No
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? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Serenity approaching happiness.
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? 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
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? Liberal
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal
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
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? No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It's difficult to describe the sensation of not having a body, only consciousness.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I had sort of a sixth sense. But of course I was such a young girl even though I had it before - I don't know.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I think about ten years ago. I only wanted to know what fainting was and I asked some doctors but really got no answer.
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. For me it was like a treasure that only I knew about and if I told anyone it would destroy the enchantment or something.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably not real. The memory is now very hazy and the fear of death makes me afraid even though for years I said I wasn't afraid of death because of this experience.
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? I would like to know if anyone else has experienced this because I didn't see a tunnel or a light or anything else. And the part about Manhattan makes people laugh at me - it's funny.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? You have done a good job, I believe. Thank you.