I had been having hallucinations and weird dreams during this time. I was mostly unconscious. During the experience, I was a spirit floating in a void above my body. I could see my body lying in bed. I was moving toward this Gateway that had a bright light coming from it. I looked back at my body and then at the Gateway and it became clear to me that if I went into the Gateway I would not go back to my body. I choose life.
Date NDE Occurred: 07/08/2009
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' I was in tthe early stages of Sepsis
I was extremely sick with a blood infection.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal At all times.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? At all times.
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
Time didn't exist as I felt as if I could take all the time I wanted.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. There was no sound.
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
The experience included: Void
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? Yes There was no center point of light. It seemed to be coming from the Gateway.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt nothing but Love. I felt like I was about to open my parents' house after being away. I was anticipating good events and felt like I was about to enter my home.
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? 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
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist Lutheran
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist Lutheran
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? No
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? Having the ability to make the decision to stay or go.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I feel compelled to tell others about my experience. I want them all to know that there is something out there for us.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I had read about it in papers and seen stories about it on television.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I had been delirious for many days. I would have brief moments of cognition but after this event I was completely lucid.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real The more time passes the more I feel that I experienced a great moment.
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 want everyone to know that there is an afterlife. It is waiting for all of us.