I was given a general anesthetic in the artery of my right arm. I asked that they not inject too much because I am very sensitive to it (which is true). Suddenly I'm sitting upright, I find myself in empty, cold but bright and dead quiet surroundings. I cough but fail to hear this. I begin to feel claustrophobic.
Suddenly I'm without a body and am overcome by a feeling of wellbeing; I know everything and yet nothing. This is it: death = life; LOVE! It is impossible for me to describe the feeling. I felt myself so connected to everything; it was so heavenly and easy! I didn't have to breathe; I didn't have to do anything, only BE! This wonderful feeling was so overwhelming I was almost glad to be dead; it will be heavenly at life's end.
I want to comfort people who lose someone but don't quite dare.
Date NDE Occurred: June 2006
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Surgery-related 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' Operatie:galblaas uitgenomen.
Allergic reaction to anesthesia.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I lost awareness of my body
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 When I was out of my body.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was out of my body.
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
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I had no need for eyes. I simply WAS.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I had no hearing, the silence was deafening.
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: 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? Uncertain At the very first there was bright light and a feeling of coldness but thereafter nothing but peace and contentment.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? In the first phase I felt oppressed but shortly thereafter I felt an unearthly happiness. Both sensations were very short.
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
The experience included: Special Knowledge
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate Geloof:kristelijk maar niet katholiek
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? Yes I've come to understand there is more to come after this life.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I'd rather be alone now.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It's impossible to describe, you simply wouldn't understand.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? No
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes But I was not taken seriously so I prefer not to talk openly about it. Two days afterwards I talked to a doctor but got a vague smile as a response.
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes I've read and heard of NDEs but doubt I was influenced by them; my experience came unexpectedly.
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real It was unbelievable and I was thankful to have been permitted to feel something so wonderfully real and convincing.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As above.
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 don't think we should grieve at anyone's passing; they live on and are oh so fortunate.
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? It was a pleasure to post on this site, thank you.