Experience Description

When I blacked out, I began to fly or fall down a flight of stairs into a wall and right before I hit the wall I immediately stopped before impact. I began to float and found myself in an old English pub, dimly lit, with an old bartender wiping down glasses. He nodded to acknowledge my presence, and then I woke up to a doctor saying, 'Welcome back'.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: 2-20-09

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'Septic shock, started to crash.' 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death' I was in septic shock and began to crash, at which point I fell unconscious and had a vision.

How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful

Did you feel separated from your body? No 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 The entire time

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The entire time

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? Yes The staircase I descended was indeed enclosed in wooden walls.

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 saw an old man with a white beard behind the bar.

The experience included: Darkness

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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The old English pub in which I could fly.

The experience included: Strong emotional tone

What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, a little confusion, as if I had been in the same place before

Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness

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

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 Atheist

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Uncertain I still don't know what I believe, but I know that I am not afraid to die anymore.

What is your religion now? Liberal Agnostic

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain I still don't know what I believe, but I know that I am not afraid to die anymore.

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? Yes I have ended unproductive relationships and sought to become a more motivated individual. I have found passion.

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? Yes In uncommon circumstances, and only with certain individuals, I have obscure knowledge about them that I would not normally have, such as their favorite cake, their first word, things they have done in the past of which I have no prior knowledge.

Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The fact that I could fly was very comforting to me.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes One week. People were intrigued.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was probably real

What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was probably real

At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No