This event happened to me a long time ago, however it has remained with me as an indelible memory. I was fourteen at the time, lying in my bed, very sick. There were three doctors in attendance, my mother being one of them, and they were all deeply concerned. I was lapsing in and out of consciousness. I remember one time 'waking up' and finding myself looking DOWN on my bed and being most surprised to find another person in MY bed. I realize now that it was me, or at least my body. At that time, I did not recognize it as mine. I was up at about ceiling height, maybe a bit higher. Although I could hear the murmur of the doctors, I could not distinguish their words. However I could understand their intentions, and I knew they were deeply distressed. As for me, I was at peace, not feeling sick or in pain. I also felt I had not 'gone anywhere'. It was more as if the earth had slipped away out from under me. I could still see and hear, but had clearly left my body. I can't remember what happened after that. My next memory was waking up in the hospital. After that, I turned vegetarian (I had grown up on a heavy meat diet) and have been healthy ever since. My experience was very brief, but clear enough to show me that death is not, in any way, the end
Date NDE Occurred: 1970
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
I had an undiagnosed kidney infection.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I was aware of the concern regarding me (my earthly self.) The doctors in attendance were at loss as to what to do. I returned to my body apart from anything they did.
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 I was very much aware of being alive, rather than in my thoughts. I wasn't just 'thinking about' this experience, I was IN it.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The beginning, I think.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
Were your senses more vivid than usual? More vivid than usual
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I don't remember, other than I COULD see.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I think I could hear, except I couldn't understand what they were saying or distinguish the words. It was more of a murmur. I could, however, understand the attitudes and intentions of the speakers.
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 But I only remember the beginning of a tunnel.
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 Through the tunnel there was light.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt just love and peace.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt no longer in conflict with nature
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? No I think my experience was too brief.
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? No
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? Unaffiliated- Atheist No religious background, From a strongly Atheist family
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Other faiths- New age I have a strong connection or Knowledge of the Creator [ God] however I do not follow any religion. Religions I now know are predominately about the past with hope about the future, My connection is all about Now !
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 before the experience I was a devout Atheist and Science septic, after I clearly knew there was more, I went on to learn and experience much more.
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
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? I was uncertain if God exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? No
Do you believe in the existence of God after your experience? God definitely 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? Yes Well yes, this is a trick question, To understand " the meaning of Life" is to understand what part of your consciousness or experience is "Life " This experience definitely gave me a good starting point to that understanding.
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 Yes I distinct feeling that death is not the end, the world simply " slips away " from under you. " You " don't go anywhere.
Did you fear death prior to your experience? I moderately feared death
Do you fear death after your experience? I do not fear death
Were you fearful living your life prior to your experience? Slightly 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? Uncertain
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Moderately 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? Moderate changes in my life I discovered a spiritual life very soon after the experience.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes
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
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? Yes I now have direct access through meditation to the experience of 'Life.' I also have strong communication with my recently departed partner through a medium. This all seems very 'normal' to me.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I got the distinct feeling that death is not the end. The world simply 'slips away from under us. We don't 'go somewhere.'
Before the experience, I had been a devout atheist and science-oriented skeptic. Afterward, I knew very clearly that there was more, and since that time, I have continued expanding my experience and knowledge.
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