During the actual delivery, I remember a brilliant white light surrounding me, and I knew what God was. It was pure joy! I heard the medical staff, saying, 'Bring her back!' I did not want to return because it was so beautiful. I shared this later on with my mom, who said it meant that I had almost died. This happened during the birth of my third child, my second son, who is age 50 now. After the birth, several nurses were in the elevator with me. They commented that I had had a difficult delivery. It was very real, and the memory of it is still with me today!
Date NDE Occurred: 'August 4, 1962'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Uncertain Childbirth 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'
I had an extremely difficult labor and childbirth.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Entirely pleasant
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes I heard the doctor saying, 'Bring her back!'
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 I have never experienced such a totally focused, life-altering feeling, then or since.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? It was during the experience of the white light with its accompanying sense of absolute knowing.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? No
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. There is no comparison!
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. I felt increased awareness and total focus on the experience.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
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? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes A brilliant light surrounded me.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The brilliance of the light present during the experience was all encompassing!
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt total absorption and total knowing of God.
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
The experience included: Special knowledge or purpose
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others I felt a total knowing.
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? Greatly important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Catholic
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes Most likely, I'm less dogmatic religiously, and more spiritual!
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Catholic
Did your experience include features consistent with your earthly beliefs? Content that was entirely consistent with the beliefs you had at the time of your experience it was a spiritual experience.
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 I just knew what everything was. It made perfect sense.
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.)? Uncertain I dont remember other than I felt the presence of God.
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes I was one with God and the universe.
Did you believe in the existence of God prior to your experience? God definitely exists
During your experience, did you gain information about the existence of God? Yes The whole experience was God centered.
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 I had the sense then that I was being given a perfect understanding of life.
Did you believe that our earthly lives are meaningful and significant prior to your experience? Are meaningful and significant
During your experience, did you gain information about the meaning of life? No
Did you believe in an afterlife prior to your experience? An afterlife definitely exists
Do you believe in an afterlife after your experience? An afterlife definitely exists Yes I felt God and perfect peace!
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? Greatly 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? No
Were you compassionate prior to your experience? Slightly 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? Unknown
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? No No
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It's because such happenings are outside of our concrete reality that they are not communicated readily.
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
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The total experience was incredible!
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared it with my mother within a few weeks of the experience, as I wrote above. Just recently, I shared it with my daughter and her mother-in-law.
My grandson, age 8, had just died on June 18, 2011, and I shared it with them before he passed. My daughter's good friend is a medium, and she gave my daughter and granddaughter separate readings after my grandson died. He came through and shared that he was at 'the Celebration of Life,' and also about other times when he was together with the family. My mother and my husband, both deceased, also came through in the reading. I believe now that some people are capable of communicating with the spirit world in order to benefit the bereaved.
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 It was definitely a real and incredible experience. The other dimension does exist outside of time and space.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real It was a real experience. I know it, even after 50 years.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Are there any other questions that we could ask to help you communicate your experience? I can't think of any!
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