I don't remember much from when I went into the operating room. There were two nurses and a doctor, who said he was going to put me to sleep. Then I remember hovering up in the corner of the room. I could see out the window, and it was raining. I could see my body on the table down where the two nurses and the doctor were, and I thought to myself, 'This is very odd!' I felt like I wanted to float out of the room. When I tried, I realized there were three entities behind me that would not let me. These entities were entirely black, and had a human shape. They spoke to me, but words did not come out of their mouths. Instead, we communicated through our minds. They told me I could not leave the room, and that they were there for my safety. Then I woke up in bed in my hospital room, in a lot of pain and feeling very sick.
Date NDE Occurred: Sept. 13. 1963
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes 'Life threatening event, but not clinical death'
I had been very ill for a week before my mother took me to a doctor. As soon as he examined me, I was admitted directly to the hospital. I had a ruptured appendix, and I was taken to surgery immediately. The event happened in the operating room.
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 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 As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole time. I knew before they took me into the operating room that it was raining. When I found myself way up in the corner of the room, I looked out the very high-up windows, and I could see that it was still raining.
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 felt like I was looking at my body down the small end of a cone which I was on the inside of. My vision was very clear. The entities were solid black. I had the feeling that they did not want to reveal their identities to me.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Everything that was spoken came through to my mind.
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
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? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Peace, love, and a feeling of wellbeing.
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
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I do not participate in fundamentalist religions now. However, I have a very great awareness of God, and nature.
What is your religion now? Liberal I have no preferred religion
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I do not participate in fundamentalist religions now. However, I have a very great awareness of God, and nature.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 As I got older, I always had a feeling that someone or something was protecting me, and that has lasted to this very day.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Uncertain I feel that I am a good judge of character now, but I don't mean that I am judgmental of people.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes It happened when I was only ten years old. Although most of it is still extremely clear, I did not totally remember every detail of what had happened. As I got older, and the event became more prominent in my mind, I was afraid that there was something wrong with me. What I experienced went against the church beliefs I had at the time. I had never heard of anything like it, because in 1963 no one talked about this kind of thing. I didn't tell anyone until I was much older. And then first person I told didn't believe me, so I didn't tell anybody else about it.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Uncertain I feel that I have really good insight and understanding of things.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I was only ten, and it seemed very strange, but at the same time very cool.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Years ago. They did not believe me, and after that, I didn't talk about anymore. This is the first time I have ever said this much in detail.
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 probably real A while after the experience I saw it as 'probably real.' I also I thought I might be crazy.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Now I see the experience as 'definitely real.' Because I remember this event clearly to this day. I have never forgotten it.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No