I don't remember how I got there, but I ended up in a room that was like a waiting room. I saw many of my family and friends who had passed over, but they all had their backs turned to me. Everyone but my husband's grandmother (I later learned that she had passed away the same day I did). She and I were trying to figure out what was going on. I could not talk to anyone but her. She could talk to everyone though. I was heartbroken, especially because I could not talk to my oldest son, who was fourteen. A door opened, the kind of door that elevators have. I saw a glimpse of Heaven. This was the Garden of Eden, the way God intended it to be. It was too beautiful for words. I had that feeling you get when you see something truly amazing, breathtakingly beautiful. I miss it. Anyway, there was a figure who came from one of the mountains. He glowed like white golden light, very warm and peaceful. When he got closer, I knew he was Jesus. He still had holes in his hands. He told me I still had a job to do. Then I felt like I was stuck in some kind of vacuum. That's when there was a very bright flashing light. I hated that light. It hurts just thinking about it now. That's all I can remember so far.
Date NDE Occurred: Jan 9 3013
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness. Heart attack. CPR given. Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function)
I went in for gall bladder surgery and I threw two blood clots. They ended up as pulmonary embolisms. I was in complete pulmonary and cardiac arrest for over an hour. Once they saved me, I was in a coma for three days. I think when they brought me back they were flashing bright lights in my eyes.
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? Uncertain The only thing would be Jesus.
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 So hard to explain, it’s more like you actually feel what you see and hear. I guess I don't really have the vocabulary to explain it.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was in the Garden of Eden.
Were your thoughts speeded up? No
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
I still have no concept of time. All I know these days is that when it's dark, I go to sleep.
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. Everything was more bright and vivid. For example, down here, it's like an old black and white television. Up in Heaven, it's high definition big screen television.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Again, it's like old records compared to surround sound.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? No
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
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 A lot of friends and family members who had passed away. My husband's grandmother, who passed away the same day I did.
The experience included: Unearthly light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? No
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was surrounding Jesus. It was a warm, peaceful, white and gold shimmering light.
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm I was in the Garden of Eden.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first sadness and heartbreak. Then, incredible peace and joy. Then pain and anger that I had to go back.
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? No
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about myself or others I’m not sure how to describe this without sounding crazy.
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? Moderately important to me
What was your religion prior to your experience? Christian- Protestant I am a born again Christian but I will not attend Church because of blatant hypocrisy I have found in today's organized religion
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What importance do you place on your religious/spiritual life after your experience? Greatly important to me
What is your religion now? Christian- Protestant
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
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? No
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? No
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
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.)? Yes Jesus he came down from a mountains surrounded by the light I described before
During your experience, did you gain information about premortal existence? No
During your experience, did you gain information about universal connection or oneness? Yes Heaven is real and it's almost indescribable
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 But I already knew God existed lol
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? 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 Absolutely like I said before the Garden of Eden as God intended it to be
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? Not 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? Moderately compassionate toward others
During your experience, did you gain information about love? Yes I was absolutely surrounded by love I'm not sure I answered this right lol
Were you compassionate after your experience? Greatly compassionate toward others
What life changes occurred in your life after your experience? Large changes in my life I am now brain damaged on top of my chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. I'm trying hard to adjust.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Yes My family is closer now than we have ever been.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes Like I said, I guess it's because everything is so new. I just got home from the hospital two days ago.
How accurately do you remember the experience in comparison to other life events that occurred around the time of the experience? I do not know how my remembrance of the experience compares to my remembrance of other life events at time I do have brain damage because I was without oxygen for so long I'm having huge problems with my short term memory I hop once I get more healedI can describe my experiance better
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes I'm scared if I talk about this, people will think I'm nuts.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Right afterwards, I told my doctors and my husband. They seem very interested.
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 Well I'm in that ‘month to a few week’ period, and I view it like it happened, I guess.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real I can't really prove it. You can believe me or not believe me. That's not really my problem. I'm still trying to adjust to everything, not only physically, but spiritually, as well. I have a gift now and I'm not sure how to handle it.
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 didn't understand some of the questions, but I have brain damage. So it may be just me.
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