My friend, then in her twenties, had been very ill and was in the intensive care unit when she collapsed. She does not recall being taken to the operating theatre or the team working on her. (She was later told by her mother-in-law that a team of twelve doctors worked for three hours before she came around.)
Interestingly, her experience of time does not match the three hours spent by the doctors on reviving her, as you will see. Neither does she recall any sensation of separating from the body or even when that happened.
She says that she suddenly found herself going down a black tunnel. That experience felt 'interesting' because she said she kept observing what was going on. Today, in her forties (which is now, when she told me) she is (alas) unable to recall whatever it was that was going on.
She reached the end of the tunnel where she found a tall/big dark man standing with a lantern. He saw her and said, 'No, no. Not you. It's another Sheila (I am using a pseudonym here), that I am waiting for.' There was no further conversation, nor did she see anybody else.
That was it, the next thing she knew she was awake. The whole experience was narrated to me as though it were very short. On earth, they took three hours to get her back. She actually has no sense of the amount of time she spent in the tunnel.
Thank you for a great website. I find NDE stories inspiring and that many of them tell us how are earthly lives should be lived.
Date NDE Occurred: About 13 years ago
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Illness Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) Collapsed and taken to the operating theatre.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes 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
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Throughout.
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 She described the experience as going through the tunnel, which was 'interesting' and then being sent back. The three hours doctors spent on her on earth was later told to her. She does not know how long her time in the tunnel was.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? My friend did not mention this.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? My friend did not mention this.
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
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 tall/big dark man carrying a lantern.
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: 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 lantern!
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm My freind seems to have enjoyed her time in the tunnel which was not an earthly dimension.
What emotions did you feel during the experience? She found it very 'interesting' while it was happening.
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 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 Hindu
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal Hindu and practicing Buddhist
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
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? No
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? No
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? No.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I am afraid I don't know who else she has shared it with, but she talks about it very naturally. Also Hindu culture has a very high acceptance of other realms - our ancient texts are stuffed with gods, demi-gods, space ships, other dimensions/realms such as that of Yama the God of death. His messengers are supposed to get people across and are described as big dark-looking somewhat menacing men. But she didn't feel any sense of menace/ fear. So if she did speak people would accept it as a very real possibility/happening.
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. I am afraid I didn't ask her this.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. Just was.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No