Hello. My name is Shirley. My husband is an airline pilot and we were both on our way to a new job located in Arizona. We drove my car from California to Arizona. On the trip over there, I had been given valium and other narcotics due to constant pain and nine back surgeries. I had been injured from a previous diagnostic procedure that left me with a permanent spine injury. So, I took the valium and finally I had lost my memory as to when the last time I had taken my last dose. We arrived in Arizona and found a motel room.
The next day my husband went to work but he had tried earlier to wake me and he could not. Since he was to be the chief pilot at the local airport and worked with flight officers for medical purposes, they arrived and flew me to the hospital. On the flight, I woke up with a wonderful feeling of peace. I saw a dark tunnel with a light. And then I heard my deceased identical twin sister who died at one year old say to me, 'It's okay Shirley, but you must fight! Fight Shirley, fight.' I don't remember anything more, but I am sure you must know that identical twins are always 'connected'. I have heard her voice many times before and she did appear to me one night, but I became frightened and ran from the room. My children said to me, 'What's the matter mom, you look like you have just seen a ghost!!!'
Date NDE Occurred: AUG, 21, 2001
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) At the time of my death, I was being air lifted to a hospital several towns away.
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 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 It was like I had nothing to fear. It told me just to relax, and I was relaxed. Like I said before, I was near death yet I saw my twin and heard her voice. That does not happen a lot. It was a life and death situation and although I was not even breathing on my own, how could I have functioned so well mentally?
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? On the flight to the hospital. I heard someone say, 'We're losing her.'
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 I did not know what space I was in other than the fact that my space had been altered dramatically. This was in the airplane as I was being airlifted to a hospital.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? The depth of perception was the most vivid memory I had. The tunnel was so long and the light was so small but very bright.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I could hear an audio version of my twin as if she were around thirty years old.
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
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 Heard my deceased sister.
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 I saw a long tunnel with a small bright light at the end.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? At first I didn't know what was happening to me. I had lost consciousness at that time. But, I had such a feeling of utter peace and tranquility like nothing I have ever felt in my life. I am no longer afraid of my new life that comes after this one ends.
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? Moderate
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Moderate
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? Yes Because now I know. There have been many different experiences regarding death in my life. I was a professional nurse at the time and I worked in life support at some of the world's largest hospitals. I saw many people die and I have spoken to them minutes before they pass and they all confirm one thing, at the time of your death they will tell you that they are about to die. I had one patient who told me there was a man in the window waving to her to come and go with him. She kept asking me, 'Who's that man at my window?' moments later he died. She was a Cherokee Indian and the man she had described had a black suit on and a black top hat. She died within moments.
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? Yes I can read most minds. It is scary, so I don't tell many people about it. I did one time and I scared this lady out of her mind. She ended up telling me, 'You should be on TV.'
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? This was when I heard my identical twin sister's voice. You see, I have heard her voice my entire life. Now, I listen to her whispers.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I waited about a few days. They were not too surprised; they all told me that I was always very perceptive.
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 just happened.
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? No