I was 4 years old and had a high fever. I was just lying in my bed staring at the ceiling. It must have been the fever, which brought on an ability to hallucinate cartoons on the ceiling. But suddenly I was not in my bed anymore. I was running through an array of clouds. Being naked, I stayed within the clouds. There was no sound whatsoever. In the distance, I saw what appeared to be a castle made of sand; white, light pink and powder blue sand. There was a drawbridge connected to this castle. I saw Jesus and John the Baptist walking together on the bridge reading from a scroll and deep in conversation with each other (at 4 years old I may have known who Jesus was from a picture in our house, but not John the Baptist). I tried to wave Jesus down while running through the clouds. He did not look up at me at all. He waved his hand in my direction as if to say ‘Not yet, you are not supposed to be here’.
I suddenly opened my eyes and I was back in my bed. My fever had broken and my dad was at my side. I am an artist today and I believe that Jesus sent me back with that gift. When I tell people this story, they tend to say the fever caused my experience and that I had actually just dreamed the whole thing. But I know it was not the fever, nor was it a dream. I know I was in Heaven, even if only for one minute.
Date NDE Occurred: 1959
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Illness 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening' High fever
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? Normal consciousness and alertness The whole time.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? The whole time.
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. Everything seemed to be in lighter-toned colors of whites, pinks and blues.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. No sounds at all.
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? Yes Jesus and John the Baptist.
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
The experience included: A landscape or city
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm The Castle
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I felt lost.
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
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 I was just a child
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I know there is a God and a Heaven.
What is your religion now? Liberal Christian
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I know there is a God and a Heaven.
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 I knew I was in Heaven.
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 was able to draw and now I am a very creative writer of children's books.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Most people think it was just a child's dream.
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 was too young to experience this religious vision. I was just a regular kid who would see cartoons on the ceiling prompted by a fever. I was not the kind of child who thought about religious stories or pictures. In this out-of-body experience, I knew who Jesus and John the Baptist were and I was only 4 years old. I came back with a gift and have kept Jesus close to my heart ever since.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real Same as above.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? I feel like I am always protected. Certain events in my life have happened where I was pulled out of harm’s way.