It was winter in l986 and I had gone to bed as I normally do. Sleep would not come. I tossed and turned hoping to fall asleep and join my husband in a good winter's night sleep. I was not asleep yet and I felt my heart pounding out of rhythm. I had been diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse and I thought it was just another happening like those I had remembered having at other times. Then suddenly my heart stopped.
I could feel my spirit come out of my body and I saw my body lying there as if asleep. I was carried as if my angels, though I did not see them, far up into the heavens and at a great speed. I was taken to a place surrounded by music. It was like no music I have ever heard. More beautiful than all the best music my ears have heard and it came from everywhere.
I stood there and suddenly I saw Jesus. It was quite an awesome shock to be standing in His presence. I was in such awe. I could not speak. My eyes were fixed upon Him. His hair was white like wool and hung down to His shoulders. His skin was like brass without one wrinkle. His eyes were like flames of fire and when He spoke, it was with great authority. Yet when He spoke it was kind and gentle and loving. When He spoke, it sounded like thunder rolling across the North Carolina skies but much louder than any I had ever heard. You would think I would have been afraid but I was not. Quite the contrary. I felt happy! I felt so happy, a feeling like none other I had ever felt.
Then He told me to look and I saw a white cloud like form. Inside the white background, I was shown my life from beginning to end but only the painful parts. As He unfolded my life before me, He told me the reason all these bad things had happened and I understood every one of them. The unusual thing was, His lips never moved. It was as if His thoughts were sent directly to my mind and I saw and understood everything He told me. Then He said. 'All the bad things are gone. No more bad things are going to happen but you must go back because your work is not finished!'
I felt sad because I wanted to stay there with Him. I don't know if it was heaven or not, I just know I was the happiest person in the world. He showed me briefly a city with lots of people. Green grass grew and children were running, laughing and playing. Older men in white robes were teaching young children as if in a school. Women were very busy getting ready for what looked like a great event. They were all dressed in white as well. Flowers bloomed and green trees with lots of fruit stood along a river of running water, like a rippling stream but larger. Its water was clear as glass. Such a site I saw. Everyone was busy. Even the air smelled sweet like a rose. I was then send back to Earth.
I don't know how long I was gone but I remember my spirit going back inside my body for it was so, so cold. So cold, it took me hours to get warm. My heart was trying to get in rhythm and I was convulsing on the bed next to my husband. I was shivering my body was so cold.
I was so happy I woke my husband because I had to tell someone. I tried to tell him but all I could say was, 'I understand now!' Of course brought from a deep sleep to wide awake, he had no idea what I was talking about. He questioned me, asking me to slow down and tell him what was wrong but all I could say was, 'Don't you understand? I understand!' This left him wondering I suppose.
It took hours for my body to get warm. I figured my temperature to see how many degrees it had fallen. It had fallen over six degrees. I do know it had dropped at least six degrees. I spoke with a coroner and he stated that in death, the body drops about two degrees or so per hour. If this is true, then I had been gone a good bit of time.
You might think this is just another person's wild tale about an out of body experience. Well it isn't. I saw Jesus. I know He is real. I don't have to doubt. I know! I also know I was the happiest person alive at that moment. I have never seen hell nor do I want to but I have seen Jesus and I have been to heaven. You can think I am crazy but I am as sane as a person can be. You might think it was a dream but your body temperature doesn't drop in a dream.
All I can tell you is Heaven is real. There are people there and they are very busy getting ready for something really big. I have seen Jesus and He spoke to me!
Date NDE Occurred: Winter of 1986
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No None of the above My heart simply stopped beating and I came out of my body.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? Very Alert. Very Conscious
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning Time stopped.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I heard Jesus speak to me. I heard music that was the most beautiful I've ever heard. I saw people busy doing things.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? No No I was taken up into the heavens.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes I met Jesus. He revealed all my life before me. He showed me other people who were busy getting ready for what seemed like a big event.
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? No
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm Beautiful place, I saw Jesus face to face. He spoke to me but His lips never moved. It was mind to mind. I heard Him speak and it sounded like thunder, but yet kind and loving.
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
The experience included: Special Knowledge
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe I know my purpose in life.
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control Yes I learned why all the bad things happened and that there would be no more. I was told to come back and finish my work. My race had not been fulfilled.
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future Yes, very accurate.
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I was taken upward to one level far, far away from this atmosphere.
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 I was sent back. I wanted to stay there.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes Even more determined to live a better life.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Yes
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes Psychic ability or ESP.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Worst part was coming back here. Best part was meeting Jesus.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes Yes, they want me to write a book.
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? People automatically think people are not in their right mind having OBEs. This is far from the truth. People don't just say these things, they actually happen.