I still remember very clearly what happened. I went to sleep, just like any other night, and while sleeping I don't know what time it was because, I remember I woke up, and saw a tunnel, made of light, that went from the floor to the ceiling of my bedroom in a corner of the room. I closed my eyes again. I guess I continued sleeping for a few minutes. Then I felt as if there was something or somebody pushing me to get up from bed from behind me. As I open my eyes, again I could see the light and started floating outside my body like hovering on top the bed. I could still see the light tunnel, my room was completely dark, but I could see the dresser and a little TV on it, but I thought I was awake. I was forcing myself to see the clock on my night table to see the time but that area was black. So I was hovering on top of the bed and I was looking around, and trying to see myself in the mirror on top of the dresser but was also black. I couldn't see my reflection in it, which I thought it was strange, but I was not afraid because I thought I was awake. Then while I was hovering on top of the bed, I was afraid of hitting the ceiling fan with my head.
I was very confused as why usually if I look outside the window between the venetian blinds and the window wall I could see the light outside, but not this night, it was very dark.
So I was hovering and I could not see anything on my bed but I could faintly hear my husband snoring.
Suddenly I was very sad because I knew that I had to go somewhere, but I didn't know were. I thought of telling my husband I was leaving and that's when I was pulled into the light tunnel. Standing there facing the ceiling I was very afraid, not being able to go through the ceiling, but a comforting feeling came over me, and I went through this tunnel that looked like a sewer. Then very fast through the sky at night. It was very dark but I could see the darkness with the light that I had in me.
I got to a place, very dark, that was like a border or something and there were other people waiting also in line besides me. I looked to my left and I saw a little boy, he also looked at me, and we waited. I could hear what I thought was one of my aunts saying to get my father, so I waited and my father came walking from the darkness. I could not see him well because of his light. Two groups of people on each side that stayed behind surrounded him. They looked like white ghostly figures of white smoke but I could tell they were people. When I think about that, I think they were my aunts and uncles. My father looked at me and smiled, turned around, and was going back. I felt I wanted to stay with him. I was screaming to wait that I wanted it to stay with him. I heard that my father told somebody that it wasn't my time. At that moment, I felt pressure, on my chest like a giant rubber band holding me, not to cross. I was pulled backwards, I was falling, and I was regressed into my body. I opened my eyes when I was to enter my body for a few seconds. I could see my room, and then continued sleeping. When I woke up, I felt so relax, like the best restful night of my life. When I told my husband what happened, he said I was dreaming. I know better. I never had a dream like that one before.
Date NDE Occurred: March 1993
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No None Other This happened during the night while sleeping.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Mixed
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain 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? Less consciousness and alertness than normal The consciousness I would say was normal the alertness, not so much, like everyday alertness I could think of a million things altogether, seems to be. Then it seemed limited of how many things at one time. Maybe it was because I was surprised and confused at was happening to me.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? During the whole time, while I was hovering on top of my bed I was thinking how good I felt floating there. I'm always fighting to lose weight, but my body didn't weight anything and I felt no cold or hot or heavy or hungry. I was just there awake and I could think of anything, just like always.
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
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? I notice that in everyday vision, I can see what is going around me even if I'm looking at one thing in front of me, and then I could see just one thing at the time.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? For example my husband snoring sounded very far away even as I was hovering on top of him. I felt I had to force myself to hear.
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 After I went through my ceiling this was a tunnel that looked like a sewer. I didn't like that, it was like grey stuff and wet, around the walls, disgusting, but I went very fast. I came out to this space like an astronaut that was very peaceful, but very, very fast, until I got to where my dad was. It really looked like I went a far distance.
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 My father and relatives, didn't communicate with words.
The experience included: Void
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 Only the tunnel, and around me and my father.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No
What emotions did you feel during the experience? Curious, very sad when I realized that I was alone and I had to go somewhere, even though I didn't know I was dead yet. Afraid to be able to go head first through my ceiling. Happy to see my dad, sad to have to leave there.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Relief or calmness
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
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? Yes I guess I couldn't come back.
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 Jewish
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Liberal Jewish
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
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I shared this with my sister-in-law. She agrees with me, because she told my nephew gets out of his body when he sleeps, and my father sent him back, upset, and told him, he shouldn't do that, that other spirits can get into his body, and then he wanted to be able to come back. My nephew asked me if his grandpa, my father, didn't need glasses over there, and I said I also saw him without glasses, my father always needed glasses to read.
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.
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