Experience Description

I was undergoing surgery during a termination of pregnancy. Suddenly, I was aware of myself and I was getting up from the surgery table. As I was rising, I found myself hovering upward and I turned only to see myself lying on the surgery table. There was copious bleeding on the floor and a rush of nurses and physicians around my body on the table. I could see everything from above. I felt nothing, no emotions or thoughts. I was moving in the air endowed with the conscience of BEING. Later, I awoke in a bed and I was receiving a blood transfusion. The doctor said that during my intervention a hemorrhage, which they could not stop, took them by surprise. That was why I was under intravenous treatment now. They were transferring several liters of blood into my body. I told the doctor that I knew it because I had seen it all. He stood puzzled, for he said, while in surgery, I was under total anesthesia.

Background Information:

Gender: Female

Date NDE Occurred: Dicembre1992

NDE Elements:

At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No Surgery-related 'Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening'

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? Normal consciousness and alertness

At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When I was looking downward.

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 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? No

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

Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? No

What emotions did you feel during the experience? No emotion comparable to what you feel when within your body; just consciousness.

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

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

Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes I now believe in Jesus and, thanks to Him, I now understand who that 'woman', who was in the air of a surgery room, was.

What is your religion now? Liberal

Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes I now believe in Jesus and, thanks to Him, I now understand who that 'woman', who was in the air of a surgery room, was.

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 Time and space perception were nonexistent. It seemed as if I was part of the air itself.

Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I no longer judge people by what they say or do. I now see all of them as unaware of a level of reality that surpasses all our cognitions.

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? Seeing myself on that surgery table.

Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes After about ten years. Before I did not wish to speak about it with anyone.

Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? Yes Magazine columns or TV shows discussing it.

What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real I deem it the most sensational experience I ever had during my earthly lifetime.

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? Nothing else.