I had been in labor with my son for twelve hours, and suddenly I could take no more. I remember seeing my doctor push a red button on the wall, at that time I was in pain but suddenly there was no pain. (Out of body experience): I could see them working on my body. I was above myself looking down. I then moved away from my body very quickly and toward a light through a tunnel like area. I felt at peace there could not really see anything but to hear someone talking to me. This male voice said I had to go back that I had some things I still had to do. I said I don't want to do that. Then as fast as I left my body, I returned to it. I could then feel pain. I could see everyone around me in the room. It was weeks before I could really understand what had happened to me. At my doctor's office, I asked him what had happened, he said my heart had stopped and that I had had a near death experience.
I have had no fear of death since this happened.
Date NDE Occurred: October 28, 1974
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Childbirth Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) During children birth
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? More consciousness and alertness than normal
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? As I went in and out of my body.
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 It seemed like only a short time to me like seconds, but I gather it was much longer, like twenty minutes.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Did your vision differ in any way from normal? It was hard to look into the light as I went into the tunnel like area. After that, I could not see but to could everything.
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? I seemed to not just hear but feel the sound.
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
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 I didn't see him but could hear his voice.
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
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm
The experience included: Strong emotional tone
What emotions did you feel during the experience? I liked how I felt. I didn't want to go back.
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 Yes I do believe I am a better person and have a great reason for being here.
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? Conservative/fundamentalist Baptist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? No
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist I am a Christian, with no fear of death after my NDE.
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 I knew I had to come back for a special purpose. Years later, I found out why. It was so I could help others (others who face death).
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes I take things a lot easier.
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 tell things by just looking at someone. Example, we were at a family reunion and I looked at an uncle and knew he would not be with us the following year.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? I felt it was meant to happen and that there is an afterlife. I was sure of that before.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes My doctor about six weeks later. He didn't seem surprised.
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 was about three weeks later and I just kept thinking about it over and over. I was just happy to be there with my new son.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real. It's because I have a respect for life and enjoy every minute I have.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No