I woke up out of my sleep and started chasing my cousin. The next thing I knew I heard a long buzz/bell sound then I saw myself traveling through a brick tunnel, almost as if the tunnel was traveling past me. I was not moving it seemed but the bricks around me were, I had tunnel vision so I could not see up or down on side, just part of the side and straight ahead. There was a bright light at the end of the tunnel and I could see something in between the lights, the light was blinding almost. Then I felt something saying it was not my time, go back. I was thinking to myself, what is going on?
I then heard my cousin saying, 'Theresa, Theresa?' I came back while he was in the middle of saying my name. I asked him why did he put that flashlight in my eyes. He looked at me like I was crazy and kept asking was I ok, he didn't have a flashlight. He said the ambulance was on the way. I had passed out for about five minutes, he was unsure. It was enough time for him to come back from the other end of a long hall, see something was wrong, catch the elevator down five floors call the ambulance, alert the guard and come back upstairs.
Date NDE Occurred: 1988
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? No I was suffering from extremely heavy menstruation, I was having problems walking and standing up. My cousin came while I was sleeping and poured and icee down my top. I jumped up and chased him passing out in the hallway of the high-rise apartment. Ambula Illness, trauma or other condition not considered life threatening
How do you consider the content of your experience? Positive
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Uncertain If what I thought happened, happened, I was not in my body yet I was conscious. I did not see my body. I couldn't raise my hands and look at them or look down and see my toes or anything like that, it was pretty straight and narrow, nor could I see my body lying in the hallway from above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? I felt I was very alert, I was me, thinking the way I always had, and there was no separation of my thoughts or memory during the experience. I seemed in this state, very alert to what was going on, me drifting through a tunnel.
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
Did your hearing differ in any way from normal? A non-ending buzzing or bell-like noise.
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes It was brick and I moved very fast through it. The bricks seemed to have texture to them almost like cobblestone, rather than the bricks we use today to build homes, I cannot recall what color they had to them or if they were black, but I think they varied in different shades of dark colors. It wasn't long before I saw the bright light and wanted to cover my 'eye' but couldn't.
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Uncertain I can't really remember but I remember there being a presence of other people or beings there at the end of the tunnel, about three. I was wondering before and after the experience if it was dead relatives and one I didn't know, a supreme over the others, not sure.
The experience included: Darkness
The experience included: Light
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes It was very bright like being close to the sun, looking in it.
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? No Not during the event.
The experience included: Boundary
Did you reach a boundary or limiting physical structure? No I never actually got to the end of the tunnel.
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 heard or understood the decision that I was to go back but the word body was not used. I was not thinking of my body or aware I was out of my body.
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Moderate
What is your religion now? Moderate
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Uncertain It confirmed my thoughts of the otherworld or other dimensions that we interchange through. Because of what I had always thought of as a child. I was wondering where I came from and why I was here. I was always wondering how I got here from where I was, how it actually happened I always had a knowing that what we see here is not all there is and what the religion I was brought up in was not all literal fact. I have and continued to look at others accounts as just that, others accounts of the otherworld, not law.
The experience included: Presence of unearthly beings
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 I have always felt I know things, I used to have visions before it happened but after the experience I asked that it stop. I prayed that it would go away and I not experience it again.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? The best part was knowing that I was not crazy for remembering what I have remembered from birth and that life continues to go on after you leave here, just in a different realm. The worst part is not knowing why it happened and disbelievers, but it was very real.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? Yes I have shared it with very few. I usually don't get a reaction, other than, 'Hmm.'
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No